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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, 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 | KevinMD.com, 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.

  • Posted on Monday, May 22, 2017
    By Helaine Olen | The Nation, May 22, 2017
    Talk of single-payer health care in the United States popped up in an unexpected place recently: the most recent Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting. “The whole system is cockamamie,” the company’s vice chair, Charlie Munger, declared. “I think we should have single-payer medicine eventually.”

  • Posted on Sunday, May 21, 2017
    By Elizabeth Hakas, M.D. | Pittsburgh Post Gazette, May 21, 2017
    As a person with 30 years of experience working in health care (first, as a medical assistant during college, and later, as a physician), I am very concerned about the GOP’s American Health Care Act. It will remove $880 billion in funding from Medicaid and remove the subsidies that help millions of Americans buy private health insurance.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2017
    By Kenneth Krell, M.D. | Idaho Post-Register, May 17, 2017
    Despite the U.S. spending twice as much per capita on healthcare compared to Canada, our northern neighbors have longer life expectancy (80.3 years vs. 78.6 years), lower infant mortality rates, lower rates of chronic cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and generally seem to get along quite well, thank you, despite spending 10 percent of GDP on healthcare as opposed to the U.S.’s 15 percent.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2017
    By Ed Weisbart, M.D. | The Kansas City Star, May 17, 2017
    I applaud The Kansas City Star for addressing complex health policy issues through many recent columns, including one on May 10 by U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder among others. Unfortunately, these authors are misinformed in critical ways.

  • Posted on Sunday, May 14, 2017
    By Jan Swaney, M.D. and Ed Weisbart, M.D. | Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune, May 14, 2017
    Leave it to an independent businessman to get so fed-up with the rising costs of his employee health plan that he hired a documentary film crew to get to the bottom of things. The result is “Big Pharma: Market Failure,” a new documentary that takes a deep dive into profiteering by the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Posted on Saturday, May 13, 2017
    By Jay V. Solnick | The New York Times, Letters, May 13, 2017
    Marc K. Siegel argues that since 5 percent of Americans generate more than 50 percent of health care expenses, they should also pay more. He gives us the gratuitous example of his patient with seasonal allergies who comes to see him unnecessarily every few weeks. This is absurd.

  • Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2017
    By Jessica Schorr Saxe, M.D. | Charlotte Post, May 11, 2017
    Have you—or anyone you know—skipped needed health care because of cost? Since this is true of one in three Americans, you probably answered yes. Do you think this is unfair?

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 9, 2017
    By Phil Kadner | Chicago Sun-Times, May 9, 2017
    Will someone please tell me what evidence exists that a free market benefits consumers in this country when it comes to health insurance? Would anyone even argue that market demand ought to determine how much a person pays when it comes to saving the life of a baby?

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 9, 2017
    By Sandro Galea, M.D. | WBUR (Boston), May 9, 2017
    Last Thursday, congressional Republicans voted to pass the American Health Care Act, the first step in fulfilling their pledge to “repeal and replace” former President Obama's health care law, the Affordable Care Act. This comes after attempts to pass an earlier version of the Republican health care bill imploded about a month ago.

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 9, 2017
    By Liz Kowalczyk | Boston Globe, May 9, 2017
    Harvard researchers posing as the parent of a depressed 12-year-old called hundreds of child psychiatrists and pediatricians looking for appointments, and discovered what many actual parents know through bitter experience: Most of the time the calls were fruitless.

  • Posted on Friday, May 5, 2017
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | The Guardian, May 5, 2017
    Let us imagine that you would like to redistribute hundreds of billions of dollars from working class people to the rich, and wouldn’t hesitate to risk the lives of tens of thousands of people to do so. Well, as luck would have it, there is a bill—the “American Health Care Act” (AHCA)—that does precisely that.

  • Posted on Friday, May 5, 2017
    By Aaron Blake | Washington Post, May 5, 2017
    President Trump claimed a victory Thursday after the House approved a more free-market approach to health care. Then he capped it off by praising a country with government-run, universal health care.

