Articles of Interest Archives

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 Wednesday, March 21, 2018
    By Kate Sheridan | Newsweek, March 21, 2018
    The effect that unexpected hospital bills have on Americans’ decisions to declare bankruptcy may be overstated, an article published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine claims—but one expert says the new numbers don’t show the whole picture.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2018
    By Eric Salk, M.D. | The New York Times, Letters, March 21, 2018
    Those of us on the front lines know that large segments of the population have no real access to quality medical care, and even those with “good insurance” struggle through a maze of barriers and increased costs.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2018
    By Margot Sanger-Katz | New York Times, March 21, 2018
    When you get really sick, the medical bills may not be your biggest financial shock. New research shows that for a substantial fraction of Americans, a trip to the hospital can mean a permanent reduction in income.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018
    By Mat Kladney, M.D. | Reno (Nev.) Gazette Journal, March 20, 2018
    The prior authorization process is another symptom of our broken health care system, where private insurers decide that profits are more valuable than health.

  • Posted on Monday, March 12, 2018
    By Zaid Jilani | The Intercept, March 12, 2018
    The last two times Democrats seized both the White House and Congress, in 1993 and 2009, they immediately embarked on efforts to reform the national health care system. Both times, those efforts contributed to wave election wipeouts in the following cycle.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2018
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | The Guardian, March 7, 2018
    A wildcat teachers’ strike that roiled West Virginia for nine long days ended on Tuesday, after the state government passed a 5% pay hike. For a state that doesn’t even allow state employees to engage in collective bargaining, this amounts to a historic victory. Yet much remains undone.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2018
    By Christopher C. Muth, M.D. | JAMA, March 6, 2018
    Under the influence of partisan politics, health insurance and pharmaceutical companies, and hospital administrators, the US health care system often seems to function at odds with the interests of primary care physicians.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2018
    Interview with Andrew Coates, M.D. | The Sun, March 2018
    In my view, single-payer is an incremental step, a reform that pushes us toward a truly efficient and responsible system of healthcare. Single-payer is far from perfect and will not work without a few hard rules.

  • Posted on Sunday, February 25, 2018
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | The Guardian, Feb. 25, 2018
    On Thursday, the Center for American Progress (CAP), a Democratic party-affiliated think tank, launched a proposal confusingly called “Medicare Extra for All.”

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2018
    By Paul Sorum, M.D., Ph.D. | Annals of Internal Medicine, Feb. 13, 2018
    Single-payer health care is back in the news thanks to the efforts of the president and Republicans to cripple if not kill the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Bernie Sanders' introduction of a new Medicare for All bill in the Senate.

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 7, 2018
    By Richard Master | USA Today, Feb. 7, 2018
    Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase announced last week that they would be forming a new company aimed at reducing employee health care costs. This decision was a response to what small, mid-sized and large business owners and CEOs have known for a long time: The private insurance system is strangling the U.S. economy.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 6, 2018
    By Carol Paris, M.D. | Kaiser Health News, Feb. 6, 2018
    We agree with you that health care is among the greatest issues facing society today. Your tremendous resources provide a unique opportunity to advocate for a health program to benefit all Americans: a universal, single-payer system.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 1, 2018
    By Samuel Metz, M.D. | Portland (Ore.) Tribune, Feb. 1, 2018
    Measure 101 barely saved Oregon's Medicaid funding for two years, but our health care (like that in the 49 other states) is still the world's most expensive.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Winter 2018
    Last summer, Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—seven-years in the making—dramatically collapsed. Yet, if the failed Senate vote in July marked a pause in conservative reform efforts, it only further animated the health care reform debate on the left side of the political spectrum.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2018
    By Kip Sullivan and Stephen Soumerai | STAT News, Jan. 30, 2018
    Pay for performance, the catchall term for policies that purport to pay doctors and hospitals based on quality and cost measures, has been taking a bashing.

  • Posted on Monday, January 22, 2018
    By Carey Goldberg and Meghna Chakrabarti | WBUR, CommonHealth, Jan. 22, 2018
    A new study out in JAMA Internal Medicine shows that in the years following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, out-of-pocket spending decreased, while premiums increased.

