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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.

  • Posted on Monday, July 6, 2015
    By Robert Pear | The New York Times
    WASHINGTON — Health insurance companies around the country are seeking rate increases of 20 percent to 40 percent or more, saying their new customers under the Affordable Care Act turned out to be sicker than expected. Federal officials say they are determined to see that the requests are scaled back.

  • Posted on Monday, July 6, 2015
    By Robert Reich | The Huffington Post
    The Supreme Court’s recent blessing of Obamacare has precipitated a rush among the nation’s biggest health insurers to consolidate into two or three behemoths.

  • Posted on Thursday, July 2, 2015
    By Sonali Kolhatkar | Truthdig
    When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 25 that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) subsidies for health insurance for the poor were indeed constitutional, liberals cheered. The last-ditch attempt by the right to gut President Obama’s signature act failed.

  • Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    By George Lauer | California Healthline
    Undocumented immigrants pay billions more into Medicare every year than they use in health benefits, and in fact they subsidize care for other Americans, according to researchers.

  • Posted on Monday, June 29, 2015
    By Melissa Stiles, M.D. | The Capital Times (Madison, Wis.)
    The Affordable Care Act withstood yet another attack as the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the King v. Burwell challenge. The issue was whether the ACA’s language allows the federal government to provide subsidies to people who bought health insurance in states that did not set up their own “marketplaces.”

  • Posted on Friday, June 26, 2015
    By A.W. Gaffney | Salon
    For those who want to open a bottle – or even a case – of champagne to celebrate yesterday’s ruling, I’d say: enjoy. But tomorrow, once the hangover has cleared, the work to transform our corporatized, fragmented, and inequitable health care system remains before us.

  • Posted on Wednesday, June 24, 2015
    By Esther Yu-Hsi Lee | Think Progress
    Undocumented immigrants provided a surplus of $35.1 billion to the Medicare Trust Fund between 2000 and 2011, according to a new Journal of General Internal Medicine study recently published. The findings challenge concerns that undocumented immigrants are financially burdening the health care system.

  • Posted on Tuesday, June 23, 2015
    By John Geyman, M.D. | Huffington Post
    Traditional, or Original, Medicare turns 50 on July 30, having had many challenges and achievements from the days of its passage to today. It is time to celebrate its many successes, note some of its current challenges and threats to its future, and briefly discuss how it gives us a strong foundation upon which to build still-needed health care reform.

  • Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2015
    By Karen S. Palmer, M.P.H., M.S. | EvidenceNetwork.ca
    In British Columbia, as in the rest of Canada, the health care system, “Medicare,” provides public funding for all medically necessary hospital and physician services.

  • Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2015
    By A.W. Gaffney, M.D. | Jacobin magazine
    However the Supreme Court rules, Obamacare isn’t enough. We need a more fundamentally egalitarian health care system.

  • Posted on Monday, June 15, 2015
    By Samuel Metz, M.D. | Anesthesiology News
    Unhappily, our success in rock ’n’ roll, technology and finance does not translate to health care. Americans pay twice as much as citizens in the average industrialized nation — our health care is the most expensive on earth. Yet our public health is a disgrace. There are 60 other countries where a pregnant woman and her baby have better chances of surviving the pregnancy. American diabetics are more likely to suffer a foot amputation from an untreated ulcer than are diabetics living anywhere else where you can drink the tap water.

  • Posted on Thursday, June 11, 2015
    Corporate Crime Reporter, June 10, 2015
    The American healthcare system is riddled with fraud.

  • Posted on Monday, June 8, 2015
    By Ida Hellander, M.D. | Health Affairs
    Evidence-based health policy could transform the US health system. The evidence for single-payer systems is well summarized by Tsung-Mei Cheng in her article (Mar 2015) on Taiwan’s single-payer National Health Insurance (NHI).

  • Posted on Monday, June 8, 2015
    By Jessica Schorr Saxe, M.D. | The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer
    Have you weighed in on Luis Lang, the diabetic smoker who put off getting health insurance until he was about to go blind from complications of diabetes, only to find it was too late to enroll in an Affordable Care Act policy and that he wasn’t eligible for Medicaid in South Carolina? Since his story was reported in the Observer, it has unleashed a torrent of comments and has been widely disseminated through social media. Lang has raised more than $25,000 for eye surgery through the original story and his GoFundMe site – and is now an advocate for the ACA.

  • Posted on Monday, June 8, 2015
    By Stephen Kemble, M.D. | Modern Healthcare
    Regarding the recent feature “Physician quality pay not paying off”, several reviews have shown no improvement in population health measures or cost savings from pay-for-performance or pay-for-quality. It is time to face the fact that this is not a case of performance measurement of individual physicians being in a “fledgling state.” The reality is that healthcare, by its nature, is too complex and requires too much individualization to be amenable to management through standardized quality metrics for individual physicians.

  • Posted on Tuesday, June 2, 2015
    By Tom Gates, M.D. | Lancaster (Pa.) Online
    I was astonished to read U.S. Rep. Joe Pitts’ criticism that Obamacare does not do enough to cover the uninsured, leaving 30 million without coverage, and that it “achieves too little at too high a cost.” Astonished, because for the last five years Pitts and his congressional colleagues have to all appearances been concerned not with covering the uninsured, but rolling back the modest progress we have made.

  • Posted on Monday, June 1, 2015
    By F. Douglas Stephenson, LCSW, BCD | The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun
    No greater disconnect exists between the public good and private interests than in the U.S. system of for-profit health insurance.

  • Posted on Friday, May 29, 2015
    By Dan Mangan | CNBC
    Obamacare is set to add more than a quarter-of-a-trillion—that's trillion—dollars in extra insurance administrative costs to the U.S. health-care system, according to a new report out Wednesday.

  • Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2015
    By Chiang Been Huang | Atlanta Journal Constitution
    National health insurance has long been an issue of controversy among Americans. Even now, with Obamacare in place, Georgians and other U.S. citizens are divided as to its efficacy. Perhaps Taiwan’s experience with national health care can offer some perspective.

  • Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2015
    By Dan Goldberg | Capital New York
    The state Assembly on Wednesday voted for a single-payer health bill, the first time in more than two decades the chamber has taken up the measure.