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 Friday, February 27, 2015
    By Chris Kardish | Governing (Washington, D.C.)
    There is perhaps no state lawmaker in the country who has pushed for single-payer health care with as much fidelity as New York state Assemblyman Richard Gottfried. Since 1992, he has introduced single-payer legislation every year, only to see his efforts fail to gain much traction. This year, Gottfried, a Manhattan Democrat and head of the Assembly’s health committee, is hopeful, though he may be the only legislator in the country making a full push.

  • Posted on Monday, February 23, 2015
    By Marcia Angell, M.D.
    PNHP note: The following text contains the prepared remarks of Dr. Angell at a panel titled “Persistent Barriers to Reform of the American Health Care System” at the 27th Annual Policy Research Conference of the National Academy of Social Insurance in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 28, 2015.

  • Posted on Monday, February 23, 2015
    By Deborah Schumann, M.D. | The Washington Post
    The Feb. 17 front-page article “Faces of the subsidies case” was right when it said that health insurance “payments, which are referred to as tax credits, go directly from the federal government to the insurance companies.” That is how the Affordable Care Act was designed, by the insurance industry.

  • Posted on Monday, February 23, 2015
    By Josh Freeman, M.D.
    I just returned from a week’s visit to Cuba with a group of journal medical editors and public health people. We met with many people in the medical professions including family doctors and nurses and people from highly specialized referral centers in pediatric cardiac and hepatobiliary surgery, nutrition, and diabetes, and with faculty and leaders from the school of public health and some of Cuba’s medical journals, including the Cuban Journal of Public Health.

  • Posted on Friday, February 20, 2015
    By Julie Pease, M.D. | Maine Medicine
    MMA’s Public Health Committee has designated access to healthcare as one of its priorities for 2015. During 2014, access to care changed for many Mainers. On the bright side, thousands who had previously been left out of our system are now newly insured and able to access healthcare.

  • Posted on Friday, February 20, 2015
    By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
    We often hear boasts about American exceptionalism. But there is at least one area where being exceptional is a negative.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2015
    By Rod Watson | The Buffalo News
    The spat between doctors and a health insurer over which anti-addiction drug patients can get raises again the fundamental health care question Americans answer one way, and the rest of the world answers another: Whom do you trust?

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 18, 2015
    By John Geyman, M.D. | The Huffington Post
    Steven Brill, author of the well-known 2013 "Special Report, Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us," in Time magazine has just released his new book, "America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System."[1] Based upon in-depth reporting of interviews with more than 240 people involved in various ways across our health care industry, he gives us an inside look at how the Affordable Care Act was written, passed, implemented and changed over the last five years.

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 18, 2015
    Single Payer News
    On January 5, 2015, the Jackson Central Labor Council meeting in regular session "voted unanimously to endorse and support H.R. 676, the National Single Payer Legislation," reports Joe Coleman, president of the CLC.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2015
    By Nancy T. Block, M.D. | The New York Times
    As Elisabeth Rosenthal eloquently documents in “Insured, but Not Covered” (news analysis, Sunday Review, Feb. 8), our health insurance system is little better than the nonsystem we had before the Affordable Care Act.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2015
    By Stephen Kemble, M.D. | Modern Healthcare
    Moving the ACO model to the privately insured means holding doctors and hospitals accountable for outcomes they cannot control—a bad deal for all.

  • Posted on Friday, February 13, 2015
    By Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein | The Huffington Post Canada
    In many countries, bereaved families get condolence cards and flowers. In the U.S., they are also deluged with hospital bills and insurance paperwork.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2015
    By Peter Wong | Portland (Ore.) Tribune
    State Sen. Michael Dembrow and a few hundred people have not given up on a single-payer system under which the government pays for all health care.

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2015
    By Andrea Germanos | Common Dreams
    Providing universal health coverage is a key way to address increasing global inequality, the head of the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2015
    By Aatif Mansoor, Channing James and Jenny Zhang | Minnesota Daily
    We are medical students who have devoted eight years of our lives to educating and training ourselves, along with three to seven more years of training left for our chosen specialty.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 10, 2015
    America’s Work Force Radio
    The following is an unofficial transcript of an interview that Vanessa Van Doren, a first-year medical student at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, gave to Ed “Flash” Ferenc, host of the labor-oriented, Cleveland-based “America’s Work Force Radio” on WERE-AM 1490, on Feb. 9, 2015.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 10, 2015
    The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann
    PNHP President Dr. Robert Zarr appeared on Thom Hartmann's "The Big Picture" on RT America on Feb. 9, 2015, to discuss the limitations of the Affordable Care Act and the continuing need for single-payer reform -- an improved Medicare for all.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 10, 2015
    By James Fieseher, M.D. | Concord (N.H.) Monitor
    As much as we’ve prospered as a nation under the “free market” system, one size doesn’t fit all. There are just some things that don’t belong in a free-market system, particularly when it comes to an integration of services.

  • Posted on Monday, February 9, 2015
    By Elisabeth Rosenthal | The New York Times
    When Karen Pineman of Manhattan received notice that her longtime health insurance policy didn’t comply with the Affordable Care Act’s requirements, she gamely set about shopping for a new policy through the public marketplace. After all, she’d supported President Obama and the act as a matter of principle.

  • Posted on Monday, February 9, 2015
    By Ed Weisbart, M.D. | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Children should get vaccinated. The evidence is overwhelming that this is a safe and effective vital strategy for our nation’s health.