Dr. Adams Received his training at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee and Wake Forest School of Medicine. He completed his Pediatric Residency at Vanderbilt University Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, and the Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship, University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado. He also has a Master of Public Health (Epidemiology), Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health (Bloomberg School of Public Health).
Dr. Adams is a specialist in Infectious Diseases of Children and Infectious Disease Epidemiology. He is retired from the full-time faculty of the University of Louisville School of Medicine where he was Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Medical Director of Communicable Diseases at the Louisville Metro Health Department. He is immediate past president of Physicians for a National Health Program.
State Organizations Endorsing HR676
- Kentucky House of Representatives
- Louisville, KY
- Morehead, KY
- Falls City Medical Society, Kentucky
- Kentucky Psychiatric Medical Association
Local Unions Endorsing HR676
- United Steelworkers, Local 1693, Louisville, KY
- Laborers International Union of North America Local 576, Louisville, KY
- Jefferson County Teachers’ Association (NEA), Louisville, KY
- AFSCME Local 2629, Louisville, KY
- PACE Local 5-2002, Louisville, KY
- Laborers International Union of North America Local 576 Retirees’ Council, Louisville, KY
- Nurses Professional Organization, Louisville, KY
- CWA Local 3310, Louisville, KY
- UAW CAP Council, 3rd & 4th Areas, Kentucky
- GCU/IBT Local 619, Louisville, KY
- Kentucky State AFL-CIO
- Kentucky Jobs with Justice, Louisville, KY
- Greater Louisville Building & Construction Trades Council, Louisville, KY
- Tri-County Council of Labor, AFL-CIO, Henderson, KY
- Greater Louisville Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Louisville, KY, April 2006.
- Steelworker Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR) Chapter 9-UR 7, Hickman, KY
- Northern Kentucky Central Labor Council, Covington, KY
- Western Kentucky AFL-CIO Area Council, Paducah, KY
- Plumbers, Pipefitters and Service Technicians Local 502, United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada, Louisville, KY
- UAW Local 2164
Kentucky State News
By Ewell Scott, M.D. | The Morehead (Ky.) News, March 24, 2017
We here in the USA are wasting 600 billion dollars per year by persisting in our reliance on private health care companies. This is a big lot of loot, when you consider our entire Kentucky State Budget is about 9 billion. I ask anyone reading this article to give me a good reason to continue this insanity.
By Barbara R. Casper, M.D. | The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.), Jan. 13, 2017
I am a physician who has cared for uninsured and underinsured patients for my entire 31 years of practice. In the past I have written editorials in support of the Affordable Care Act and with the likelihood of its repeal without a viable replacement I feel that I need to provide a voice for my patients who will be adversely affected by this change.
By Ewell Scott, M.D. | Lexington Herald-Leader, Nov. 4, 2016
A single-payer plan is the answer with progressive financing. A result would be increased net disposable income for all but the very wealthy.
By Deborah Yetter | Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.), Oct. 31, 2016
Using Halloween to underscore their message that patients deserve to be treated for illness, not tricked by high costs of health care, a group of University Louisville medical students and physicians on Monday rallied for "Medicare for all" as a solution for problems of the current health care system.
By Bill Zechman | Southern Standard, Sept. 4, 2016
Dr. Garrett Adams, past president of the 20,000-members Physicians for a National Health Program, took aim at health insurance giant Aetna for “manipulating the federal government” by threatening to abandon hundreds of thousands of customers who bought their plans with subsides under the Affordable Care Act, familiarly known as Obamacare.
By Kay Tillow | Kentuckians for Single-Payer Health Care, Sept. 11, 2016
On Sept. 7, at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, members of SNaHP (Students for a National Health Program) hosted first-year students at an Education and Advocacy lunchtime discussion on the concept of a single-payer system.
By Kay Tillow | The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.), letters, Aug. 23, 2016
No one should cry for Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini over his claim of losses in the Obamacare exchange plans. Bertolini raked in $27.9 million in total compensation in 2015.
