Illinois Information

Contact Information

PNHP Illinois
E-mail: info@pnhpillinois.org

Illinois Single-Payer Coalition

PNHP Illinois is an organizational member of ISPC.

For upcoming single-payer events in Illinois:

State Legislation

Illinois Universal Health Care Act — HB 2436 (link)
The Illinois Universal Health Care Act (HB 2436, formerly HB 311, HB 942, and HB 108) establishes a statewide universal health insurance plan to provide comprehensive health benefits to all Illinoisans equally.

Speakers and Media Contacts


Dr. David Ansell is the Senior Vice President for Community Health Equity at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

He is an internal medicine physician, trained at Cook County Hospital in the late 1970s, where he spent 17 years holding a number of positions including chief of general medicine/primary care. After leaving County, he spent 10 years as chair of the department of internal medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, located in one of the highest hardship communities in Chicago. He has been particularly involved in health equity work, bringing attention to higher rates of breast cancer mortality for African-American women in Chicago. In 2007 he co-founded the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Taskforce, a not-for-profit that focuses on eliminating the racial disparities in breast cancer mortality.

He is the author of numerous papers and book chapters on health disparities. In 2011 he published an acclaimed memoir based on his experiences as a doctor in Chicago, County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago’s Public Hospital. His most recent book, The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills, was released by the University of Chicago Press in 2017.

Dr. Ansell is a graduate of SUNY Upstate Medical University and received his Masters of Public Health from the University of Illinois School of Public Health.


Dr. Claudia Fegan is national coordinator of Physicians for a National Health Program. In her current and past leadership roles in PNHP she has appeared on national television and radio programs on behalf of the organization, and has testified before congressional committees on a wide range of health care issues. She has lectured extensively to both medical and community audiences on health care reform in the U.S. and Canada, and is a co-author of the book “Universal Healthcare: What the United States Can Learn from Canada" and a contributor to "10 Excellent Reasons for National Health Care.”

Dr. Fegan is executive medical officer for the Cook County Health and Hospital System and chief medical officer at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County. She is also president of the Chicago-based Health and Medicine Policy Research Group. In 2016, Modern Healthcare named Dr. Fegan one of "10 Minority Executives to Watch," noting her achievements in the medical profession and her single-payer activism.

Dr. Fegan received her undergraduate degree from Fisk University and her medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. She is also certified in health care quality and management and is a diplomate of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians.

Dr. Pam Gronemeyer


Dr. Pam Gronemeyer is a PNHP member, co-president of PNHP-IL (southern division), board member of Missourians for Single-Payer, and vice president of the Illinois Single Payer Coalition board. She is a board-certified anatomic and clinical pathologist. She received a biology degree from Washington University in St. Louis; attended Tufts University School of Medicine; and completed her pathology residencies at New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston, Barnes-Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, and St. Louis University Hospitals.

Dr. Gronemeyer is the director and a woman small business owner of SEMC Pathology, LLC in Highland, IL, a pathology business that provides services to six critical access hospitals in southwestern Illinois - St. Joseph's Hospital (Highland, IL), Red Bud Regional hospital (Red Bud, IL), Washington County Hospital (Nashville, IL), Pinckneyville Community Hospital (Pinckneyville, IL), Marshall Browning Hospital (DuQuoin, IL) and Community Memorial Hospital (Staunton, IL). The service also runs a CAP accredited cytology laboratory with testing for sexually-transmitted diseases and gynecologic and nongynecologic cytologies.

She is actively involved in directing the infection control committees in the hospitals as well as working on quality assurance activities and advocating for patient safety. She believes "healthcare is a human right" and provides healthcare insurance to her employees and their dependents. She is an activist in her community and in the healthcare arena. As the child of a late union laborer, she knows that our safety net is vital to the preservation of our democracy.

Peter Orris


Dr. Peter Orris, a founding member of PNHP, is professor and chief of Occupational and Environmental Medicine for the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System. He has been an attending physician in the Division of Occupational Medicine at the Stroger Hospital of Cook County (formerly Cook County Hospital) for over three decades, where he practiced and taught internal and occupational medicine on the teaching services. He maintains an active clinical and teaching practice and holds professorships as well in internal and preventive medicine at Rush University Medical College and the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His research and teaching have focused on international health care systems, occupational and community effects of toxic chemicals, and more recently sustainable health care and climate change.