  • Posted on Monday, January 22, 2018
    By F. Perry Wilson, M.D., M.S.C.E. | MedPage Today, Jan. 22, 2018
    A new analysis, appearing in JAMA Internal Medicine, is the first to really quantify what has happened to individual health care spending since the ACA was put into effect.

  • Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018
    By Vann R. Newkirk II | The Atlantic, Jan. 19, 2018
    For most people, a single doctor’s visit can be a financial obstacle course. Many patients throughout the year pay hundreds or thousands of dollars in premiums, most often through workplace contributions. Then, at the doctor’s office, they are faced with a deductible.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018
    By Ed Weisbart, M.D. | STAT, Jan. 17, 2018
    The Republicans are right. We should cut Medicare. And I know how: Keep Medicare’s funding for actual health care but eliminate bureaucratic waste, profits, and the expensive and preposterous ban on negotiating drug prices.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018
    By Jessica Glenza | The Guardian, Jan. 16, 2018
    The US is the most expensive nation in the world in which to have a baby – and it may factor into thousands of bankruptcies each year.

  • Posted on Sunday, January 7, 2018
    By Elizabeth Carson | The Washington Post, Jan. 7, 2018
    The Jan. 3 Economy & Business article “Under fire, pharma points finger” described the pharmaceutical industry’s campaign to shift blame for high drug prices to insurers and pharmacy benefit managers.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 4, 2018
    By Rob Stone, M.D., Chris Stack, M.D., and Fran Quigley | Indianapolis Star, Jan. 4, 2018
    All Hoosiers have seen the headlines about drug price increases, and too many of us see the struggle first-hand. A vial of insulin can cost a person with diabetes 10 times as much as it did in the late 1990s.

  • Posted on Friday, December 29, 2017
    By Aaron E. Carroll and Austin Frakt | New York Times, December 26, 2017
    Taiwan is proof that a country can make a swift and huge change to its health care system, even in the modern day.

  • Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2017
    Interview with Robert Kiefner, M.D. | The Exchange, NHPR, December 13, 2017
    With uncertainty over the Affordable Care Act's future, and Congressional inaction on an alternative, some lawmakers in D.C. and New Hampshire are re-branding an old idea: government-financed universal healthcare.

  • Posted on Friday, December 8, 2017
    By Natalie Shure | Jacobin, December 8, 2017
    In the spring of 1969, a dozen feminists gathered at a women’s conference in Boston and came to a sober conclusion: their encounters with the United States health-care system had been overwhelmingly negative.

  • Posted on Friday, December 1, 2017
    By Brad Cotton, M.D. | Emergency Medicine News, December 2017
    Linda couldn't afford the gallbladder ultrasound her hometown doc recommended. Six months later, she is in my ED. She has cholecystitis, a fever, and an elevated WBC.

  • Posted on Thursday, November 23, 2017
    By Amanda Zhou and Kris B. Mamula | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 23, 2017
    When Rep. John Conyers, D-Michigan., introduced a bill in Congress in 2015 that would create a single-payer health care system, he picked up 49 co-sponsors.

  • Posted on Friday, November 17, 2017
    By Katie Klabusich | Truthout, November 17, 2017
    The reproductive justice movement focuses on expanding the ability of all people to access the full spectrum of reproductive health care -- from contraception and cancer screenings to abortion and prenatal care.

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 14, 2017
    By Joyce Frieden | MedPage Today, November 14, 2017
    Members of the organized medicine community had mixed reactions to President Trump's nomination on Monday of Alex Azar, JD, to run the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

  • Posted on Saturday, November 11, 2017
    By Jack Bernard | Charleston (W.V.) Gazette-Mail, November 11, 2017
    Gallup surveys indicate that Americans view health care as a major national priority. But, they are confused about our health care system.

  • Posted on Wednesday, November 8, 2017
    By Gro Harlem Brundtland and Jimmy Carter | TIME Magazine, November 8, 2017
    “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” are the inalienable rights at the heart of the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America. The text is as dear today to the hearts of the American people as it was when Thomas Jefferson first penned his words nearly two and a half centuries ago.

