Ohio Information

Contact Information

Dr. Johnathon Ross: drjohnross@ameritech.net

Single-Payer Action Network, Ohio
Website: http://www.spanohio.org/
E-mail: SPANHealthCare@aol.com

Media Contacts

Johnathon Ross, M.D., MPH
(419) 536-3879

Dr. Johnathon Ross is a past president of Physicians for a National Health Program, a national health reform group with over 17,000 members (PNHP). He is a graduate of Cornell University and received his medical degree in 1975 from the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo. In addition to his medical degree, he has a master’s degree in health policy and administration from the School of Public Health of the University of Michigan. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Toledo and currently practices and teaches general internal medicine at St Vincent Mercy Medical Center, a 500 bed center city teaching hospital in Toledo, Ohio. He has served as a family physician in a small rural community in upstate New York as a member of the National Health Service Corps. He has served as medical director for several organizations including: a local industrial medicine concern, the local visiting nurse service, a charitable HMO established by his Catholic hospital system and currently a center city adult medical clinic. He has served as chairman of the department of Internal Medicine at St. Vincent. He has been a member of the executive committee of medical staff of St Vincent, a board member of its PHO, and as chairman of several committees of the hospital, the HMO and the PHO focused on quality improvement. He has served as a member of the Ohio State Medical Board and helped to establish the educational requirements and scope of practice for licensed physician assistants in Ohio. His experience inside the health insurance industry convinced him of the logic and need for a national health insurance program.

Alice Faryna, M.D. | 614, 249-2667 | alicyna@yahoo.com
Dr. Faryna is certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. She has 40 years of experience including private practice, Neighborhood health centers, the VA. Associate professsor of Medicine at the Wright State University School of Medicine (now the Boonshoft School of Medicine) for 14 years, and 8 years as Medical Director for Medicare Part B, Ohio and West Virginia.

Andrei Vermont, M.D.

Dr. Vermont is a Radiologist who completed his post graduate training at Johns Hopkins Medical Institution. He now practices in the Cleveland Clinic and has taught on the faculty of SUNY University Hospital, University of North Carolina, Michigan State University, and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Mary Jo Groves, M.D., FAAFP

Dr. Groves received her training at Ohio University, and Ohio State University, with clinical honors in internal medicine, OB/GYN, pediatrics and psychiatry. She is Board certified in family practice, and a Fellow, American Academy of Family Practice. She currently is the Director of Community Mercy Urgent Care in Springfield.


Thomas Pretlow, M.D.

Dr. Pretlow is Professor in the Departments of Pathology, Oncology, Urology, and Environmental Health Sciences at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Since becoming Professor in the Departments of Pathology and Biochemistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Dr. Pretlow has spent a year or more on the faculties at Harvard, Stanford, and Case Western Reserve. He was Visiting Professor for a year at the Dana Farber Cancer Center at Harvard.

State Organizations Endorsing HR676

  • Lorain, OH
  • Oberlin, OH
  • Lorain County, OH
  • Single-Payer Action Network (SPAN), Ohio

Local Unions Endorsing HR676

  • USWA Local 1375, Warren, OH
  • Division 4, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET), Rail Conference, IBT, Toledo, OH
  • Lorain County AFL-CIO Federation of Labor, Lorain, OH
  • Cleveland AFL-CIO Retiree Council, Cleveland, OH
  • Toledo Area Jobs with Justice, Toledo, OH
  • Ashtabula AFL-CIO Retiree Council, Ashtabula, OH
  • Ashtabula AFL-CIO Labor Council, Ashtabula, OH
  • Cleveland Painters District Council 6 Retiree Council, Cleveland, OH
  • AFSCME Retirees, Chapter 1184, Sub-Chapter 109, Northwest Ohio
  • Cleveland AFL-CIO Federation of Labor, Cleveland, OH
  • Ohio State Legislative Board, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen (BLET), Rail Conference, IBT, Columbus, OH
  • Toledo Area AFL-CIO Council, Toledo, OH
  • Dayton, Springfield, Sidney, Miami Valley AFL-CIO Regional Labor Council, Dayton, OH
  • Local 50, Plumbers and Steamfitters, United Association (UA), Northwood, OH
  • Ohio AFL-CIO, July 19, 2006, at Convention in Cincinnati
  • Ohio Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA), State Convention, September 2006
  • Ohio Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR)
  • Local 546M, Graphic Communications Conference, GCC/IBT, Cleveland, OH
  • Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council
  • International Association of Machinists and Aerspace Workers (IAMAW) District Lodge 34

Ohio State News

Posted on Thursday, July 6, 2017

By Roona Ray, M.D., M.P.H. | Cleveland Plain-Dealer, July 6, 2017
On Wednesday, June 28, I was one of dozens of doctors, nurses, patients with chronic illness, and voters who visited six senators on Capitol Hill to tell them to vote "no" on TrumpCare.