Dr. Orris has served as an adviser to many labor organizations, corporations, and nonprofit groups. On an international level he has been an adviser to the World Health Organization, Pan American Health Organization, World Medical Association, World Federation of Public Health Associations, and Health Care Without Harm. He has a long history of advocacy for elimination of profits and racism in health care and opposing corporate policies that poison the environment of the developing world.

He an active member of the American Public Health Association, and serves on the council of the Chicago Medical Society and as a delegate to the Illinois State Medical Society. Dr. Orris graduated Harvard College in 1967, Yale School of Public Health in 1970, and the Chicago Medical School of the Rosalind Franklin University in 1975.


Dr. John Perryman is a board certified pediatrician living in St. Charles, Ill. and practicing in Roscoe. Ill. (near Rockford). He has been in practice since 1993, after graduating from the University of Michigan Medical School, and completing a pediatrics residency at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago (now Lurie Children's Hospital). His practice is general outpatient pediatrics.

Dr. Perryman is new to the single payer movement, having witnessed the problems with our current system in his practice. He has taken multiple graduate level business courses, and is currently working on presentations and articles geared towards business and conservative groups. Locally, he works with a dedicated group to reach out to community and political groups, businesses, farmers, and labor organizations. In 2017, he had six letters published on health-related issues (five in the Chicago Tribune and one in the Chicago Sun-Times).

He is married with two teenage children, and his family is a major incentive for him to take on this work, given the changing nature of the economy and health security.

Susan Rogers


Dr. Susan Rogers, recently retired, is a volunteer attending hospitalist and internist at the John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County. She previously was co-director of medical student programs for the Department of Medicine. She is also assistant professor of medicine at Rush University, where she is active on the committee of admissions, and assistant professor of medicine at Rosalind Franklin University. She has received numerous teaching awards from Stroger Hospital, Rush University, and Rosalind Franklin University.

Dr. Rogers received her medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and completed her residency at Cook County Hospital, where she served as chief resident. She is a past co-president of Health Care for All Illinois, and she previously served on the boards of the Near North Health Service Corp, a FQHC in Chicago, and Ancona School. Dr. Rogers is a member of the American College of Physicians, the Society of General Internal Medicine, and the National Medical Association.

Peter Orris


Dr. Phil Verhoef is assistant professor of medicine and an intensivist in the adult and pediatric ICUs at the University of Chicago. He is a national board member of Physicians for a National Health Program and past president of the Illinois Single Payer Coalition.

Dr. Verhoef completed medical and graduate training at Case Western Reserve University, followed by residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at UCLA and subspecialty ICU fellowship training at the University of Chicago. He current research is in the immunology of sepsis in the ICU. He has been published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Chest, the Chicago Sun-Times, Springfield Journal-Register, and kevinmd.com.

Steering Committee

PNHP Illinois Steering Committee

Nicholas Skala

Steering Committee:
Michael Allgeier, DC, MDT
Sobia Ansari, MD
David Ansell MD, MPH, FACP
Nahiris Bahamon, MD
Kathy Bottum, MD, PhD
Duane Dowell, MD, Past Co-President
Claudia Fegan, MD, CHCQM, FACP
Peter Gann, MD, ScD
Pamella Gronemeyer, MD, FCAP, Co-President for Southern Illinois
Carol Krohm, MD
Monica Maalouf, MD
Lisa Messinger, MD
Alex Neuman, DO
Peter Orris, MD, MPH, FACP, FACOEM
John Perryman, MD, Co-president for Northern Illinois
Simon Piller, MD
William Reed, MD
Anne Robin, MD
Susan Rogers, MD, FACP, Past Co-President
James Ronayne, MD
Anne Scheetz, MD, FACP, Organizer
Alap Shah, MD, Immediate past co-president
Phil Verhoef, MD, PhD, Past Co-President
Howard Waitzkin, MD, PhD
Daniel Yohanna, MD

Organizations Supporting Single Payer Health Care


Illinois State News

Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2018

By Christopher C. Muth, M.D. | JAMA, March 6, 2018
Under the influence of partisan politics, health insurance and pharmaceutical companies, and hospital administrators, the US health care system often seems to function at odds with the interests of primary care physicians.

Posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2018

By John Perryman, M.D. | Chicago Tribune, Letters, January 10, 2018
In an editorial celebrating “the genius that drives the development of…powerhouse drugs,” the Tribune Editorial Board continues to propagate the fallacy that high drug prices, driven by “market forces,” are a necessary cost to help fund further research.

Posted on Friday, November 3, 2017

By John Perryman, M.D. | Chicago Sun-Times, Letters, November 3, 2017
We in the United States have a problem. Our health care system does not perform well. We lead industrialized nations in infant and maternal mortality, lag in life expectancy, and rank 81st in the world in mortality that could be prevented by good medical care.

Posted on Monday, October 16, 2017

By Pamella Gronemeyer, M.D. | St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 16, 2017
Now that President Trump has found ways to destroy Obamacare without the need for Congressional approval or our democracy, we must open our eyes and push for the Improved Medicare for All plans supported by Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., and a majority of congressional Democrats and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and numerous Democratic senators.

Posted on Sunday, September 24, 2017

By Colleen M. Flood and Allan Rock | Chicago Tribune, September 24, 2017
The United States is about to debate the merits of Bernie Sanders’ proposal for a single-payer health care system. While cost will be an issue, evidence shows that many countries provide access to quality care for all their citizens through a single-payer model while spending far less than the U.S. does now.

Posted on Tuesday, July 4, 2017

By James Whalen, M.D. | Chicago Tribune, July 4, 2017
As the Republicans’ attempt to radically reduce health care benefits for the economic disadvantaged and simultaneously provide huge tax cuts for the rich, the current legislation to repeal Obamacare is on life support.

Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017

By Phil Kadner | Chicago Sun-Times, June 23, 2017
Most doctors believe a single-payer system “would offer the best health care to the greatest number of people,” according to a survey by the Chicago Medical Society. More than 1,000 doctors from the Cook County region participated in the survey.

Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Transcription by Kay Tillow | Daily Kos, May 24, 2017
A few hours before the CBO announced that 23 million Americans would lose their health insurance under the Republican health care bill passed by the House, Congressman John Conyers, seven co-sponsors of HR 676, and representatives of physicians and nurses groups gathered near the Capitol.

Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2017

By Thomas O'Rourke, Ph.D., M.P.H. | The (Champaign, Ill.) News-Gazette, May 23, 2017
Kudos to Ryan Jackson (the Reluctant Townie) for his recent excellent article. "Rodney Davis voted for your death panel" by supporting the American Health Care Act that barely passed the House, 217-213.

Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Interview with Susan Rogers, M.D. | Black Agenda Report, May 23, 2017
People talk about choice of health care which really, when you think about it, makes no sense. Do you know what your health care needs are going to be next week? You have no clue. You assume they're going to be what they are today, but you don't know.

Posted on Monday, May 8, 2017

By Richard Ellerbrake, M.H.A. | Belleville News-Democrat, May 8, 2017
“Expanded and Improved Medicare for All,” H.R. 676, added its 108th (as of May 4) co-sponsor. For the first time, a majority of House Democrats support single payer national health insurance.

Posted on Monday, May 1, 2017

By Casey Quinlan | ThinkProgress, May 1, 2017
Although the Affordable Care Act has expanded health care access for millions of people, unequal access to treatment is still shortening the lives of many Americans. David Ansell, who has worked as a doctor in low-income Chicago communities for nearly four decades, focuses on these health care disparities in his new book, "The Death Gap."

Posted on Sunday, April 30, 2017

By Jeremy Ross | CBS Chicago, April 30, 2017
President Donald Trump’s 100th Day in office was marked Saturday, and thousand protested nationwide, criticizing the president. Health care critics offered their take on the political environment on Saturday, some describing the first 100 days, as feeling a lot longer.

