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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 Tuesday, August 30, 2016
    By Scott Harris | Between the Lines Radio News, Aug. 24, 2016
    Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, co-founder of the group Physicians for a National Health Program and a professor at the City University of New York’s School of Public Health at Hunter College, examines the decision by Aetna to pull out of state ACA exchanges, the problems of coverage created by for-profit medicine, and her support for establishing a single-payer, Medicare-for-All system that would provide universal, affordable care to everyone in the U.S.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2016
    By Dr. Jen Gunter | Dr. Gunter's Wordpress Blog, August 20, 2016
    Two years ago I wrote about my experience in a London emergency department with my son, Victor. That post has since been viewed > 450,000 times. There are over 800 comments with no trolls (a feat unto itself) and almost all of them express love for the NHS. I was in England again this week. And yes, I was back in an emergency department, but this time with my cousin (who is English). This is what happened.

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 23, 2016
    By Ture Richard Turnbull | Jamaica Plain (Mass.) News, Aug. 22, 2016
    The Boston City Council will take a bold step on Wednesday, August 24, by passing a resolution reaffirming its support for a single-payer health care system. The resolution calls upon the state legislature in the upcoming 2017-2018 legislative session to propose and pass a measure to achieve a single-payer system in the Commonwealth.

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 23, 2016
    By Kay Tillow | The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.), letters, Aug. 23, 2016
    No one should cry for Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini over his claim of losses in the Obamacare exchange plans. Bertolini raked in $27.9 million in total compensation in 2015.

  • Posted on Monday, August 22, 2016
    Interview with Dr. Steffie Woolhandler | The Real News Network, Aug. 19, 2016
    Aetna's decision to withdraw from ACA marketplaces shows that it's a very bad idea to try to get to universal coverage through private insurance companies. Private insurance companies are there to make a profit, and the minute they stop making profit, they want to pull out.

  • Posted on Monday, August 22, 2016
    By Steve Sebelius | Las Vegas Review-Journal, Aug. 20, 2016
    During the Democratic primary, as Bernie Sanders battled Hillary Clinton for the nomination, a strong disagreement emerged over health care. Sanders — who has supported a single-payer health care system similar to those in Canada and Great Britain — asked voters why America can’t do the same thing.

  • Posted on Monday, August 22, 2016
    By Ahmed Kutty, M.D. | Monadnock Ledger-Transcript (Peterborough, N.H.), Aug. 16, 2016
    In July 1965, President Lyndon Johnson had to settle for half a loaf, in lieu of the full loaf that three predecessors in The White House (Teddy Roosevelt in 1912, FDR in 1935 and Harry Truman in 1948) had proposed or attempted to legislate: a national health plan.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2016
    Interview with Ed ‘Flash’ Ferenc | America’s Work Force Radio, March 30, 2016
    In this segment of the interview, Dr. Coates talks about how a single-payer, improved-Medicare-for-All system would benefit everyone who lives in the United States.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2016
    By Laura Meckler | The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 16, 2016
    Sen. Bernie Sanders, who mounted a strong challenge for the Democratic presidential nomination, said Tuesday that news that a major health insurer was pulling back its participation in the Affordable Care Act exchanges affirms the need for his single-payer, government-run program. He promised to introduce legislation creating “Medicare for all” again next year.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2016
    By Robert Reich | Common Dreams, Aug. 17, 2016
    The best argument for a single-payer health plan is the recent decision by giant health insurer Aetna to bail out next year from 11 of the 15 states where it sells Obamacare plans.

  • Posted on Monday, August 15, 2016
    By Shefali Luthra | Kaiser Health News, Aug. 12, 2016
    One in five Americans is estimated to have a mental health condition at any given time. But getting treatment remains difficult — and it’s worse for children, especially those who identify as black or Hispanic.

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 9, 2016
    By Michelle Andrews | Kaiser Health News, Aug. 9, 2016
    In his new book, David Barton Smith takes us back to the mid-1960s, when a small band of civil rights activists-cum-government bureaucrats toiled to get the nascent Medicare program up and running. In the process, they profoundly changed the way health care is delivered in this country.

  • Posted on Monday, August 8, 2016
    By Rose Roach | Star Tribune (Minneapolis), Counterpoint, Aug. 5, 2016
    In “What is implied by calls of ‘Medicare for all?’ ” (Aug. 2), Bryan Dowd used over-the-top rhetoric in suggesting that proponents of “Medicare for all” don’t understand Medicare. Medicare was conceived as a universal social insurance program providing health coverage to seniors regardless of income or health status, with all beneficiaries paying into the program through mandatory contributions from employees and employers.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 4, 2016
    By Steffie Woolhandler and David U. Himmelstein | The Hill, Aug. 2, 2016
    In healthcare, as in the rest of American life, the gap between rich and poor is growing. That’s the take-home message from our analysis of 50 years of data on healthcare use and expenditures that appears in the July issue of the journal Health Affairs.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 3, 2016
    By Jeff Bendix | Medical Economics, July 29, 2016
    For Eve Shapiro, MD, MPH, being a delegate at this year’s Democratic National Convention is just the latest expression of her dedication to progressive causes. Shapiro, a Tucson, Arizona pediatrician, voted for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in her state’s Democratic primary because of his support for a single-payer health plan, as well as other liberal causes.

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 2, 2016
    By Jack Bernard | The Florida Times-Union (jacksonville.com), Aug. 2, 2016
    Single payer really does a much better job than an inefficient multi-payer system like ours. And, before his candidacy, the Donald knew that fact. Per Trump’s own words (his 2000 book, “The America We Deserve”): “The Canadian Plan also helps Canadians live longer and healthier than Americans. We need, as a nation, to reexamine the single-payer plan.”

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 2, 2016
    By the Editorial Board | The Times-Tribune (Scranton, PA), July 29, 2016
    Health insurance companies made their pitch this week to state regulators for rate increases next year, and the prospects provide bad news for consumers. Insurers seek double-digit increases on individual health insurance policies, citing their own rising costs. Discouraging examples include a 17.2 percent increase proposed by Aetna Health Inc., 25.4 percent to 48 percent advances projected by Highmark and 19.9 percent to 22.5 percent sought by Independence Blue Cross.

  • Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | Jacobin, July 26, 2016
    "Obama on Obamacare” would have been a catchier title for “United States Health Care Reform,” the scholarly paper the president published in the Journal of the American Medical Association earlier this month. Garnering widespread coverage because of its novelty (“call him scholar-in-chief,” noted Fortune) and for its call for a “public option” to further improve the American health-care system, Obama’s article should interest us more for what it left out.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2016
    By Claudia Fegan, M.D. | Common Dreams, July 26, 2016
    As the chief medical officer of Chicago’s historic public hospital, I confront on a daily basis the reality of our country’s failure to provide universal access to health care: the steady flow of patients turned away from other hospitals because they are uninsured or have Medicaid, which pays too little; and the legion of insured patients who come to us too late because they couldn’t afford $50 co-payments or $3,500 deductibles.

  • Posted on Monday, July 25, 2016
    By Samuel Dickman, M.D., and Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H. | Salt Lake Tribune, July 23, 2016
    Americans spend twice as much for health care as Europeans or Canadians. Although our cost growth slowed recently, it's too soon to celebrate: The slowdown has made health care much less equal.