  • Posted on Sunday, November 5, 2017
    By Jay Desai, M.D. | The Conversation, November 5, 2017
    The presidential symposium at this year’s Annual Meeting of the Child Neurology Society of America in early October in Kansas City raised many eyebrows. The first presentation of this symposium focused on burnout rates among neurologists around the country.

  • Posted on Wednesday, October 25, 2017
    Interview with Richard Master | Radioactivity, WMNF (Tampa, Fla.), October 25, 2017
    A documentary film called “FIX IT: Health Care At The Tipping Point” came out last year. It makes the case for American business leaders to support health care reform that would include establishing a single payer health insurance system in the U.S.

  • Posted on Wednesday, October 25, 2017
    By Augie Lindmark, Vanessa Van Doren, Bryant Shuey, and Andy Hyatt | STAT, October 25, 2017
    Underneath a heap of hospital blankets, Stephen seemed small for a 7-year-old. His chest rose and fell rapidly, a frightening rhythm given his history of asthma.

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2017
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. and Zackary D. Berger, M.D., Ph.D. | thebmj, October 17, 2017
    Two major developments in September upended US healthcare politics. The month’s end saw the failure of a last-ditch blitz by Senate Republicans to dispatch the Affordable Care Act (ACA) via the Graham-Cassidy bill, a painful defeat for opponents of Obamacare, including President Trump. And on 13 September, Senator Bernie Sanders’ single-payer “Medicare-for-All” bill was released.

  • Posted on Monday, October 16, 2017
    By Paula L. Stillman, M.D., M.B.A. | Philadelphia Inquirer, October 16, 2017
    I do not want to have to switch my health care coverage. For the past 15 years, I have had multiple spinal epidural injections to relieve my sciatic nerve pain. The injection lasts for 4-6 months and I am pain free during that interval.

  • Posted on Friday, October 13, 2017
    By Richard C. Dillihunt, M.D. | Portland (Maine) Press Herald, October 13, 2017
    Seventeen years ago, I wrote an op-ed for the Maine Sunday Telegram headlined “Universal Medicare: The time is coming” (Nov. 19, 2000). Apparently I jumped the gun, as it has not taken place yet.

  • Posted on Thursday, October 12, 2017
    By Greg Silver, M.D. | Orlando Sentinel, October 12, 2017
    The patient looked terrified when she showed me her broken arm that wouldn’t straighten out. “What am I supposed to do?” she asked.

  • Posted on Thursday, October 12, 2017
    By Jack Bernard | The Birmingham (Ala.) News, October 12, 2017
    A bitter and anxious public is fed up with the inertia in Congress and politicians arguing but getting nothing done. Gallup found that approval ratings for Congress are at historical lows, 16 percent, whereas as recently as February they were at 28 percent.

  • Posted on Friday, October 6, 2017
    By Natalie Shure | Jacobin, October 6, 2017
    In the week preceding the release of Bernie Sanders’s Medicare for All bill, the Vermont senator’s office was flooded with calls — so many, in fact, that the legislative aides on the other line often guessed callers’ purpose before being prompted.

  • Posted on Monday, October 2, 2017
    Panel featuring Dr. William Davidson | WITF, Smart Talk, October 2, 2017
    The Senate's third attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, failed last week before the vote made it to the floor. It was the third attempt since the inauguration of Donald Trump, who campaigned with the promise to overturn the ACA.

  • Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2017
    By Peter Mahr, M.D. | The Oregonian (Portland, Ore.), September 27, 2017
    As a family physician, I was trained to guide patients through difficult times with clinical expertise and emotional support. But I am finding it increasingly difficult to provide this care.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 26, 2017
    By Marsha Fretwell, M.D. | The Charlotte Observer, September 26, 2017
    When I retired at 70 years old as a practicing geriatrician in Wilmington and said farewell to my medical colleagues, I slowly began to realize that I might be “The Last Happy Doctor” in town.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 26, 2017
    By James E. Dalen, M.D., M.P.H., Sc.D. (hon) | Arizona Republic, September 26, 2017
    Bernie Sanders is introducing a bill that would ensure that all Americans have access to health care. It is called “Medicare for all.” Is this a wild socialist scheme?