Posted on Saturday, April 29, 2017

By John Perryman, M.D. | Chicago Tribune, Letters, April 29, 2017
In reviewing recommendations by the Tribune Editorial Board regarding round two of the Affordable Care Act repeal effort, a few thoughts came to mind. The suggestions are themselves reasonable in the context of preserving portions of the current system. However, the forest is being missed for the trees.

Posted on Saturday, April 29, 2017

By John Perryman, M.D. | The Chicago Tribune, April 29, 2017
The Tribune, and the Republican Party, continue to ignore the options of single-payer, despite increasing public support for this option. A Gallup poll from 2016 showed that 58 percent of U.S. adults favored replacing the ACA with a federally funded system that provides health insurance for all Americans.

Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017

By PNHP Staff | pnhp.org, April 26, 2017
This Saturday, hundreds of doctors and other health care providers will join community members to demand an end to our nation’s fragmented, for-profit health system. Wearing their white coats, marchers will call for congressional leaders to enact H.R. 676, The Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act.

Posted on Monday, April 17, 2017

By Phil Arvia | Daily Southtown, April 17, 2017
Obamacare, Trumpcare, I don't care. There is no fixing U.S. health care as it now teeters, a festering bureaucracy that spends more money on patients than any other country in the world yet lets them die faster than many nations supposedly our lesser siblings.

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Issued by All Unions Committee for Single Payer Health Care--HR 676 | Single Payer News, Feb. 28, 2017
At its February meeting, UAW Local 551, which represents workers at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant, endorsed H.R. 676, Congressman John Conyers’ national single-payer legislation, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act.

Posted on Monday, February 20, 2017

By Anne Scheetz, M.D. | Chicago Sun-Times, Letters, Feb. 20, 2017
As Phil Kadner notes in his Feb. 15 column about the Republicans’ threat to repeal Obamacare, for health insurance companies, “It’s all about profit.” Their stocks have recently posted the highest gains of any sector of the S&P 500, and their CEOs receive millions in compensation.

Posted on Monday, November 7, 2016

By Bill Knight | Morton (Ill.) Times-News, Oct. 31, 2016
Illinoisans who don’t have health insurance through their jobs or from individual policies they bought face premium hikes as sign-up starts this week for the Affordable Care Act, and those who fault President Obama for everything from Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to another danged week of Daylight Saving Time aren’t hesitating to blame Obama.

Posted on Thursday, October 27, 2016

By Mark Neahring, M.D. | The News-Gazette (Champaign, Ill.), Letters, Oct. 25, 2016
The News-Gazette editorial board accurately expressed the frustration of many when it critiqued President Obama's signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act. But it got a very important point wrong. The ACA is not an "all-encompassing government-run health care program."

Posted on Monday, October 17, 2016

By Johanna Ryan and Anne Scheetz | Fox Valley (Ill.) Labor News, Oct. 7, 2016
In Illinois and around the nation, big business has labeled workers’ compensation a system in crisis. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has depicted it as a millstone around the necks of Illinois employers, who he claims are shelling out too much money to treat injuries that might not even be work-related.

Posted on Friday, October 14, 2016

By Anne Scheetz, M.D. | The State Journal-Register, Oct. 12, 2016
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel may seem like political adversaries, but they've made common cause on at least one issue: public employees' health insurance. Unfortunately, they haven't acted to relieve employees from rising premiums, sky-high deductibles, and unconscionable drug prices.

Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2016

By Pamela Brick | Chicago Tribune, Aug. 26, 2016
The money collected from insurance premiums should not contribute toward the profit of a company, but instead should be applied to the health care needs of those covered.

Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2016

By Craig Klugman, Ph.D. | Bioethics.net Blog, Aug. 24, 2016
In Illinois, Land of Lincoln insurance and Aetna announced that they are pulling out of the health insurance Marketplace. In other states, United HealthCare and Humana have announced pulling out of the exchanges. As a result, many newspaper headlines and political pundits have declared the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare) to be in a “death spiral.”

