RALLY AND MARCH FOR SINGLE PAYER
On the Day Following the Supreme Court Decision
Join Us in Response to the Court’s Decision on the ACA
Forward to Single Payer!
The Supreme Court is expected to rule on constitutional challenges to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) before the end of June. Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care invites you to be with us as we join demonstrations for single payer all across the country with the positive message--Forward to Single Payer Health Care. We march for single payer, regardless of what the court’s decision is.
At 4:00 pm on the day following the Supreme Court’s announcement, we will gather in Jefferson Park at 6th and Jefferson in downtown Louisville. There will be brief remarks. We will have signs, but you are welcome to bring your own.“To save lives and money, enact HR 676, an improved Medicare for all.”
Beginning at 4:30 pm we will walk the two blocks to the Humana Headquarters at 5th and Main where we will issue a statement stressing the urgency of adopting a single-payer health system – an improved Medicare for All – as the only way to assure truly universal, comprehensive and affordable coverage, eliminate financial barriers to care, improve efficiency and control costs.
Our main message:
If the law is declared unconstitutional in whole or in part, we will point out that single payer is clearly constitutional.
The Schedule for the Day Following the Supreme Court Decision:
4:00 pm: Gather in Jefferson Park at 6th and Jefferson
Around 4:30 pm: Begin Walk to the Humana Headquarters at 5th and Main
Around 5:00 pm: 5th and Main, Rally and release statement to the press
We ask that all organizations help by forwarding this message to your members and turning out a crowd that will signal a positive, humane direction in health care for our people and the nation.
Dr. David A. Ansell, Author of "County" to Visit
Dr. David A. Ansell
David A. Ansell, MD, MPH
County: Life, Death and Politics -- What the lessons from Chicago’s public hospital tell us about health care in the USA
Friday, January 27th, 2012
120 W. Broadway (at Second St.)
Please join us! There is no charge for admission.
Dr. Ansell is an Internal Medicine physician and the Chief Medical Officer at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He has written extensively about health disparities.
Dr. Ansell is the author of COUNTY: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago’s Public Hospital, a memoir about the years he spent working at the "old" Cook County hospital. The book speaks to our nation's failure to address the most unjust of all the inequities present in the world's richest society--that of health inequity.
In the December, 2011, issue of Louisville Medicine, local physician M. Saleem Seyal reviewed County, praising the work as "important and thoroughly engaging."
Dr. Ansell will be visiting Louisville on January 27th and 28th, 2012.
A more complete schedule of events is available here (PDF).
"...we cannot have too many of these stories in circulation, to bear witness, to inform and to inspire.
--A. Zuger, NY Times review of County, July 25, 2011
Kentucky Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP-KY)
Kentuckians for Single Payer Healthcare (KSPH)
Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Care Plan (HCHP)
Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Cry for Equality in Health Care, January 15, 2011
Dr. Claudia Fegan at the Louisville Urban League
Saturday's event at the Louisville Urban League featuring Dr. Claudia Fegan was a resounding success. The event drew more than one hundred people who were treated to some very inspiring speakers.
Dr. Joyce Howell, President of Falls City Medical Society; Dr. Claudia Fegan, Past-President of Physicians for a National Health Program, and Dr. Monique Howard, University of Louisville School of Medicine
Dr. Fegan; Greg Fischer, Mayor of Louisville, Dr. Adams
Dr. Garrett Adams; President, Physicians for a National Health Program
Bani Hines Hudson and Dr. Fegan
Mr. Ben Richmond, President and CEO, Louisville Urban League
Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3): "I'm a Single Payer Guy."
Greg Fischer, Mayor of Louisville
Bani Hines Hudson, Community Development Specialist, Louisville
An article about the event can be found the Louisville Courier Journal of Sunday, January 16th, 2011: Click here to read the article.
Celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Claudia Fegan, M.D.
Claudia M. Fegan, M.D.
Celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Claudia Fegan, M.D.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
at the Urban League
1535 W. Broadway
Dr. Fegan will speak on "Remembering Dr. King's Cry for Justice in Health Care" followed by questions and discussion.
