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 Monday, June 27, 2016
    By Jack Bernard | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 24, 2016
    I have been amazed at the number of negative Medicare-for-all attack pieces printed in various respected papers over the last few months, making me wonder why primarily liberal economists would be attacking a program that progressives have been trying to enact since Truman.

  • Posted on Friday, June 24, 2016
    By Emily Kirchner | Common Dreams, June 24, 2016
    I am a fourth year medical student. I’ve dreamed about being a physician since I was in sixth grade. For a long time, my deepest hopes were to get into college, be accepted by a medical school, and maintain the grades and test scores needed to keep me there. My clinical rotations have taken me to hospitals across the state of Pennsylvania - from Pittsburgh’s North Side to North Philadelphia with stops in rural and suburban communities in between. Now I’m less than a year away from obtaining my medical degree.

  • Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2016
    News Release | Unions for Single Payer Health Care, June 20, 2016
    Over 5,000 miners rallied in Lexington, Ky. last Tuesday to protest health benefit cuts threatened to happen before the end of the year. Responding to the call of their union, United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), miners came from seven states to gather at the convention center.

  • Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2016
    By Mary Ellen McIntire | Morning Consult, June 20, 2016
    Democrats should push for universal health coverage ahead of the November election, several health care advocates urged the committee drafting the Democratic National Committee’s platform at a recent session focused on health policy.

  • Posted on Monday, June 20, 2016
    By Steffie Woolhandler M.D., M.P.H. | Democratic Platform Drafting Committee Hearing, June 17, 2016
    I am a primary care doctor and professor of medicine and health policy. In 1986, I co-founded the non-partisan organization Physicians for a National Health Program, whose 20,000 members advocate for single payer reform.

  • Posted on Thursday, June 16, 2016
    By Rebecca Mahn | The Doctor's Tablet Blog, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, June 16, 2016
    There’s a quote attributed to Albert Einstein: “We cannot solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Now in my fourth year at Einstein, I am inspired by this ideal to fight for healthcare reform, specifically a single-payer national healthcare program.

  • Posted on Friday, June 10, 2016
    By Michael Corcoran | Truthout, June 10, 2016
    The ACA needs to be analyzed on its own merit. Such an analysis shows that the law cannot credibly be sold as a long-term solution or as a path to universal health care. It is important the public has an honest discussion about these realities, even though we cannot expect this discussion to take place within the spectacle that is the 2016 presidential election.

  • Posted on Monday, June 6, 2016
    By Surabhi Dangi-Garimella, PhD | American Journal of Managed Care,, June 4, 2016
    On the first day of the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, being held June 3-7, 2016, in Chicago, Illinois, healthcare experts from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, compared and contrasted the care models that are widely adopted in each nation.

  • Posted on Monday, June 6, 2016
    By Michelle Chen | The Nation, June 3, 2016
    What happens to people’s health and well-being when whole continents suffer economic decline, and millions of people become exposed to the strains of poverty? For nearly a decade, the Great Recession has presented researchers with a disturbing natural experiment in public health, and emerging data shows that cancer’s death toll rose along with social hardship.

  • Posted on Friday, June 3, 2016
    By Andrea Sears | Public Service News, June 3, 2016
    Dr. Oliver Fein, who chairs the New York Metro Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program, said it would make the state a leader in providing health care coverage, "offering a pathway to universal coverage without costing more and guaranteeing access to health care for everyone."

  • Posted on Wednesday, June 1, 2016
    Study by Amy Funkenstein, MD, Stephanie Hartselle, MD, J. Wesley Boyd, MD, PhD | Medline Plus, March 25, 2016
    Children with severe psychiatric problems often have lengthy waits before they're transferred from a hospital emergency department to a psychiatric hospital due to insurance companies' "prior authorization" requirements, a small study suggests.

  • Posted on Wednesday, June 1, 2016
    By Cris M. Currie, R.N. | The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.), May 28, 2016
    I am a registered nurse. Virtually everyone I talk to about American health care has a horror story about paying their medical bills. Yet why is it that most of these same people are resigned to the idea that quality care requires insurance companies who supposedly are looking out for our best interests?

  • Posted on Wednesday, June 1, 2016
    By Jeffrey D. Sachs | The Washington Post, May 25, 2016
    Mainstream U.S. economists have criticized Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’s proposals as unworkable, but these economists betray the status quo bias of their economic models and professional experience. It’s been decades since the United States had a progressive economic strategy, and mainstream economists have forgotten what one can deliver.

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016
    By Leah Zallman and Steffie Woolhandler | The Huffington Post, May 26, 2016
    As with many of Trump’s claims, this one [that it costs the U.S. $11 billion annually to provide health care to undocumented immigrants] is wrong. But unlike some of his other falsehoods, the media has left this one unchallenged.

  • 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.”