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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 Friday, February 12, 2016
    By David U. Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler | The Washington Post
    The Jan. 29 editorial “The real problem with Mr. Sanders” alleged that Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) health-care plan “rests on unbelievable assumptions about how much he could slash health-care costs.” That dismissive claim was based on a deeply flawed analysis by Kenneth Thorpe, an Emory University professor and former Clinton administration official who, like Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, has done a recent flip-flop on the facts about single-payer.

  • Posted on Friday, February 12, 2016
    By Nadia Prupis | Common Dreams
    Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, a professor in public health at City University of New York at Hunter College and co-founder of the advocacy group Physicians for a National Health Program, said Friday that the "numbers on single-payer do, in fact, add up."

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 10, 2016
    By Ken Terry | Medscape Medical News
    According to David U. Himmelstein, MD, and Steffie Woolhandler, MD, MPH, from the City University of New York School of Public Health at Hunter College, who wrote the article, the government share of national health expenditures will rise to 67.1% by 2024. At that point, they argue, there will be only a 4-point spread between what the US government pays for in our public/private healthcare system and the 71% of Canadian health spending that that country's government spends on its single-payer system.

  • Posted on Monday, February 8, 2016
    By Susanne L. King, M.D. | The Berkshire Eagle
    Sen. Bernie Sanders has opened a dialogue about single-payer health care in the presidential campaign by supporting "Medicare for All." In response, single-payer critics have written analyses that misrepresent the costs of single-player health insurance, misleading the public.

  • Posted on Friday, February 5, 2016
    By Steffie Woolhandler and David U. Himmelstein | The Philadelphia Inquirer
    In our "read my lips/over my dead body" political culture, the threat of tax increases usually shuts down proposals for single-payer national health insurance. Lately, conservative pundits - and even liberals like Hillary Clinton - have been repeating the mantra that single-payer insurance would break the bank. Never mind that Canadians, Australians, and Western Europeans spend about half what we do on health care, enjoy universal coverage, and are healthier. Their health-care taxes are higher. ... Or are they?

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 3, 2016
    By David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler | The Huffington Post
    Professor Kenneth Thorpe recently issued an analysis of Senator Bernie Sanders' single-payer national health insurance proposal. Thorpe, an Emory University professor who served in the Clinton administration, claims the single-payer plan would break the bank. Thorpe's analysis rests on several incorrect, and occasionally outlandish, assumptions. Moreover, it is at odds with analyses of the costs of single-payer programs that he produced in the past, which projected large savings from such reform.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 2, 2016
    Airtalk with Larry Mantle | Southern California Public Radio
    The following are excerpts from an unofficial transcript of a debate between Dr. Steffie Woolhandler of Physicians for a National Health Program, a practicing primary care physician and professor in the City University of New York School of Public Health at Hunter College, and Avik Roy, senior fellow at the Manhattan Policy Institute and current health care adviser to Marco Rubio. Only the remarks of Dr. Woolhandler, PNHP’s co-founder, have been transcribed here. A link to the full audio of the debate is provided at the end.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 2, 2016
    By Robert Zarr, M.D. | The Washington Post
    Single-payer expanded and improved Medicare for all would provide universality, affordability and cost containment. Single-payer would allow doctors to focus on their patients’ health needs, rather than on patients’ ability to pay. What Americans want is choice of doctor, not choice of health insurance. Americans want comprehensive, lifelong insurance that assures them they will get the care they deserve.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 2, 2016
    By Johnathon Ross, M.D. | The Toledo Blade
    Currently, we have a bewilderingly complex system of hundreds of insurance entities with an army of paper-pushers, billing clerks, and bureaucrats to process the premiums and bills. Under a single-payer, hospitals would not bill individual patients, but would receive an operating and capital budget from the Medicare trust fund with both local and national public oversight.

