Kentucky Information

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.

Posted on Tuesday, January 18, 2011

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.

Posted on Friday, November 19, 2010

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.

Posted on Monday, August 30, 2010

By Kay Tillow | All Unions Committee For Single Payer Health Care--HR 676
On June 28, 2010, Honeywell locked out the 230 union workers at its uranium hexafluoride plant in Metropolis, an Ohio River town of 6,500 at the tip of southern Illinois 400 miles south of Chicago. A working class town nestled amidst the corn, soybean and wheat fields, Metropolis is known for its Superman statue on the court house square where most Illinois candidates, including Barack Obama, have stopped by for a photo op.

Posted on Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Bill Mahan | Letters to the Editor | Herald Leader (Lexington, KY)
As a dedicated activist for single-payer health care, it has become crystal clear to me that the private, for-profit health insurance companies are the biggest detriment to having a health care system in the United States that is comparable to the rest of the developed nations of the world.

Posted on Monday, June 21, 2010

By Kay Tillow | FireDogLake
The Republican Party recently told its leaders to call the Obama administration’s new health law “Exhibit A” of a “runaway Washington government.” But that’s not how longtime GOP health expert Thomas Scully sees it.

Posted on Tuesday, March 23, 2010

By Janelle MacDonald | WAVE NBC 3
Dr. Garrett Adams, puts it even more bluntly. According to Adams, it's, "aspirin for cancer." Adams says the healthcare reform bill as passed won't do anything to control costs.

Posted on Friday, December 11, 2009

By Gabe Bullard | WFPL News
KY- About ten area residents gathered in Louisville Thursday to voice support for a single-payer health care plan. Many of the same demonstrators have held similar protests in the last few months. This particular demonstration was one of about 20 held across the country to mark Human Rights Day.

Posted on Friday, October 30, 2009

From Mobilization for Health Care for All
The Mobilization for Health Care for All continues to see a growing number of doctors participating in these actions. Yesterday Dr. Margaret Flowers, a pediatrician who has testified before Congress on the need for meaningful health care reform, was arrested in Baltimore and joined by Dr. Eric Naumberg, also a physician.

Posted on Wednesday, August 19, 2009

By Syed Quadri | The News Enterprise
I have watched with interest the debate over health care reform unfold in the columns of your newspaper and the rest of media. The airways and the pages of every newspaper in the country are saturated with several buzzwords. “Rationing,” “socialized medicine,” “federal bureaucracy,” and “government takeover of health care” are the names that appear to be driving the discussion and creating the frame of reference for the “debate.”

Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2009

By All Unions Committee for Single Payer Health Care -- H.R. 676
A group of state legislators has initiated a nationwide effort to publish an appeal to President Obama and members of the 111th Congress to support H.R. 676, single-payer health care legislation introduced in Congress by Rep. John Conyers Jr. and presently co-sponsored by 75 other House members.

Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2009

By Laura Ungar | Louisville Courier-Journal
Louisvillians had a strong message for President-elect Barack Obama yesterday: The nation's health-care system needs either massive reforms or a complete overhaul.

Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2007

KAY TILLOW | Louisville Courier-Journal | Readers' forum
We cannot solve the nursing "shortage" in Louisville without solving the conditions that force good nurses from the bedside and from their chosen profession. Many can't sleep after their 12-hour shifts for thinking about what almost happened and what could happen. The lack of organized nurse power to change these conditions and win truly professional standards of care and benefits has stifled health care progress in Louisville.

Posted on Friday, July 13, 2007

By Britney Tabor | The Courier-Journal
Dr. Garrett Adams, a member of the physicians' group and former chief of pediatric infectious diseases at Kosair Children's Hospital who presented yesterday's speakers, said he felt it was his moral obligation to be a part of this campaign. "Once you understand this, you can't turn your back on it," Adams said.

Posted on Monday, January 29, 2007

By Mark Gruenberg | PAI Staff Writer | 1/29/2007
The advocates, led by Deborah Burger, President of the California Nurses Association, and Dr. Oliver Fein of the Physicians for a National Health Plan, contend a government-run single-payer plan would cut costs, eliminate the health insurance companies and their paperwork, denial of coverage and high overhead, and cover everyone, including the uninsured and underinsured. Bush wouldn’t do that, they added.

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