  • Posted on Sunday, September 24, 2017
    By Colleen M. Flood and Allan Rock | Chicago Tribune, September 24, 2017
    The United States is about to debate the merits of Bernie Sanders’ proposal for a single-payer health care system. While cost will be an issue, evidence shows that many countries provide access to quality care for all their citizens through a single-payer model while spending far less than the U.S. does now.

  • Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2017
    By Marcia Angell, M.D. | The Boston Globe, September 21, 2017
    Bernie Sanders is right. Given the growing costs and shrinking benefits of Obamacare, and the flame-out of “repeal and replace,” America should transition to Medicare for All. Last week he introduced his Medicare for All Act of 2017, which would do exactly that, while retaining and improving Obamacare during a four-year transition.

  • Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    By Mark Dimondstein | The Plain Dealer (, September 20, 2017
    Congress is back from its summer recess and the problems with our nation's health care system haven't gone away. How to fix health care is once again being hotly debated. Recently, President Donald Trump warned Republican senators that they must do something or be confronted with the dangers of "single-payer" health care.

  • Posted on Monday, September 18, 2017
    By Jay Brock, M.D. | The Washington Post, Letters, September 18, 2017
    Eugene Robinson was correct that Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) proposal for a “Medicare for All” health insurance system is the “right thing to do” [“An idea no longer on the fringe,” op-ed, Sept. 15]. It would cover everyone with first-dollar coverage for all medically necessary care.

  • Posted on Friday, September 15, 2017
    By Farzon A. Nahvi, M.D. | The Guardian, September 15, 2017
    Speaking to opponents of universal healthcare in the U.S. today is much like speaking to a moon-landing denier or any other conspiracy theorist – they insist on arguing impossibility in the face of proven reality.

  • Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017
    By David A. Ansell, M.D. | The Washington Post, September 13, 2017
    Sarai was 25 years old when she died of Wilson’s disease, an inherited disorder that causes liver failure. A liver transplant could have cured her, but she was uninsured and was denied an appointment at two prominent Chicago transplant hospitals, including my own.

  • Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017
    By Sen. Bernie Sanders | The New York Times, September 13, 2017
    This is a pivotal moment in American history. Do we, as a nation, join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee comprehensive health care to every person as a human right?

  • Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | The Washington Post, September 13, 2017
    Single-payer universal health care — once cast as a radical daydream — has moved with staggering swiftness from purported fantasy to palpable possibility. Today, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) released his long-awaited single-payer bill, and a slew of senators now numbering in the double digits have announced their support.

  • Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2017
    By Paul Y. Song, M.D. | Huffington Post, September 7, 2017
    As the dust settles after yet another failed GOP attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it is vitally important for everyone to understand why simply preserving the ACA is not good enough.

  • Posted on Monday, September 4, 2017
    By Vidya Visvabharathy |, September 4, 2017
    As Sen. Bernie Sanders prepares to introduce a universal health care bill in the next few weeks, many progressives who support a universal single-payer program worry about its effects on abortion access. Can we win Medicare-for-all while protecting hard-won reproductive rights?

  • Posted on Friday, September 1, 2017
    By Carol Paris, M.D. | USA Today, September 1, 2017
    Crying “It’s too hard!” is not a solution. Fear-mongers have compared our health care system to a barge — too big and heavy to turn around. If health care is a barge, it’s time to lose the dead weight of private insurers with their layers of administrative waste and profit, and start moving in the right direction: Medicare for all.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017
    By John Aronno | Anchorage (Alaska) Press, August 30, 2017
    Dr. Paris believes the for-profit health care industry is in need of a very specific reform: a switch to single payer health care. Such systems, comprising most of the developed world, task the state with financing health care, available to all residents.

