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 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.

  • Posted on Monday, October 5, 2015
    By White Coats for Black Lives (WC4BL) National Working Group | American Medical Association Journal of Ethics
    Racism is one of the major causes of health problems in the United States. Between 1970 and 2004, the Black-white mortality gap resulted in more than 2.7 million excess Black deaths, making racism a more potent killer than prostate, breast, or colon cancer.

  • Posted on Friday, October 2, 2015
    By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | (Albany, N.Y.)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — After seven years of the political drama known as "Obamacare," you might think voters would be tired of big ideas for revamping health care. If so, the presidential candidates seem to have missed the memo.

  • Posted on Friday, October 2, 2015
    By Amanda Kaufman | The Daily Free Press (Boston)
    Joining 30 other universities around the nation, the Boston University School of Medicine hosted a Medicare-for-All National Day of Action rally Thursday to advocate for single-payer health care reform. BU was the only university in Massachusetts to participate.

  • Posted on Friday, October 2, 2015
    By Robert Lowes | Medscape
    Hundreds of medical students in at least 16 states plan to demonstrate into the evening today in favor of extending Medicare coverage to all citizens, which would amount to a single-payer healthcare program for the United States.

  • Posted on Thursday, October 1, 2015
    By Jordan Centers | Illinois Single-Payer Coalition
    Despite the Affordable Care Act’s undeniable success in extending health coverage to more people and in curbing some of the health insurance industry’s worst practices, recent reports show our nation still has 33 million people who are uninsured, a comparable number who are inadequately insured, sharply rising deductibles and copays, and skyrocketing pharmaceutical drug prices. The 2010 health law clearly did not go far enough.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2015
    By Leigh Page | Medscape
    Why America Should Have a Single-Payer System

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2015
    By Anne Scheetz, M.D. | The State Journal-Register (Springfield, Ill.)
    People with severe forms of the disease require a lot of care. But current U.S. policy systematically erects barriers to care.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2015
    By Amy Yurkanin | The Birmingham News (
    If you want to know what the CEO of your health insurance company earned last year, don't ask the Alabama Department of Insurance.

  • Posted on Monday, September 28, 2015
    By Jenny Deam | Houston Chronicle
    Dr. Robert Zarr, president of the Physicians for a National Health Program organization in Washington, D.C., was in Houston this week speaking to physicians and medical students at Baylor College of Medicine, promoting the idea of a single-payer system of health care in this country.

  • Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2015
    By Vanessa Van Doren | Common Dreams
    Medical students across the country have already joined the fight for universal, single-payer health care.

  • Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2015
    By A.W. Gaffney, M.D. | Jacobin
    A lifesaving drug’s overnight price hike shows why we must fight for a radically different health care system

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2015
    By Reed Abelson | The New York Times
    It may not seem like much — just an extra hundred dollars or so a year.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2015
    By Ed Weisbart, M.D. | Deseret News (Salt Lake City)
    We need to improve Medicare and provide that to all Americans. It’s the patriotic, prudent and medically vital thing to do.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2015
    By Dan Goldberg | Politico New York
    Last week, New York City's health commissioner gathered her staff in their Long Island City headquarters.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2015
    By Andrew Pollack | The New York Times
    Specialists in infectious disease are protesting a gigantic overnight increase in the price of a 62-year-old drug that is the standard of care for treating a life-threatening parasitic infection.

  • Posted on Monday, September 21, 2015
    By Dorothy Charles, et al. | Journal of Urban Health
    Last fall, Black people and their allies took to social media and the streets to assert that, despite the non-indictment of officers responsible for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, Black lives matter.

  • Posted on Thursday, September 17, 2015
    By Sara Heath | RevCycle Intelligence
    Health insurance coverage woes continue to affect a great number of individuals, claims the president of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP).

  • Posted on Thursday, September 17, 2015
    By Sen. Bernie Sanders | Wall Street Journal
    Your article “Price Tag of Sanders Proposals: $18 Trillion” (page one, Sept. 15) is misleading.

