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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 Thursday, March 26, 2015
    By A.W. Gaffney, M.D. | In These Times
    These two very much intertwined problems — high healthcare costs and medical profiteering — have only become more pronounced. They are also the concerns of Steven Brill’s bestselling new book, "America’s Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System."

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2015
    By Ida Hellander, M.D.
    The bipartisan "Doc Fix" legislation (H.R. 1470) and proposed amendments will undermine traditional Medicare and advance the goal of its privatization.

  • Posted on Monday, March 23, 2015
    By Kay Tillow | Daily Kos
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have worked out a deal, a permanent “doc fix” that would repeal automatic cuts in Medicare payments to physicians. Their bipartisan solution, if enacted, will plunge a stake into the heart of traditional Medicare, according to health policy expert Don McCanne, M.D., of Physicians for a National Health Program.

  • Posted on Monday, March 23, 2015
    By Harris Meyer | Modern Healthcare
    The proposed bipartisan House deal to repeal and replace Medicare's hated sustainable growth-rate physician-payment system offers Republicans a chance to make two significant benefit changes they've long sought. Now it remains to be seen if they can accept and lock in that victory.

  • Posted on Monday, March 23, 2015
    By Wendell Potter | Center for Public Integrity
    The Obama administration went to great lengths last week to inform us that it recovered $3.3 billion in fraudulent payments to Medicare health care providers in fiscal year 2014. Officials even went so far as to give an advance copy of their report to The Wall Street Journal, which, like the Center for Public Integrity, has been investigating Medicare fraud and abuse.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2015
    By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
    A clash of cultures is rapidly developing among those of us who see the mission of the health care system to be primarily the diagnosis and healing of illness and those who see it primarily as an opportunity to create personal wealth.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 17, 2015
    By Fred Schulte | NPR
    Federal health officials were advised in 2009 that a formula used to pay private Medicare plans triggered widespread billing errors and overcharges that have since wasted billions of tax dollars, newly released government records show.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 17, 2015
    By Dori Zweig | Fierce Health Payer
    The Affordable Care Act seemingly has had little or no impact on health insurers' overhead, according to a new report from the International Journal of Health Services.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 17, 2015
    By Larry Donohue, M.D. | The Daily Herald (Everett, Wash.)
    Is our social contract obsolete, only a fond memory of a simpler time? Some, perhaps many, on the political right who embrace a libertarian view hold that their successes are self-made and so should be yours.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2015
    By David E. Drake, D.O. | The Des Moines Register
    Potential 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders has stated: "There is one major country on Earth that does not guarantee health care as a right for all. There is one major country on Earth that spends twice as much per capita on health care as almost any other. There is one major country on Earth where private insurance companies and drug companies earn huge profits. Guess which country."

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2015
    By Richard Dillihunt, M.D. | Maine Medicine
    For decades, I have admired the Canadian health care system, first while at a remote Northern Quebec fishing camp. There, impromptu sick call was held for the Cree, local aboriginal people with rights to this remote land. Members of this tribe had various complaints that we treated with our medical chest. Despite the difference in language in the elderly, the shyness barriers were easily overcome. They seemed completely confident in our medical abilities.

  • Posted on Monday, March 9, 2015
    By Johnathon Ross, M.D. | The Blade (Toledo, Ohio)
    The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing another case attacking Obamacare. This will not be the last.

  • Posted on Monday, March 9, 2015
    By Stephen B. Kemble, M.D. | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
    In 2009, the Hawaii Legislature passed a bill to create the Hawaii Health Authority, charged with designing a universal health care system covering all residents of Hawaii.

  • Posted on Friday, March 6, 2015
    By Kay Tillow | Firedoglake
    In 2010 the giant health insurance company WellPoint created an algorithm that searched its database, located breast cancer patients, and targeted them for cancellation of their policies.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2015
    By Kim Krisberg | AAMC Reporter
    In early December, hundreds of medical students at schools nationwide donned their white coats and came together in protest after grand juries in Ferguson, Mo., and New York decided not to indict police officers in the deaths of unarmed black men. From Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C., to the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, medical students organized white coat “die-ins,” lying on the sidewalks and floors of their campuses en masse with signs that read “White Coats for Black Lives.”

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2015
    By Robert Zarr, M.D. | Common Dreams
    As a primary care pediatrician who sees children of low-income families in Washington, D.C., I am reminded every day of the vulnerability of our children’s health to the ill-informed whims of our lawmakers and courts.

  • 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.