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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, September 15, 2017
    By Farzon A. Nahvi | The Guardian, September 15, 2017
    Speaking to opponents of universal healthcare in the U.S. today is much like speaking to a moon-landing denier or any other conspiracy theorist – they insist on arguing impossibility in the face of proven reality.

  • Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017
    By David A. Ansell, M.D. | The Washington Post, September 13, 2017
    Sarai was 25 years old when she died of Wilson’s disease, an inherited disorder that causes liver failure. A liver transplant could have cured her, but she was uninsured and was denied an appointment at two prominent Chicago transplant hospitals, including my own.

  • Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017
    By Sen. Bernie Sanders | The New York Times, September 13, 2017
    This is a pivotal moment in American history. Do we, as a nation, join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee comprehensive health care to every person as a human right?

  • Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | The Washington Post, September 13, 2017
    Single-payer universal health care — once cast as a radical daydream — has moved with staggering swiftness from purported fantasy to palpable possibility. Today, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) released his long-awaited single-payer bill, and a slew of senators now numbering in the double digits have announced their support.

  • Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2017
    By Paul Y. Song, M.D. | Huffington Post, September 7, 2017
    As the dust settles after yet another failed GOP attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it is vitally important for everyone to understand why simply preserving the ACA is not good enough.

  • Posted on Monday, September 4, 2017
    By Vidya Visvabharathy | KevinMD.com, September 4, 2017
    As Sen. Bernie Sanders prepares to introduce a universal health care bill in the next few weeks, many progressives who support a universal single-payer program worry about its effects on abortion access. Can we win Medicare-for-all while protecting hard-won reproductive rights?

  • Posted on Friday, September 1, 2017
    By Carol Paris, M.D. | USA Today, September 1, 2017
    Crying “It’s too hard!” is not a solution. Fear-mongers have compared our health care system to a barge — too big and heavy to turn around. If health care is a barge, it’s time to lose the dead weight of private insurers with their layers of administrative waste and profit, and start moving in the right direction: Medicare for all.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017
    By John Aronno | Anchorage (Alaska) Press, August 30, 2017
    Dr. Paris believes the for-profit health care industry is in need of a very specific reform: a switch to single payer health care. Such systems, comprising most of the developed world, task the state with financing health care, available to all residents.

  • Posted on Friday, August 25, 2017
    By Rhiannon Walker | Newscenter 11 (Fairbanks, Alaska), August 25, 2017
    Residents gathered at Raven Landing Thursday evening to listen to the president of Physicians for a National Health Program, Doctor Carol Paris, give a seminar on single payer health care.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2017
    By Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H., and David U. Himmelstein, M.D. | The Nation, Letters, August 16, 2017
    Joshua Holland’s anti–single payer screed (“Medicare for All Isn’t the Solution for Universal Health Care”) is so riddled with misinformation and outright errors that it makes one wonder whether The Nation has laid off its fact-checkers.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2017
    By Jonathan D. Walker, M.D. | The (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Journal Gazette, August 16, 2017
    Over the past few months, Congress has been unable to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare). The blame is usually placed on superficial things, like Republicans who failed to vote along party lines.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | Jacobin, August 10, 2017
    Fresh off a victory against Trumpcare, health care activists are now looking hopefully towards the future. Already there has been significant progress: within the Democratic Party “Medicare for All” has now achieved a level of support and enthusiasm unprecedented in recent memory.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 9, 2017
    By Gabby Bess | Broadly, August 9, 2017
    In Australia, vital services like cancer treatments are free; in the US, countless people struggle to even get screened. We spoke to cancer patients in both countries about the drastic difference single-payer health insurance can make.

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 1, 2017
    Interview With Dr. Adam Gaffney | WNYC, The Takeaway, August 1, 2017
    A Pew poll out last month found that 60 percent of people today believe that the federal government is responsible for ensuring healthcare coverage for all Americans.

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 1, 2017
    By Richard Master | The (Allentown, Pa.) Morning Call, August 1, 2017
    With all due respect to President Trump, he is wrong about the single-payer model of health insurance. Single payer — centralized public financing of a continued privately operated health system — will not "bankrupt the United States."

  • Posted on Sunday, July 30, 2017
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | Jacobin, July 30, 2017
    Born in March in the Republican-controlled House, Trumpcare succumbed in the Senate this past week thanks to its fundamentally defective design and pitiable unpopularity, along with the relentless pummeling it received from enraged constituents across the country.

  • Posted on Friday, July 28, 2017
    By Carol Paris, M.D. | Common Dreams, July 28, 2017
    Hundreds of people slept overnight in cars, or camped for days in a field. They told stories of yanking out their own teeth with pliers, of reusing insulin syringes until they broke in their arm, of chronic pain so debilitating they could hardly care for their own children.

  • Posted on Monday, July 24, 2017
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | The Washington Post, July 24, 2017
    The saga of Charlie Gard — the critically ill 11-month-old boy with a spectacularly rare genetic disorder, who is on life support in a London hospital — seems to be coming to a close.

  • Posted on Saturday, July 22, 2017
    Interview With Dr. Steffie Woolhandler | Ralph Nader Radio Hour, July 22, 2017
    As the U.S. Senate contemplated detrimental changes to health care, PNHP co-founder Dr. Steffie Woolhandler spoke with Ralph Nader about what a different approach - a single-payer national health program - would mean for patients and doctors.

  • Posted on Friday, July 21, 2017
    By Dr. Claudia Fegan | Modern Healthcare, July 21, 2017
    Now that the Senate GOP's Better Care Reconciliation Act has crashed and burned, and efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act appear to have stalled, it's time to consider another plan: improved Medicare for all.