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These articles highlight many of the health care related stories in the news–ranging from single-payer op-eds by PNHP members to reports by newspapers on corporate health care.

The Physicians' Proposal for Single-Payer Health Care Reform has also garnered significant media attention since its release in May 2016. To read and view coverage of the proposal, please click here. If you would like to endorse the proposal, click here.

  • Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2017
    Interview with Robert Kiefner, M.D. | The Exchange, NHPR, December 13, 2017
    With uncertainty over the Affordable Care Act's future, and Congressional inaction on an alternative, some lawmakers in D.C. and New Hampshire are re-branding an old idea: government-financed universal healthcare.

  • Posted on Friday, December 8, 2017
    By Natalie Shure | Jacobin, December 8, 2017
    In the spring of 1969, a dozen feminists gathered at a women’s conference in Boston and came to a sober conclusion: their encounters with the United States health-care system had been overwhelmingly negative.

  • Posted on Friday, December 1, 2017
    By Brad Cotton, M.D. | Emergency Medicine News, December 2017
    Linda couldn't afford the gallbladder ultrasound her hometown doc recommended. Six months later, she is in my ED. She has cholecystitis, a fever, and an elevated WBC.

  • Posted on Thursday, November 23, 2017
    By Amanda Zhou and Kris B. Mamula | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 23, 2017
    When Rep. John Conyers, D-Michigan., introduced a bill in Congress in 2015 that would create a single-payer health care system, he picked up 49 co-sponsors.

  • Posted on Friday, November 17, 2017
    By Katie Klabusich | Truthout, November 17, 2017
    The reproductive justice movement focuses on expanding the ability of all people to access the full spectrum of reproductive health care -- from contraception and cancer screenings to abortion and prenatal care.

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 14, 2017
    By Joyce Frieden | MedPage Today, November 14, 2017
    Members of the organized medicine community had mixed reactions to President Trump's nomination on Monday of Alex Azar, JD, to run the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

  • Posted on Saturday, November 11, 2017
    By Jack Bernard | Charleston (W.V.) Gazette-Mail, November 11, 2017
    Gallup surveys indicate that Americans view health care as a major national priority. But, they are confused about our health care system.

  • Posted on Wednesday, November 8, 2017
    By Gro Harlem Brundtland and Jimmy Carter | TIME Magazine, November 8, 2017
    “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” are the inalienable rights at the heart of the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America. The text is as dear today to the hearts of the American people as it was when Thomas Jefferson first penned his words nearly two and a half centuries ago.

  • Posted on Sunday, November 5, 2017
    By Jay Desai, M.D. | The Conversation, November 5, 2017
    The presidential symposium at this year’s Annual Meeting of the Child Neurology Society of America in early October in Kansas City raised many eyebrows. The first presentation of this symposium focused on burnout rates among neurologists around the country.

  • Posted on Wednesday, October 25, 2017
    Interview with Richard Master | Radioactivity, WMNF (Tampa, Fla.), October 25, 2017
    A documentary film called “FIX IT: Health Care At The Tipping Point” came out last year. It makes the case for American business leaders to support health care reform that would include establishing a single payer health insurance system in the U.S.

  • Posted on Wednesday, October 25, 2017
    By Augie Lindmark, Vanessa Van Doren, Bryant Shuey, and Andy Hyatt | STAT, October 25, 2017
    Underneath a heap of hospital blankets, Stephen seemed small for a 7-year-old. His chest rose and fell rapidly, a frightening rhythm given his history of asthma.

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2017
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. and Zackary D. Berger, M.D., Ph.D. | thebmj, October 17, 2017
    Two major developments in September upended US healthcare politics. The month’s end saw the failure of a last-ditch blitz by Senate Republicans to dispatch the Affordable Care Act (ACA) via the Graham-Cassidy bill, a painful defeat for opponents of Obamacare, including President Trump. And on 13 September, Senator Bernie Sanders’ single-payer “Medicare-for-All” bill was released.

  • Posted on Monday, October 16, 2017
    By Paula L. Stillman, M.D., M.B.A. | Philadelphia Inquirer, October 16, 2017
    I do not want to have to switch my health care coverage. For the past 15 years, I have had multiple spinal epidural injections to relieve my sciatic nerve pain. The injection lasts for 4-6 months and I am pain free during that interval.

  • Posted on Friday, October 13, 2017
    By Richard C. Dillihunt, M.D. | Portland (Maine) Press Herald, October 13, 2017
    Seventeen years ago, I wrote an op-ed for the Maine Sunday Telegram headlined “Universal Medicare: The time is coming” (Nov. 19, 2000). Apparently I jumped the gun, as it has not taken place yet.

  • Posted on Thursday, October 12, 2017
    By Greg Silver, M.D. | Orlando Sentinel, October 12, 2017
    The patient looked terrified when she showed me her broken arm that wouldn’t straighten out. “What am I supposed to do?” she asked.

  • Posted on Thursday, October 12, 2017
    By Jack Bernard | The Birmingham (Ala.) News, October 12, 2017
    A bitter and anxious public is fed up with the inertia in Congress and politicians arguing but getting nothing done. Gallup found that approval ratings for Congress are at historical lows, 16 percent, whereas as recently as February they were at 28 percent.

  • Posted on Friday, October 6, 2017
    By Natalie Shure | Jacobin, October 6, 2017
    In the week preceding the release of Bernie Sanders’s Medicare for All bill, the Vermont senator’s office was flooded with calls — so many, in fact, that the legislative aides on the other line often guessed callers’ purpose before being prompted.

  • Posted on Monday, October 2, 2017
    Panel featuring Dr. William Davidson | WITF, Smart Talk, October 2, 2017
    The Senate's third attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, failed last week before the vote made it to the floor. It was the third attempt since the inauguration of Donald Trump, who campaigned with the promise to overturn the ACA.

  • Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2017
    By Peter Mahr, M.D. | The Oregonian (Portland, Ore.), September 27, 2017
    As a family physician, I was trained to guide patients through difficult times with clinical expertise and emotional support. But I am finding it increasingly difficult to provide this care.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 26, 2017
    By Marsha Fretwell, M.D. | The Charlotte Observer, September 26, 2017
    When I retired at 70 years old as a practicing geriatrician in Wilmington and said farewell to my medical colleagues, I slowly began to realize that I might be “The Last Happy Doctor” in town.