By Kay Tillow | Daily Kos, July 14, 2016
Health care in the United States is the most costly in the world. The per capita the U.S. spends on health care is double the average of other industrialized countries, yet other nations have better outcomes in life expectancy, infant mortality, and most measures. In the U.S., we pay more but get less. About 40 percent of people in the U.S. forgo needed care because of cost.
By Ewell G. Scott, M.D. | The Morehead (Ky.) News, July 8, 2016
Despite the Affordable Care Act including the helpful Medicaid expansion, our health care financing system is badly in need of a genuine fix. Deductibles, copays, and escalating premiums are causing financial difficulty for the 95 percent. There is a solution: Medicare for All.
By Editorial Staff | Greater Louisville Medical Society News
Several members of the Physicians for a National Health Program movement met at the UofL School of Medicine campus on Tuesday, May 10, to get the word out about single-payer reform.
By Deborah Yetter | The (Louisville) Courier-Journal
Arguing that health care in America costs too much and too many people go without it, a group of local physicians, medical students and others on Tuesday called for a single system of health coverage in this country.
By Baylee Pulliam | Louisville Business First
There are a lot of ways to get health insurance — but not everyone does. Right now, there are multiple payers, including private companies and the federal government. But a new proposal from the Physicians for a National Health Program advocacy group suggests there should be only one.
By Kay Tillow | Daily Kos
A new day is breaking for single payer health care. This concept of publicly funded, universal health care, locked out of the national debate six years ago, has made it on stage in the presidential debates. Millions of people are hearing the concept of single payer (an improved Medicare for all) for the first time, and they like what they hear.
By Harriette Seiler | Courier-Journal
Thinking that nothing else can be done to control costs, many well-meaning business people have bought into the “skin-in-the-game” fallacy. I suggest they (and Mr. Bevin) explore a solution that is not only more humane, but also makes sound economic sense.
By Aaron Burch | Louisville Medicine
The protection of patients and physicians has been a continuous fight in America for decades. One of the biggest moments of the modern era of health care came July 30, 1965, when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare into law.
By Berry Craig | Kentucky State AFL-CIO
Count me among seniors wishing Medicare a happy 50th birthday Thursday.
By Ewell G. Scott, M.D. | Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader
Dr. Kevin Kavanagh, a leading Kentucky advocate for transparency in health-care costs and outcomes, writes in a recent commentary that Medicare-for-all might be the solution to our financing woes.
By Ewell Scott, M.D. |
The system we now have is grotesquely expensive and complicated. We spend 17 percent of our gross domestic product on health care. Other countries do it for 8 percent to 10 percent of GDP, and do it better. We can improve by expanding Medicare for all of us and eliminating private health insurance companies.
By Harriette Nye Seiler | The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.)
Most Kentuckians are pleased that health care coverage has been expanded in our state, but there are questions to be considered.
By Edgar A. Lopez, M.D., F.A.C.S. | Louisville Medicine
I want to respectfully invite the current president of the GLMS [Greater Louisville Medical Society] and the president-elect to a public conversation including members of GLMS to discuss why H.R. 676 doesn’t have the support of certain medical organizations. It is not even discussed. You bring your team of experts and I will bring mine.
By Kentuckians for Single Payer Healthcare
This little Appalachian community that made national news a year ago by passing a Fairness Ordinance did it again Monday night. It voted to endorse single-payer health care, H.R. 676, joining 54 other American cities, including Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Philadelphia, Detroit and Baltimore.
By Ewell G. Scott, M.D. | The Morehead (Ky.) News
Let’s do some straight talking about the current situation in health care reform and cut through the misleading rhetoric on all sides.
By Edgar Lopez, M.D., F.A.C.S. | Louisville (Ky.) Medicine I wanted to address some of the statements made by Dr. Gordon Tobin in “A Trillion Here, A Trillion There ...” (Louisville Medicine, June 2013).
By Jere Downs | USA Today
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A New York-based nonprofit says it has bought up more than $1 million in medical debts owed by more than 1,000 people in the Louisville area, as part of a protest of the credit industry.