  • Posted on Friday, August 25, 2017
    By Rhiannon Walker | Newscenter 11 (Fairbanks, Alaska), August 25, 2017
    Residents gathered at Raven Landing Thursday evening to listen to the president of Physicians for a National Health Program, Doctor Carol Paris, give a seminar on single payer health care.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2017
    By Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H., and David U. Himmelstein, M.D. | The Nation, Letters, August 16, 2017
    Joshua Holland’s anti–single payer screed (“Medicare for All Isn’t the Solution for Universal Health Care”) is so riddled with misinformation and outright errors that it makes one wonder whether The Nation has laid off its fact-checkers.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2017
    By Jonathan D. Walker, M.D. | The (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Journal Gazette, August 16, 2017
    Over the past few months, Congress has been unable to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare). The blame is usually placed on superficial things, like Republicans who failed to vote along party lines.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | Jacobin, August 10, 2017
    Fresh off a victory against Trumpcare, health care activists are now looking hopefully towards the future. Already there has been significant progress: within the Democratic Party “Medicare for All” has now achieved a level of support and enthusiasm unprecedented in recent memory.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 9, 2017
    By Gabby Bess | Broadly, August 9, 2017
    In Australia, vital services like cancer treatments are free; in the US, countless people struggle to even get screened. We spoke to cancer patients in both countries about the drastic difference single-payer health insurance can make.

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 1, 2017
    Interview With Dr. Adam Gaffney | WNYC, The Takeaway, August 1, 2017
    A Pew poll out last month found that 60 percent of people today believe that the federal government is responsible for ensuring healthcare coverage for all Americans.

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 1, 2017
    By Richard Master | The (Allentown, Pa.) Morning Call, August 1, 2017
    With all due respect to President Trump, he is wrong about the single-payer model of health insurance. Single payer — centralized public financing of a continued privately operated health system — will not "bankrupt the United States."

  • Posted on Sunday, July 30, 2017
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | Jacobin, July 30, 2017
    Born in March in the Republican-controlled House, Trumpcare succumbed in the Senate this past week thanks to its fundamentally defective design and pitiable unpopularity, along with the relentless pummeling it received from enraged constituents across the country.

  • Posted on Friday, July 28, 2017
    By Carol Paris, M.D. | Common Dreams, July 28, 2017
    Hundreds of people slept overnight in cars, or camped for days in a field. They told stories of yanking out their own teeth with pliers, of reusing insulin syringes until they broke in their arm, of chronic pain so debilitating they could hardly care for their own children.

  • Posted on Monday, July 24, 2017
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | The Washington Post, July 24, 2017
    The saga of Charlie Gard — the critically ill 11-month-old boy with a spectacularly rare genetic disorder, who is on life support in a London hospital — seems to be coming to a close.

  • Posted on Saturday, July 22, 2017
    Interview With Dr. Steffie Woolhandler | Ralph Nader Radio Hour, July 22, 2017
    As the U.S. Senate contemplated detrimental changes to health care, PNHP co-founder Dr. Steffie Woolhandler spoke with Ralph Nader about what a different approach - a single-payer national health program - would mean for patients and doctors.

  • Posted on Friday, July 21, 2017
    By Dr. Claudia Fegan | Modern Healthcare, July 21, 2017
    Now that the Senate GOP's Better Care Reconciliation Act has crashed and burned, and efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act appear to have stalled, it's time to consider another plan: improved Medicare for all.

  • Posted on Friday, July 21, 2017
    By Jack Bernard | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 21, 2017
    Let’s play a game of guess “who said.” On CNN in 1999: “If you can’t take care of your sick in the country, forget it, it’s all over...I believe in universal healthcare."

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    By Zaid Jilani | The Intercept, July 19, 2017
    Thanks to a pair of defections from more GOP senators late yesterday, the Republican plan to repeal and replace or simply repeal the Affordable Care Act is dead — for now.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | Jacobin, July 19, 2017
    The saga of Trumpcare may finally be behind us. The wretched bill would have wrenched coverage from tens of millions, and — by many estimates — cost tens of thousands of lives a year.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    Interview With Dr. Carol Paris | Democracy Now!, July 19, 2017
    As the Republican healthcare bill collapses, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’ll now try to push through legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act and wait until after the 2018 midterm elections to propose a replacement.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 18, 2017
    By Farzon A. Nahvi, M.D. | The Guardian, July 18, 2017
    The single most disheartening line I tell my patients every day is: “Let’s focus on your health, that is the only thing that is important right now.”

