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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 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 Tuesday, May 9, 2017
    By Phil Kadner | Chicago Sun-Times, May 9, 2017
    Will someone please tell me what evidence exists that a free market benefits consumers in this country when it comes to health insurance? Would anyone even argue that market demand ought to determine how much a person pays when it comes to saving the life of a baby?

  • Posted on Friday, May 5, 2017
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | The Guardian, May 5, 2017
    Let us imagine that you would like to redistribute hundreds of billions of dollars from working class people to the rich, and wouldn’t hesitate to risk the lives of tens of thousands of people to do so. Well, as luck would have it, there is a bill—the “American Health Care Act” (AHCA)—that does precisely that.

  • Posted on Friday, May 5, 2017
    By Aaron Blake | Washington Post, May 5, 2017
    President Trump claimed a victory Thursday after the House approved a more free-market approach to health care. Then he capped it off by praising a country with government-run, universal health care.

  • Posted on Sunday, April 30, 2017
    By Jeremy Ross | CBS Chicago, April 30, 2017
    President Donald Trump’s 100th Day in office was marked Saturday, and thousand protested nationwide, criticizing the president. Health care critics offered their take on the political environment on Saturday, some describing the first 100 days, as feeling a lot longer.

  • Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017
    By Gene Marks | Washington Post, On Small Business Blog, April 28, 2017
    My wife is English and one of the biggest surprises she had when moving to this country was healthcare. “I don’t understand why my employer is involved in my healthcare,” she said back then–and still says today. After years of listening to that argument, I’m starting to understand what she means.

  • Posted on Friday, April 21, 2017
    By Jack Bernard | The (Columbus, Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer, April 21, 2017
    When he was in office, President Obama stated that my party, the GOP, had been highly critical of the ACA (Obamacare), but had offered no alternative for improving access and cutting cost. At the time, he was right.

  • Posted on Tuesday, April 18, 2017
    By MedPage Today Staff | MedPage Today, April 18, 2017
    Bankruptcy is common in the U.S., and medical bills often play a role -- even for people with health insurance, according to Stephanie Woolhandler, MD, of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York City. The number of bankruptcies ranges from 1 million to about 1.5 million per year depending on how well the economy is doing, and medical bills are by far the most common item sent to collection agencies, she noted.

  • Posted on Monday, April 17, 2017
    By Catherine Rampell | The Washington Post, April 17, 2017
    Despite the rise of the tea party and unified Republican control of government, one decidedly anti-free-market idea appears ascendant: single-payer health care.

  • Posted on Monday, April 17, 2017
    By Phil Arvia | Daily Southtown, April 17, 2017
    Obamacare, Trumpcare, I don't care. There is no fixing U.S. health care as it now teeters, a festering bureaucracy that spends more money on patients than any other country in the world yet lets them die faster than many nations supposedly our lesser siblings.

  • Posted on Thursday, April 6, 2017
    By Katie Halper | Paste, April 6, 2017
    Debating healthcare policy, along with the medical, ethical, historical, statistical and political elements that go into it, can be daunting, to say the least. But my heart and brain lead me to think that it’s not a good sign that the United States is the only industrialized nation failing to provide universal healthcare as a right. Those other countries are probably onto something.

  • Posted on Monday, April 3, 2017
    By John Conyers Jr. | Detroit Free Press, April 3, 2017
    I want my colleagues to join me in supporting single-payer not to save money or to win elections, but because it is the moral and just thing to do. If, like me, you believe healthcare is a right to everyone and not a privilege to those who can afford it, let’s be organized and let’s be unified in our support for Medicare for All.

  • Posted on Sunday, April 2, 2017
    By Ellen Kaczmarek, M.D. | Citizen-Times (Asheville, N.C.), April 2, 2017
    Competition! Americans thrive on it -- it is virtually part of our national DNA. From sports to businesses (think free market economy and capitalism) to elections, competition is what we all understand. Being No. 1 is the goal we have been taught to seek. Yet, we are totally complacent about being No. 37, according to the World Health Organization, in the world.

  • Posted on Saturday, April 1, 2017
    By Ed Weisbart, M.D., CPE, FAAFP | Accountable Care News, April 2017
    President Donald Trump has declared that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) needs to be replaced with “reforms that expand choice, increase access and lower costs, while providing better healthcare.” I agree with those goals and believe they can be accomplished without compromising the advances brought by the ACA.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017
    By Ryan Grim, Daniel Marans, Jeffrey Young | The Huffington Post, March 30, 2017
    The push to implement a “Medicare for all”-type system in New York state just took a significant step forward Wednesday. Sen. Jeffrey Klein, who heads the Independent Democratic Conference in the state Senate, plans to co-sponsor the measure.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2017
    Interview with Adam Gaffney, M.D. and Saurabh Jha, M.D. | The BMJ Podcast, March 29, 2017
    I agree that health care is not one size fits all. Health care is unique to the individual. We all have unique wishes and we all have unique medical problems...but health coverage should be universal, and I think differentiating between those two things is fundamentally important.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2017
    By Jack Bernard and Doug Skelton, M.D. | The Telegraph (Macon, Ga.), March 28, 2017
    We were encouraged by President Trump’s campaign promise to “cover everyone.” What happened, Mr. President? No wonder Trumpcare/Ryancare failed to even get a House vote.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2017
    By Sarah Jones | The New Republic, March 28, 2017
    Trumpcare is dead. President Donald Trump is humiliated and so is House Speaker Paul Ryan. The Democrats can hardly believe their luck: The Republicans have hobbled their own agenda, while Obamacare, aka the Affordable Care Act, lives to fight another day.

  • Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | Jacobin, March 27, 2017
    We should take great pleasure in the fall of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The AHCA was essentially what you would get if you convinced Ebenezer Scrooge to heavily edit the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which made it at the same time unoriginal, nasty to the poor, and generous to the rich.

  • Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017
    By Amy Goodman | Democracy Now!, March 27, 2017
    Under President Obama, House Republicans voted more than 50 times to repeal or rewrite the Affordable Care Act. But on Friday, the House couldn’t muster the votes needed to pass its own healthcare law, which some call Trumpcare.