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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, 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Friday, March 3, 2017
    By Roger LaBonte, M.D. | The Tennessean, March 3, 2017
    I do not understand why many businesses continue to support our current system. In fact, the only businesses that gain anything by this system of employer-provided health care are the insurance companies themselves, which continue to show huge profits while sucking profits from others.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2017
    By Gene Bishop, M.D. | The Philadelphia Inquirer, Letters, Feb. 16, 2017
    The nomination and confirmation of Dr. Tom Price - widely described in the media as a fierce Obamacare critic - as secretary of Health and Human Services set my physician mind to thinking how two people (Price and I) both trained as physicians, yet have come to dramatically different conclusions on what Americans want and need as patients.

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017
    By Adam Gaffney | Jacobin, Feb. 15, 2017
    Republicans are struggling to find the proper pitch for their attack on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “Repeal and replace” — the tried and true formulation — may be mutating into something mellower, albeit more vacuous. “Americans want the ACA repealed and repaired,” Republican strategist Frank Luntz recently told the Associated Press, using the new nomenclature.

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017
    By Jessi Bohon | The Washington Post, Feb. 15, 2017
    A video of me questioning Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) about how her party will replace the Affordable Care Act went viral last Friday. I had gone to her town hall meeting on Thursday near my home to ask what the poor and sick would do once they’re left without the law’s protections. The next night, I had the really weird experience of seeing myself on national television.

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017
    By Jonathan Mizrahi, M.D. | St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Feb. 15, 2017
    I hope many people were able to watch the debate that CNN hosted last week between U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz. They spent over an hour fielding questions from spectators and moderators about the present and future of health care in the United States. Sen. Cruz provided a couple misleading answers and suggestions that I believe are worth clarifying.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017
    By Vann R. Newkirk II | The Atlantic, Feb. 14, 2017
    The Senate confirmed Tom Price as secretary of health and human services at 2 a.m. on Friday. After a contentious confirmation process, the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress had finally installed one of the leading generals in its war on Obamacare in the department that oversees its programs.

  • Posted on Saturday, February 11, 2017
    By Dr. Carol Paris | Common Dreams, Feb. 11, 2017
    The Senate’s vote to confirm Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., as secretary of health and human services, while widely expected, should set off national alarm bells.

  • Posted on Friday, February 10, 2017
    By Phil Galewitz | NPR, Feb. 10, 2017
    The confirmation of Tom Price, the orthopedic surgeon-turned-Georgia congressman, as secretary of Health and Human Services on Friday represents the latest victory in the ascendancy of a little-known but powerful group of conservative physicians in Congress — the GOP Doctors Caucus.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2017
    By Lisa Rapaport | Reuters, Feb. 9, 2017
    Black patients are half as likely as white patients to get care at academic medical centers in New York City even after accounting for differences in health insurance, a recent study suggests.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2017
    By Jessica Schorr Saxe, M.D. | Consumer Reports, Letters, March 2017
    Other developed nations have some form of a single-payer system, which provides universal access, lower cost, better outcomes, and more choice than ours.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2017
    By Nancy J. Altman | The Huffington Post, Feb. 7, 2017
    No one voted to destroy Medicare. Yet, the first battle in the war over Medicare has arrived.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2017
    By Michael Kaplan, M.D. | The Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, Mass.), Feb. 7, 2017
    With an unpredictable president now in the White House, with no track record and conflicting promises about health care in the U.S., we must mobilize and lobby for health care changes that identify and fix what's wrong with our dysfunctional health care system.

  • Posted on Saturday, February 4, 2017
    By Kay Tillow | Daily Kos, Feb. 4, 2017
    Life expectancy in the United States just went down. We were already several years behind other advanced countries. People in Italy live four years longer. Life expectancy is one of the fundamental ways to measure the health of a nation.

  • Posted on Friday, February 3, 2017
    By David Lazarus | Los Angeles Times, Feb. 3, 2017
    Supporters of healthcare reform may feel disheartened as President Trump and Republican lawmakers prepare to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with … well, something. They can’t even agree among themselves on what the U.S. healthcare system should look like. But there’s reason for hope, albeit a long shot.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 2, 2017
    By Lynn Marie Morski, M.D. | IVN (Independent Voter Project), Feb. 2, 2017
    One of the more notable tenets of Bernie Sanders’ platform during his campaign for president was a “Medicare-for-all” single-payer healthcare system.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017
    By Carol Paris, M.D., and Jack Bernard | The Citizen (Fayetteville, Ga.), Jan. 31, 2017
    We read the letter by David Browning and agree with many of the points he made. It is good to see taxpayers waking up to the fact that Medicare for All (otherwise known as single payer) will go a long way towards solving both our access and cost containment problems.

