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 Thursday, May 21, 2015
    By James Binder, M.D. | The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette
    Our country would be better able to help its citizens prevent and manage chronic illnesses if we adopted a single-payer system. Our current primary care structure is designed to treat acute illnesses. Primary care providers do not have adequate time or the training to effectively treat the increasing burden of chronic conditions in our society, conditions such as obesity, diabetes mellitus, substance use disorders, depression.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2015
    By Sarah Ferris | The Hill
    One-quarter of people with healthcare coverage are paying so much for deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses that they are considered underinsured, according to a new study.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2015
    By Kathleen Kozak, M.D. | Honolulu Civil Beat
    All across the nation, health insurance exchanges are facing some difficult financial realities. Right here at home, the Hawaii Health Connector has already announced a contingency plan for ceasing operations and deferring the management of the insurance exchange to the federal government as of Sept. 30.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2015
    By Fred Mayer, R.Ph., M.P.H. | Drug Topics: Voice of the Pharmacist
    As healthcare professionals, pharmacists do not want to see anyone refused services for lack of health insurance. That is why in California 250 national organizations have united to support “The Expanded and Improved Medicare For All Act,” H.R. 676, which will guarantee healthcare for all Americans through a universal single-payer healthcare plan.

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 19, 2015
    By Michael Hiltzik | Los Angeles Times
    Medicare means many things to many people. To seniors, it's a program providing good, low-cost healthcare at a stage in life when it's most needed.

  • Posted on Thursday, May 14, 2015
    By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
    It is well documented that many other countries have created health care systems that are more popular than ours, cover everybody, are more effective as measured by better health outcomes, are better able to restrain increases in costs and, therefore, have per-capita costs that are a fraction of ours.

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 12, 2015
    By Wendell Potter | Center for Public Integrity
    If you think you’re paying too much for employer-sponsored health coverage, you might want to forward this to the HR department. It’s possible, maybe even likely, that your health insurer has been ripping off both you and your employer—to the tune of several million dollars every year—for decades.

  • Posted on Monday, May 11, 2015
    By Caoilfhionn Ní Dhonnabháin | Slugger O'Toole blog
    In the South we often look enviously at the British National Health Service.

  • Posted on Thursday, May 7, 2015
    By F. Douglas Stephenson | The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun
    Privatization by predatory corporations and the local and state authorities that cooperate with them use state underfunding to sabotage public mental health and social services, “proving” that government is incompetent and unable to deliver services.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 6, 2015
    By James Webster, M.D. | The New York Times
    “The Medical Bill Mystery,” by Elisabeth Rosenthal (news analysis, Sunday Review, May 3), is simply another piece of evidence why we need a single-payer (Medicare for all) system.

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 5, 2015
    By Saerom Yoo | Statesman Journal (Salem, Ore.)
    Advocates for a universal state health system urged legislators Monday to consider how Oregon could create a publicly funded, single-payer health system.

  • Posted on Monday, May 4, 2015
    Single Payer News, April 29, 2015
    At its regular meeting on April 15, 2015, the Champaign County AFL-CIO unanimously endorsed H.R. 676, national single-payer health care legislation sponsored by Congressman John Conyers (D-Mich.).

  • Posted on Monday, May 4, 2015
    By Wendell Potter | The Center for Public Integrity
    The health insurance industry took advantage of Washington’s infamous revolving door last week when it named former Rep. Allyson Schwartz of Pennsylvania, perceived by many to be a liberal Democrat, as the face of its latest K Street-operated front group.

  • Posted on Monday, May 4, 2015
    By Allyson Pollock | Our NHS, Open Democracy (U.K.)
    The stated policies of the British Medical Association are to end the market in health care, oppose the purchaser provider split, and to reinstate the Secretary of State’s duty to provide universal health care throughout England.

  • Posted on Monday, May 4, 2015
    By Steve Early | In These Times
    Liz Nikazmerad is a rarity in American labor: a local union president under the age of 30, displaying both youth and militancy. For the last two year years, she has led the 180-member Local 203 of the United Electrical Workers (UE), while working in the produce department of City Market in Burlington, Vermont. Thanks to their contract bargaining, full-time and part-time employees of this bustling community-owned food cooperative currently enjoy good medical benefits.

  • Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2015
    By Jenny Deam | The Houston Chronicle
    Not only do the vast majority of Texans think having insurance is important for them and their families, seven in 10 also want health coverage for everyone else. And they are willing to dig into their pockets to pay for it.

  • Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2015
    By Emily S. Queenan, M.D. | The Toronto Star
    I’m a U.S. family physician who has decided to relocate to Canada. The hassles of working in the dysfunctional health care “system” in the U.S. have simply become too intense.

  • Posted on Monday, April 27, 2015
    By John Tozzi | Bloomberg Business
    Imagine Apple's first iPhone is still on sale today. Now imagine it costs many times its original price of $599, and that the price goes up every time a new, competing phone is released.

  • Posted on Wednesday, April 22, 2015
    By Johnathon Ross, M.D. | The Blade (Toledo, Ohio)
    Your series on preposterously variable health-care prices usefully pointed out one of the key symptoms of our sick health-care system (“The cost of care,” April 5, April 12). Sadly, making prices transparent will not help to control costs, because there never will be a normal market for most health-care services.

  • Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015
    By Dr. Philip Caper | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
    Getting health care in the U.S. often seems first and foremost to be about money. Our first encounter when seeking health care always seems to be with the billing department, not a caregiver. The problem often is about too little money.