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Rob Kilpatrick
Exec. Dir., North Alabama Healthcare For All
Cell: 256-486-1277
E-mail: rob2020@mac.com

Rob Kilpatrick is the Executive Director of North Alabama Healthcare for All, a chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program.  He is a retired United States Marine Corps officer who also had a "second career" in the aerospace industry.  His two careers took him to many countries around the world where he observed, first hand, a variety of healthcare systems.  His personal volunteer activities, over the years, have put him in contact with many americans who have suffered due to lack of access to the high quality healthcare available to only some of our citizens.  In comparing the United States healthcare system to those he observed in countries far less wealthy, he has become increasingly disenchanted with the United States system and convinced that our great nation can do better.  Now, in retirement, he is devoting his full attention to advocating for a more humane and cost effective system of healthcare for all persons in the United States.

J Walden Retan, M.D.
Phone: 205-266-4928
E-mail: HealthCareForEveryone@charter.net
Dr. Retan was educated at Hamilton College, MIT, and the Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. His post graduate training was in the hospitals of the Harvard Medical system.  He came to Birmingham as faculty at University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB).  He entered private practice of internal medicine and, later, geriatrics in the 1960’s.

State Organizations Endorsing HR676

  • Tuskeegee, AL

Local Unions Endorsing HR676

  • Steelworker Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR) Chapter 36
  • Steelworker Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR) Chapter 36-2, Gardendale, AL
  • Steelworker Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR) Chapter 9-UR 1, Harvest, AL
  • Local 1155, UAW, Birmingham, AL

Alabama State News

Posted on Thursday, October 12, 2017

By Jack Bernard | The Birmingham (Ala.) News, October 12, 2017
A bitter and anxious public is fed up with the inertia in Congress and politicians arguing but getting nothing done. Gallup found that approval ratings for Congress are at historical lows, 16 percent, whereas as recently as February they were at 28 percent.

Posted on Friday, September 23, 2016

By Jack Bernard | AL.com (Huntsville, Ala.), Sept. 23, 2016
Black Lives Matter has its supporters (43 percent of Americans, per Pew Research Center), as well as its detractors (22 percent), but one thing is unmistakable: it has brought visibility to a very real problem. For too long, the general public has ignored the increasingly frequent violence against African-Americans, especially men.

Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2015

By Amy Yurkanin | The Birmingham News (AL.com)
If you want to know what the CEO of your health insurance company earned last year, don't ask the Alabama Department of Insurance.

Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013

By Kay Tillow
Dr. Pippa Abston commented on the importance of these union endorsements of H.R. 676. She said, “As an Alabama physician and Physicians for a National Health Program board member, I am thrilled to hear this news! Medicare for All is an achievable, practical way to address our health care needs and would go a long way towards relieving our state’s constant budget struggles. Thank you to our friends in Labor for helping bring H.R. 676 a step closer to success.”

Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011

By Pippa C. Abston, M.D. | Letters, The Huntsville Times
Not only do uninsured people get denied care, but they die because of it. It is true that for a real emergency, the emergency rooms cannot turn people away. By the time a person's high blood pressure or cancer or diabetes gets that bad, it is often too late.

Posted on Tuesday, July 5, 2011

By Wally Retan, M.D. | The Birmingham News
Begin with what everyone knows. Health care costs and health insurance costs are climbing more than twice as fast as the cost of living and have been for years. There is no need for numbers to prove that statement. Just ask anyone who buys health insurance on his own, any employer trying to take care of his employees, and any employee whose wages are flat because of the rising cost of insurance.

Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2011

By Kay Campbell | The Huntsville (Ala.) Times
Abston, a pediatrician who has been active with Physicians for a National Health Program, has written "Who is my neighbor? A Christian response to healthcare reform" to answer objections to government interference in the current patch-work system of health care coverage in the U.S.

Posted on Friday, February 18, 2011

Pippa C. Abston, MD, PhD | Letters to the editor | Huntsville Times
Reducing Medicaid funding would put every pregnant woman and newborn in our state at risk. It doesn't matter how much money you can pay your doctor if that doctor is not around. The same thing could happen to children now able to get care from excellent pediatric subspecialists. Pediatric surgeons, cardiologists, cancer specialists and others rely on 40 percent or more of their income being paid by Medicaid. Without that money, they may not be able to continue caring for children with private insurance either.

Posted on Monday, October 11, 2010

By WALLY RETAN | Birmingham News
As a nation, we spent about $8,000 per person on health care last year. That includes premiums, co-payments, deductibles and out-of-pocket payments for what insurance didn't cover. That's also the money employers didn't put into paychecks because they sent it to an insurance company.

Posted on Monday, March 8, 2010

By MARK E. WILSON | Birmingham News
Recently in clinic at Cooper Green Mercy Hospital, I saw a man in his 50s who had a good relationship with his doctor until three years ago, when he lost his job and his health insurance. Before long, he could no longer afford health care from his doctor. He had a history of "borderline diabetes," but he felt reasonably well, until last month, when his big toe turned black. He came to our emergency room and was admitted with uncontrolled diabetes, kidney disease and gangrene of his toe, which required an amputation.

Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010

By Dr. Oliver Fein | The Huntsville (Ala.) Times
President Obama’s health reform plan hasn’t stalled just because of one election in Massachusetts. The seeds for today’s impasse were planted long ago.

Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2009

By Patricia C. McCarter | Huntsville Times
Asked how many people knew someone who had died because they couldn't afford medical care, five of the 70 people at the Health Care is a Human Right physicians panel discussion stood up.

Posted on Tuesday, October 13, 2009

By Pippa Abston, MD, PhD and Huntsville-area physicians. | Huntsville Times
We are your doctors, and we are frustrated. Frustrated over endless insurance paperwork and denials of coverage. Frustrated that our patients can't choose their own doctors because of insurance restrictions; frustrated when our patients lose their insurance coverage and can't afford medical care.

Posted on Monday, October 5, 2009

By Patricia C. McCarter | Huntsville Times
Everybody in. Nobody out. With these four words, Huntsville pediatrician Pippa Abston described what she believes is the best health care option for America. She also described it as "Medicare for all," a concept that concerns citizens who don't support the federal government getting bigger.