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 29, 2015
    By Garrett Adams, M.D. | Common Dreams
    The nation has a lot to celebrate when Medicare turns 50 on July 30.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2015
    By Susanne L. King, M.D. | The Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, Mass.)
    LENOX, Mass. — Medicare, a federal government program for seniors and the disabled, will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Thursday, July 30. As one of our nation's most popular and valuable programs, covering 17 percent of the U.S. population, it has reduced poverty among seniors and improved the financial security of their families.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 28, 2015
    By Vijay Das and Adam Gaffney | CNN
    Racism mars the history of health care in America. For years, black patients were relegated to separate -- and appallingly unequal -- hospitals and wards. Many were simply denied medical attention, either "dumped" into the care of other facilities or turned away at the hospital door.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 28, 2015
    By Nick Anton, M.D. | The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, Calif.)
    Only 50 percent of individuals over 65 years old had health insurance in 1965. Now 98 percent do.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 28, 2015
    By Jessica Schorr Saxe, M.D. | The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer
    July 30, 2015, is the 50th anniversary of the day President Lyndon Johnson signed the Medicare bill and handed former President Harry Truman, a longtime advocate of a national health care program, the first Medicare card. It marks a good time to reflect on the progress made and possibilities remaining, as the original Medicare proponents envisioned that the program would, in time, expand to cover everyone.

  • Posted on Monday, July 27, 2015
    By Mary L. Ford | Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, Mass.)
    I’m fed up with citizens complaining that government is a problem, not a solution. I want my children and nieces and nephews to know that because of Medicare, my generation as we grow old does not have to turn to them to cover hospital bills and doctors’ costs.

  • Posted on Friday, July 24, 2015
    By Sarah Lazare | Common Dreams
    The health insurance giant Anthem announced Friday that it is buying its behemoth rival Cigna for $54.2 billion, launching the largest such merger the country has ever seen and reducing the number of major U.S. insurers to a paltry three.

  • Posted on Friday, July 24, 2015
    By Paul Y. Song, M.D. | The Huffington Post
    When I graduated from medical school almost 25 years ago, I was asked by then U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. C. Everett Koop, to raise my right hand and recite the Hippocratic Oath. In it, I recall "I will abstain from that system which is deleterious and mischievous to my patients."

  • Posted on Friday, July 24, 2015
    By Trudy Lieberman | Harpers
    In July 2009, as the Affordable Care Act moved through Congress, Steny Hoyer, the second-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, laughed at the idea that any legislator would actually read the bill before voting on it. If such full-body immersion were necessary to support the A.C.A., he said, “I think we would have very few votes.”

  • Posted on Friday, July 24, 2015
    National Nurses United, July 23, 2015
    CHICAGO -- Registered nurses and other community leaders will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid Thursday July 30 with a festive event and action in Chicago.

  • Posted on Thursday, July 23, 2015
    By Evan Tuchinsky | Chico (Calif.) News and Review
    Dr. Aldebra Schroll understands the workings of Medicare from the physician’s side of health care, but also as the daughter of policyholders. Her parents, ages 89 and 87, retired from New York to New Mexico 25 years ago and continue to live independently.

  • Posted on Thursday, July 23, 2015
    By James Binder, M.D. | Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette-Mail
    Medical students are taught empathic, patient-centered interviewing skills during the first two years of medical school. Patient-centered interviewing is strongly linked to better health outcomes in patients.

  • Posted on Thursday, July 23, 2015
    By James Ronayne, M.D. | Chicago Sun-Times
    Medicare has become one of our nation’s most beloved social programs. Today it’s part of the U.S. tradition, as American as apple pie.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 22, 2015
    By C.V. Allen, M.D. | Modesto (Calif.) Bee
    You were a long time coming. With the Great Depression of the 1930s came demand for both health insurance and old-age pensions. Conservatives and the American Medical Association raised the cry of “socialized medicine” – threatening to sink both efforts.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 22, 2015
    By Eve Shapiro, M.D., and Richard Wahl, M.D. | Arizona Daily Star
    Medicare, one of our nation’s most valuable and popular social programs, turns 50 on July 30. Medicare is a federal health insurance program that covers 55 million Americans — those over 65 and younger people with permanent disabilities, currently 17 percent of the population.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 21, 2015
    By Karen Garloch | The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer
    Dr. Andrew Coates agrees with some critics of the Affordable Care Act. In many ways, he says the federal law “reinforced or worsened some of the most egregious inequalities and injustices in the health system.”

  • Posted on Monday, July 20, 2015
    By Kathryn Dean, M.D. | The Olympian (Wash.)
    “I need to admit you to the hospital for pneumonia,” I told my patient. He had reluctantly driven himself to the emergency room as his symptoms worsened. In between gasps, he asked, “How much will it cost?”

  • Posted on Monday, July 20, 2015
    By Theresa Chalich, R.N. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Nicholas Kristof’s commentary “Poverty: Yes, It’s About Personal Responsibility but It’s Also About the Choices We Make as a Society” (July 12 Forum) on the need for collective responsibility was written at an opportune time. This July we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Medicare. What an impact this social program has made on improving health and financial stability.

  • Posted on Monday, July 20, 2015
    By Dominic F. Caruso, MD/MPH Candidate, David U. Himmelstein, MD, and Steffie Woolhandler, MD | Harvard Public Health Review
    Racial and income equality are too often absent from conversations about health care financing.

  • Posted on Monday, July 20, 2015
    By Marc H. Lavietes, M.D. | Asbury Park (N.J.) Press
    Mergers of large health care facilities such as that proposed by Barnabas and Robert Wood Johnson are occurring across the country. They are facilitated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but are ruinous to the delivery of affordable quality health care.