Dr. Fegan is an expert on single payer. Refreshments and reception. Everyone welcome.
Dr. Claudia Fegan of Chicago is the associate chief medical officer for the Ambulatory and Community Health Network for the Cook County Bureau of Health Services. She practices primary care internal medicine at the Woodlawn Health Center of Cook County.
A past president of Physicians for a National Health Program, an organization of 18,000 doctors who support single-payer national health insurance, an improved Medicare for all, she has appeared on a number of national television and radio programs on behalf of PNHP and has lectured extensively to both medical and community audiences on health care reform in the United States and Canada. She is a co-author of "Universal Healthcare: What the United States Can Learn from Canada" and a contributor to "10 Excellent Reasons for National Health Care."
"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane."
— Martin Luther King Jr. in a speech to the Medical Committee for Human Rights, 1966
The daughter of a labor union organizer and a social worker, Dr. Fegan received her undergraduate degree from Fisk University and her medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a diplomate of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians.
Sponsored by Physicians for a National Health Program-KY and Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care, www.kyhealthcare.org
Medicare turns 45 on July 30, 2010
We invite you to a birthday celebration!
People across the country are celebrating a program that has brought care and dignity to millions of seniors and those with disabilities.
Join us to celebrate Medicare’s Birthday
For those in the Louisville area:
Friday, July 30
11:30 AM-1:00 PM
First Unitarian Church, 809 S. 4th St. (at York) (map)
Entrance in the rear. Handicapped accessible and air-conditioned.
Lunch, soft drinks and birthday cake provided by Kentuckians for Single Payer Healthcare (KSPH). Please come & bring your friends. RSVP appreciated but not essential. (502) 636-1551 or email@example.com.
We will have a brief program on the importance of Medicare.
Those who believe in economic justice are particularly concerned at this time because the deficit commission, which must report to Congress by December 1, is targeting Medicare and Social Security. These vital programs are not the cause of the deficit and must not be sacrificed.
Social Security is fully paid for decades into the future by the payroll taxes from all of us. Medicare can best be protected by improving it to cover all medically necessary care and expanding it to everyone as called for in Congressman John Conyers’ HR 676.
Following the lunch, we invite those who can to join us for the 3-5 block walk to the offices of Senators Bunning and McConnell, and Congressman Yarmuth.
We will ask that our representatives stand with us against any cuts in Medicare, Social Security or Medicaid, that they oppose any raise of the eligibility age, any lowering of the benefits, any privatization, or other actions that would weaken these vital programs, and that they support single payer legislation such as HR 676, Expanded and Improved Medicare for All.
Protect Medicare, improve it, and expand it to everyone.
We are the wealthiest nation in the world with the capacity to take good care of people of all ages. We reject efforts to pit generation against generation. We must protect and preserve Medicare and Social Security for our children and our grandchildren, and for seniors to come.
Kentuckians for Single Payer Healthcare www.kyhealthcare.org (502) 636-1551
Birthday parties in other cities: http://www.healthcare-now.org/takeaction/events-calendar/
For those in the Lexington area:
Friday, July 30
10 AM - 3 PM
In Phoenix Park (map)
(Next to the Main Street Lexington Public Library on the southeast corner of Limestone and Main.
FREE CAKE AND DRINKS!
Please stop by.
Sponsored by Improved Medicare for All--Central Kentucky (IMACK)
Upcoming Events with PNHP President Dr. Oliver Fein
"The Rationale for Single Payer Health Care"
presented by Dr. Oliver Fein
Louisville, Thursday, March 25:
Old Medical School Building
101 West Chestnut Street, Louisville, KY
Stone Building at the corner of First and Chestnut)
Lexington, Friday, March 26:
5: 30 - 7:00 P. M.
Room 014 in the Wethington Building, School of Allied Health, University of Kentucky,
900 S. Limestone St., Lexington, KY
Dr. Oliver Fein
Please join us at the following events March 25-27 in Louisville and Lexington with Dr. Oliver Fein, president of Physicians for a National Health Program. Dr. Fein's appearances are proudly sponsored and supported by Physicians for a National Health Program-KY.
