KY for Single Payer Newsletter, Jan. 5, 2022

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Events, news, opinion. In brief….

1.  Kentucky Single Payer Meeting by Zoom, Thur., Jan. 6, 2022, 5:00 PM

2.  Rep. John Yarmuth and over 50 other congresspersons urge the Biden Administration to end the DCEs

3.  The Pandemic Shows Why We Need Universal Health Care, by Abdullah Shihipar, The Nation

4.  How Public Workers Can Stop the Privatization of Everything, by Steve Early

5.  Medicare Direct Contracting Demo Garners Critics and Defenders, by Joyce Frieden, MedPage

6.  Docs Sue Envision Over Violation of Bans on Corporate Practice of Medicine, by Amanda D’Ambrosio

7.  ‘A Vaccine for the World:’ U.S. Scientists Develop Low-Cost Shot to Inoculate Global South

8.  Kip Sullivan to speak on the Ralph Nader Radio Hour

9.  Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care receives activist award from the Kentucky Alliance

10.  Kentucky Single Payer Radio on 106.5 FM, Mon 2pm, Tue 7am, Wed 11am

11.  Build the Movement--Give to Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care

  …details below.

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 1.  Kentucky Single Payer Meeting by Zoom, Thur., Jan. 6, 2022, 5:00 PM

The next meeting will be on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM.

If you are not on our zoom list, please email Kay Tillow at nursenpo@aol.com, and we will send you the information needed to access the call.

We meet the first and third Thursdays of each month.  We Invite you to join us!

The following meeting will be on Thur. Jan. 20, 2022.

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2.  Rep. John Yarmuth and over 50 other congresspersons urge the Biden Administration to end the DCEs

Today, Physicians for a National Health Program President Susan Rogers, MD, announced that 54 congresspersons had signed on to a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Becerra urging him to end the Direct Contracting Entities that are privatizing Medicare.

Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky’s 3rd District and Chair of the House Budget Committee is among the signers.

The press release

The letter

PNHP’s information on Direct Contracting Entities which are handing traditional Medicare to Wall Street.

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3.  The Pandemic Shows Why We Need Universal Health Care.

by Abdullah Shihipar, The Nation

“The pandemic has demonstrated that a privatized health care system cannot ensure the health of the population. We have barely survived this pandemic, and without universal health care, we won’t survive the next one.”

Why does the richest country in the world have the most COVID deaths?  A primary reason is that the United States does not have a free, universal health care system.

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4.  How Public Workers Can Stop The Privatization of Everything

by Steve Early

In their new book, Cohen and Mikaelian, describe and debunk the vast array of privatization schemes that now litter the landscape, from private prisons and charter schools to for-profit water treatment and trash collection. “Corporations entrusted with public goods have been given the power to lock people up, force them into a parallel justice system, deny them life-saving treatments, place vital information behind paywalls, divert money from poverty programs to wealthy investors, tie the hands of governments, and undermine our constitutional rights.” There are now 2.6 times as many federal contract employees as there are direct employees of federal agencies.

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5.  Medicare Direct Contracting Demo Garners Critics and Defenders

— Program allows ACOs, insurers to provide care to fee-for-service beneficiaries

by Joyce Frieden, Washington Editor, MedPage Today January 4, 2022

Liz Fowler, director of the CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), which developed the Direct Contracting program, was very clear about the direction the Medicare program is taking. “First and foremost, CMS is committed to the shared goal of moving away from fee-for-service,” Fowler said at the LAN (Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network) Summit last month.

“Our ultimate goal is broader health system transformation that places patients at the center of their own care. And to achieve this goal, we believe beneficiaries have to have an accountable care relationship with their providers,” she continued. “If we reach our goal of moving 100% of traditional Medicare beneficiaries into [accountable care] relationships by 2030, 100% of traditional Medicare payments will be tied to alternative payment models.”

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6.  Docs Sue Envision Over Violation of Bans on Corporate Practice of Medicine

— Group says the corporation should be barred from running EDs in California

by Amanda D’Ambrosio, Enterprise & Investigative Writer, MedPage Today December 26, 2021

An emergency medicine physician group sued private equity-owned Envision Healthcare, alleging it violated laws that ban corporations from practicing medicine in California, according to the lawsuit complaint.

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7.  ‘A Vaccine for the World:’ U.S. Scientists Develop Low-Cost Shot to Inoculate Global South

As COVID cases skyrocket, “Democracy Now!” speaks to Dr. Peter Hotez at Texas Children’s Hospital about the Omicron surge, as well as his groundbreaking work developing an affordable patent-free coronavirus vaccine. Last week the Indian government gave emergency approval to the new low-cost, patent-free vaccine called Corbevax, which Hotez co-created. He says it could reach billions of people across the globe who have lacked access to the more expensive mRNA vaccines produced by Pfizer and Moderna.

“We can really make a vaccine for the world,” says Hotez. Hotez also addresses problems stemming from ongoing vaccine hesitancy.

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8.  Kip Sullivan to speak on the Ralph Nader Radio Hour

Kip Sullivan, a single payer activist in Minnesota, is scheduled to be interviewed for the Ralph Nader Radio Hour on the topic of managed care and its successor, value based payments.  It is through the efforts to impose value-based payments on Medicare that the current privatization of Medicare is occurring, turning over traditional Medicare to profit-making entities.

You can listen to the show here:  https://www.ralphnaderradiohour.com/

If you missed the Kip Sullivan series on Single-Payer Healthcare Financing, you can watch the recordings by clicking the links below:

Part One  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awCx3jU1l3Q
Part Two  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6ttc65uP-4
Part Three  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJCBtQ6tIw0

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9.  Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care receives activist award from the Kentucky Alliance

At the Kentucky Alliance against Racist and Political Repression annual New Year’s Eve Event, Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care received an award for its July March for Medicare for All and the Dec. 11 Rally at Humana to Stop the Privatization of Medicare.

Harriette Seiler accepted the award and spoke on behalf of KSPH. We are grateful to the Kentucky Alliance and honored to receive this recognition of our work.  The event was held by zoom. See video in link above.

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10.  Kentucky Single Payer Radio on 106.5 FM, Mon 2pm, Tue 7am, Wed 11am

Tune in to Single Payer Radio where Dr. Eugene Shively, Dr. Mike Flynn, and Mark McKinley host lively health care discussions.

Links to recent shows are here:

Teena Halbig on “Forever Chemicals”

Dr. Toni Ganzell on Recruiting for Diversity.

Harriette Seiler, Ed Weisbart, Kay Tillow

Harriette Seiler & Tom Moffett, Margaret Flowers & Kay Tillow

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