  • Posted on Thursday, September 17, 2015
    By Bob Herman | Modern Healthcare
    The first full year of health coverage expansion under the Affordable Care Act significantly drove down the uninsured rate in 2014, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released Wednesday.

  • Posted on Wednesday, September 16, 2015
    By Jennifer Gerson Uffalussy | Yahoo Health
    The latest census data released today (Sept. 16) shows that the percentage of people without health insurance was 10.4 percent lower than the number of uninsured in 2013.

  • Posted on Wednesday, September 16, 2015
    By Gerald Friedman | The Huffington post
    It is said of economists that they know the cost of everything but the value of nothing. In the case of the article "Price Tag of Bernie Sanders's Proposals: $18 Trillion," this accusation is a better fit for the Wall Street Journal that published it.

  • Posted on Wednesday, September 16, 2015
    By Paul Waldman | Washington Post
    The big policy headline today comes from the Wall Street Journal, which delivers this alarming message: "Price Tag of Bernie Sanders’ Proposals: $18 Trillion."

  • Posted on Wednesday, September 16, 2015
    By Brett LoGiurato | Business Insider
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) is pushing back on the eye-popping estimated price tag of his progressive wish list of proposals he has offered on the campaign trail.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 15, 2015
    By David Dayen | The Intercept
    The screaming headline on Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal reads “Price Tag of Bernie Sanders’s Proposals: $18 Trillion.” This would comprise “the largest peacetime expansion of government in American history,” the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper warns.

  • Posted on Monday, September 14, 2015
    By Joan Brunwasser | OpEd News
    My guest today is Scott Goldberg, a fourth year medical student at the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine and a board member of Physicians for a National Health Program. Welcome to OpEdNews, Scott.

  • Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2015
    By Jacqueline DiChiara | RevCycle Intelligence
    Medicare pay-for-performance (P4P) incentives are inadvertently diverting money away from those financially aching hospitals primarily serving minorities and the economically disadvantaged to instead inflate the revenues of those hospitals serving a more financially prosperous population of patients.

  • Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2015
    By Paul Y. Song, M.D. | Inheritance
    In 1991 then United States Surgeon General C. Everett Koop asked me and my fellow graduating medical students to raise our right hands and repeat the Hippocratic Oath.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2015
    By Robert S. Kiefner, M.D. | Concord (N.H.) Monitor
    Through some mutation of American exceptionalism, we have come to believe that by spending more per capita on health care than any other country on Earth, we must surely enjoy the best health on the planet. Not so, not by a long shot.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2015
    By Stephen B. Kemble, M.D. | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
    The architects of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) blamed high U.S. health costs on excessive and unnecessary care.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2015
    By Melanie Evans | Modern Healthcare
    Just how much success have hospitals had in their efforts to prevent patients from returning soon after leaving? Perhaps not as much as reported, two physicians argue at the blog for health policy journal Health Affairs.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2015
    By John Lauerman | Bloomberg Business
    Lower U.S. hospital readmission rates that have been touted as an Obamacare victory are due mostly to a billing gimmick that increases costs to patients, health-care researchers said.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 20, 2015
    By Jeffrey Young | The Huffington Post
    WASHINGTON -- Americans use prescription drugs and they know these medicines help people, but they still don't care much for pharmaceutical companies and think the industry is too money-hungry, according to a new survey.

  • Posted on Monday, August 17, 2015
    By Anne Scheetz, M.D., and Hale Landes | Fox Valley Labor News
    Multi-employer or Taft-Hartley plans — a “made-in-America” source of health coverage and other benefits for more than 20 million U.S. workers, retirees, and their families — are under serious threat.

  • Posted on Monday, August 17, 2015
    By Alec MacGillis | Truthout
    When the former head of the U.S. government's health insurance programs was hired in July to run a lobby that had spent tens of millions of dollars trying to derail Obamacare, it was more than just another spin of Washington's revolving door.

  • Posted on Monday, August 17, 2015
    By Lawrence J. Hanley | The Huffington Post
    The flurry of recent merger announcements from the handful of remaining national health insurance providers is cause for alarm for all Americans.

