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, March 21, 2018
    By Eric Salk, M.D. | The New York Times, Letters, March 21, 2018
    Those of us on the front lines know that large segments of the population have no real access to quality medical care, and even those with “good insurance” struggle through a maze of barriers and increased costs.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2018
    By Margot Sanger-Katz | New York Times, March 21, 2018
    When you get really sick, the medical bills may not be your biggest financial shock. New research shows that for a substantial fraction of Americans, a trip to the hospital can mean a permanent reduction in income.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018
    By Mat Kladney, M.D. | Reno (Nev.) Gazette Journal, March 20, 2018
    The prior authorization process is another symptom of our broken health care system, where private insurers decide that profits are more valuable than health.

  • Posted on Monday, March 12, 2018
    By Zaid Jilani | The Intercept, March 12, 2018
    The last two times Democrats seized both the White House and Congress, in 1993 and 2009, they immediately embarked on efforts to reform the national health care system. Both times, those efforts contributed to wave election wipeouts in the following cycle.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2018
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | The Guardian, March 7, 2018
    A wildcat teachers’ strike that roiled West Virginia for nine long days ended on Tuesday, after the state government passed a 5% pay hike. For a state that doesn’t even allow state employees to engage in collective bargaining, this amounts to a historic victory. Yet much remains undone.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2018
    By Christopher C. Muth, M.D. | JAMA, March 6, 2018
    Under the influence of partisan politics, health insurance and pharmaceutical companies, and hospital administrators, the US health care system often seems to function at odds with the interests of primary care physicians.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2018
    Interview with Andrew Coates, M.D. | The Sun, March 2018
    In my view, single-payer is an incremental step, a reform that pushes us toward a truly efficient and responsible system of healthcare. Single-payer is far from perfect and will not work without a few hard rules.

  • Posted on Sunday, February 25, 2018
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | The Guardian, Feb. 25, 2018
    On Thursday, the Center for American Progress (CAP), a Democratic party-affiliated think tank, launched a proposal confusingly called “Medicare Extra for All.”

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2018
    By Paul Sorum, M.D., Ph.D. | Annals of Internal Medicine, Feb. 13, 2018
    Single-payer health care is back in the news thanks to the efforts of the president and Republicans to cripple if not kill the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Bernie Sanders' introduction of a new Medicare for All bill in the Senate.

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 7, 2018
    By Richard Master | USA Today, Feb. 7, 2018
    Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase announced last week that they would be forming a new company aimed at reducing employee health care costs. This decision was a response to what small, mid-sized and large business owners and CEOs have known for a long time: The private insurance system is strangling the U.S. economy.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 6, 2018
    By Carol Paris, M.D. | Kaiser Health News, Feb. 6, 2018
    We agree with you that health care is among the greatest issues facing society today. Your tremendous resources provide a unique opportunity to advocate for a health program to benefit all Americans: a universal, single-payer system.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 1, 2018
    By Samuel Metz, M.D. | Portland (Ore.) Tribune, Feb. 1, 2018
    Measure 101 barely saved Oregon's Medicaid funding for two years, but our health care (like that in the 49 other states) is still the world's most expensive.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Winter 2018
    Last summer, Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—seven-years in the making—dramatically collapsed. Yet, if the failed Senate vote in July marked a pause in conservative reform efforts, it only further animated the health care reform debate on the left side of the political spectrum.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2018
    By Kip Sullivan and Stephen Soumerai | STAT News, Jan. 30, 2018
    Pay for performance, the catchall term for policies that purport to pay doctors and hospitals based on quality and cost measures, has been taking a bashing.

  • Posted on Monday, January 22, 2018
    By Carey Goldberg and Meghna Chakrabarti | WBUR, CommonHealth, Jan. 22, 2018
    A new study out in JAMA Internal Medicine shows that in the years following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, out-of-pocket spending decreased, while premiums increased.

  • Posted on Monday, January 22, 2018
    By F. Perry Wilson, M.D., M.S.C.E. | MedPage Today, Jan. 22, 2018
    A new analysis, appearing in JAMA Internal Medicine, is the first to really quantify what has happened to individual health care spending since the ACA was put into effect.

  • Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018
    By Vann R. Newkirk II | The Atlantic, Jan. 19, 2018
    For most people, a single doctor’s visit can be a financial obstacle course. Many patients throughout the year pay hundreds or thousands of dollars in premiums, most often through workplace contributions. Then, at the doctor’s office, they are faced with a deductible.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018
    By Ed Weisbart, M.D. | STAT, Jan. 17, 2018
    The Republicans are right. We should cut Medicare. And I know how: Keep Medicare’s funding for actual health care but eliminate bureaucratic waste, profits, and the expensive and preposterous ban on negotiating drug prices.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018
    By Jessica Glenza | The Guardian, Jan. 16, 2018
    The US is the most expensive nation in the world in which to have a baby – and it may factor into thousands of bankruptcies each year.

  • Posted on Sunday, January 7, 2018
    By Elizabeth Carson | The Washington Post, Jan. 7, 2018
    The Jan. 3 Economy & Business article “Under fire, pharma points finger” described the pharmaceutical industry’s campaign to shift blame for high drug prices to insurers and pharmacy benefit managers.