Single Payer Health Care a Hit at the Kentucky AFL-CIO Convention

In Lexington In early December of this year, Kay Tillow, Chair of Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care, addressed the KY AFL-CIO Convention with a presentation on the current health care crisis and the single payer solution.  Delegates responded enthusiastically—some requested copies of the slide show, most signed the petition, and several requested presentations.

KY AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan and Kay Tillow

Over a decade ago the Kentucky State AFL-CIO was the first state federation to endorse single payer health care—an Improved Medicare for All that would remove insurance companies, co-pays, and deductibles, and publicly fund health care for everyone.  After Kentucky broke the ice, a total of 44 state AFL-CIO federations and the national AFL-CIO proclaimed support for single payer.

At this year’s convention, Kentucky AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan, a long time supporter and activist for single payer health care, announced his retirement after 24 years of service.  The convention elected Dustin Reinstedler of the Bricklayers to succeed him.

The convention celebrated energized contract and organizing struggles with speeches by Teamsters Secretary Treasurer Fred Zuckerman, UAW President Shawn Fain, and the Flight Attendants’ President Sara Nelson.  Mineworkers President Cecil Roberts, a staunch single payer supporter, brought down the house with his unique narration of the miners’ battle at Cabin Creek.

AFA President Sara Nelson, UMW President Cecil Roberts, UAW President Shawn Fain