Andrew Coates, MD, FACP
The latest public radio commentary by PNHP’s president. An archive can be found here.
Private health insurance is what got us into this mess. Private health insurance won’t get us out of it.
Greg Silver, MD
The U.S. spends twice as much as other industrialized nations on health care, $8,936 per capita. Yet our system performs poorly in comparison and still leaves 50 million without health coverage and millions more inadequately covered.
This is because private insurance bureaucracy and paperwork consume one-third (31 percent) of every health care dollar. Streamlining payment through a single nonprofit payer would save more than $400 billion per year, enough to provide comprehensive, high-quality coverage for all Americans.
Marcia Angell, MD
Journal of Medicine
We endorse a fundamental change in America's health care - the creation of a comprehensive National Health Insurance (NHI) Program. Such a program - which in essence would be an expanded and improved version of Medicare - would cover every American for all necessary medical care.
By David Himmelstein, M.D., and Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H.
The New York Times, Room for Debate
The obvious fix is to cut out the insurance middlemen and cover everyone under a single public program paid for by taxes – with equal coverage for all. But the insurance lobby blocked that, so instead the Affordable Care Act took the Rube Goldberg route.
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Physicians for a National Health Program announced today that Matthew Petty has been appointed executive director.
Petty, who has most recently served as the group’s director of operations, will be responsible for mobilizing PNHP’s membership in advocating for single-payer reform at the national and state levels, growing its membership and financial base, and enhancing its outreach programs, media work and ties with coalition partners.
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