Dr. Fein is one of the country's most popular spokespersons for single payer health care reform and a nationally acknowledged leader in health policy.
Dr. Fein, a general internist active in clinical practice, is professor of medicine and public health at Cornell University. In addition to national health system reform he advocates for an expanded role for primary care. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow in Senate Democratic Majority Leader George Mitchell's office. He is chair of the NY Chapter of PNHP and immediate past vice president of the American Public Health Association.
PNHP President, Dr. Oliver Fein to Visit Kentucky
Physicians for a National Health Program-Kentucky and Kentuckians for Single Payer Healthcare proudly announce a visit to Kentucky by Dr. Oliver Fein, President of PNHP. The visit will take place on March 25th, 26th, and 27th, 2010.
Re-elected for a second term as PNHP’s president, Dr. Fein is one of the country’s most popular spokespersons for single payer health care reform and a nationally acknowledged leader in health policy.
Dr. Fein, a general internist active in clinical practice, is professor of medicine and public health at Cornell University. In addition to national health system reform he advocates for an expanded role for primary care. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow in Senate Democratic Majority Leader George Mitchell’s office.
He developed community-based ambulatory care practices and the Division of General Medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. He is chair of the NY Chapter of PNHP and immediate past vice president of the American Public Health Association.
Save the evening of Thursday, March 25, to attend a free public program on health system reform featuring Dr. Fein, exact time and place to be announced.
* September 17-19, Remote Area Medical Free Clinic will be in Louisville at Freedom Hall. Other RAM dates in Kentucky are Pike County, June 19-20 and Whitley County, August 7-8.
Dec 10 Human Rights Day Health Care Protest Rally at Mitch McConnell's Office
On Thursday, Dec. 10, Human Rights Day, Kentuckiana proponents of health care as a human right will rally in front of Sen. McConnell's office to demand health care for all.
What: Demonstration in front of Senator McConnell's Louisville office
When: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, 11:30 am to 1 pm.
Where: 601 W. Broadway, (Sixth and Broadway), downtown Louisville (map)
Kentuckians for Single Payer Healthcare( KSPH) kyhealthcare.org
KY chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program www.pnhp.org
Healthcare-NOW (www.healthcare-now.org ) and its affiliate, the Mobilization for Health Care for All campaign (www.mobilizeforhealthcare.org )
We believe health care is a human right. This is not just a nebulous right, but a life and death issue. We know that 45,000 people die each year ( 122 each day) in the United States because of limited or no access to health care. We know that families are facing financial ruin due to health care bills they cannot pay.
The bills being discussed in Congress this week are completely inadequate to the nation's health care needs and the needs of our economy. According to current proposals, millions will remain uninsured with limited access to care; millions more will have only skimpy coverage with high deductibles and co-pays. More low-income patients may be shifted into Medicaid which our own state can't afford. Even the promised "robust public option" is now referred to as a "puny" public plan. Moreover, patients and policyholders will be unprotected from the skyrocketing costs of care and premiums. If a mandate to purchase private insurance is imposed, employers and employees will be handed over to the for-profit insurance industry as a "captive market."
Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has just filed Senate Amendment No. 2837 which would substitute a Medicare-for-all plan for the complicated and costly plans now going through Congress. By expanding and improving Medicare (a publicly funded, nonprofit, single payer plan), we can save money and lives. We will urge Sen. McConnell to vote Yes on the Sanders amendment.
Organizers have invited members of advocacy groups who view health care reform from differing perspectives, but who share the belief that health care is a human right: Kentuckians for Single Payer Healthcare, the Kentucky chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program, Healthcare not Warfare, MoveOn.org members, the Louisville Peace Action Committee, PDA, etc.
This event is one of 18 planned "health care is a human right" events being held across the US on Dec. 10, demonstrations called for by Healthcare-NOW ( www.healthcare-now.org ) and its activist affiliate, Mobilization for Health Care for All campaign ( www.mobilizeforhealthcare.org ).