  • Posted on Monday, July 17, 2017
    By Kaeli Subberwal & Mollie Reilly | HuffPost, July 17, 2017
    Protesters again took to Capitol Hill on Monday to protest Senate Republicans’ proposed health care bill, staging a demonstration in the Hart Senate Office Building, where several people were arrested.

  • Posted on Saturday, July 15, 2017
    By Stephanie Innes | Arizona Daily Star, July 15, 2017
    Universal health care is far from the plan Republican leaders are proposing, but it’s getting some love in Southern Arizona.

  • Posted on Thursday, July 13, 2017
    By Richard Eskow | Moyers & Company, July 13, 2017
    The idea of Medicare for all, or single-payer health care, has grown in popularity so quickly that it was recently an answer on the quiz show Jeopardy.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 12, 2017
    By Sue Sturgis | Facing South, July 12, 2017
    As congressional Republicans try to pass an unpopular plan that would roll back the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and cause an estimated 22 million Americans to lose their health insurance, a House bill to expand the publicly-funded Medicare program from just senior citizens to every American is picking up record support — and not just among the usual progressive suspects but also from conservative Southern Democrats.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 11, 2017
    Interview With Dr. David Himmelstein | Review of Systems Podcast, July 11, 2017
    We talk with Dr. Himmelstein about how he got his start in research by looking at patient dumping practices as a trainee, and how he views advocacy as a natural outgrowth of his research findings. We also talk about his work as a leader in advocacy for a national health insurance program.

  • Posted on Saturday, July 8, 2017
    By Scott Simon | NPR Weekend Edition, July 8, 2017
    Doctors Julie Gunter, Rob Stone, and Gary Sobelson talk to NPR about the problems with American health care and what they think of the current Republican health care plan.

  • Posted on Friday, July 7, 2017
    By Robert H. Frank | The New York Times, July 7, 2017
    Lingering uncertainty about the fate of the Affordable Care Act has spurred the California legislature to consider adoption of a statewide single-payer health care system. Sometimes described as Medicare for all, single-payer is a system in which a public agency handles health care financing while the delivery of care remains largely in private hands.

  • Posted on Thursday, July 6, 2017
    By Roona Ray, M.D., M.P.H. | Cleveland Plain-Dealer, July 6, 2017
    On Wednesday, June 28, I was one of dozens of doctors, nurses, patients with chronic illness, and voters who visited six senators on Capitol Hill to tell them to vote "no" on TrumpCare.

  • Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017
    Interview With Dr. Steffie Woolhandler | Democracy Now!, June 27, 2017
    Twenty-two million Americans would lose their health insurance under the Senate Republicans’ healthcare bill over the next decade. That’s according to the Congressional Budget Office, which released its assessment on Monday.

  • Posted on Monday, June 26, 2017
    By Joshua Gear, M.D. | Portland (Maine) Press Herald, June 26, 2017
    As a piece of legislation intended to provide affordable, quality health care to the greatest number of Americans, the Affordable Care Act has failed miserably. Twenty million Americans remain uninsured and tens of millions more with insurance have trouble affording their co-pays or deductibles.

  • Posted on Saturday, June 24, 2017
    By Andrew Purcell | The (Glasgow, Scotland) Herald, June 24, 2017
    Within five days, Trumpcare could well be on the US statute books. It hasn't taken long to get there. The journey began on May 4, when the Republican caucus in the House of Representatives gathered to vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA).

  • Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017
    By Phil Kadner | Chicago Sun-Times, June 23, 2017
    Most doctors believe a single-payer system “would offer the best health care to the greatest number of people,” according to a survey by the Chicago Medical Society. More than 1,000 doctors from the Cook County region participated in the survey.

  • Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017
    By Natalie Shure | Pacific Standard, June 23, 2017
    The California State Assembly will be busy this summer continuing to shape SB-562, a statewide universal health-care bill that passed the Senate last month. The legislation aims to create a so-called single-payer system: a unified public insurance pool that would cover all residents' health-care costs, thereby extending coverage to three million previously uninsured Californians.

  • Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017
    Interview with Dr. Steffie Woolhandler | Democracy Now!, June 23, 2017
    Health experts say, given the shortcomings of both the Affordable Care Act and Republican proposals, now is the time to move forward with a simple Medicare-for-all system, known as single payer.

  • Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | The Guardian, June 23 2017
    “Dead on arrival,” some said. That was to be the fate of the House’s Obamacare repeal bill in the Senate. Yet Trumpcare has risen again: on Thursday, the Senate released its Obamacare repeal bill, though its fate is still uncertain.

  • Posted on Tuesday, June 20, 2017
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | Jacobin, June 20, 2017
    Over the weekend, the Washington Post editorial board took a bold stance: they argued that universal health care with single-payer financing is simply beyond reach. That the Post felt the need to issue the editorial at this particular moment is a testament to single payer’s rising fortunes.

  • Posted on Saturday, June 17, 2017
    By Louis Balizet, M.D. | The Pueblo (Colo.) Chieftain, Jun 17, 2017
    Last month, a Pueblo woman, while on vacation far from home, developed chest pain, cough and shortness of breath. She had had blood clots in her lungs previously, and feared a recurrence of this potentially deadly condition.

  • Posted on Wednesday, June 14, 2017
    By Mike Ludwig | Truthout, June 14, 2017
    Every day about 10,000 people turn 65 in the United States, and the number of people over the age of 85 will more than triple by 2050. As a result, the demand for long-term health care services and end-of-life care will surge in the coming decades, increasing pressure on a system that is already suffering from high costs and workforce shortages.

  • Posted on Sunday, June 11, 2017
    By Dave Lindorff | Salon, June 11, 2017
    A pioneering study published recently in the Journal of the American Academy of Neurology has found that black and Latino patients suffering from neurological ailments like stroke, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s dementia are likely to receive significantly different and less adequate care than white patients.

  • Posted on Friday, June 9, 2017
    Interview by Keifer Walsh and Ti Hoang | Diagnostocracy Podcast, June 9, 2017
    PNHP's immediate past president, Dr. Robert Zarr, spoke with Diagnostocracy co-hosts (and medical students) Keifer Walsh and Ti Hoang about the pressing need for single-payer reform. He discussed the basics of improved Medicare for all and pushed back against some of the more common objections.

  • Posted on Saturday, May 27, 2017
    By Marie Shieh, M.D. | The Kansas City Star, May 27, 2017
    President Donald Trump, I heartily agree with you when you told Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, “You have better health care than we do.”

  • Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2017
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | The Guardian, May 25, 2017
    The US healthcare system – and with it the health and welfare of millions – is poised on the edge of a knife. Though the fetid dysfunction and entanglements of the Trump presidency dominate the airwaves, this is an issue that will have life and death consequences for countless Americans.

  • Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2017
    By Jack Mayer, M.D., M.P.H. | Vermont Public Radio, May 25, 2017
    Winston Churchill once quipped that, "You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else." I like that quote because it allows me to be cautiously optimistic.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017
    Transcription by Kay Tillow | Daily Kos, May 24, 2017
    A few hours before the CBO announced that 23 million Americans would lose their health insurance under the Republican health care bill passed by the House, Congressman John Conyers, seven co-sponsors of HR 676, and representatives of physicians and nurses groups gathered near the Capitol.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017
    By Paul Y. Song, M.D. | HuffPost, May 24, 2017
    This week, the California State Senate Appropriations Committee released their fiscal analysis of SB562 sponsored by Senators Lara and Atkins. Opponents immediately screamed that #SB562 would cost $400 billion per year, more than three times California’s $124 billion general fund budget for next year.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017
    By Daniel Marans | HuffPost, May 24, 2017
    House Democrats on Wednesday touted unprecedented majority support for a bill that would expand Medicare to the entire U.S. population, reflecting a growing liberal consensus behind single-payer health insurance.

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2017
    Interview with Susan Rogers, M.D. | Black Agenda Report, May 23, 2017
    People talk about choice of health care which really, when you think about it, makes no sense. Do you know what your health care needs are going to be next week? You have no clue. You assume they're going to be what they are today, but you don't know.