Posted on Friday, July 15, 2016

By Ameet Sachdev | Chicago Tribune, July 15, 2016
Bill Kottmann, president and CEO of Edward Hospital in Naperville, said the current mix of private insurance and government insurance programs is "mind-boggling" for hospitals to figure out, let alone consumers. Moving to a health system fully funded by the government would be compassionate because it would be there for everyone...

Posted on Wednesday, June 1, 2016

By William Reed, M.D. | Lake Geneva Regional News
The reality is that in our country private, investor-owned insurance plans have proven over 25 years that they have no power to control costs or prices. Yet, they are one of the most profitable sectors of the economy. Other counters spend one-half to one-third less on total national health care, cover all citizens and have better outcomes that we do.

Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2016

By Anna Zelivianskaia | Chicago Medicine, April 2016
In a world with rapid news cycles and constant updates, medical students have found a way to make lasting change. Through the Chicago Medical Society they are introducing and advocating for resolutions on issues that are important to them.

Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2016

By Anne Scheetz, M.D. | The New York Times, Letters, May 23, 2016
Our health care costs more because our administrative costs, a result of a financing system that relies on for-profit insurance companies, are so high. Some of those costs are borne by physicians, who must pay for complex billing systems, denial management, preauthorization requirements, collections management and bad debt, as well as devoting patient time to discussing insurance coverage rather than medical issues.

Posted on Monday, May 23, 2016

By PNHP staff | PNHP Spring Newsletter, May 2016
The Chicago Medical Society has voted to create a “research committee to analyze the benefits and difficulties with instituting and maintaining a single-payer health care system in Illinois … and the United States, with consideration of both economic and health outcome and health disparity improvements.”

Posted on Friday, April 1, 2016

By Mark Chee, Rebecca Gieseker and Rachel Stones | Chicago Maroon, March 31, 2016
As medical students, we have chosen a profession dedicated to treating illness and helping people live healthy lives. Yet, early on during our training, we learn about the unequal access to care, unaffordable treatments, and medical debt that patients face because of our current private, for-profit health insurance system.

Posted on Tuesday, October 20, 2015

By Anne Scheetz, M.D. | Illinois Single-Payer Coalition
Health professions students from five Illinois universities rallied in Chicago and Rockford on October 1 as part of a Medicare for All National Student Day of Action, also called TenOne Day of Action.

Posted on Thursday, October 1, 2015

By Jordan Centers | Illinois Single-Payer Coalition
Despite the Affordable Care Act’s undeniable success in extending health coverage to more people and in curbing some of the health insurance industry’s worst practices, recent reports show our nation still has 33 million people who are uninsured, a comparable number who are inadequately insured, sharply rising deductibles and copays, and skyrocketing pharmaceutical drug prices. The 2010 health law clearly did not go far enough.

Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2015

By Anne Scheetz, M.D. | The State Journal-Register (Springfield, Ill.)
People with severe forms of the disease require a lot of care. But current U.S. policy systematically erects barriers to care.

Posted on Friday, September 25, 2015

By Scott Rappaport | Hyde Park Herald
On Oct. 1, students at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine will join thousands of other medical students across the country in rallying for universal, single-payer health care reform.

Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2015

By William R. Reed, M.D. | Lake Geneva (Wis.) Regional News
I am writing about the difficult situation of health care in the United States.

Posted on Monday, August 17, 2015

By Anne Scheetz, M.D. | Illinois Single-Payer Coalition
So proclaimed approximately 200 representatives of National Nurses United (NNU), the Illinois Single-Payer Coalition (ISPC), Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP), and more than twenty Chicago labor and community groups on July 30, the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid.

Posted on Monday, August 17, 2015

By Anne Scheetz, M.D., and Hale Landes | Fox Valley Labor News
Multi-employer or Taft-Hartley plans — a “made-in-America” source of health coverage and other benefits for more than 20 million U.S. workers, retirees, and their families — are under serious threat.

Posted on Friday, July 24, 2015

Single Payer News, July 19, 2015
Thomas Cleary, Secretary-Treasurer of Stagehands Local 2 in Chicago, reports that his local has wholeheartedly endorsed HR 676, Congressman John Conyers' national single payer health care legislation, Expanded and Improved Medicare for All.