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 Wednesday, July 9, 2014
    By Stephen Kemble, M.D. | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
    Hawaii physicians are being offered contracts to join a “clinically integrated physician network” (CIPN) with Queen’s Medical Center through one of the local physician organizations. This is the next phase in implementation of health care payment and delivery system reforms envisioned under the Affordable Care Act.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 9, 2014
    By Fred Rotondaro and Christopher J. Hale | TIME Magazine
    Now that the initial shouting and -— at times -— vitriol from both sides has subsided after Monday’s Supreme Court ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, it’s time to take a sober look at what the ruling says about the future of health care reform in the United States. The majority’s ruling was an imperfect solution to a complicated case involving the reach of religious liberty to exempt organizations from providing certain medical benefits that they find morally objectionable to their employees.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 8, 2014
    By Adam Gaffney, MD | USA Today
    Living in poverty is hard enough; having to face sickness without insurance while doing so is a fate no one should bear.

  • Posted on Monday, July 7, 2014
    By Daniel J. Schaffer, M.D. | The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.)
    The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case points out yet another flaw in the employer-based health insurance model of paying for health care.

  • Posted on Monday, July 7, 2014
    By William D. Clark, M.D. | Portland (Maine) Press Herald
    We could establish a less complex, fairer and cheaper option than the one Emmert describes at UMaine. Health policy experts, economists, physicians and Congress people urge us to provide everyone with “improved Medicare for all.” Medicare for All is simple – from your first breath to your last one, you have access to private care, with choice of physician, hospital and rehabilitation facility.

  • Posted on Thursday, July 3, 2014
    By Emily Dalton, M.D.
    When inquired if Godzilla was “good or bad,” producer Shogo Tomiyama likened it to a Shinto “God of Destruction” which lacks moral agency and cannot be held to human standards of good and evil. “He totally destroys everything and then there is a rebirth; something new and fresh can begin,” he said.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
    By Michelle Teheux | Pekin (Ill.) Daily Times
    The Supreme Court just presented us with the best-possible argument in favor of a single-payer health care system.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
    By Ellen Oxfeld | Rutland (Vt.) Herald
    In his recent column on health care (June 29), John McClaughry criticizes Vermont’s road map to universal health care as laid out in Act 48. This road map hopes to create a publicly financed health care system, in which health care is a guaranteed public good for all Vermonters The target date for implementation is 2017.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
    By Emily DiVito | Campaign for America's Future
    Here is the clearest, and scariest, implication of the Supreme Court’s Monday ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Inc.: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – “Obamacare” – is fatally flawed. It is clear we now need a public, single-payer health care system – because the Supreme Court can no longer protect us.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
    By Michael Hiltzik | Los Angeles Times
    Is there anything more absurd than the American way of delivering healthcare coverage?

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
    By Rob Stone, M.D. | The Herald-Times (Bloomington, Ind.)
    Gov. Mike Pence unveiled his new version of the Healthy Indiana Plan, dubbed HIP 2.0, and it appears that it may accomplish exactly what we have been asking for — coverage for 300,000 to 450,000 Hoosiers currently without health insurance.

  • Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014
    By Jack Bernard | The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville)
    Even if all 8 million had been uninsured, tens of millions are still without insurance and will be for the near future. This fact is especially true in red states like ours that have inexplicably chosen to turn back federal money to expand Medicaid, a purely political decision.

  • Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014
    By Mary Ellen Flannery | NEA Today
    The same state that led the nation on same-sex marriage is now tackling another social justice issue: health care coverage for all of its residents.

  • Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    One of the major flaws in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is also one of the reasons it was able to pass: It accommodated, and in some ways enhanced, the role of for-profit insurance companies.

  • Posted on Monday, June 23, 2014
    Single Payer News, June 22, 2014
    The Chicago chapter of Jobs with Justice has endorsed H.R. 676, national single-payer legislation sponsored by Congressman John Conyers of Michigan. H.R. 676 is also called “Expanded and Improved Medicare for All.”

  • Posted on Friday, June 20, 2014
    By Robert Lowes | Medscape Medical News
    Arnold "Bud" Relman, MD, a pace-setting former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), died June 17 of cancer at the age of 91, just weeks after another journal published his latest call for physicians to press for healthcare reform in the name of patient-centered care and professionalism. (Includes links to three additional obituaries.)

  • Posted on Friday, June 20, 2014
    By Wendy Glauser | CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal)
    TORONTO -- With the prospect of greater pay, fewer bureaucratic headaches and the opportunity to provide better care for patients, the number of American doctors migrating north is rising, according to Canadian recruiters and Canadian Medical Association data.

  • Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2014
    By Fred Schulte, David Donald, Erin Durkin | The Center for Public Integrity
    PNHP note: This is the first of a series of articles on the Medicare Advantage program published by The Center for Public Integrity this month. Links to other articles in the series are provided at the end.

  • Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2014
    By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
    The problem of long wait times for veterans seeking care at some (but not all) Veterans Health Administration facilities has been front-page news for the past several weeks, and seems to be resulting in an unusually prompt response from a normally gridlocked Congress. The wait times and the consequent attempts to cover them up seem to have multiple causes.

  • Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    By Julie Keller Pease, M.D., and Kevin Twine | Portland (Maine) Press Herald
    As physicians and concerned citizens, we offer a more rational and reasoned perspective. The problems within the VA have in fact presented another opportunity for us to shine a light on the many benefits of an improved version of Medicare for all.