By Garrett Adams, M.D. | Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.)
Health care in this country is now a commercial enterprise, a way to get rich from the suffering of others.
By Ewell Scott, M.D. | Lexington Herald-Leader
While agreeing with many of the positive attributes of the Affordable Care Act, as discussed by Richard Cullison recently, the law is not the answer to our health care system catastrophe.
By Tom Eblen | Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader
Medicare turned 47 years old last Monday. Bill Mahan celebrated by setting up a booth on Main Street to try to convince passersby that America's health insurance crisis could be eased considerably if everyone had Medicare.
By Kay Tillow | Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.)
The Supreme Court, in declaring the Affordable Care Act (ACA) constitutional, has endorsed a flawed attempt to solve the nation’s health care problem. Moreover, the court’s decision will only prolong many of our current health care issues.
By Kenny Colston | WFLP Radio (Louisville, Ky.)
A new poll shows Kentuckians are becoming increasingly aware of the commonwealth’s health issues and willing to act on them.
By Harriette Seiler | Louisville Courier-Journal
Despite certain positive and/or promised benefits in the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), there is one major flaw that mars the whole endeavor: the legislation keeps the private insurers in the mix.
By Ellen R. Hale | Louisville (Ky.) Medicine
David A. Ansell, MD, MPH, visited Louisville in January to offer evidence from his long career as an internist in Chicago for a one-card national health program. Author of the recently published book “County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago’s Public Hospital,” Dr. Ansell delivered a lecture to University of Louisville medical students and another to the general public. He also spoke at Grand Rounds for the Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine and the Annual Meeting of Physicians for a National Health Program-Kentucky.
By Ewell Scott, M.D. | Letters | The Lexington (Ky.) Herald
As regards to the discussion and analysis of Lexington-Fayette government employees' health insurance, the casual observer might comment that the current coverage is quite good. In fact, better than most working Americans have today.
By Kay Tillow | Other Words
More than a year after President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law, our nation's health care delivery and coverage remain the disgrace of the industrialized world. There are more than 50 million uninsured Americans. Even if the health care overhaul works as planned, 23 million Americans will still lack health insurance in 2019.
Ewell G. Scott, M.D. | Letters, Lexington Herald-Leader
The goings on in Wisconsin should be of interest to all of us. The battle between the "public" worker versus the rest of us, those who work for a nongovernmental entity, the huge majority of Americans, is now grabbing the headlines.
By Kay Tillow | FireDogLake
Detroit Diesel has been around since April 1937, a few months after the Flint sit down strike that won union recognition. This year, 1,100 retired auto workers at Detroit Diesel suffered a giant cut in company provision of health benefits because their Voluntary Employees Benefits Association, VEBA, went belly up. Workers who retired between 1993 and 2004 will have to pick up an increasing share of the premiums that were once fully covered by the company. Some retirees will have to pay as much as $4,000 per year, or even higher, just to keep their health coverage.
By Garrett Adams | Lexington Herald-Leader
Since the passage of its landmark health reform law of 2006, the people of Massachusetts have been living like a canary in a coal mine. National health policy experts have been watching them, closely studying how they're faring under the reform.
The following is a slightly edited translation of an interview with Edgar A. Lopez, M.D., F.A.C.S., which was conducted in Spanish by journalist Pablo Castelo of Al Día en América in early February. Dr. Lopez is a member of Physicians for a National Health Program and Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care.
By Nancy C. Rodriguez | Louisville Courier-Journal
President Barack Obama’s landmark health care law was significant, “but it is not enough and it will not solve our problem,” a national advocate for single-payer health insurance told an audience Saturday at the Urban League of Louisville.
By Ellen R. Hale | Louisville Medicine
Garrett Adams, MD, MPH, spent 40 years practicing medicine as a pediatrician, as chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and as medical director of communicable diseases at the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. In January, he will begin serving as the president of Physicians for a National Health Program. The Louisville Medicine Editorial Board drafted a list of questions for Dr. Adams.