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.

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 24, 2015
    By Dave Anderson | Boulder (Colo.) Weekly
    Recently, some 500,000 people around the country suddenly lost their health insurance as 10 of 23 nonprofit health care cooperatives collapsed. Some 80,000 Coloradans were left in the lurch when Colorado HealthOP collapsed. Nearly 40 percent of the people who purchased health insurance through the Colorado state exchange in 2015 were members of that co-op. Several more co-ops in other states may close soon.

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 24, 2015
    By Lisa Rapaport | Reuters
    U.S. public health funding – which covers things like disease prevention, cancer screenings, contraceptives and vaccines – has been steadily falling in recent years and is expected to keep going down, a recent study projects.

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 17, 2015
    By Kathryn Doyle | Reuters
    Low-income people with Medicaid health insurance are more knowledgeable about their health status and have better control over some chronic conditions, like high blood pressure, than similar people without Medicaid coverage.

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 10, 2015
    By Ralph Nader | The Huffington Post
    Just when the prospects for single-payer or full Medicare for everyone, with free choice of doctors and hospitals, appear to be going nowhere, from Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley comes a stirring that could go national and make single-payer a reality. Throwing down the gauntlet on the grounds of efficiency and humanness, businessman Richard Master, CEO of MCS Industries Inc., the nation's leading supplier of wall and poster frames, is bent on arousing the nation's business leaders to back single-payer - the efficient full Medicare for all - solution.

  • Posted on Wednesday, November 4, 2015
    By Amy Goodman | Democracy Now
    Dr. Steffie Woolhandler: And 10 of the 23 co-ops have closed, and several more are expected to close soon. These nonprofit co-ops, many of us felt they were never going to be viable. These tiny insurance co-ops was like the peewee football going against the NFL. They just didn’t have the size to make it in the marketplace. But also, they weren’t cheaters. And the way the health insurance market works is good guys finish last, and cheaters win.

  • Posted on Wednesday, October 28, 2015
    By Sam Metz, M.D. | The Lund Report (Portland, Ore.)
    The tragedy of the Roseburg shootings did not end when Christopher Harper-Mercer shot himself after killing nine people at Umpqua Community College. The injured survivors now find themselves unable to pay for the medical care their injuries require.

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 27, 2015
    By Ida Hellander, M.D., David U. Himmelstein, M.D., and Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H.
    Organizers for the ColoradoCare ballot initiative have contacted some activists in Physicians for a National Health Program, seeking their endorsement and financial support. We summarize, below, our understanding of the initiative.

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 27, 2015
    By Augie Lindmark | KevinMD blog
    I cracked a Budweiser and flipped on Spotify radio for what I was told would be a challenge. On my computer screen, Minnesota’s health insurance exchange website waited expectantly, to which I submitted the Holy Trinity of health information — age, date of birth, and tobacco usage — and waited.

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 27, 2015
    By Aaron Burch | Louisville Medicine
    The protection of patients and physicians has been a continuous fight in America for decades. One of the biggest moments of the modern era of health care came July 30, 1965, when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare into law.

  • Posted on Thursday, October 22, 2015
    By Carrie Feibel | Houston Public Media
    The Affordable Care Act has been a target of Republican opposition for years now. But there are also many left-leaning Americans who don’t like the law because they feel it doesn’t do enough.

  • Posted on Thursday, October 22, 2015
    Newswise, Oct. 21, 2015
    Newswise — In Bernie Sanders’s home state of Vermont, the newest class of medical students will be participating in a major career milestone – the White Coat Ceremony – on Friday, October 23, 2015. As future physicians, they see a strong need to change the system, but recognize the challenges to actualizing that goal.

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 20, 2015
    By Monisha Bhatia, Margaret Axelrod, Emily Holmes, Mitchell Hayes and Connor Beebout | The Tennessean
    Just over a year ago, Sharon, a fast food worker from Middle Tennessee, walked into the Vanderbilt emergency department in the worst pain of her life.

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 20, 2015
    By Steffie Woolhandler, M.D. | The New York Times
    The United States isn’t Denmark, but it can, like Scandinavia, implement changes to its health care system that save money, cover everyone and help us live longer.

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 13, 2015
    By Christine Adams, Ph.D. | Houston Chronicle
    A Medicare buy-in, as sensible as it sounds, won't work because it would merely add one more player into our inefficient, dysfunctional, fragmented, multi-payer system of financing health care.

  • Posted on Monday, October 12, 2015
    By Ed Weisbart, M.D. | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Patriot Coal’s latest bankruptcy success once again draws attention to the desperate measures some employers take to unburden themselves from the financial burdens of employee health.

  • Posted on Monday, October 12, 2015
    By Andrew D. Coates, M.D. | Times Union (Albany, NY)
    Why won't "single payer" — the call for one public health insurance program to cover all necessary medical care for every person in the United States — go away? Wasn't it dismissed already from the mainstream discourse?

  • Posted on Thursday, October 8, 2015
    By Julie Keller Pease, M.D. | The Times Record (Brunswick, Maine)
    I was interested to read the article in Friday’s Times Record about the “Broader health care debate for 2016.” Giving prominence to “single payer” makes sense because only a single-payer plan can cover everyone for all medically necessary care, eliminate financial barriers to care, and allow free choice of doctor and hospital.

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 6, 2015
    By Caroline Poplin, M.D., J.D. | MedPage Today
    For the last 30 years or so, Americans have pondered the U.S. healthcare cost conundrum: all other developed countries spend significantly less than we do on healthcare -- whether that's measured as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product or per capita -- yet achieve better outcomes and cover all their residents. What is our problem?

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 6, 2015
    By William M. Fogarty Jr., M.D. | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    In his article ("Again? Health Care Debate Expands for 2016," online Oct. 2) Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar outlines the three approaches that the various candidates for the presidential nomination offer on health care. They range from the single-payer approach espoused by Bernie Sanders, through the middle ground basically supporting the status quo offered by Hillary Clinton, to the "repeal and replace" position of the Republican contenders.

  • Posted on Monday, October 5, 2015
    By Katie Myers | The Albuquerque Journal
    When I decided that I was going to be a doctor, I had many preconceived notions about what that meant.