  • Posted on Monday, January 23, 2017
    By David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler | The Washington Post, Jan. 23, 2017
    Now that President Trump is in the Oval Office, thousands of American lives that were previously protected by provisions of the Affordable Care Act are in danger. For more than 30 years, we have studied how death rates are affected by changes in health-care coverage, and we’re convinced that an ACA repeal could cause tens of thousands of deaths annually.

  • Posted on Saturday, January 21, 2017
    By Shannon Firth | MedPage Today, Jan. 21, 2017
    Carol Paris, MD, the new president of Physicians for a National Health Program, a single-payer advocacy group stood with fellow doctors at the march, holding "Medicare for All" posters.

  • Posted on Friday, January 20, 2017
    By RoseAnn DeMoro | Alternet, Jan. 20, 2017
    A signature exchange early in the first Senate hearing Wednesday for Rep. Tom Price in his nomination to be the next Health and Human Services Secretary illustrates a lot about our still damaged health care system, and how it could get much worse.

  • Posted on Friday, January 20, 2017
    By Claudia Fegan, M.D. | STAT, January 20, 2017
    During the bruising 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump vowed to repeal Obamacare “on day one of the Trump administration.” Today is that day. If soon-to-be President Trump makes good on that promise, I urge him to replace it with single-payer national health insurance.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2017
    By Michael Corcoran | Truthout, Jan. 19, 2017
    The world will change tomorrow when Donald Trump becomes president -- and so, too, must the movement for social justice. It is this reality that prompted Mariame Kaba, who for years has been organizing on issues such as the criminal punishment system and domestic violence, to shift gears in the lead-up to the inauguration.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2017
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | In These Times, January 19, 2017
    Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) faced sharp questioning on the ethics of his stock deals—among other issues—at a hearing Wednesday before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2017
    Richard A. Damon, M.D. | The Missoulian, Jan. 17, 2017
    Health care is not a commodity to be bought and sold. The purpose of any sane health care system is to keep people well, not to make stockholders wealthier.

  • Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2017
    By Sharmini Peries | The Real News Network, Jan. 15, 2017
    The Affordable Care Act has become the symbol of a health care status quo that long pre-dated it, but the Democrats refusal to acknowledge the ACA's shortcomings and advocate for a truly universal system cost them many voters, says Dr. Steffie Woolhandler.

  • Posted on Friday, January 13, 2017
    By Thomas Clairmont, M.D. | Seacoastonline.com, Jan. 13, 2017
    Health care and its costs are on the minds of every citizen almost every day. Expanding Medicare to cover all of you makes sense to me. Apparently not doing it makes cent$ for those who don't. What other reason is their opposition?

  • Posted on Friday, January 13, 2017
    By Suzanne Lindgren | The Osceola (Wis.) Sun, Jan. 13, 2017
    Our system is not only expensive, it’s confusing, time consuming, and diverts funds to a middleman who often seems to be trying to keep us from getting the benefits we pay for.

  • Posted on Friday, January 13, 2017
    By Barbara R. Casper, M.D. | The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.), Jan. 13, 2017
    I am a physician who has cared for uninsured and underinsured patients for my entire 31 years of practice. In the past I have written editorials in support of the Affordable Care Act and with the likelihood of its repeal without a viable replacement I feel that I need to provide a voice for my patients who will be adversely affected by this change.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2017
    By F. Douglas Stephenson, LCSW | Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, Jan. 11, 2017
    The Republicans want to repeal much of the ACA and replace it with something similar. The Democrats want to preserve ACA pretty much as it is. From the global perspective, we'll still be left with a highly dysfunctional health care financing system that will not cover everyone while perpetuating inadequate coverage for many of those who are insured.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2017
    By Amy Goodman | Democracy Now!, Jan. 10, 2017
    As Republicans in the newly sworn-in 115th Congress are moving swiftly to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature healthcare law, we continue our extended interview with Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, a primary care physician and co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program.

