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 Tuesday, January 20, 2015
    By Sarah Ferris | The Hill
    More than five years after the single-payer system was scrapped from ObamaCare policy debates, just over 50 percent of people say they still support the idea, including one-quarter of Republicans, according to a new poll.

  • Posted on Friday, January 16, 2015
    By Isaiah J. Poole | Campaign for America's Future
    A new study has put a price tag on how much more the United States pays in health care costs because it has chosen not to adopt a single-payer system: $375 billion.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 13, 2015
    By Dan Mangan | CNBC
    And you thought your bills were out of control.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 13, 2015
    By Sarah Kollmorgen | The New Republic
    Last summer, with Obamacare's initial troubles fading from view, The New Republic's Brian Beutler noted that certain problems with the healthcare overhaul won't ever go away because they're inherent to its architecture.

  • Posted on Saturday, January 10, 2015
    By Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H., and David U. Himmelstein, M.D.
    Gov. Peter Shumlin’s Dec. 17, 2014, announcement that he would not press forward with Vermont’s Green Mountain Care (GMC) reform arose from political calculus rather than fiscal necessity. GMC had veered away from a true single payer design over the past three years, forfeiting some potential cost savings. Yet even the diluted plan on the table before Shumlin’s announcement would probably have lowered total health spending in Vermont, while covering all of the state’s uninsured.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 8, 2015
    By A.W. Gaffney, M.D. | Jacobin
    Has the tide of health care justice turned — in the wrong direction? Last month, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin announced that he could no longer “responsibly support” a funding plan for his long-awaited “single-payer” plan for the state. It wasn’t long before some on the Right claimed a historic victory.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 8, 2015
    By Margaret Flowers, M.D.
    After years of work to elect a favorable governor, pass legislation and implement it, the people of Vermont were recently spurned by Governor Peter Shumlin when he announced that the state would not go ahead with the health law as planned. This turn of events provides an important lens for examining what happened in the advocacy for health reform and what must be done now. The fight for universal healthcare has been going on for a century in the US and it is certainly not over because of Shumlin’s failure.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 7, 2015
    By Laura Ungar and Jayne O'Donnell | USA Today
    Physician Praveen Arla is witnessing a reversal of health care fortunes: Poor, long-uninsured patients are getting Medicaid through Obamacare and finally coming to his office for care. But middle-class workers are increasingly staying away.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 7, 2015
    PNHP note: The following opinion pieces are from three prominent figures in the health reform movement in Vermont.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 6, 2015
    By Stan Gold | Sonoma County (Calif.) Gazette
    In the December issue of the Gazette, we pointed out that the U.S. is No. 1 in the world in health care costs (17.3 percent of our GDP), and that the U.S. health insurance industry is a barrier to the delivery of affordable, comprehensive, health care to the American people. We also noted that “Single Payer Health Care,” aka “Expanded, Improved, Medicare for All,” is a tried and tested solution to our health care problems. It has had many decades of successful performance in a large number of the world’s industrialized democracies.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 6, 2015
    By Elizabeth R. Rosenthal, M.D. | Times Union (Albany, N.Y.)
    Gov. Peter Shumlin wanted to enact a single-payer system in Vermont, but it soon became clear to him that he could not do it without federal support. The comprehensive federal waivers that would be required, as well as lifting Employee Retirement Income Security Act restrictions, would not be forthcoming from Congress. Therefore the label “single payer” was removed from the legislation and the bill was completely rewritten.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 6, 2015
    By Claudia Chaufan, M.D. | Labor Notes
    Supporters of a single-payer, Medicare-for-all health care system in the U.S. were puzzled September 27 when Swiss voters rejected a reform proposal by 62 percent.

  • Posted on Monday, December 29, 2014
    By Kay Tillow | Firedoglake
    It’s just a matter of time until Humana, Aetna, Anthem, CIGNA, UnitedHealthcare—all the private health insurers—will no longer exist as health insurance companies.

  • Posted on Monday, December 29, 2014
    By Scott Goldberg | Chicago Sun-Times
    On December 10, medical students at more than 70 schools across the country held “white coat die-ins” in response to the lack of indictments in the police killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York.

  • Posted on Tuesday, December 23, 2014
    By Pat Bradley | WAMC Northeast Public Radio
    Last week Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin told Vermonters he would stop his efforts to implement single-payer health care in the state. The decision has upset supporters, but they say it won’t stop efforts at the state or national level to implement single-payer.

  • Posted on Monday, December 22, 2014
    By Dave Dvorak, M.D., M.P.H. | Minnesota / ACEP Newsletter
    As emergency physicians, we have chosen to work in a setting that treats all patients, regardless of their ability to pay. We deliver more uncompensated care than any other specialty. Whether you see this as honorable or unfair, it is emblematic of a long broken system.

  • Posted on Monday, December 22, 2014
    By James Binder, M.D. | The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette
    Private insurance companies have conned us once again. It wasn’t long ago that many folks were pleased with a new insurance regulation that required private insurers to cover pre-existing medical conditions. People said it was the moral thing to do. It was also self-protective, since almost all of us will develop a chronic medical condition at some point in our lives.

  • Posted on Friday, December 19, 2014
    By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
    When I was a kid, I liked to play a game called “connect the dots” where I connected a series of numbered and apparently unrelated dots to reveal a picture of a person, animal or object. I still enjoy connecting dots, but now I do it with apparently unrelated observations and try and understand the picture they reveal. Here are several dots I have observed lately.

  • Posted on Thursday, December 18, 2014
    By Sarah Wheaton | Politico
    Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin on Wednesday dropped his plan to enact a single-payer health care system in his state — a plan that had won praise from liberals but never really got much past the framework stage.

  • Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2014
    By Irina Ivanova | Crain's New York Business
    The Affordable Care Act has made an unwieldy system of health insurance even more complicated, and should be replaced with a centralized, tax-funded health care system.