Articles of Interest

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 Monday, July 24, 2017
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | The Washington Post, July 24, 2017
    The saga of Charlie Gard — the critically ill 11-month-old boy with a spectacularly rare genetic disorder, who is on life support in a London hospital — seems to be coming to a close.

  • Posted on Saturday, July 22, 2017
    Interview With Dr. Steffie Woolhandler | Ralph Nader Radio Hour, July 22, 2017
    As the U.S. Senate contemplated detrimental changes to health care, PNHP co-founder Dr. Steffie Woolhandler spoke with Ralph Nader about what a different approach - a single-payer national health program - would mean for patients and doctors.

  • Posted on Friday, July 21, 2017
    By Dr. Claudia Fegan | Modern Healthcare, July 21, 2017
    Now that the Senate GOP's Better Care Reconciliation Act has crashed and burned, and efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act appear to have stalled, it's time to consider another plan: improved Medicare for all.

  • Posted on Friday, July 21, 2017
    By Jack Bernard | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 21, 2017
    Let’s play a game of guess “who said.” On CNN in 1999: “If you can’t take care of your sick in the country, forget it, it’s all over...I believe in universal healthcare."

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    By Zaid Jilani | The Intercept, July 19, 2017
    Thanks to a pair of defections from more GOP senators late yesterday, the Republican plan to repeal and replace or simply repeal the Affordable Care Act is dead — for now.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | Jacobin, July 19, 2017
    The saga of Trumpcare may finally be behind us. The wretched bill would have wrenched coverage from tens of millions, and — by many estimates — cost tens of thousands of lives a year.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    Interview With Dr. Carol Paris | Democracy Now!, July 19, 2017
    As the Republican healthcare bill collapses, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’ll now try to push through legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act and wait until after the 2018 midterm elections to propose a replacement.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 18, 2017
    By Farzon A. Nahvi, M.D. | The Guardian, July 18, 2017
    The single most disheartening line I tell my patients every day is: “Let’s focus on your health, that is the only thing that is important right now.”

  • Posted on Monday, July 17, 2017
    By Kaeli Subberwal & Mollie Reilly | HuffPost, July 17, 2017
    Protesters again took to Capitol Hill on Monday to protest Senate Republicans’ proposed health care bill, staging a demonstration in the Hart Senate Office Building, where several people were arrested.

  • Posted on Saturday, July 15, 2017
    By Stephanie Innes | Arizona Daily Star, July 15, 2017
    Universal health care is far from the plan Republican leaders are proposing, but it’s getting some love in Southern Arizona.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 11, 2017
    Interview With Dr. David Himmelstein | Review of Systems Podcast, July 11, 2017
    We talk with Dr. Himmelstein about how he got his start in research by looking at patient dumping practices as a trainee, and how he views advocacy as a natural outgrowth of his research findings. We also talk about his work as a leader in advocacy for a national health insurance program.

  • Posted on Saturday, July 8, 2017
    By Scott Simon | NPR Weekend Edition, July 8, 2017
    Doctors Julie Gunter, Rob Stone, and Gary Sobelson talk to NPR about the problems with American health care and what they think of the current Republican health care plan.

  • 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 Tuesday, June 27, 2017
    Interview With Dr. Steffie Woolhandler | Democracy Now!, June 27, 2017
    Twenty-two million Americans would lose their health insurance under the Senate Republicans’ healthcare bill over the next decade. That’s according to the Congressional Budget Office, which released its assessment on Monday.

  • Posted on Monday, June 26, 2017
    By Joshua Gear, M.D. | Portland (Maine) Press Herald, June 26, 2017
    As a piece of legislation intended to provide affordable, quality health care to the greatest number of Americans, the Affordable Care Act has failed miserably. Twenty million Americans remain uninsured and tens of millions more with insurance have trouble affording their co-pays or deductibles.

  • Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017
    By Phil Kadner | Chicago Sun-Times, June 23, 2017
    Most doctors believe a single-payer system “would offer the best health care to the greatest number of people,” according to a survey by the Chicago Medical Society. More than 1,000 doctors from the Cook County region participated in the survey.

  • Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017
    By Natalie Shure | Pacific Standard, June 23, 2017
    The California State Assembly will be busy this summer continuing to shape SB-562, a statewide universal health-care bill that passed the Senate last month. The legislation aims to create a so-called single-payer system: a unified public insurance pool that would cover all residents' health-care costs, thereby extending coverage to three million previously uninsured Californians.

  • Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017
    Interview with Dr. Steffie Woolhandler | Democracy Now!, June 23, 2017
    Health experts say, given the shortcomings of both the Affordable Care Act and Republican proposals, now is the time to move forward with a simple Medicare-for-all system, known as single payer.

  • Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | The Guardian, June 23 2017
    “Dead on arrival,” some said. That was to be the fate of the House’s Obamacare repeal bill in the Senate. Yet Trumpcare has risen again: on Thursday, the Senate released its Obamacare repeal bill, though its fate is still uncertain.

  • Posted on Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | Jacobin, June 20, 2017
    Over the weekend, the Washington Post editorial board took a bold stance: they argued that universal health care with single-payer financing is simply beyond reach. That the Post felt the need to issue the editorial at this particular moment is a testament to single payer’s rising fortunes.