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 Friday, June 23, 2017
    Interview with Dr. Steffie Woolhandler | Democracy Now!, June 23, 2017
    Health experts say, given the shortcomings of both the Affordable Care Act and Republican proposals, now is the time to move forward with a simple Medicare-for-all system, known as single payer.

  • Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | The Guardian, June 23 2017
    “Dead on arrival,” some said. That was to be the fate of the House’s Obamacare repeal bill in the Senate. Yet Trumpcare has risen again: on Thursday, the Senate released its Obamacare repeal bill, though its fate is still uncertain.

  • Posted on Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | Jacobin, June 20, 2017
    Over the weekend, the Washington Post editorial board took a bold stance: they argued that universal health care with single-payer financing is simply beyond reach. That the Post felt the need to issue the editorial at this particular moment is a testament to single payer’s rising fortunes.

  • Posted on Saturday, June 17, 2017
    By Louis Balizet, M.D. | The Pueblo (Colo.) Chieftain, Jun 17, 2017
    Last month, a Pueblo woman, while on vacation far from home, developed chest pain, cough and shortness of breath. She had had blood clots in her lungs previously, and feared a recurrence of this potentially deadly condition.

  • Posted on Wednesday, June 14, 2017
    By Mike Ludwig | Truthout, June 14, 2017
    Every day about 10,000 people turn 65 in the United States, and the number of people over the age of 85 will more than triple by 2050. As a result, the demand for long-term health care services and end-of-life care will surge in the coming decades, increasing pressure on a system that is already suffering from high costs and workforce shortages.

  • Posted on Sunday, June 11, 2017
    By Dave Lindorff | Salon, June 11, 2017
    A pioneering study published recently in the Journal of the American Academy of Neurology has found that black and Latino patients suffering from neurological ailments like stroke, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s dementia are likely to receive significantly different and less adequate care than white patients.

  • Posted on Friday, June 9, 2017
    Interview by Keifer Walsh and Ti Hoang | Diagnostocracy Podcast, June 9, 2017
    PNHP's immediate past president, Dr. Robert Zarr, spoke with Diagnostocracy co-hosts (and medical students) Keifer Walsh and Ti Hoang about the pressing need for single-payer reform. He discussed the basics of improved Medicare for all and pushed back against some of the more common objections.

  • Posted on Saturday, May 27, 2017
    By Marie Shieh, M.D. | The Kansas City Star, May 27, 2017
    President Donald Trump, I heartily agree with you when you told Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, “You have better health care than we do.”

  • Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2017
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | The Guardian, May 25, 2017
    The US healthcare system – and with it the health and welfare of millions – is poised on the edge of a knife. Though the fetid dysfunction and entanglements of the Trump presidency dominate the airwaves, this is an issue that will have life and death consequences for countless Americans.

  • Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2017
    By Jack Mayer, M.D., M.P.H. | Vermont Public Radio, May 25, 2017
    Winston Churchill once quipped that, "You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else." I like that quote because it allows me to be cautiously optimistic.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017
    Transcription by Kay Tillow | Daily Kos, May 24, 2017
    A few hours before the CBO announced that 23 million Americans would lose their health insurance under the Republican health care bill passed by the House, Congressman John Conyers, seven co-sponsors of HR 676, and representatives of physicians and nurses groups gathered near the Capitol.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017
    By Paul Y. Song, M.D. | HuffPost, May 24, 2017
    This week, the California State Senate Appropriations Committee released their fiscal analysis of SB562 sponsored by Senators Lara and Atkins. Opponents immediately screamed that #SB562 would cost $400 billion per year, more than three times California’s $124 billion general fund budget for next year.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017
    By Daniel Marans | HuffPost, May 24, 2017
    House Democrats on Wednesday touted unprecedented majority support for a bill that would expand Medicare to the entire U.S. population, reflecting a growing liberal consensus behind single-payer health insurance.

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2017
    Interview with Susan Rogers, M.D. | Black Agenda Report, May 23, 2017
    People talk about choice of health care which really, when you think about it, makes no sense. Do you know what your health care needs are going to be next week? You have no clue. You assume they're going to be what they are today, but you don't know.

  • Posted on Monday, May 22, 2017
    By Helaine Olen | The Nation, May 22, 2017
    Talk of single-payer health care in the United States popped up in an unexpected place recently: the most recent Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting. “The whole system is cockamamie,” the company’s vice chair, Charlie Munger, declared. “I think we should have single-payer medicine eventually.”

  • Posted on Sunday, May 21, 2017
    By Elizabeth Hakas, M.D. | Pittsburgh Post Gazette, May 21, 2017
    As a person with 30 years of experience working in health care (first, as a medical assistant during college, and later, as a physician), I am very concerned about the GOP’s American Health Care Act. It will remove $880 billion in funding from Medicaid and remove the subsidies that help millions of Americans buy private health insurance.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2017
    By Kenneth Krell, M.D. | Idaho Post-Register, May 17, 2017
    Despite the U.S. spending twice as much per capita on healthcare compared to Canada, our northern neighbors have longer life expectancy (80.3 years vs. 78.6 years), lower infant mortality rates, lower rates of chronic cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and generally seem to get along quite well, thank you, despite spending 10 percent of GDP on healthcare as opposed to the U.S.’s 15 percent.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2017
    By Ed Weisbart, M.D. | The Kansas City Star, May 17, 2017
    I applaud The Kansas City Star for addressing complex health policy issues through many recent columns, including one on May 10 by U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder among others. Unfortunately, these authors are misinformed in critical ways.

  • Posted on Sunday, May 14, 2017
    By Jan Swaney, M.D. and Ed Weisbart, M.D. | Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune, May 14, 2017
    Leave it to an independent businessman to get so fed-up with the rising costs of his employee health plan that he hired a documentary film crew to get to the bottom of things. The result is “Big Pharma: Market Failure,” a new documentary that takes a deep dive into profiteering by the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Posted on Saturday, May 13, 2017
    By Jay V. Solnick | The New York Times, Letters, May 13, 2017
    Marc K. Siegel argues that since 5 percent of Americans generate more than 50 percent of health care expenses, they should also pay more. He gives us the gratuitous example of his patient with seasonal allergies who comes to see him unnecessarily every few weeks. This is absurd.