  • Posted on Monday, August 17, 2015
    By Louis Balizet, M.D. | Pueblo (Colo.) Chieftain
    Fifty years ago – on July 30, 1965 – President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2015
    By Fred Schulte | Center for Public Integrity
    A new whistleblower case accuses a Texas medical consulting firm and more than two dozen health plans for the elderly of ripping off Medicare by conducting in-home patient exams that allegedly overstated how much the plans should be paid.

  • Posted on Friday, August 7, 2015
    By Christine Adams | Health Care for All Texas
    Thanks to Medicare, about 3 million Texans receive guaranteed health care benefits regardless of their medical condition or income.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 6, 2015
    By Meghan Geary, M.D. | The Providence (R.I.) Journal
    When I think back over the past year, one impression that stands out is this: What a difference the Medicare Program and Rhode Island’s expansion of Medicaid has made for my patients!

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 5, 2015
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | KevinMD blog
    “Reducing administrative waste” may not be the heady revolutionary slogan today’s millennial physician-activists are looking for, but it’s no less true for that — whatever the opinion of Hayek, Hegel, or Henry David Thoreau.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 5, 2015
    By Chess Yellot, M.D. | Spirit of Jefferson (Charles Town, W.Va.)
    Isn’t it time to have a serious conversation on the question: why aren't we all covered by Medicare, regardless of age?

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 5, 2015
    By the Editorial Board | The Delaware County Daily Times (Secane, Pa.)
    As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare the discussion of expanding the program and offering universal health care is resurfacing.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 5, 2015
    By Patricia Downs Berger, M.D. | Wicked Local Brookline (Mass.)
    July 30 was the 50th anniversary of Medicare being signed into law by President Johnson. Fifty years of a national health program guaranteeing health coverage for all seniors is a cause for celebration!

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 5, 2015
    By Oliver Fein, M.D. | PNHP N.Y. Metro
    The following are the prepared remarks of the speech Dr. Oliver Fein delivered at the New York City celebration of the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid at the Professional Staff Congress CUNY in Manhattan on July 30.

  • Posted on Monday, August 3, 2015
    By the Editorial Board | The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.)
    Happy anniversary, Medicare. Like that Italian actress starring in the new James Bond movie, you're looking good at 50.

  • Posted on Monday, August 3, 2015
    By Joshua Freeman, M.D. | Medicine and Social Justice blog
    On Thursday, July 30, Medicare and Medicaid turned 50 years old. The anniversary was marked by an event held at the Truman Library in Independence, Mo., which I attended.

  • Posted on Monday, August 3, 2015
    By Emily Kirchner, M3 | The Billfold
    “What the patient really needs is better insurance.”

  • Posted on Friday, July 31, 2015
    By the Editorial Board | Bennington (Vt.) Banner
    As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare the discussion of expanding the program and offering universal health care is resurfacing.

  • Posted on Friday, July 31, 2015
    By Ahmed Kutty, M.D. | Monadnock Ledger-Transcript (Peterborough, N.H.)
    Fifty years ago today, on July 30, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Medicare Act into law, a historic and transformative moment when our polity gave expression to America’s highest ideals of inclusion and compassion by providing for a publicly-funded healthcare program for the elderly and the disabled in our society.

  • Posted on Friday, July 31, 2015
    By Robert Zarr, M.D. | Truthout
    I love to celebrate birthdays, but this year there's one birthday that really needs a special pie - not a cake, but a pie. Medicare turns 50 today, on July 30.

  • Posted on Friday, July 31, 2015
    By Arthur J. Sutherland III, M.D. | The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.)
    Medicare, one of our nation’s most valuable and popular social programs, turns 50 on July 30, and we have the chance to make it even better.

  • Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015
    By Walter Tsou, M.D. | Philadelphia Inquirer
    By the early '60s, America was in the throes of the civil rights movement led by its charismatic leader, Rev. Martin Luther King. Discrimination and Jim Crow laws applied not only to bus rides and dining rooms but also to hospital wings and doctors’ waiting rooms, which often had separate curtains for blacks and whites. As it turned out, separate but equal was a failure not only in education, but in health care, too. Well before we started to measure health disparities, it was well known that minorities suffered far worse health outcomes.

  • Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015
    By Robert Weissman | The Huffington Post
    During the debate leading up to passage of the Affordable Care Act, members of Congress thundered against the prospect of health care rationing.

  • Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015
    By Nancy Altman | Huffington Post
    Medicare -- signed into law fifty years ago, on July 30, 1965 -- was supposed to be just the first step.

  • Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015
    By David Potter, M.D. | Chico (Calif.) News & Review
    What computer were you using in 1966? Trick question. We didn’t have personal computers back then. Remarkably, during that year, without computers and 11 months after the Medicare bill became law, the government began paying medical bills for 18.9 million seniors.

  • Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015
    By Sarah Lazare | Common Dreams
    From Hawaii to Florida to Maine, communities in 25 cities across the United States are staging rallies, picnics, and flash mobs this week to celebrate Thursday's 50th anniversary of Medicare—and call for its expansion into a system that provides publicly-funded healthcare for all.

  • Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015
    By Augie Lindmark, M2 | MinnPost (Minneapolis)
    On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson carried a considerable number of pens with him when he visited the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library in Independence, Missouri. The occasion for his visit was monumental: He was about to sign into law H.R. 6675 — known to many as the Medicare bill.

  • Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015
    By Johnathon Ross, M.D. | The Blade (Toledo, Ohio)
    At a local Senior Olympics event a few weeks ago, I talked with other participants about our nation’s continuing health-care problems in the age of Obamacare.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2015
    By Garrett Adams, M.D. | Common Dreams
    The nation has a lot to celebrate when Medicare turns 50 on July 30.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2015
    By Susanne L. King, M.D. | The Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, Mass.)
    LENOX, Mass. — Medicare, a federal government program for seniors and the disabled, will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Thursday, July 30. As one of our nation's most popular and valuable programs, covering 17 percent of the U.S. population, it has reduced poverty among seniors and improved the financial security of their families.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 28, 2015
    By Vijay Das and Adam Gaffney | CNN
    Racism mars the history of health care in America. For years, black patients were relegated to separate -- and appallingly unequal -- hospitals and wards. Many were simply denied medical attention, either "dumped" into the care of other facilities or turned away at the hospital door.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 28, 2015
    By Nick Anton, M.D. | The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, Calif.)
    Only 50 percent of individuals over 65 years old had health insurance in 1965. Now 98 percent do.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 28, 2015
    By Jessica Schorr Saxe, M.D. | The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer
    July 30, 2015, is the 50th anniversary of the day President Lyndon Johnson signed the Medicare bill and handed former President Harry Truman, a longtime advocate of a national health care program, the first Medicare card. It marks a good time to reflect on the progress made and possibilities remaining, as the original Medicare proponents envisioned that the program would, in time, expand to cover everyone.

  • Posted on Monday, July 27, 2015
    By Mary L. Ford | Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, Mass.)
    I’m fed up with citizens complaining that government is a problem, not a solution. I want my children and nieces and nephews to know that because of Medicare, my generation as we grow old does not have to turn to them to cover hospital bills and doctors’ costs.

  • Posted on Friday, July 24, 2015
    By Sarah Lazare | Common Dreams
    The health insurance giant Anthem announced Friday that it is buying its behemoth rival Cigna for $54.2 billion, launching the largest such merger the country has ever seen and reducing the number of major U.S. insurers to a paltry three.

  • Posted on Friday, July 24, 2015
    By Paul Y. Song, M.D. | The Huffington Post
    When I graduated from medical school almost 25 years ago, I was asked by then U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. C. Everett Koop, to raise my right hand and recite the Hippocratic Oath. In it, I recall "I will abstain from that system which is deleterious and mischievous to my patients."

