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, April 28, 2016
    By Susan Sered | AlterNet, April 26, 2016
    When we talk about the successes and shortcomings of the Affordable Care Act, and health care in the U.S. in general, little attention is given to dental care. While the ACA defines dental coverage as an essential benefit for those under 18, insurers aren’t required to offer dental coverage for adults.

  • Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2016
    By Kip Sullivan, J.D. | The Health Care Blog, April 21, 2016
    MACRA (the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act) is a mess. It is extremely difficult to comprehend, it is based on assumptions that defy commonsense and research, and it may raise costs.

  • Posted on Monday, April 18, 2016
    By Mark Krasnoff, M.D. | PNHP Missouri
    I’ve practiced general internal medicine for over 20 years, and I’ve personally witnessed the average American’s health care burdens descend into a national financial crisis. Yes, crisis.

  • Posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2016
    By Marcia Angell, M.D. | Boston Globe, April 11, 2016
    A front-page story by Charles Ornstein in the Globe reports increasing concern about editorial decisions at The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), one of which is to defend the practice of medical researchers having personal financial ties to drug companies whose products they are testing. The NEJM's national correspondent referred to critics of such conflicts of interest as "pharmascolds."

  • Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2016
    By the Editorial Board | Salt Lake Tribune, April 4, 2016
    Functioning free markets do not — and never will — exist in health care because the sellers so often hold all the cards. Unlike someone in the market for a car, a television or a cell phone, people who need a particular medication cannot just decide not to buy a product until the price comes down, or just to do without it altogether. Unless they are interested in dying, or watching a family member die.

  • Posted on Tuesday, April 5, 2016
    By N.F. Hanna, M.D. | New York Observer, April 5, 2016
    As a primary care physician practicing for three decades in the same location, I have had the privilege of seeing patients regularly across a span of many years. I have celebrated my patients’ joys and triumphs, but also mourned with them in their deepest tragedies and sorrows...The result: I have encountered far too many heartbreaking stories, more than enough to be certain that our health care system is deeply broken.

  • Posted on Friday, April 1, 2016
    By Mark Chee, Rebecca Gieseker and Rachel Stones | Chicago Maroon, March 31, 2016
    As medical students, we have chosen a profession dedicated to treating illness and helping people live healthy lives. Yet, early on during our training, we learn about the unequal access to care, unaffordable treatments, and medical debt that patients face because of our current private, for-profit health insurance system.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 30, 2016
    By Jack Bernard | The Wall Street Journal, Letters, March 29, 2016
    Re: Dr. Scott Atlas's "How to Fix the Scandal of Medicaid and the Poor" (op-ed, March 16): Dr. Atlas is correct about many of the problems faced by Medicaid, but his cure is worse than the disease. The fact is the poor can’t afford to go the high-deductible or health-savings-account route.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2016
    By Joseph Sparks | Sparks Remarks Blog, March 23, 2016
    Medicare-for-all advocates should rejoice. You are winning the debate. No one has refuted the benefits of this proposed single-payer health care system. The arguments that have been presented against Medicare-for-all have been wrong, misleading, and disingenuous. Even the haggling over cost is not much of a dispute. This issue is not whether Medicare-for-all will save money—it will—it is just a question of how MUCH will be saved.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2016
    The following tributes and reminiscences are among the messages that PNHP has received in response to Dr. Quentin Young's death on March 7. We will continue to gather these. We invite you to submit your own comments to

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2016
    By Ida Hellander, M.D.
    Learn where the remaining 2016 presidential candidates stand on health policy, from their views on single-payer to their policies regarding the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid, and other health care issues. Also, please note that PNHP is a nonpartisan educational organization that neither supports nor opposes candidates for public office.

  • Posted on Monday, March 21, 2016
    By Anna Zelivianskaia, M4 | Chicago Medicine, February 2016
    In the middle of a busy emergency room, a resident tells me, “I just found out how much a brand-name proton pump inhibitor costs – a 400 percent markup from generic and a few pills cost over $200!” Unfortunately, this is nothing new. And, in my opinion, the problem will only worsen under what’s known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.

  • Posted on Sunday, March 20, 2016
    By John Benzinger, M.D. | Santa Fe New Mexican, March 19, 2016
    The truth is that an improved, Medicare-for-all, single-payer system would cut costs drastically and provide coverage for everybody. Virtually every other developed country has an affordable universal system that proves the point.

  • Posted on Friday, March 18, 2016
    By Kenneth Zapp | Business in Savannah (Ga.)
    Canada spends less, both as a percent of their GDP and in real dollars than we do on their total health care system. In Canada, 10 percent to 12 percent of their GDP goes toward health expenses that cover all citizens. We spend 16 percent to 17 percent of our GDP on health services even though more than 10 percent of our citizens do not have coverage.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 16, 2016
    By the Editorial Board | The Capital Times
    Dr. Quentin Young, one of the greatest economic and social justice campaigners of the modern era, has died at age 92. Young served as a personal physician for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and organized the Medical Committee for Human Rights, which provided medical support for activists during the 1964 Freedom Summer in Mississippi. He helped to shape and advance the call for an understanding of health care not as a commodity but as a human right.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2016
    By Tom DeLoe, Ph.D. | Gettysburg (Pa.) Times
    As a business leader, you want to control your business environment as much as possible. This means controlling costs, building a good product or service, and beating the competition. There are at least four principles that you must strive to achieve in order to survive in a competitive business environment. They are efficiency, transparency, predictability, and the building of core functions. Let’s look at each of these principles, and how they relate to your business and our present health care system.

  • Posted on Friday, March 11, 2016
    By Vicente Navarro | CounterPunch
    The solution is fairly easy to see. We can see in other countries what should be done in the US. Look, for example, to Canada.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 9, 2016
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | The New Republic
    Around the time that the insurgent campaign of Bernie Sanders hit its stride, a chorus of liberal pundits and economists began to coalesce around a decidedly grim message for the 60 million people in America who remain either uninsured or underinsured: Give up on your pipe dream.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 9, 2016
    The following is a selection of initial obituaries and stories about Dr. Quentin D. Young, prominent leader of PNHP for nearly three decades, who died on March 7. The stories below are from The New York Times, NBC News, The Associated Press, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, DNAinfo Chicago, Single Payer Action, and

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 9, 2016
    By Wendell Potter |
    The first seven years of the Obama administration have been “yuge” for the health insurance industry, to use one of The Donald’s favorite words. To be more precise, it has been yuge — almost unbelievably yuge, in fact — for the well-heeled folks who own stock in the for-profit companies that dominate the industry, including Cigna and Humana, the two insurers I used to work for.