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 25, 2016
    By Howard Waitzkin, M.D., Ph.D. | Medscape, May 20, 2016
    I confess: I am a disobedient doctor. After a career in academic medicine and public health, I decided to work part-time in a rural health program. There I began to understand the loss of control over the conditions of medical practice that has affected so many doctors. Administrative demands multiplied and constrained my ability to care for my patients in the ways I thought best.

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2016
    By Anna Zelivianskaia | Chicago Medicine, April 2016
    In a world with rapid news cycles and constant updates, medical students have found a way to make lasting change. Through the Chicago Medical Society they are introducing and advocating for resolutions on issues that are important to them.

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2016
    By Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein | The Huffington Post, May 22, 2016
    Last week we posted a critique of the Urban Institute’s (UI) absurdly biased report that claimed Sen. Bernie Sanders’ proposal for single-payer health reform would cause a massive increase in health spending. Now, the report’s authors have issued a 12-page rejoinder to our criticism. But that response is riddled with distortions, misinterpretations and glaring factual errors.

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2016
    By Anne Scheetz, M.D. | The New York Times, Letters, May 23, 2016
    Our health care costs more because our administrative costs, a result of a financing system that relies on for-profit insurance companies, are so high. Some of those costs are borne by physicians, who must pay for complex billing systems, denial management, preauthorization requirements, collections management and bad debt, as well as devoting patient time to discussing insurance coverage rather than medical issues.

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2016
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | Jacobin, April 26, 2016
    Every nation’s health system is split along a rights-commodity axis, ranging from a public system that provides a universal right to health care according to need, to a private enterprise that profitably provides care according to means. When the National Health Service was founded, notes scholar Rudolf Klein in The New Politics of the NHS, it was the first system that universalized government-provided care, and it thereby skewed health care toward the “rights” side of that axis.

  • Posted on Monday, May 23, 2016
    By PNHP staff | PNHP Spring Newsletter, May 2016
    The Chicago Medical Society has voted to create a “research committee to analyze the benefits and difficulties with instituting and maintaining a single-payer health care system in Illinois … and the United States, with consideration of both economic and health outcome and health disparity improvements.”

  • Posted on Friday, May 20, 2016
    By Steffie Woolhandler and David U. Himmelstein | Las Vegas Review-Journal, May 17, 2016
    The latest attack on Bernie Sanders’ single-payer health reform proposal comes from John Holahan and his colleagues at the Urban Institute. They claim that under Sen. Sanders’ plan medical spending would shoot up by $518.9 billion in 2017 alone, and by $6.6 trillion over the next decade. Mr. Holahan’s analysis couldn’t pass a laugh test — it’s based on absurd assumptions, ignores a raft of real-life evidence from both the United States and abroad, and directly contradicts itself — but serious people seem to be taking it seriously.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2016
    By Marcia Angell, M.D. | The Boston Globe, May 17, 2016
    Other advanced countries spend on average less than half as much per capita on health care as we do, provide truly universal care, and get generally better results, because they have either a single-payer financing system or tightly regulated multiple payers, plus a largely nonprofit provider system.

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2016
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | The Progressive Physician blog, May 17, 2016
    Yesterday, New York Times health care reporter Margot Sanger-Katz, whose work I very much respect, entered the debate on the costs of Sanders’ single payer plan in a piece I find problematic, headlined “A Single-Payer Plan From Bernie Sanders Would Probably Still Be Expensive.”

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2016
    By Josh Faucher | Students for a National Health Program blog, May 16, 2016
    I’ve been a part of SNaHP (Students for a National Health Program) since the beginning, watching our annual gathering grow from a few dozen people in a small conference room in 2012, to the massive turnout we had this spring with representatives from around the country.

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2016
    By Russell Mokhiber | Single Payer Action, May 17, 2016
    The Diane Rehm Show this morning was devoted to the topic — The Affordable Care Act Three Years In: What’s Working And What’s Not. The guests on the show were Julie Rovner, senior correspondent, Kaiser Health News, Stephanie Armour, healthcare reporter, Wall Street Journal, and Susan Dentzer CEO of the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation (NEHI) — what Dentzer describes as “a non-profit think-tank.”

  • Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016
    By Liz Seegert | Medical Economics, May 25, 2016
    Health insurance is again in the political spotlight as Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders promotes his version of single-payer that he calls “Medicare for all.” He says it will improve care, reduce administrative burdens and allow physicians to focus just on practicing medicine.

  • Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016
    By David Woods | The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 16, 2016
    One hears these days mutterings by disaffected Americans that if Donald Trump becomes president, they will pack their bags and leave for Canada. One assumes, of course, that no wall will be built along the border to thwart their exit. I made the reverse trip. Having emigrated from Britain to Canada, where I became the editor in chief of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, I opted to come to the United States in 1988 for personal reasons.

  • Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016
    By Karen Palmer | Toronto Star, May 15, 2016
    In a dramatic show of physician support for deep health care reform in the U.S., more than 2,200 physician leaders have signed a “Physician’s Proposal” calling for sweeping change. The proposal, published May 5 2016 in the American Journal of Public Health, calls for the creation of a publicly financed, single-payer, national health program to cover all Americans for all medically necessary care.

  • Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016
    By Paul Redstone, M.D. | Clinical Psychiatry News, May 14, 2016
    If our patients cannot reliably afford the treatments we prescribe, it seems our only choice as physicians is to become politically vocal: So when will we all unite to insist on accessible health care (including dental) for all?

  • Posted on Saturday, May 14, 2016
    By Steffie Woolhandler and David U. Himmelstein | The Hill, May 12, 2016
    As physicians we feel obliged to offer our best advice. Our health care crisis can be solved. We have the resources needed to provide excellent care for all Americans; an abundance of hospitals and sophisticated equipment; superbly trained doctors and nurses; prodigious research output; and generous health care funding. Yet only thoroughgoing single-payer reform can realize the healing potential that is currently thwarted by our dysfunctional health care financing system.

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2016
    By David U. Himmelstein, M.D., and Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H. | The Huffington Post, May 9, 2016
    The Urban Institute and the Tax Policy Center today released analyses of the costs of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ domestic policy proposals, including single-payer national health insurance. They claim that Sanders’ proposals would raise the federal deficit by $18 trillion over the next decade...To put it bluntly, the estimates (which were prepared by John Holahan and colleagues) are ridiculous.

  • Posted on Monday, May 9, 2016
    By Jeff Lagasse | Healthcare IT News, May 9, 2016
    More than 2,000 doctors backed a single-payer healthcare system in an article published by the American Journal of Public Health. While Presidential candidate Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is running on a Medicare for all platform, the proposal authors called their recommendation strictly non-partisan and described a single-payer system as publicly financed and covering all Americans for medically necessary care.

  • Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2016
    By Viji Sundara | New America Media, May 7, 2016
    Presidential hopefuls have their own ideas on what to do with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Obama’s signature legislation, when they move into the White House. Sen. Bernie Sanders thinks it should be replaced with a single-payer health plan of the kind Europe and Canada have.

  • Posted on Friday, May 6, 2016
    By John Geyman, M.D. | The Huffington Post, May 5, 2016
    This 2016 election season brings us three very different alternatives concerning future health care in this country: (1) continuation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with changes as necessary; (2) a Republican “plan” for health care; and (3) single-payer NHI.