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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.

  • Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015
    By Dr. Philip Caper | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
    Getting health care in the U.S. often seems first and foremost to be about money. Our first encounter when seeking health care always seems to be with the billing department, not a caregiver. The problem often is about too little money.

  • Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015
    By Stephen B. Kemble, M.D. | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
    Medicare’s “Sustainable Growth Rate” (SGR) formula, passed in 1997, required drastic cuts to physician fees annually. Each year Congress postponed the cuts in response to warnings that implementation would lead to severe problems with access to care for Medicare beneficiaries, but without changing the formula, effectively “kicking the can down the road.”

  • Posted on Wednesday, April 15, 2015
    By Laurence S. Jacobs, M.D. | Santa Fe New Mexican
    Bipartisanship can work. The old flawed formula for physician reimbursement in Medicare (SGR) will finally be permanently canceled and replaced, so that physicians will no longer be looking at roughly 20 percent cuts in reimbursement every year, absent one-year congressional fixes.

  • Posted on Monday, April 13, 2015
    By Joseph Eichenseher, M.D. | Sonoma County (Calif.) Gazette
    In previous columns in this newspaper you’ve heard a myriad of reasons why single payer, or Improved Medicare for All, benefits Americans and provides for a better and less expensive solution to the debacle of our current healthcare situation.

  • Posted on Monday, April 13, 2015
    By Dwight Michael, M.D. | Gettysburg Times
    We are five years into the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and yet we truly do not know how this very complicated bill will ultimately affect the affordability of healthcare in our country.

  • Posted on Monday, April 13, 2015
    By Theodore R. Marmor | Philadelphia Inquirer (Philly.com)
    In recent weeks, reform legislation that proposes to change how Medicare pays physicians drew much attention. The prod to action was the imminent expiring of the present fee schedule.

  • Posted on Monday, April 13, 2015
    By Samuel Metz | Truthout
    The Affordable Care Act is a sitting duck. Working with private insurance companies, hospital chains and Big Pharma, Congress superimposed arcane regulations on an already Byzantine system of financing health care.

  • Posted on Friday, April 10, 2015
    By John Geyman, M.D. | The Huffington Post
    The private health insurance industry in the U.S. has had a long run since shifting to medical underwriting and a for-profit status in the early 1960s. It finds itself increasingly dependent on the government as the costs and prices of health care have continued upward since the 1980s.

  • Posted on Friday, April 10, 2015
    By Jessica Schorr Saxe, M.D. | The Charlotte Observer
    “Skin in the game.” The phrase pops up frequently in health insurance discussions, as it did twice in the recent Charlotte Observer article about high deductible policies (“A Growing Risk: High Deductible Health Plans Can Ruin Finances,” April 9).

  • Posted on Wednesday, April 8, 2015
    By David Ray, M.D. | Times Union (Albany, N.Y.)
    As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Medicare program, and the third year of the Affordable Care Act, what can we say about the state of America's health care? For one thing, this: While the United States has centers which offer some of the most sophisticated medical treatments in the world, there is unequal access both geographically and economically to that care.

  • Posted on Tuesday, April 7, 2015
    By Marcia Angell, M.D. | The New York Review of Books
    Steven Brill has achieved the seemingly impossible—written an exciting book about the American health system.

  • Posted on Tuesday, April 7, 2015
    Single Payer News, April 7, 2015
    The Chattanooga Area Labor Council endorsed H.R. 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, at its regular monthly meeting March 23, 2015, reports Gary Watkins, Council president. H.R. 676 is the national single-payer health care legislation sponsored by Congressman John Conyers, D-Mich. The bill currently has 48 co-sponsors including Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis, Tenn.

  • Posted on Wednesday, April 1, 2015
    By Russ Britt | Marketwatch
    In a finding that could strike at the heart of Obamacare, researchers at Harvard University have determined the Massachusetts health-reform effort did little to bring down the rate of preventable hospitalizations and couldn’t make much progress toward reducing racial disparities in the rate of those instances.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2015
    By Alan Bavley | The Kansas City Star
    Dr. Joshua Freeman isn’t shy about what he thinks we need: A single-payer, Canadian-style system covering everyone. Freeman recently gave me an advance copy of his new book, “Health, Medicine and Justice: Designing a Fair and Equitable Healthcare System,” laying out his arguments.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015
    By A.W. Gaffney, M.D. | In These Times
    These two very much intertwined problems — high healthcare costs and medical profiteering — have only become more pronounced. They are also the concerns of Steven Brill’s bestselling new book, "America’s Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System."

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2015
    By Ida Hellander, M.D.
    The bipartisan "Doc Fix" legislation (H.R. 1470) and proposed amendments will undermine traditional Medicare and advance the goal of its privatization.

  • Posted on Monday, March 23, 2015
    By Kay Tillow | Daily Kos
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have worked out a deal, a permanent “doc fix” that would repeal automatic cuts in Medicare payments to physicians. Their bipartisan solution, if enacted, will plunge a stake into the heart of traditional Medicare, according to health policy expert Don McCanne, M.D., of Physicians for a National Health Program.

  • Posted on Monday, March 23, 2015
    By Harris Meyer | Modern Healthcare
    The proposed bipartisan House deal to repeal and replace Medicare's hated sustainable growth-rate physician-payment system offers Republicans a chance to make two significant benefit changes they've long sought. Now it remains to be seen if they can accept and lock in that victory.

  • Posted on Monday, March 23, 2015
    By Wendell Potter | Center for Public Integrity
    The Obama administration went to great lengths last week to inform us that it recovered $3.3 billion in fraudulent payments to Medicare health care providers in fiscal year 2014. Officials even went so far as to give an advance copy of their report to The Wall Street Journal, which, like the Center for Public Integrity, has been investigating Medicare fraud and abuse.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2015
    By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
    A clash of cultures is rapidly developing among those of us who see the mission of the health care system to be primarily the diagnosis and healing of illness and those who see it primarily as an opportunity to create personal wealth.