Posted on Saturday, March 25, 2017

By Johnathon Ross, M.D. | The Blade (Toledo, Ohio), March 25, 2017
As a physician caring for poor and uninsured patients for decades, I can tell you that the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has saved lives and saved money. It has allowed access to care for hundreds of thousands of low-income Ohioans, leading to early diagnosis and treatment of disease, thereby preventing more costly care, severe disability, or death.

Posted on Wednesday, March 8, 2017

By Robert Needlman, M.D. | The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, March 8, 2017
I am proud to be a pediatrician at MetroHealth Medical Center. I think a lot about health and health care. I'm an educated person, with undergraduate and medical degrees from Yale. And yet I can't really get a grasp on how health care financing in this country works!

Posted on Tuesday, February 2, 2016

By Johnathon Ross, M.D. | The Toledo Blade
Currently, we have a bewilderingly complex system of hundreds of insurance entities with an army of paper-pushers, billing clerks, and bureaucrats to process the premiums and bills. Under a single-payer, hospitals would not bill individual patients, but would receive an operating and capital budget from the Medicare trust fund with both local and national public oversight.

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 Friday, October 2, 2015

By Sam Allard | Cleveland Scene
About 40 people gathered at Case Western Reserve University Thursday evening as a part of a national day of action calling attention to "America's failing health care system."

Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015

By Johnathon Ross, M.D. | The Blade (Toledo, Ohio)
At a local Senior Olympics event a few weeks ago, I talked with other participants about our nation’s continuing health-care problems in the age of Obamacare.

Posted on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

By Johnathon Ross, M.D. | The Blade (Toledo, Ohio)
Your series on preposterously variable health-care prices usefully pointed out one of the key symptoms of our sick health-care system (“The cost of care,” April 5, April 12). Sadly, making prices transparent will not help to control costs, because there never will be a normal market for most health-care services.

Posted on Monday, March 9, 2015

By Johnathon Ross, M.D. | The Blade (Toledo, Ohio)
The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing another case attacking Obamacare. This will not be the last.

Posted on Monday, February 2, 2015

By Marina Bolotnikova | The Toledo Blade
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Every Thursday night, CedarCreek Church in South Toledo becomes a bustling health clinic that serves the region’s uninsured population. Medical students in white coats take each patient’s vital signs, hear their complaints, and refer them to one of the clinic’s doctors.

Posted on Monday, January 26, 2015

By H.J. Bud McTaggart | Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
The Vermont bill would have allowed private insurers to continue to operate in the state alongside many other types of plans – e.g. employer self-insured plans, private Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare, Medicaid, the federal employee private plans, etc. – in short, an array of multiple payers.

Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

By YS News Staff | Yellow Spring News
Mary Allott Agna passed away at home on Jan. 6. She was 90.

Posted on Thursday, January 15, 2015

By Vanessa Van Doren and Joshua Niforatos | The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
Even with Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP covering vulnerable citizens, 44,000 people die each year due to lack of health insurance. Medical bills are the leading cause of bankruptcy in the U.S., even for those with health insurance.

Posted on Monday, October 20, 2014

By Johnathon Ross, M.D. | The Blade
This is a political fight as well as a moral one. We must insist that our elected officials understand that our lives are literally at stake, and that we will defend ourselves from their negligence.

Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014

By Olivera Perkins | The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
CLEVELAND, Ohio - When many in the labor movement speak about health care reform they are not talking about Obamacare, but a single-payer system.

Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014

By Michael Binder, M.D. | The Enquirer (Cincinnati)
Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhuman.” Sadly, the problem of massive inequality in health care persists to the present day. I saw a patient in clinic in the past week who is going through personal financial bankruptcy due to overwhelming medical bills. This is someone who actually has health coverage, but it was not enough to prevent him from going into tens of thousands of dollars in debt.

Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013

By Michael O'Brien | The Athens (Ohio) News
At a recent public forum, community members had the opportunity to learn more about single-payer health-care systems.

Posted on Monday, December 10, 2012

By Johnathon Ross, M.D. | The Blade (Toledo, Ohio)
Ohio lawmakers are debating whether to expand the state’s Medicaid program for people with low incomes, as all states are encouraged but not required to do under the Affordable Care Act. Unless Ohio enacts the full expansion of Medicaid by 2014, many low-income Ohioans will have no health coverage.

Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012

By Johnathon Ross, M.D. | Letters, The Toledo Blade
Catholic employers would hurt themselves if they don't offer health insurance, because there is competition for the best employees. However, they can act on their conscience and have nothing to do with health insurance except to pay into the exchange created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Friday, January 13, 2012

By Brad Cotton, M.D. | Circleville (Ohio) Herald

Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2011

By Brad Cotton, M.D. | Circleville (Ohio) Herald
Many of us were shocked and disgusted that for the second time in recent years Tennessee firefighters allowed a families’ home to burn to the ground. Seems the monthly premium for fire service had not been paid. I wonder if this family, like so many families today, was struggling deciding what bills to pay that month, choosing among their children’s prescription meds, school fees, car payments, certainly the chance of a fire seemed remote.

Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2011

By Brad Cotton, M.D. | Circleville (Ohio) Herald
Rep. Hayes, Ohioans health is at risk not because of too much government, but of too little. We the people have failed to demand that our elected representatives appropriately oversee and regulate Wall-Street-traded health insurance giants that increase their bottom line by not keeping their word on the promise they offer: financial security in the face of illness.

Posted on Wednesday, June 1, 2011

By Brandon Glenn | MedCity News
In Ohio, PNHP’s top official is Dr. Johnathan Ross, a Toledo internist who practices and teaches at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. Ross, who holds a medical degree from Cornell University and a master’s in health policy from the University of Michigan, is a past president of PNHP, having served a one-year term in 2000. Ross spoke with MedCity News about why he believes a health system based on profit will never provide the high quality and low cost the U.S. needs, what he sees as the major weaknesses of Obama’s health reform, and how his up-close experience with an HMO led him to support single-payer.

Posted on Monday, January 10, 2011

By JOHNATHON ROSS | The Blade (Toledo, Ohio)
The American health care system is severely dysfunctional. We spend about twice as much per person on health care as other wealthy democracies, yet our medical outcomes are mediocre by comparison. Some 45,000 Americans a year die because they lack health insurance. Thousands more needlessly suffer and die from preventable causes. Others go bankrupt because of medical bills.

Posted on Wednesday, November 17, 2010

by Margaret Brinich | The Lakewood (Ohio) Observer
Premiums will continue to rise. More and more Ohioans will be priced out of the health care market. It’s not only a health care crisis, but a major contributor to the economic crisis. Lack of health insurance leads to lack of health care and a less-healthy working population. Ohio needs jobs. If Ohio had a comprehensive health care plan covering all citizens and the costs were known, prospective employers would be encouraged to start up new businesses or move businesses into Ohio. It’s in our economic self-interest.

Posted on Monday, August 9, 2010

By Johnathon S. Ross | Toledo Blade
Medicare, which just turned 45, is a uniquely American program that should have been the model for health reform: no overwhelming bills, no denial of services, no limitations on what hospital patients can use or what doctor they can see.

Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010

By Maude L. Campbell | Cleveland Scene
George Randt didn't go into medicine for the money. His influence was Dr. Bob — Robert Ballard, MD, a neighbor and family friend in post-World War II Bay Village whom Randt calls a true family physician. "He made house calls. He'd come down and see us when we were little and bring that black bag with the medicinal smell. He'd sit on the edge of the bed, and you immediately felt better just having him be there," says Randt. "And at street parties he'd bring out the banjo."

Posted on Monday, June 7, 2010

By Johnathon Ross, M.D. | Cleveland Plain Dealer
Mrs. Brown (not her real name) was recently in to check on her blood pressure. She knows I've worked decades for a national health plan that would benefit individuals and businesses alike. "So what do you think of the reform bill, Doc?" she asked, hoping I'd be pleased.

Posted on Wednesday, May 5, 2010

By Kevin Kelley | West Life (Westlake, Ohio)
WESTLAKE, Ohio -- About 50 protesters demonstrated in front of St. John Medical Center Sunday afternoon to protest the termination of Dr. George Randt’s contract with Cuyahoga Physicians Network.

Posted on Thursday, April 15, 2010

Enactment of Medicare Part D - the Medicare drug program - was a gift to the pharmaceutical industry and the private intermediaries managing the drug benefits. The government was even explicitly prohibited from negotiating drug prices in a competing plan. Many of us at the time objected to the rejection of the broader concept of having the government as the exclusive administrator of the Part D pharmaceutical benefit. We could have had greater savings and less third party intrusion if we had adopted a public program instead.

Posted on Monday, February 8, 2010

By JOHNATHON ROSS | The Toledo (Ohio) Blade
I care for low-income patients in an inner-city Toledo clinic. My work there convinces me that our country never will have high-quality, accessible, affordable health care as long as private insurers make the rules. The best policy solution would be a single-payer system, such as an improved and expanded "Medicare for All."

Posted on Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Drew Smith | Letter to the Editor | Acron Beacon (Ohio) Journal
Dear Santa: I know that I haven't written in a while, but this is an emergency. Please, Santa, please bring us Medicare for all this Christmas. As an employee in a medical billing office, I can't watch any more people declare bankruptcy because they had the audacity to get sick so their bills are too high.

Posted on Monday, December 7, 2009

By Hirsh Cohen | Business Courier of Cincinnati
The latest numbers are staggering. A new Harvard study in the American Journal of Public Health reports that nearly 45,000 deaths occur each year in the U.S. because of the lack of health insurance. That’s a death every 12 minutes.