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, 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.

  • Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2014
    By Hannah Keppler | AMSA On Call blog
    Last Wednesday, thousands of students at more than 70 medical schools across the country staged “white-coat die-ins” to make a statement about racial injustice, including as it manifests itself in our health care system.

  • Posted on Monday, December 15, 2014
    By Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein | Troy Media (Calgary, AB, Canada)
    In many countries, bereaved families get condolence cards and flowers. In the U.S., the survivors are also deluged with hospital bills and insurance paperwork.

  • Posted on Friday, December 12, 2014
    By Henry Davis | Buffalo News
    One patient went overseas for an operation to avoid paying high out-of-pocket costs here.

  • Posted on Thursday, December 11, 2014
    By Lilly Workneh | The Huffington Post
    Medical students from more than 70 schools on Wednesday protested racial profiling and police brutality through the social media initiative #WhiteCoats4BlackLives.

  • Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2014
    By Christy Duan |
    In the pediatrics playroom, the medical team and I, a medical student, hunkered down in child-sized chairs to review patient progress notes. A television screen nearby diverted my attention. On CNN, video of protesters alternated with Eric Garner’s final moments. The television was mute, but I could hear Garner say, “I can’t breathe …I can’t breathe …” One moment, he is alive. The next, he is dead. The video loops again. One moment, he is alive. The next, he is dead.

  • Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2014
    By Anne Scheetz, M.D. | Chicago Tribune
    Some of the newly insured have joined the ranks of those who can't afford to use their health coverage because their out-of-pocket costs are so high. This is an inevitable problem in a system in which people's total costs -- premiums plus deductibles, co-pays, co-insurance and non-covered expenses -- are related poorly if at all to what they have left after paying for food, housing, utilities, transportation and other necessities.

  • Posted on Friday, December 5, 2014
    By Jeanne Lenzer | BMJ
    About one year since the launch of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchange program, the overwhelming majority of the 48 million people who were uninsured in 2012, remain uninsured — a problem that will persist for the next 10 years, according to government projections. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that 37 million people will not have health insurance in 2015 and 31 million will be uninsured in 2024.

  • Posted on Thursday, December 4, 2014
    By Jeoffry B. Gordon, M.D., M.P.H.
    It is now five years since the ACA came into being and one year since it started financing patient care. Thus it is an excellent time to review its inadequacies from a health policy point of view.

  • Posted on Wednesday, December 3, 2014
    By Lisa Rathke | The Times Argus (Barre & Montpelier, Vt.)
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Supporters of a plan to make Vermont the first state in the country to enact a single-payer health care system urged Gov. Peter Shumlin and the Legislature on Tuesday to move forward with the overhaul, despite Shumlin’s close call in the November election.

  • Posted on Monday, December 1, 2014
    By Aaron E. Carroll, MD | The New York Times
    The Affordable Care Act, like most health care reform efforts, focuses on people without insurance. That’s fine, because those people do face significant problems obtaining health care in the United States. But underinsurance is a real concern, too, and it’s often ignored.

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2014
    By Michael Lighty | Healthcare-Now
    Below is testimony from Michael Lighty, director of public policy for National Nurses United, to the California Assembly Health Committee regarding Ebola preparedness in a fragmented health care system with cost-barriers to care and declining investment in public health.

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2014
    By Donald M. Berwick, M.D.
    The following is an unofficial transcript of the remarks delivered by Dr. Donald Berwick to the Annual Meeting of Physicians for a National Health Program on Nov. 15, 2014, in New Orleans. Dr. Berwick spoke to the assembly via live video.

  • Posted on Friday, November 21, 2014
    By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
    A new Harvard study has found that Americans’ trust in the medical profession has dropped dramatically in recent years and lags behind that in many other wealthy countries. At the same time, doctors are becoming increasingly unhappy with our profession. In his new memoir, “ Doctored,” Dr. Sandeep Jauhar eloquently explains why: More and more doctors are coming to view our profession as just another job.

  • Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2014
    By Neil H. Buchanan | Verdict,
    The two most recent attempts to reform the American health care system, in the early 1990s and early in this decade, were notable for what the would-be reformers refused even to consider: single-payer health care. Although nearly every major nation in the world uses a version of the single-payer system—and, as I will discuss below, even though the U.S. itself has had great success with a partial single-payer plan—both the Clinton and Obama Administrations ruled out universal single-payer reform even as one of the possible options.

  • Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2014
    By Steven Reinberg | HealthDay News
    Seniors in America have more chronic health problems and take more medications than seniors in 10 other industrialized countries do, according to a new global survey.

  • Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014
    By Joan Brunwasser | OpEdNews
    My guest today is second-year medical student, Brad Zehr. Welcome to OpEdNews, Brad. Something very interesting happened at the AMA (American Medical Association) recently. What can you tell us about it?

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2014
    By Vijay Das | Salon
    Starting tomorrow, November 15, millions of Americans will go online to obtain or re-enroll in health coverage through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) insurance marketplaces. Working families once again will try to pick a health plan that works for them. Yet this year, the task will be particularly difficult.