  • Posted on Friday, July 24, 2015
    By Trudy Lieberman | Harpers
    In July 2009, as the Affordable Care Act moved through Congress, Steny Hoyer, the second-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, laughed at the idea that any legislator would actually read the bill before voting on it. If such full-body immersion were necessary to support the A.C.A., he said, “I think we would have very few votes.”

  • Posted on Friday, July 24, 2015
    National Nurses United, July 23, 2015
    CHICAGO -- Registered nurses and other community leaders will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid Thursday July 30 with a festive event and action in Chicago.

  • Posted on Thursday, July 23, 2015
    By Evan Tuchinsky | Chico (Calif.) News and Review
    Dr. Aldebra Schroll understands the workings of Medicare from the physician’s side of health care, but also as the daughter of policyholders. Her parents, ages 89 and 87, retired from New York to New Mexico 25 years ago and continue to live independently.

  • Posted on Thursday, July 23, 2015
    By James Binder, M.D. | Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette-Mail
    Medical students are taught empathic, patient-centered interviewing skills during the first two years of medical school. Patient-centered interviewing is strongly linked to better health outcomes in patients.

  • Posted on Thursday, July 23, 2015
    By James Ronayne, M.D. | Chicago Sun-Times
    Medicare has become one of our nation’s most beloved social programs. Today it’s part of the U.S. tradition, as American as apple pie.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 22, 2015
    By C.V. Allen, M.D. | Modesto (Calif.) Bee
    You were a long time coming. With the Great Depression of the 1930s came demand for both health insurance and old-age pensions. Conservatives and the American Medical Association raised the cry of “socialized medicine” – threatening to sink both efforts.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 22, 2015
    By Eve Shapiro, M.D., and Richard Wahl, M.D. | Arizona Daily Star
    Medicare, one of our nation’s most valuable and popular social programs, turns 50 on July 30. Medicare is a federal health insurance program that covers 55 million Americans — those over 65 and younger people with permanent disabilities, currently 17 percent of the population.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 21, 2015
    By Karen Garloch | The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer
    Dr. Andrew Coates agrees with some critics of the Affordable Care Act. In many ways, he says the federal law “reinforced or worsened some of the most egregious inequalities and injustices in the health system.”

  • Posted on Monday, July 20, 2015
    By Kathryn Dean, M.D. | The Olympian (Wash.)
    “I need to admit you to the hospital for pneumonia,” I told my patient. He had reluctantly driven himself to the emergency room as his symptoms worsened. In between gasps, he asked, “How much will it cost?”

  • Posted on Monday, July 20, 2015
    By Theresa Chalich, R.N. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Nicholas Kristof’s commentary “Poverty: Yes, It’s About Personal Responsibility but It’s Also About the Choices We Make as a Society” (July 12 Forum) on the need for collective responsibility was written at an opportune time. This July we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Medicare. What an impact this social program has made on improving health and financial stability.

  • Posted on Monday, July 20, 2015
    By Dominic F. Caruso, MD/MPH Candidate, David U. Himmelstein, MD, and Steffie Woolhandler, MD | Harvard Public Health Review
    Racial and income equality are too often absent from conversations about health care financing.

  • Posted on Monday, July 20, 2015
    By Marc H. Lavietes, M.D. | Asbury Park (N.J.) Press
    Mergers of large health care facilities such as that proposed by Barnabas and Robert Wood Johnson are occurring across the country. They are facilitated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but are ruinous to the delivery of affordable quality health care.

  • Posted on Monday, July 20, 2015
    By Ray Bellamy, M.D. | Tallahassee Democrat
    In 1963 or so, a group of us UF second year medical students tramped upstairs to listen to some of a spirited discussion among Gainesville-area physicians along with UF faculty regarding providing nearly universal health coverage to seniors. I remember little of the discussion other than some inflammatory rhetoric about “government overreach and what it would do to or for Granny.”

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2015
    By Rob Stone, M.D. | The Herald-Times (Bloomington, Ind.)
    Do you look forward to calling your health insurance company with a problem?