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 Sunday, September 16, 2018
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | The Guardian, September 16, 2018
    Barack Obama dropped a bombshell into the healthcare debate roiling the Democratic party last Friday. “Democrats aren’t just running on good old ideas like a higher minimum wage,” he said, “they’re running on good new ideas, like Medicare for All...”

  • Posted on Saturday, September 15, 2018
    By Ken Lefkowitz | Courier Post (Cherry Hill, N.J.), September 15, 2018
    If someone paid $1,000 for a service they could purchase elsewhere for $512, you’d think they were quite foolish. Yet, that's the situation facing healthcare in America today.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2018
    By Carol Paris, M.D. | Common Dreams, September 11, 2018
    The surge in support for improved Medicare for All—now up to 70% in recent polling—has single-payer opponents ramping up their scare tactics.

  • Posted on Monday, September 10, 2018
    By Tim Higginbotham | Jacobin, September 10, 2018
    For the first time in over a decade, Barack Obama is a Medicare for All supporter. On September 7 in Illinois, Obama promoted the idea while campaigning for Democrats ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

  • Posted on Monday, September 10, 2018
    By Anna L. Goldman, M.D., M.P.H.; Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H.; David U. Himmelstein, M.D.; David H. Bor, M.D.; Danny McCormick, M.D., M.P.H. | JAMA Internal Medicine, Research Letter, September 10, 2018
    To date, 4 states (Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, and New Hampshire) have federal waivers to impose work requirements as a condition of eligibility for Medicaid.

  • Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2018
    By Phil Caper, M.D. | Bangor (Maine) Daily News, August 26, 2018
    A recent Associated Press story describing a study of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ proposal for Medicare for all carried the alarming headline.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 23, 2018
    By Caroline Poplin, M.D., J.D. | MedPage Today, August 23, 2018
    If the Democrats begin to retake control of the federal government in November -- for example, by flipping the House -- they should start thinking about their next moves on health reform.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 23, 2018
    By Meagan Day | Jacobin, August 23, 2018
    According to a poll earlier this year in the New England Journal of Medicine, a majority of American physicians say that single-payer is the best path forward.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2018
    By Sen. Bernie Sanders | CNN, August 16, 2018
    Let's be clear. The American people are increasingly tired of a health care system that works for Wall Street investors, insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry -- but ignores their needs.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2018
    By Ryan Cooper | The Week, August 16, 2018
    Medicare-for-all is getting some real momentum behind it, with several more supporters winning congressional primaries on Tuesday night. The medical industry — drug companies, insurance companies, medical providers, and others — has thus been gearing up to preserve the fat profits they enjoy under the horrendous status quo.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2018
    By Fran Quigley | National Catholic Reporter, August 15, 2018
    Mark Trover of Indiana had a job and access to health insurance, but the premiums and co-pays were too high for him to afford.

  • Posted on Friday, August 10, 2018
    By Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H., David U. Himmelstein, M.D., and Adam Gaffney, M.D. | The Nation, August 10, 2018
    Last week, Charles Blahous at the Koch-funded Mercatus Center at George Mason University published a study suggesting that Bernie Sanders’s single-payer health-care plan would break the bank.

  • Posted on Friday, August 10, 2018
    By Joel A. Harrison, Ph.D., M.P.H. | August 10, 2018
    Our current fragmented, dysfunctional, for-profit health care system is broken. Internationally we rank poorly in both process and outcomes; yet, we are by far the most expensive health care system in the world.

  • Posted on Friday, August 10, 2018
    By Dylan Scott | Vox, August 10, 2018
    The muscle of the health industry lobby — pharma, health plans, doctors, and hospitals — is gathering to stop single payer.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 9, 2018
    By Leo Eisenstein, B.A. | New England Journal of Medicine, August 9, 2018
    The clinician who coined the term “burnout” was not a primary care physician buried under paperwork, nor an emergency physician beset by an unwieldy electronic health record.

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 7, 2018
    By Ray Bellamy, M.D. | Tallahassee Democrat, August 7, 2018
    Health care is too expensive. We can nearly all agree on that. But the public knows its importance as well as its expense.

  • Posted on Monday, August 6, 2018
    By Kay Tillow | Daily Kos, August 6, 2018
    On July 13, 2018, in an article on Vox, Tim Higginbotham and Chris Middleman of the Democratic Socialists of America’s (DSA) Medicare for All campaign condemned Paul Krugman, Adam Green, the Center for American Progress, and Andy Slavitt for their efforts to co-opt and water down the “Medicare for All” slogan into meaningless vague principles and inadequate programs.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 2, 2018
    By Natalie Shure | Pacific Standard, August 2, 2018
    Upon finding out what residency programs they'd been matched with this spring, some 310 fourth-year medical students have taken the #MatchDayPledge, a social media campaign that invites the next crop of first-year residents to snap selfies alongside a signed commitment to fight for "improved Medicare for All."

  • Posted on Thursday, August 2, 2018
    By David U. Himmelstein, M.D., and Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H. | Physicians for a National Health Program, August 2, 2018
    The Mercatus Center's estimate of the cost of implementing Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All Act (M4A) projects outlandish increases in the utilization of medical care, ignores vast savings under single-payer reform, and fails to even mention the extensive and well-documented evidence on single-payer systems in other nations.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2018
    By Shefali Luthra | Tonic, August 1 2018
    When the American Medical Association—one of the nation’s most powerful healthcare groups—met in Chicago this June, its medical student caucus seized an opportunity for change.