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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 Tuesday, July 17, 2018
    By Kate de Klerk, OMS IV, and Mayra Salazar, OMS III | The DO, Opinion, July 17, 2018
    The Student Osteopathic Medical Association is asking the House of Delegates to take up an important question: should AOA support a “Medicare for All” single-payer health care system?

  • Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2018
    By Helaine Olen | The Washington Post, July 5, 2018
    The concept of “having skin in the game” is popular among those who still believe we can utilize the free market to rein in the cost of health care in the United States.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2018
    By Paul Seward, M.D. | STAT, July 3, 2018
    The evolution of emergency care in the United States is a fascinating story. Sadly, what became a hugely successful solution to an important problem in health care is now being eroded by its misapplication to another problem.

  • Posted on Monday, June 18, 2018
    Interview with Dr. Ed Weisbart | Tulsa (Okla.) Public Radio, June 18, 2018
    On this edition of ST Medical Monday, we learn about Physicians for a National Health Program (or PNHP). This collective, per its website, is "a nonprofit research and education organization of 20,000 physicians, medical students, and health professionals who support single-payer national health insurance."

  • Posted on Friday, June 8, 2018
    By Jonathan Michels, Robertha Barnes, and Sydney Russell Leed | STAT, June 8, 2018
    Fifty years ago this month, at the 1968 meeting of the American Medical Association, a fourth-year medical student named Peter Schnall seized the microphone and scolded several hundred of the most prestigious, highly educated white men in America.

  • Posted on Thursday, June 7, 2018
    By David U. Himmelstein, M.D.; Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H.; and Elizabeth Warren, J.D. | New England Journal of Medicine, June 7, 2018
    Dobkin et al. have made an important contribution in clarifying the relationship between health shocks and economic risk; like us, they have shown that health crises have major economic consequences for families and that even the insured are not adequately protected. However...

  • Posted on Monday, June 4, 2018
    By Jessica Schorr Saxe, M.D. | The Charlotte Observer, June 1, 2018
    On Monday, The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival will hold rallies in Raleigh and other state capitals focusing on health care and ecological devastation. You might wonder how poverty relates to health. Profoundly.

  • Posted on Sunday, May 27, 2018
    By John Perryman, M.D. | The New York Times, May 27, 2018
    Anthem’s tactic of refusing to pay emergency room bills in certain cases is portrayed as an effort to influence patient behavior and avoid the most costly medical setting for minor ailments. Asking frightened patients to diagnose their illnesses without the benefit of training is absurd on its face.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2018
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | Washington Post, May 23, 2018
    The drug price reforms that President Trump recently proposed are as potent as a placebo, but not as harmless.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2018
    By Heather Boerner | Physician Leadership Journal, May 16, 2018
    Some cases simply haunt Ed Weisbart, MD, CPE. That includes the 63-year-old woman who, caring for her grandchildren, had to choose between paying rent to stave off eviction and buying her blood pressure medicine.

  • Posted on Saturday, May 5, 2018
    By Herbert Keyser, M.D. | San Antonio Express News, May 5, 2018
    We are told “we can’t afford a single-payer system.” The real truth is that we spend so much per person for health care, that just spending the same amount in a single-payer system we can provide better care than any of the other countries of the world.

  • Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2018
    Interview with Dr. Ed Weisbart | WCHL The Hill (Chapel Hill, N.C.), May 3, 2018
    PNHP-MO chair Dr. Ed Weisbart outlines the conservative case for improved Medicare for all, noting that it would save money and be much more efficient than our current multi-payer system.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2018
    By Jack Bernard | Las Cruces (N.M.) News, May 2, 2018
    In 2017 op-eds, I described the mess that Congress made of health reform. They were taking a flawed program, Obamacare, and modifying it to be much worse via Trumpcare...which I believe Donald Trump still has never given up on enacting.

  • Posted on Monday, April 30, 2018
    By Sidney M. Wolfe, M.D., Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H., and David U. Himmelstein, M.D. | Journal of General Internal Medicine, April 30, 2018
    The way we pay hospitals is toxic. It rewards, indeed requires, bad behavior from hospital leaders and stifles the better angels of their nature.

