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Garrett Adams
502.895.8847
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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


Posted on Friday, May 26, 2017

By Ewell Scott, M.D., F.A.C.P. | The Morehead (Ky.) News, May 26, 2017
When Warren Buffett talks, everybody who is anybody sits right up and listens. Mr. Buffett, living in Oklahoma in a modest ranch house situated in a middle class neighborhood, demands the attention of Wall Street Tycoons and Hedge Fund Managers as he has the uncanny ability of predicting the future in economic terms.


Posted on Friday, March 24, 2017

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.


Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017

By Brian Cooney | The (Danville, Ky.) Advocate-Messenger, Feb. 28, 2017
Over the past seven years, Republicans have regularly voted to repeal all or part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare). Those repeal votes were cheap talk as long as Republicans could count on a Democratic president’s veto.


Posted on Friday, January 13, 2017

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.


Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2016

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.


Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016

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.


Posted on Monday, September 19, 2016

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.


Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2016

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.


Posted on Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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.


Posted on Friday, July 15, 2016

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.


Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2016

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.


Posted on Friday, May 20, 2016

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.


Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2016

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.


Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2016

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.


Posted on Monday, January 18, 2016

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.


Posted on Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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.


Posted on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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.


Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2015

By Berry Craig | Kentucky State AFL-CIO
Count me among seniors wishing Medicare a happy 50th birthday Thursday.


Posted on Tuesday, June 2, 2015

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.


Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

By Ewell Scott, M.D. | Lexington (Ky.) Herald Leader
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.


Posted on Friday, November 21, 2014

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.


Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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.


Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014

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.


Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014

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.


Posted on Monday, October 7, 2013

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).


Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 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.


Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013

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.


Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012

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.


Posted on Monday, August 6, 2012

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.


Posted on Friday, July 6, 2012

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.


Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012

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.


Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2012

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.


Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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.


Posted on Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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.


Posted on Monday, April 25, 2011

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.


Posted on Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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.


Posted on Friday, April 1, 2011

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.


Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011

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.


Posted on Wednesday, March 2, 2011

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.