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, April 21, 2014
    By Wendell Potter | The Huffington Post
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- During the year leading up to the 2008 presidential primaries, my insurance industry colleagues and I were working hard to influence the debate on health care reform.

  • Posted on Friday, April 18, 2014
    By Rosalind L. Murray | Palm Beach Post
    So much has been said about the Affordable Care Act — both bad and good. Most people, unless you are a professional, will have a difficult time fully understanding your insurance policy. Consumers (and politicians) say that no one should come between them and their doctor. However, unless a consumer pays out of pocket — there has always been someone between them and their doctor: the insurance company.

  • Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014
    By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
    The United States spends far more on medical care than other wealthy countries, due mostly to higher prices for health care goods and services. There is a reason for this. In U.S. politics, social progress comes at a high price if it threatens business interests.

  • Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014
    Univision Chicago, April 12, 2014
    They are a group of doctors and medical students that say they are not content with how health care reform is functioning, and are now calling for a reform of the reform.

  • Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014
    By Adam Gaffney, MD | Salon
    As a single-payer advocate who is also a doctor, I was concerned after the Affordable Care Act was passed that it didn’t do enough to combat rising underinsurance. A recent study by the Commonwealth Fund, which used new data to demonstrate that in 2012 some 31.7 million Americans were underinsured (i.e. insured, but still with heavy additional out-of-pocket health care expenses), argued that the burden of underinsurance will likely lessen as the ACA fully unfolds. But is there really reason for such optimism?

  • Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | Dissent
    Less than two years after the fall of Nazi Germany, a bankrupt Britain – reeling from the most destructive war in history and living under conditions of stark austerity – elected to create an extraordinary system of universal health care, the National Health Service (NHS). Aneurin Bevan, the Labour Party minister of health who played a crucial role in its creation, famously remarked that the NHS would “last as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it.” Subsequent developments, it seems, have put his challenge to the test.

  • Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014
    By Bob Herman | Becker's Hospital CFO
    A new report from nonpartisan advocacy group Public Citizen said a publicly funded healthcare system that guarantees universal coverage would not only reduce healthcare costs — it would also be an economic relief for employers and businesses.

  • Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014
    By Neil H. Buchanan | Justia (Mountain View, Calif.)
    To the surprise of many people, and to the great consternation of Republicans, the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or the dreaded “Obamacare”) failed to fail. Last week, to much fanfare, the Obama Administration announced that the ACA’s enrollment target had been met, which means that the health care law will not collapse from lack of adequate participation.

  • Posted on Wednesday, April 9, 2014
    By James Besante | Common Dreams
    While much has been made of the 7.1 million people who bought new private health insurance policies under the Affordable Care Act, and the additional millions who newly signed up for Medicaid, two big questions hover over these figures.

  • Posted on Wednesday, April 9, 2014
    By Sarah Kliff | Vox
    Saskatchewan is a vast prairie province in the middle of Canada. It’s home to hockey great Gordie Howe and the world’s first curling museum. But Canadians know it for another reason: it’s the birthplace of the country’s single-payer health-care system.

  • Posted on Monday, April 7, 2014
    By Molly Worthen | The New York Times
    When most liberals hear the words “third party,” they have nasty flashbacks to Ralph Nader’s spoiler campaign in 2000. The history buffs among them might think of the populist Greenback Party’s feckless protests against the gold standard in the 19th century or the five presidential campaigns of the Socialist Eugene V. Debs — the last of which, in 1920, he ran from prison.

  • Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014
    By Margaret Flowers, M.D. |
    I have been an outspoken advocate for a Medicare for all health system. During the health reform process, I did all that I could to push for single payer, including being arrested three times for civil disobedience. I was one of fifty doctors who filed a brief in the Supreme Court which expressed opposition to forcing people to buy private health insurance, a defective product. It pains me to see that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) siphons billions of public dollars to create more bureaucracy and transfers hundreds of billions of public dollars directly to the private insurance industry when I know that those dollars should be paying for the health care that so many in our country desperately need.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 27, 2014
    By Ellen Oxfeld | Rutland (Vt.) Herald
    This week in a Vermont Public Radio interview, Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell backed away from an unwavering commitment to the historic task set out in Act 48 — creating a publicly funded guaranteed health care system for all Vermonters.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 26, 2014
    By Max Romano | The Baltimore Sun
    After months of trying to help low-income Marylanders like Mary sign up, I'm more convinced than ever that Obamacare will not reach many of the people who need health insurance the most and that universal public coverage is the only way we can provide real health care for all in Maryland.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 26, 2014
    By A.W. Gaffney, M.D. | Truthout
    There are many good reasons to impatiently anticipate the end of one's medical training, which not infrequently lasts upwards of five years following medical school. But counterpoised to the oft-cited benefits -- greater autonomy, reliably increased remuneration, less reliably improved hours, and so forth -- there is also, unfortunately, an almost entirely unrecognized drawback: a largely unavoidable entanglement in the business of health care.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2014
    By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor Daily News
    In today’s corporatized and increasingly monetized health care environment, the demands for generation of profit often directly conflict with our clinical judgment. The belief that doctors and other healers act as stewards for our patients’ welfare has long earned us a special place in society and the trust of our patients. That position and that trust, so critical to healing, is now threatened.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2014
    By Samuel Metz, M.D. | The Oregonian
    We are the only country in the world that uses our medical records, along with residence, age, military status, number of co-workers, our employer’s choice of insurance companies, part-time status, income and size of family to determine how much care we will receive and which providers we can see. We then repeat this every time we change residence, age, military status, etc.

  • Posted on Monday, March 17, 2014
    By Matthew Anderson, M.D. | Health Affairs blog
    Sometime in the past five years — it’s hard for me to say exactly when — I suddenly found myself living in a new home. I must admit I am still a bit disoriented by how this happened. But it did. People keep telling me that everything will be OK but I am not entirely sure.

  • Posted on Monday, March 17, 2014
    By Philip Verhoef, MD, PhD and Stephen Kemble, MD |
    Emanuel has reframed the crisis in the U.S. health care system as one of cost instead of the approximately 100 million Americans who lack health insurance or have insurance that does not enable appropriate care, leading to many thousands of deaths per year. We suggest that elimination of this travesty is the most important BHAG for physicians and that the solution is a single-payer system.

  • Posted on Friday, March 14, 2014
    On March 11, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont chaired a Senate subcommittee hearing on what the health care system in the United States can learn from other countries, particularly Canada, Taiwan, Denmark and France.