  • Posted on Monday, February 1, 2016
    By Ida Hellander, M.D. | PNHP
    Misinformation about single payer is nothing new. When the U.S. was at war with Germany in WWI, national health insurance was attacked as “the Kaiser’s health plan.” President Johnson’s Medicare program – which turned 50 last year – was aggressively red-baited as “socialized medicine” by the right. Responses to 10 recent attacks on single payer in the news are below.

  • Posted on Monday, February 1, 2016
    By Anne C. Courtright, M.D. | The Pueblo Chieftain
    HCAC does not like to see people die or become disabled because they cannot afford to get needed health care or, all too often, go bankrupt when they do. Our current system is not working well.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2016
    By Sean Lehmann, D.P.M. | Nevada Appeal
    I began practice as a sole practitioner nearly 16 years ago. One of my first workplaces was the Fallon Tribal Clinic. The family practice doctor at that clinic told me it was a “grave mistake” when we decided as a country that health care would be treated as a for-profit commodity. During the years I have learned he was definitely right. I have had the unique perspective of being on the front lines of health care as both a provider and consumer.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2016
    By Ken Brummel-Smith, M.D. | Tallahassee Democrat
    So the question Americans need to answer is: Do you want to keep the “reality” of our current system, which doesn’t work and empties your wallet, or do you want a system that saves money, is easier to use and is fairer. Which one is realistic?

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2016
    By Kay Tillow | Daily Kos
    There is a precedent for expanding Medicare to a region suffering from a public health disaster. ... Montana Senator Max Baucus tucked into the Affordable Care Act a special section that expands Medicare to the people of Libby and the surrounding area who were poisoned by W. R. Grace's deadly mine causing mesothelioma and asbestos-related disease. Shouldn't the people of Flint, all of them not just the children, have Medicare also for life? We must do much more, but, at least, we can start here.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2016
    By Elmore F. Rigamer, M.D. | The Times-Picayune
    Our health system does not work. One-third of the nation’s $3 trillion health care bill is spent on navigating complexities imposed by the private insurance industry. We spend much more on health care than other countries, yet we have the most rationed (by cost) care in the world.

  • Posted on Friday, January 22, 2016
    Two letters: Alan Meyers, M.D., and Jim Recht, M.D. | The New York Times
    Just because private insurers are powerful doesn’t mean a concerted national campaign can’t overcome their well-funded opposition. Already a majority of the general public (58 percent in a recent Kaiser poll) supports single-payer. Cost will never be controlled until we do away with the bloated administrative expenses of our hopelessly complex financing arrangements and for-profit medicine.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2016
    By Joyce Frieden | MedPage Today
    Taxpayers funded nearly two-thirds of all U.S. health expenditures in 2013, and that figure is expected to rise even higher by 2024, a study has found.

  • Posted on Monday, January 18, 2016
    By Kay Tillow | Daily Kos
    A new day is breaking for single payer health care. This concept of publicly funded, universal health care, locked out of the national debate six years ago, has made it on stage in the presidential debates. Millions of people are hearing the concept of single payer (an improved Medicare for all) for the first time, and they like what they hear.

  • Posted on Monday, January 11, 2016
    By Mark S. Krasnoff, M.D. | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    There is no chance for affordability while insurance companies are calling the shots. There is no chance to rein in drug prices without being able to negotiate with suppliers en masse as other countries do. Our entire health care system is out of control.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 6, 2016
    By Mark A. Krehbiel, M.D. | Salina Journal
    A single-payer system or Medicare for all would achieve truly universal care, affordability and effective cost controls. By taking private insurance companies and administrators out of the equation, it is estimated we would save $400 billion (that is with a “B”) annually.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 6, 2016
    By Deidre Fulton | Common Dreams
    Noting that residents of countries like Canada, France, and Germany don't face the same gaps in coverage, out-of-network costs, co-pays, and "all those other things that leave Americans in trouble," Dr. David Himmelstein compared the average health insurance plan to a standard hospital gown — "it looks like you have coverage until you turn around and see what's up in the back."

