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.

The Physicians' Proposal for Single-Payer Health Care Reform has also garnered significant media attention since its release in May 2016. To read and view coverage of the proposal, please click here. If you would like to endorse the proposal, click here.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2018
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | Washington Post, May 23, 2018
    The drug price reforms that President Trump recently proposed are as potent as a placebo, but not as harmless.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2018
    By Heather Boerner | Physician Leadership Journal, May 16, 2018
    Some cases simply haunt Ed Weisbart, MD, CPE. That includes the 63-year-old woman who, caring for her grandchildren, had to choose between paying rent to stave off eviction and buying her blood pressure medicine.

  • Posted on Saturday, May 5, 2018
    By Herbert Keyser, M.D. | San Antonio Express News, May 5, 2018
    We are told “we can’t afford a single-payer system.” The real truth is that we spend so much per person for health care, that just spending the same amount in a single-payer system we can provide better care than any of the other countries of the world.

  • Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2018
    Interview with Dr. Ed Weisbart | WCHL The Hill (Chapel Hill, N.C.), May 3, 2018
    PNHP-MO chair Dr. Ed Weisbart outlines the conservative case for improved Medicare for all, noting that it would save money and be much more efficient than our current multi-payer system.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2018
    By Jack Bernard | Las Cruces (N.M.) News, May 2, 2018
    In 2017 op-eds, I described the mess that Congress made of health reform. They were taking a flawed program, Obamacare, and modifying it to be much worse via Trumpcare...which I believe Donald Trump still has never given up on enacting.

  • Posted on Monday, April 30, 2018
    By Sidney M. Wolfe, M.D., Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H., and David U. Himmelstein, M.D. | Journal of General Internal Medicine, April 30, 2018
    The way we pay hospitals is toxic. It rewards, indeed requires, bad behavior from hospital leaders and stifles the better angels of their nature.

  • Posted on Monday, April 30, 2018
    By Judith L. Albert, M.D. and Ana Malinow, M.D. | Allegheny County Medical Society Bulletin, April 2018
    Supporters of expanded and improved Medicare for all favor the following: “Universal coverage for all medically necessary care – health care that is publicly financed but largely privately delivered.”

  • Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2018
    By Amanda Holpuch | The Guardian, April 25, 2018
    Ten of the top US medical schools including Harvard and Yale do not have faculty and staff that reflect the country’s black, Native American and Latino population, according to a report by the social justice group White Coats for Black Lives (WC4BL).

  • Posted on Sunday, April 22, 2018
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | The Guardian, April 22, 2018
    A golden age of corporate medicine may be dawning. A slew of mergers and acquisitions looks set to transform American healthcare, drawing health insurance giants, pharmacy benefit managers, physicians’ practices, drugstores, surgical centers and “retail clinics” in pharmacies and supermarkets together into giant corporate healthcare blobs.

  • Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2018
    Interview with Dr. Adam Gaffney and Andy Slavitt | Crooked Conversations, April 18, 2018
    Pod Save America co-host Jon Favreau talks to Andy Slavitt, the board chairman of the United States of Care, and Adam Gaffney, an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School and secretary of the advocacy organization Physicians for a National Health Program.

  • Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    By Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D. | JAMA, April 17, 2018
    In 1948, Life magazine published what has become an iconic and, for many, nostalgic photograph essay depicting the life and work of Dr Ernest Ceriani, a Colorado general practitioner.

  • Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    By David U. Himmelstein, M.D. and Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H. | Annals of Internal Medicine, April 17, 2018
    In 2015 and again in 2016, Americans' life expectancy decreased, the first multiyear decline since 1962 and 1963. Even before this recent dip, U.S. life expectancy lagged behind that of most other wealthy nations.

  • Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2018
    By Elizabeth Carson, A.P.R.N. | The Baltimore Sun, April 12, 2018
    Congress has managed to mess up our complicated, dysfunctional health care system so badly that states are left to come up with temporary patches to stave off disaster. Meanwhile, we are still being held hostage by private insurance companies.

  • Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2018
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | Dissent, Spring 2018
    In the 1960s, a struggle took place over the fate of healthcare in Canada. On one side, there were the proponents of the single-payer program called Medicare, like the stubborn Scottish-born socialist Tommy Douglas.

  • Posted on Sunday, April 1, 2018
    By Carol Paris, M.D. | Charleston (W.V.) Gazette-Mail, April 1, 2018
    During the historic West Virginia teacher strike, 22,000 workers stood up and made themselves heard, shutting down schools statewide for nine full days, before finally settling on a 5 percent raise for state employees across the board.

  • Posted on Friday, March 30, 2018
    By Marsha Fretwell, M.D. | Citizen Times (Asheville, N.C.), March 30, 2018
    In contrast to Gov. Roy Cooper’s and the Mission Administrative Physicians’ gallant effort to put a positive spin on the possible conversion of our Mission Health from a non-profit status to for-profit status under the management of HCA Healthcare of Nashville, I would like to present strong opposition to the proposal.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2018
    By Ashley Duhon and Sara Robicheaux | The (Baton Rouge, La.) Advocate, Letters, March 28, 2018
    As a medical student, you never forget the first time a patient says, “Thank you for your help, but I can’t afford it.” It’s the one sentence that could stop any treatment plan, regardless of the potential benefits.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2018
    By Jay D. Brock, M.D. | Washington Post, Letters, March 27, 2018
    Under our current multiple-payer system of health care, we have two major problems: Too many people have no (or unaffordable) health coverage, and we spend too much for the health care we get as a nation.

  • Posted on Friday, March 23, 2018
    By Ralph Nader | Common Dreams, March 23, 2018
    Polls show that over 125 million adults in our country already favor full Medicare for all, with free choice of doctor and hospital without stifling networks.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2018
    By Kate Sheridan | Newsweek, March 21, 2018
    The effect that unexpected hospital bills have on Americans’ decisions to declare bankruptcy may be overstated, an article published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine claims—but one expert says the new numbers don’t show the whole picture.