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, July 26, 2016
    By Claudia Fegan, M.D. | Common Dreams, July 26, 2016
    As the chief medical officer of Chicago’s historic public hospital, I confront on a daily basis the reality of our country’s failure to provide universal access to health care: the steady flow of patients turned away from other hospitals because they are uninsured or have Medicaid, which pays too little; and the legion of insured patients who come to us too late because they couldn’t afford $50 co-payments or $3,500 deductibles.

  • Posted on Monday, July 25, 2016
    By Samuel Dickman, M.D., and Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H. | Salt Lake Tribune, July 23, 2016
    Americans spend twice as much for health care as Europeans or Canadians. Although our cost growth slowed recently, it's too soon to celebrate: The slowdown has made health care much less equal.

  • Posted on Monday, July 25, 2016
    By Richard Master | The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.), Letters, July 19, 2016
    Reflecting on the story, "New peak for U.S. health care spending," that annual U.S. health care cost has surpassed $10,000 per person: That's an astounding figure that should wake up readers, that our health care system is eating the rest of the U.S. economy alive. Clearly, other countries of the industrialized world deal with health care more effectively.

  • Posted on Friday, July 22, 2016
    By Suhas Gondi | in-Training, July 18, 2016
    In December of 2014, one week after the non-indictment in the case of Michael Brown, in-Training published an article entitled “A Lack of Care: Why Medical Students Should Focus on Ferguson.” In it, Jennifer Tsai argued that the systemic racism rampant in our law enforcement and criminal justice systems also permeates our health care system, affecting both access to care for black patients and the quality of care black patients receive. Lamenting that the medical community was largely absent from the Ferguson controversy, she cited startling statistics of disparities in health and health care as part of her call to action. In light of the events last week in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Texas, it’s time to revisit this message.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2016
    By Suzanne Gordon | The American Prospect, July 12, 2016
    As conservatives and congressional Republicans seek to dismantle the Veterans Health Administration, members of the commission called for giving veterans more private-sector options. After almost a year of meetings and hearings, the Commission on Care has finally issued its report on the future of the Veterans Health Administration.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2016
    By Michael Blecker | San Francisco Chronicle, July 15, 2016
    Now that we are in the final stretches of the presidential campaign, it is important to examine both Donald Trump’s and Hillary Clinton’s views on the Veterans Health Administration — particularly the hot-button issue of “expanding choice” — that is, privatizing veterans’ health care.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2016
    By Joyce Frieden | Medpage Today, July 15, 2016
    A single-payer healthcare system could work in the U.S., but only if doctors are involved with running it, according to James Burdick, MD. "When the Clinton health plan failed in late 90s, it started to bother me," said Burdick, a retired transplant surgeon. "Then I started thinking about how we could make it work. The idea of single-payer wasn't what I was thinking about -- I was thinking about how to make it work, and that meant doctors."

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2016
    By Jack Bernard | Ledger-Enquirer (Columbus, Ga.), July 16, 2016
    My party, the GOP, is once again running for election this year on the old slogan of “repeal and replace Obamacare.” I agree that the Affordable Care Act (ACA, Obamacare) has major issues, but the key question remains: What should be its replacement? We differ drastically on the answer.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2016
    By the editors |, AJMC TV, July 16, 2016
    The United States is closer than it has ever been to considering a single-payer health system. Patricia Salber, MD, MBA, of "The Doctor Weighs In," discusses how a single-payer system economically makes sense.

  • Posted on Monday, July 18, 2016
    By Alex Scott-Samuel | POGH blog (U.K.), July 17, 2016
    As you’ll know, the English NHS is in a bad way, with practically every part of the country in financial deficit. Many hospitals and many services are being closed down, cut back or rationed. At the same time, many long term contracts for the provision of NHS services are being awarded to private sector companies – though often people are unaware of this because the likes of Virgin, Carillion and SpecSavers are allowed to operate under the NHS logo.

  • Posted on Friday, July 15, 2016
    By Kay Tillow | Daily Kos, July 14, 2016
    Health care in the United States is the most costly in the world. The per capita the U.S. spends on health care is double the average of other industrialized countries, yet other nations have better outcomes in life expectancy, infant mortality, and most measures. In the U.S., we pay more but get less. About 40 percent of people in the U.S. forgo needed care because of cost.

  • Posted on Friday, July 15, 2016
    By Ameet Sachdev | Chicago Tribune, July 15, 2016
    Bill Kottmann, president and CEO of Edward Hospital in Naperville, said the current mix of private insurance and government insurance programs is "mind-boggling" for hospitals to figure out, let alone consumers. Moving to a health system fully funded by the government would be compassionate because it would be there for everyone...

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2016
    By Chris Tomlinson | Houston Chronicle, July 12, 2016
    Money can't buy you love, but it can buy you health, according to a new study from Harvard Medical School. Add inequality in health care to the growing evidence that the United States is becoming a more class-based society, with a shrinking middle class, a greater economic gap between the rich and poor and growing social unrest.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2016
    By David Lazarus | Los Angeles Times, July 12, 2016
    Starbucks announced Monday that it will give its U.S. workers a raise that will boost compensation by 5% to 15%. That’s very cool. The coffee giant also said it will offer employees more affordable health insurance that will cut costs by being less comprehensive. That’s not so cool.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2016
    By Ewell G. Scott, M.D. | The Morehead (Ky.) News, July 8, 2016
    Despite the Affordable Care Act including the helpful Medicaid expansion, our health care financing system is badly in need of a genuine fix. Deductibles, copays, and escalating premiums are causing financial difficulty for the 95 percent. There is a solution: Medicare for All.

  • Posted on Monday, July 11, 2016
    By Jack Bernard | The Boston Globe, Letters, July 11, 2016
    There is only one long-range solution for the problem of access to mental health services: Medicare for all.

  • Posted on Friday, July 8, 2016
    By Dan Mangan | CNBC, July 6, 2016
    Health-care inequality is the new income inequality. The rich in the United States -- despite being healthier on average than the poor -- have become the biggest buyers of health care, a dramatic shift in spending patterns across income groups, according to a new Harvard study.

  • Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2016
    By Andrea Germanos, staff writer | Common Dreams, July 7, 2016
    Buoying single-payer advocates' call for system that covers everyone and underscoring the nation's inequality, a new study finds that the wealthiest Americans are the ones receiving the most healthcare.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 6, 2016
    By RoseAnn DeMoro | Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel, July 6, 2016
    When Democrats gather in Orlando on Friday to act on their party's platform, they should present a vision for the future beyond just defeating Donald Trump.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 5, 2016
    By Don Pfost, Ph.D. | The Pueblo (Colo.) Chieftan, July 1, 2016
    The broadcast and print media (including The Chieftain), opponents and, unfortunately, some supporters, erroneously claim that Amendment 69/ColoradoCare would create a “single-payer” health care system in Colorado. It would not. Here’s why.