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2016
    By Margot Sanger-Katz | The New York Times
    The number of uninsured Americans has fallen by an estimated 15 million since 2013, thanks largely to the Affordable Care Act. But a new survey, the first detailed study of Americans struggling with medical bills, shows that insurance often fails as a safety net. Health plans often require hundreds or thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket payments — sums that can create a cascade of financial troubles for the many households living paycheck to paycheck.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2016
    News release | Single Payer News
    In December six representatives, Danny Davis (IL), Grace Napolitano (CA), Emanuel Cleaver (MO), Jerry McNerney (CA), Robin Kelly (IL), and Alan Lowenthal (CA), added their names as cosponsors on HR 676, Congressman John Conyers' Expanded and Improved Medicare for All, the national single-payer legislation.

  • Posted on Monday, January 4, 2016
    By Kip Sullivan, J.D. | Star Tribune
    A silent epidemic is ravaging our health care system — an epidemic of burnout among doctors. A paper published in the December issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings reports that the percent of physicians admitting to at least one symptom of burnout rose from 46 percent in 2011 to 54 percent in 2014. By contrast, burnout in the general population over that period stayed at about 25 percent, way below the rate among doctors.

  • Posted on Saturday, December 26, 2015
    By David L. Adams, M.D. | Portland Press Herald
    So why not simplify things by going to a single-payer, Medicare-for-all system, as many industrialized countries around the world have done with striking success? That success can be measured by their administrative costs, which are less than half the costs of our system of private health insurance.

  • Posted on Tuesday, December 22, 2015
    By Neil Chesenow | Medscape
    Recently, Medscape published two provocative articles on the viability of a single-payer healthcare system in which experts took opposing views on the issue. In one article, one group argued why it would save US healthcare; in the other, another group made the case that adopting a single-payer system would be the ruin of US healthcare.

  • Posted on Friday, December 18, 2015
    By Jessica Schorr Saxe, M.D. | The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer
    One of the biggest casualties of the marketization of medicine has been the doctor-patient relationship. When I started my practice, the patient and I were the only ones in the exam room. Now, the room also contains an insurance company, an administrator and a coding specialist. Though invisible, they all have something to say about what the doctor does.

  • Posted on Friday, December 18, 2015
    By Dave Dvorak, M.D., M.P.H. | MetroDoctors
    Evidence-based in its approach, PNHP points to multiple studies showing that by capturing the massive waste in the health system and redirecting it to actual health care, single payer can achieve truly universal coverage while reining in health care inflation – something no other type of proposed reform has shown the ability to do.

  • Posted on Friday, December 18, 2015
    By Carrie Ann Terrell, M.D. | MetroDoctors
    It’s not difficult to imagine how much more effective my care could be and how much safer, healthier, happier my patients would be if we spent a fraction of the money earned by insurance companies on actual health care.

  • Posted on Thursday, December 17, 2015
    By Chris Tomlinson | Houston Chronicle
    A single-payer system where all Americans pay into a national health insurance program, like Medicare, would make a huge difference. A single-payer would reduce the ability of providers to gouge prices, while setting national standards for care. It would also dramatically reduce administrative costs.

  • Posted on Monday, December 7, 2015
    Weill Cornell Medical College News
    The award honors public health professionals who have made exceptional contributions to the field through innovative organizational work for the improvement of community health. Dr. Fein, who was recognized for lifetime achievements in healthcare advocacy and activism, received his award at the association's 143rd annual meeting on Nov. 3 in Chicago. ... In 2009, as president of Physicians for a National Health Program, he was invited to the White House Health Care Summit, where he advocated for single-payer national health reform.

  • Posted on Friday, December 4, 2015
    By Richard A. Lippin, M.D. | The Philadelphia Inquirer
    While a single-payer system would not solve all our problems, it would bring the United States closer to other Western countries in terms of per capita costs by cutting out the middle man - insurance companies - and simplifying the process.

  • 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 | WNYT.com (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 (AL.com)
    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.