  • Posted on Monday, May 1, 2017
    By Casey Quinlan | ThinkProgress, May 1, 2017
    Although the Affordable Care Act has expanded health care access for millions of people, unequal access to treatment is still shortening the lives of many Americans. David Ansell, who has worked as a doctor in low-income Chicago communities for nearly four decades, focuses on these health care disparities in his new book, "The Death Gap."

  • Posted on Sunday, April 30, 2017
    By Jeremy Ross | CBS Chicago, April 30, 2017
    President Donald Trump’s 100th Day in office was marked Saturday, and thousand protested nationwide, criticizing the president. Health care critics offered their take on the political environment on Saturday, some describing the first 100 days, as feeling a lot longer.

  • Posted on Saturday, April 29, 2017
    By John Perryman, M.D. | Chicago Tribune, Letters, April 29, 2017
    In reviewing recommendations by the Tribune Editorial Board regarding round two of the Affordable Care Act repeal effort, a few thoughts came to mind. The suggestions are themselves reasonable in the context of preserving portions of the current system. However, the forest is being missed for the trees.

  • Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017
    By Gene Marks | Washington Post, On Small Business Blog, April 28, 2017
    My wife is English and one of the biggest surprises she had when moving to this country was healthcare. “I don’t understand why my employer is involved in my healthcare,” she said back then–and still says today. After years of listening to that argument, I’m starting to understand what she means.

  • Posted on Friday, April 21, 2017
    By Jack Bernard | The (Columbus, Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer, April 21, 2017
    When he was in office, President Obama stated that my party, the GOP, had been highly critical of the ACA (Obamacare), but had offered no alternative for improving access and cutting cost. At the time, he was right.

  • Posted on Tuesday, April 18, 2017
    By MedPage Today Staff | MedPage Today, April 18, 2017
    Bankruptcy is common in the U.S., and medical bills often play a role -- even for people with health insurance, according to Stephanie Woolhandler, MD, of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York City. The number of bankruptcies ranges from 1 million to about 1.5 million per year depending on how well the economy is doing, and medical bills are by far the most common item sent to collection agencies, she noted.

  • Posted on Monday, April 17, 2017
    By Catherine Rampell | The Washington Post, April 17, 2017
    Despite the rise of the tea party and unified Republican control of government, one decidedly anti-free-market idea appears ascendant: single-payer health care.

  • Posted on Monday, April 17, 2017
    By Phil Arvia | Daily Southtown, April 17, 2017
    Obamacare, Trumpcare, I don't care. There is no fixing U.S. health care as it now teeters, a festering bureaucracy that spends more money on patients than any other country in the world yet lets them die faster than many nations supposedly our lesser siblings.

  • Posted on Sunday, April 16, 2017
    By Michael Corcoran | Truthout, April 16, 2017
    The primary Medicare for All bill has more support in Congress now than it has ever before. John Conyers' Medicare for All bill (HR 676), which he has introduced in each Congress since 2003, has seen a recent surge of new cosponsors -- 32 since March 8 and nine on April 3 alone.

  • Posted on Tuesday, April 11, 2017
    By Jessica Glenza | The Guardian, April 11, 2017
    After Republicans’ failed attempt to replace Obamacare, activists across the country rally on behalf of a single-payer system: ‘It’s a right, not a privilege’.

  • Posted on Thursday, April 6, 2017
    By Katie Halper | Paste, April 6, 2017
    Debating healthcare policy, along with the medical, ethical, historical, statistical and political elements that go into it, can be daunting, to say the least. But my heart and brain lead me to think that it’s not a good sign that the United States is the only industrialized nation failing to provide universal healthcare as a right. Those other countries are probably onto something.

  • Posted on Monday, April 3, 2017
    By John Conyers Jr. | Detroit Free Press, April 3, 2017
    I want my colleagues to join me in supporting single-payer not to save money or to win elections, but because it is the moral and just thing to do. If, like me, you believe healthcare is a right to everyone and not a privilege to those who can afford it, let’s be organized and let’s be unified in our support for Medicare for All.

