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 Tuesday, October 18, 2016
    By Paul Y. Song, M.D. | The Huffington Post, Oct. 14, 2016
    In the run up to the Affordable Care Act, the pharmaceutical industry’s annual lobbying efforts steadily increased to a peak of $273 million in 2009. Along with private negotiations between then Pharmaceutical Industry President Billy Tauzin and the White House, the ACA was written without any consideration towards making prescription medications more affordable.

  • Posted on Monday, October 17, 2016
    By Johanna Ryan and Anne Scheetz | Fox Valley (Ill.) Labor News, Oct. 7, 2016
    In Illinois and around the nation, big business has labeled workers’ compensation a system in crisis. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has depicted it as a millstone around the necks of Illinois employers, who he claims are shelling out too much money to treat injuries that might not even be work-related.

  • Posted on Friday, October 14, 2016
    By Anne Scheetz, M.D. | The State Journal-Register, Oct. 12, 2016
    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel may seem like political adversaries, but they've made common cause on at least one issue: public employees' health insurance. Unfortunately, they haven't acted to relieve employees from rising premiums, sky-high deductibles, and unconscionable drug prices.

  • Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2016
    By Kelly Grant | The Globe and Mail, Oct. 12, 2016
    The number of Canadians who traveled abroad for non-emergency medical treatment dropped slightly last year, according to a new report from a think tank whose past research Donald Trump’s campaign cited to support his debate-night claim that when Canadians need “a big operation,” they often head for the United States to avoid long waits at home.

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2016
    By Lauren McCauley | Common Dreams, October 4, 2016
    Bill Clinton gave a robust argument in favor of a single-payer healthcare system on Monday night—but you wouldn't know it if you read the news, or paid any attention to Republican nominee Donald Trump.

  • Posted on Saturday, October 1, 2016
    By Aldebra Schroll, M.D. | KevinMD Blog, Oct. 1, 2016
    The school year is back in session, and our student health center is busy. As a college health doctor, I have been able to watch the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) among this population. Since its passage, more of our students are now insured, but many unique challenges still persist for this population.

  • Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016
    By John Geyman, M.D. | Northwestern Magazine, Summer 2016
    Quentin Young '48 MD was an eloquent and persistent voice and advocate for social justice in U.S. health care from the time he entered medicine more than 70 years ago until his last breath recently at age 92. He lived at least five lives in one, always in defense of health care as a human right. He was a consistent moral compass for the medical profession, always ready to defend medicine against the incursion of those who commercialize and exploit the system for their gain over the care of patients.

  • Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016
    By Wendell Potter | The Huffington Post, Sept. 29, 2016
    You undoubtedly have heard that some of the country’s biggest health insurers have decided to leave several Obamacare markets, which means that tens of thousands of us will be affected next year. You probably haven’t heard — at least not lately — that some of the biggest health insurers are moving full steam ahead to merge with each other...

  • Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2016
    By Richard Weiskopf, M.D., Kaye Jaeger, R.N., and Joel Potash, M.D. |, Sept. 28, 2016
    A commentary published Sept. 14 ("How many are insured because of Obamacare? Good question") points out the challenge of assessing the Affordable Care Act's impact on closing the insurance gap. Focusing strictly on health "insurance" coverage obscures the crisis in healthcare access across the country that millions continue to live without access to needed health care.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2016
    By Jeanne Lenzer | The BMJ, Sept. 27, 2016
    The 90 minute presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump ended last night without a single word about healthcare. Yet two-thirds of voters said “the future of Medicare and access and affordability of healthcare are top priorities for the candidates to be talking about during the 2016 presidential campaign.”

  • Posted on Friday, September 23, 2016
    By Jack Bernard | (Huntsville, Ala.), Sept. 23, 2016
    Black Lives Matter has its supporters (43 percent of Americans, per Pew Research Center), as well as its detractors (22 percent), but one thing is unmistakable: it has brought visibility to a very real problem. For too long, the general public has ignored the increasingly frequent violence against African-Americans, especially men.

  • Posted on Friday, September 23, 2016
    By the Editorial Board | Bozeman (Mont.) Daily Chronicle, Sept. 23, 2016
    When Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana recently pared back its planned health insurance premium increases from 65.4 percent to 58.4 percent after a state analysis found them to be too high, it begged an important question: If the company can get by with lower rate increases now, why was it demanding so much in the first place? And how much less could it get by with and remain profitable?

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2016
    By F. Douglas Stephenson, LCSW, LMFT, BCD | The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, Sept. 18, 2016
    Just like large health insurance corporations, BigPharma has the inherent tendency to invent new needs, disregard all boundaries and turn everything into an object for sale and big profit.

  • Posted on Monday, September 19, 2016
    By Paul Gorman, M.D. | Portland (Ore.) Business Journal, Sept. 15, 2016
    Working as an Oregon physician for over 30 years, in small town primary care and big city academic medical centers, I have become convinced that single payer is the only way to achieve the health care system we need and deserve.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 13, 2016
    By Carol Poplin, M.D., J.D. | MedPage Today, Sept. 6, 2016
    Under the ACA, the goal for insurers is to price their policies low enough to attract the healthy, but high enough to cover the costs of the sick. But even with giant computers, Big Data, and armies of actuaries, that may not be possible. It is certainly not the standard insurance business plan.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 6, 2016
    By Suzanne Gordon | The American Prospect, Tapped Blog, Aug. 16, 2016
    When the House Veterans Affairs Committee holds a hearing on September 7 to assess the future of the Veterans Health Administration, federal lawmakers would do well to consider recent reports that challenge the continual drumbeat of negative and often unfair coverage and congressional criticism of the VHA.

  • Posted on Friday, September 2, 2016
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | Jacobin, Sept. 2, 2016
    If epinephrine autoinjectors are to be stockpiled in public places like schools throughout the nation, and if they are optimally identical, then they constitute a significant public health concern that cannot be left to the caprice of one or two oligopolistic firms.

  • Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2016
    By Robert Rosofsky | The Boston Globe, Aug. 31, 2016
    As both an EpiPen carrier and a public health informatics consultant, I closely follow facts and opinions regarding medication pricing. The Boston Globe’s editorial about Mylan’s pricing of its EpiPens (“EpiPen maker sticks it to patients — again”) provides only a mild call to action — that of modifying provisions in the Affordable Care Act and calling for consumers and elected officials to rail against Mylan.

  • Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2016
    By Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H., Adam Gaffney, M.D., and David Himmelstein, M.D. | MedPage Today, Aug. 26, 2016
    There can be no doubt that the ACA improved both coverage and access to care. The number of uninsured has fallen by 41%, with the largest gains among the poor, near-poor, and minorities. The percentage of Americans unable to afford medications or needed care has also fallen, although more modestly. Yet post-ACA, more than a quarter of poor non-elderly adults remains uninsured. Moreover, high out-of-pocket costs continue to deter many of those with coverage from seeking care when they need it.

  • Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2016
    By Elizabeth Rosenthal, M.D. | The New York Times, Aug. 25, 2016
    How many times must it be demonstrated that health care cannot be treated like any other market commodity before our legislators get the point? This article once again confirms that affordable health care can’t be delivered using a private, for-profit system.