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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 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
    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 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.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 26, 2017
    By James E. Dalen, M.D., M.P.H., Sc.D. (hon) | Arizona Republic, September 26, 2017
    Bernie Sanders is introducing a bill that would ensure that all Americans have access to health care. It is called “Medicare for all.” Is this a wild socialist scheme?

  • Posted on Sunday, September 24, 2017
    By Colleen M. Flood and Allan Rock | Chicago Tribune, September 24, 2017
    The United States is about to debate the merits of Bernie Sanders’ proposal for a single-payer health care system. While cost will be an issue, evidence shows that many countries provide access to quality care for all their citizens through a single-payer model while spending far less than the U.S. does now.

  • Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2017
    By Marcia Angell, M.D. | The Boston Globe, September 21, 2017
    Bernie Sanders is right. Given the growing costs and shrinking benefits of Obamacare, and the flame-out of “repeal and replace,” America should transition to Medicare for All. Last week he introduced his Medicare for All Act of 2017, which would do exactly that, while retaining and improving Obamacare during a four-year transition.

  • Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    By Mark Dimondstein | The Plain Dealer (Cleveland.com), September 20, 2017
    Congress is back from its summer recess and the problems with our nation's health care system haven't gone away. How to fix health care is once again being hotly debated. Recently, President Donald Trump warned Republican senators that they must do something or be confronted with the dangers of "single-payer" health care.

  • Posted on Monday, September 18, 2017
    By Jay Brock, M.D. | The Washington Post, Letters, September 18, 2017
    Eugene Robinson was correct that Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) proposal for a “Medicare for All” health insurance system is the “right thing to do” [“An idea no longer on the fringe,” op-ed, Sept. 15]. It would cover everyone with first-dollar coverage for all medically necessary care.

  • Posted on Friday, September 15, 2017
    By Farzon A. Nahvi, M.D. | The Guardian, September 15, 2017
    Speaking to opponents of universal healthcare in the U.S. today is much like speaking to a moon-landing denier or any other conspiracy theorist – they insist on arguing impossibility in the face of proven reality.

  • Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017
    By David A. Ansell, M.D. | The Washington Post, September 13, 2017
    Sarai was 25 years old when she died of Wilson’s disease, an inherited disorder that causes liver failure. A liver transplant could have cured her, but she was uninsured and was denied an appointment at two prominent Chicago transplant hospitals, including my own.

  • Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017
    By Sen. Bernie Sanders | The New York Times, September 13, 2017
    This is a pivotal moment in American history. Do we, as a nation, join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee comprehensive health care to every person as a human right?

  • Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | The Washington Post, September 13, 2017
    Single-payer universal health care — once cast as a radical daydream — has moved with staggering swiftness from purported fantasy to palpable possibility. Today, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) released his long-awaited single-payer bill, and a slew of senators now numbering in the double digits have announced their support.

  • Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2017
    By Paul Y. Song, M.D. | Huffington Post, September 7, 2017
    As the dust settles after yet another failed GOP attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it is vitally important for everyone to understand why simply preserving the ACA is not good enough.