  • Posted on Sunday, April 2, 2017
    By Ellen Kaczmarek, M.D. | Citizen-Times (Asheville, N.C.), April 2, 2017
    Competition! Americans thrive on it -- it is virtually part of our national DNA. From sports to businesses (think free market economy and capitalism) to elections, competition is what we all understand. Being No. 1 is the goal we have been taught to seek. Yet, we are totally complacent about being No. 37, according to the World Health Organization, in the world.

  • Posted on Saturday, April 1, 2017
    By Ed Weisbart, M.D., CPE, FAAFP | Accountable Care News, April 2017
    President Donald Trump has declared that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) needs to be replaced with “reforms that expand choice, increase access and lower costs, while providing better healthcare.” I agree with those goals and believe they can be accomplished without compromising the advances brought by the ACA.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017
    By Ryan Grim, Daniel Marans, Jeffrey Young | The Huffington Post, March 30, 2017
    The push to implement a “Medicare for all”-type system in New York state just took a significant step forward Wednesday. Sen. Jeffrey Klein, who heads the Independent Democratic Conference in the state Senate, plans to co-sponsor the measure.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017
    By Fareed Zakaria | The Washington Post, March 30, 2017
    The recent Republican debacle on health care could prove to be an opportunity. It highlighted, yet again, the complexity of the U.S. system, which continues to be by far the most expensive and inefficient in the advanced world.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2017
    Interview with Adam Gaffney, M.D. and Saurabh Jha, M.D. | The BMJ Podcast, March 29, 2017
    I agree that health care is not one size fits all. Health care is unique to the individual. We all have unique wishes and we all have unique medical problems...but health coverage should be universal, and I think differentiating between those two things is fundamentally important.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2017
    By Jack Bernard and Doug Skelton, M.D. | The Telegraph (Macon, Ga.), March 28, 2017
    We were encouraged by President Trump’s campaign promise to “cover everyone.” What happened, Mr. President? No wonder Trumpcare/Ryancare failed to even get a House vote.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2017
    By Sarah Jones | The New Republic, March 28, 2017
    Trumpcare is dead. President Donald Trump is humiliated and so is House Speaker Paul Ryan. The Democrats can hardly believe their luck: The Republicans have hobbled their own agenda, while Obamacare, aka the Affordable Care Act, lives to fight another day.

  • Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | Jacobin, March 27, 2017
    We should take great pleasure in the fall of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The AHCA was essentially what you would get if you convinced Ebenezer Scrooge to heavily edit the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which made it at the same time unoriginal, nasty to the poor, and generous to the rich.

  • Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017
    By Amy Goodman | Democracy Now!, March 27, 2017
    Under President Obama, House Republicans voted more than 50 times to repeal or rewrite the Affordable Care Act. But on Friday, the House couldn’t muster the votes needed to pass its own healthcare law, which some call Trumpcare.

  • Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017
    By Amy Goodman | Democracy Now!, March 27, 2017
    On Friday, House Republicans failed to muster enough support to pass the GOP healthcare plan, which some call Trumpcare. In response, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has announced he will soon introduce a bill to create a single-payer healthcare system.

  • Posted on Saturday, March 25, 2017
    By Peter Hirschfeld | VPR (Vermont Public Radio), March 25, 2017
    Less than 24 hours after the disintegration of a Republican effort to repeal and replace the federal Affordable Care Act, Sen. Bernie Sanders told constituents at a town hall meeting in Hardwick Saturday that he’ll introduce a single-payer health care bill in Congress “within a couple of weeks.”

  • Posted on Saturday, March 25, 2017
    By Johnathon Ross, M.D. | The Blade (Toledo, Ohio), March 25, 2017
    As a physician caring for poor and uninsured patients for decades, I can tell you that the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has saved lives and saved money. It has allowed access to care for hundreds of thousands of low-income Ohioans, leading to early diagnosis and treatment of disease, thereby preventing more costly care, severe disability, or death.

  • Posted on Friday, March 24, 2017
    By Lauren McCauley | Common Dreams, March 24, 2017
    With the Republican attempt to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) going down in flames Friday as Americans rallied to defend their right to healthcare, Democrats are being urged, both by experts and constituents, to seize on the moment and counter with a plan that will truly provide coverage for all.