The Mad as Hell Doctors Visit Louisville
The Mad as Hell Doctors, a group of six physicians, are making a nationwide tour from Washington State to Washington, DC in a large van to help the US public understand Single Payer Health Care Reform. They are debunking myths and misinformation about single payer and educating as they travel about the advantages of publicly-financed national health care as a solution to America's health care crisis. (madashelldoctors.com)
The doctors come to Louisville on Tuesday, September 22, 2009. Their first stop will be a noontime demonstration at 5th and Main (across from the Humana building).
At 3:00 they will present gifts to the staff of the Department of Public Health and Wellness (400 East Gray St.) and the University of Louisville School of Public Health.
At 7:30 PM they will join a candlelight bridge walk across the Ohio River, memorializing the 45,000 annual American deaths due to lack of health care access. Please join the Mad as Hell Doctors and pass this information to your friends.
Expanded and Improved Medicare for All
Bridge Walk By Candlelight
Tuesday, Sept. 22
- Memorialize the 45,000 Americans who die each year from lack of healthcare access.
- Celebrate the coast-to-coast trek of Mad-As-Hell-Doctors from Oregon going to Washington, D.C. promoting Single Payer Healthcare. They will be present and will speak.
Brief messages and music will begin the program on the deadend of North Shore Dr., Jeffersonville. Walk will go across the Second Street Bridge to Main St., Louisville, then back again. You may walk as far as you choose. We will be using the sidewalk.
From Louisville: Cross the 2nd St. Bridge to the stoplight. Right on Court Ave. Right on Southern Indiana Ave. Right on North Shore Dr.
Bring your own candle or flashlight. More info: 923-9400
Hoosiers for a Common Sense Health Plan, Kentuckians for Single Payer Healthcare, and Physicians for a National Health Program-Kentucky www.kyhealthcare.org
D.C. Demonstration Report
What is the motivation to pay $100 for a sleepless night riding a bus from Louisville to Washington, DC; for walking the halls of Congress the next morning, for sitting or standing in the hot sun at a rally in the afternoon, for spending another sleepless night riding the bus back to Louisville, and going straight to work almost on arrival the same day? Ask 52 Single Payer health reform activists from Kentucky and southern Indiana, who did exactly that. Why would you do that?
We did it to demonstrate our commitment to the idea that all Americans deserve health care without financial barriers. We did it to knock a hole in the wall that health, no, wealth insurance companies and the for-profit health industry have built between the people and our elected officials. We did it so that those congress people could hear directly from us what we, the people, want.
The southern Indiana branch of Hoosiers for a Common Sense Health Plan and Kentuckians for Single Payer Healthcare organized the trip.
We were a diverse group. The age range was from 14 to 85 years, and one rider drove from Kansas City, MO to join us. The large Hoosier contingent included one from as far as Indianapolis. Kentuckians were from Paducah, Louisville, Lexington and central Kentucky.
Leaving Louisville Wednesday night, July 29, we rode through the night arriving in Washington early Thursday morning. Hoosiers called on Senators Lugar and Bayh’s offices, as well as the offices of Rep Baron Hill, Rep. Brad Ellsworth, and Rep. Andre Carson. Kentuckians were able to speak directly with Congressmen Ed Whitfield, Ben Chandler, and John Yarmuth. Congressman Hal Rogers’s aide also spoke with us.
In the afternoon thousands attended a Single Payer health care rally celebrating Medicare’s 44th birthday. Single payer leaders, as well as bill authors, Rep. John Conyers (HR 676) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (S 703) gave stirring speeches.
Afterward we took petitions for enactment of HR 676 to Sen. Mitch McConnell’s office. Some twenty or more of us crowded into Sen. McConnell’s outer office holding the petitions taped to string. If fully stretched out, the petitions would reach two football fields – 7,000 Kentucky signatures for single payer national health care.
Our presence in Washington made an impression on the congressmen. As a result of nationwide demonstrations and activism they are beginning to get the message. It was announced just yesterday that Single payer legislation now will be brought to the floor of the House for debate and a floor vote, a remarkable achievement, that would never have occurred without street activism. Our work is paying off. Who knows, we may have to go back again and again. This is a movement. We have to keep up the pressure, and we will.