  • Posted on Monday, April 30, 2018
    By Judith L. Albert, M.D. and Ana Malinow, M.D. | Allegheny County Medical Society Bulletin, April 2018
    Supporters of expanded and improved Medicare for all favor the following: “Universal coverage for all medically necessary care – health care that is publicly financed but largely privately delivered.”

  • Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2018
    By Amanda Holpuch | The Guardian, April 25, 2018
    Ten of the top US medical schools including Harvard and Yale do not have faculty and staff that reflect the country’s black, Native American and Latino population, according to a report by the social justice group White Coats for Black Lives (WC4BL).

  • Posted on Sunday, April 22, 2018
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | The Guardian, April 22, 2018
    A golden age of corporate medicine may be dawning. A slew of mergers and acquisitions looks set to transform American healthcare, drawing health insurance giants, pharmacy benefit managers, physicians’ practices, drugstores, surgical centers and “retail clinics” in pharmacies and supermarkets together into giant corporate healthcare blobs.

  • Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2018
    Interview with Dr. Adam Gaffney and Andy Slavitt | Crooked Conversations, April 18, 2018
    Pod Save America co-host Jon Favreau talks to Andy Slavitt, the board chairman of the United States of Care, and Adam Gaffney, an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School and secretary of the advocacy organization Physicians for a National Health Program.

  • Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    By Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D. | JAMA, April 17, 2018
    In 1948, Life magazine published what has become an iconic and, for many, nostalgic photograph essay depicting the life and work of Dr Ernest Ceriani, a Colorado general practitioner.

  • Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    By David U. Himmelstein, M.D. and Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H. | Annals of Internal Medicine, April 17, 2018
    In 2015 and again in 2016, Americans' life expectancy decreased, the first multiyear decline since 1962 and 1963. Even before this recent dip, U.S. life expectancy lagged behind that of most other wealthy nations.

  • Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2018
    By Elizabeth Carson, A.P.R.N. | The Baltimore Sun, April 12, 2018
    Congress has managed to mess up our complicated, dysfunctional health care system so badly that states are left to come up with temporary patches to stave off disaster. Meanwhile, we are still being held hostage by private insurance companies.

  • Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2018
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | Dissent, Spring 2018
    In the 1960s, a struggle took place over the fate of healthcare in Canada. On one side, there were the proponents of the single-payer program called Medicare, like the stubborn Scottish-born socialist Tommy Douglas.

  • Posted on Sunday, April 1, 2018
    By Carol Paris, M.D. | Charleston (W.V.) Gazette-Mail, April 1, 2018
    During the historic West Virginia teacher strike, 22,000 workers stood up and made themselves heard, shutting down schools statewide for nine full days, before finally settling on a 5 percent raise for state employees across the board.

  • Posted on Friday, March 30, 2018
    By Marsha Fretwell, M.D. | Citizen Times (Asheville, N.C.), March 30, 2018
    In contrast to Gov. Roy Cooper’s and the Mission Administrative Physicians’ gallant effort to put a positive spin on the possible conversion of our Mission Health from a non-profit status to for-profit status under the management of HCA Healthcare of Nashville, I would like to present strong opposition to the proposal.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2018
    By Ashley Duhon and Sara Robicheaux | The (Baton Rouge, La.) Advocate, Letters, March 28, 2018
    As a medical student, you never forget the first time a patient says, “Thank you for your help, but I can’t afford it.” It’s the one sentence that could stop any treatment plan, regardless of the potential benefits.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2018
    By Jay D. Brock, M.D. | Washington Post, Letters, March 27, 2018
    Under our current multiple-payer system of health care, we have two major problems: Too many people have no (or unaffordable) health coverage, and we spend too much for the health care we get as a nation.

  • Posted on Friday, March 23, 2018
    By Ralph Nader | Common Dreams, March 23, 2018
    Polls show that over 125 million adults in our country already favor full Medicare for all, with free choice of doctor and hospital without stifling networks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Posted on Monday, September 4, 2017
    By Vidya Visvabharathy | 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.”