  • Posted on Friday, March 24, 2017
    By Robert H. Frank | The New York Times, March 24, 2017
    Republicans are in a bind. They’ve been promising to repeal Obamacare for seven years, and having won control of the White House and Congress, they had to try to deliver. But while their bitter denunciations of the Affordable Care Act may have depressed its approval numbers, they didn’t make replacing it any easier.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2017
    By Carol Paris, M.D. | The Tennessean, March 23, 2017
    I chose this action to bring visibility to another option for addressing the health care crisis — one that I believe provides the optimal use of our hard-earned tax dollars to provide quality health care for everyone living in the United States.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2017
    By Joyce Frieden | MedPage Today, March 23, 2017
    The current efforts to push the bill through are "a game the Republicans are having because they don't believe in healthcare as a human right," said Harvey Fernbach, MD, a psychiatrist in College Park, Md., and a board adviser to Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), a group that supports single-payer health insurance. "Obamacare was a good effort but it's not quite what we want ... The simplest idea is to expand and improve Medicare for all."

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2017
    By Dennis Kucinich | The Nation, March 22, 2017
    The health-care debate in America is essentially an argument over what kind of private insurance market people should have access to: President Obama’s, where the insurance companies made out like bandits, or President Trump’s, where insurance companies will make out like bandits.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2017
    By Carolyn Y. Johnson | The Washington Post, March 22, 2017
    In a new analysis published this week in the American Journal of Public Health, a pair of doctors who advised Sanders's presidential campaign found that a repeal of the law without a replacement could cost anywhere from 14,000 to 60,000 lives — in the next year alone.

  • Posted on Monday, March 20, 2017
    By Ed Weisbart, M.D. | LinkedIn, March 20, 2017
    Why do so many physicians prefer single payer national health insurance? The answer is simple: we are on the front lines, seeing the needless suffering created by our current system, and we know the evidence points to a better way. We want to do better, and we know that requires a better system.

  • Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2017
    By Jonathan D. Walker, M.D. | The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.), March 19, 2017
    I can’t tell you how many times I see patients who have lost vision permanently because they were afraid to get checked, or how many times I offer to write off a bill so patients will show up and we can save their vision. In the meantime, our politicians are arguing over repealing and/or replacing the Affordable Care Act (”Obamacare”), which is like arguing over which thermometer to use when a patient is dying of septic shock.

  • Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2017
    By Ken Dolkart, M.D. | Concord (N.H.) Monitor, March 19, 2017
    Have you ever heard people talk nonsense? Perhaps you’ve had a laugh when you hear people talking through their hat about a machine you work on, or a technique you know. Primacy care doctors recently found it less than amusing to hear politicians misapply the concept of “patient-centered care” to promote a poorly designed replacement for Obamacare.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2017
    By Kirk A. Bado | The Tennessean, March 15, 2017
    A protester interrupted President Donald Trump's Nashville rally at the Municipal Auditorium Wednesday night. Holding up a banner proclaiming "Improved Medicare for All," a demonstrator was met with a chorus of boos from the crowd and led to the president to stop mid-speech.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 14, 2017
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | The Guardian, March 14, 2017
    Paul Ryan is promoting Trumpcare as if it were some sort of medical Magna Carta – a brave declaration of healthcare freedom. “We’re not going to make an American do what they don’t want to do. You get it [healthcare] if you want it. That’s freedom” he recently said on Face the Nation.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 9, 2017
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | Fortune, March 9, 2017
    House Republicans this week unveiled their long-awaited bill replacing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Blandly titled the American Health Care Act—or as many have already taken to calling it, Trumpcare—the House GOP bill is effectively a concession that the right lacks a workable health care vision of its own: The program they offer would retain the fundamental structure of Obamacare, albeit with an ugly and regressive twist.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 8, 2017
    By Robert Needlman, M.D. | The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, March 8, 2017
    I am proud to be a pediatrician at MetroHealth Medical Center. I think a lot about health and health care. I'm an educated person, with undergraduate and medical degrees from Yale. And yet I can't really get a grasp on how health care financing in this country works!