  • Posted on Monday, January 9, 2017
    By Amy Goodman | Democracy Now!, Jan. 9, 2017
    Republicans in the newly sworn-in 115th Congress are moving swiftly to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature healthcare law. By a vote of 51 to 48 last week, the Senate approved a procedural measure clearing a way for a budget resolution that could repeal major sections of the law.

  • Posted on Monday, January 9, 2017
    By Robert Reich | Salon.com, Jan. 9, 2017
    Ultimately, the only practical answer to these three dilemmas is Medicare for all — a single-payer system.

  • Posted on Monday, January 9, 2017
    By RoseAnn DeMoro | The Hill, Jan. 9, 2017
    "Praying for health shouldn’t be the foundation of a modern healthcare system. But that’s where millions of uninsured Americans still find themselves,” wrote The Los Angeles Times columnist David Lazarus Jan. 6, quoting the fears of Los Angeles resident Madelyn Gilbreath about the expected vote by Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

  • Posted on Friday, January 6, 2017
    By Marcia Angell, M.D. | USA Today, Jan. 6, 2016
    Even before the election of Donald Trump, Obamacare was in trouble. Premiums on the government exchanges for individual policies are projected to increase an average of 11% next year, nearly four times the increase for employer-based family policies. And some large insurers are pulling out of that market altogether in parts of the country.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 5, 2017
    By Shannon Firth | MedPage Today, Jan. 5, 2016
    When President-elect Trump chose Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, he poked an already buzzing hornet's nest. Like the rest of the country, doctors, nurses, and medical students have very divided opinions about the government's role in healthcare. Price's nomination amplifies that division.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 4, 2017
    By Kay Tillow | All Unions Committee for Single Payer Health Care - HR 676, Jan. 4, 2017
    The Greater Wilkes Barre Labor Council and two United Steelworkers locals in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, have endorsed Congressman John Conyers’ HR 676, national single payer health care legislation, Expanded and Improved Medicare for All.

  • Posted on Friday, December 30, 2016
    By Nancy Altman | The Huffington Post, Dec. 30, 2016
    New Year’s is a time for resolutions. Consistent with this tradition, powerful Republicans have made clear that they are resolving, in the New Year, to dismantle Medicare, ending it as we know it.

  • Posted on Friday, December 30, 2016
    By Deirdre Fulton | Common Dreams, Dec. 29, 2016
    Medicaid, the nation's healthcare program for the poor and disabled, is on the chopping block under President-elect Donald Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress—and it will take "intense focus by progressives" to ensure it doesn't meet a dire fate.

  • Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2016
    By Richard A. Damon, M.D. | Bozeman (Mont.) Daily Chronicle, Letters, Dec. 28, 2016
    In contrast to other advanced countries of the world, health care as a human right is still controversial in the United States. Our market-based system still treats health care as a commodity for sale on the open market with access to care based on ability to pay.

  • Posted on Monday, December 26, 2016
    By Robert Stone, M.D. | The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Dec. 26, 2016
    There is the story of the dog that chases a bus down his street day after day, barking furiously. One day the bus stops. The dog catches it. Now what? The Republicans have been barking furiously chasing Obamacare (the ACA) and now are about to catch it.

  • Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2016
    By Michael Corcoran | Truthout, Dec. 22, 2016
    Donald Trump's stunning victory must've been especially joyous news for billionaire hedge-fund manager Daniel Loeb. The former Romney supporter jumped on the Trump bandwagon early, and seemingly with great confidence.

  • Posted on Monday, December 19, 2016
    By Michael Corcoran | Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, FAIR.org, Dec. 19, 2016
    Members of the GOP leadership were likely jubilant when they read the New York Times (12/15/16) and saw the following headline: “GOP Plans to Repeal Health Law with ‘Universal Access.’”

  • Posted on Saturday, December 17, 2016
    By Richard D. Lamm and Vince Markovchick, M.D. | The Denver Post, Dec. 17, 2016
    With the impending repeal of Obamacare, America is headed toward a public policy train wreck. Three seemingly unstoppable trends in America are on collision course.

  • Posted on Friday, December 16, 2016
    By Robert H. Frank | The New York Times, Economic View, Dec. 16, 2016
    With Donald J. Trump’s choice of Tom Price to head the Department of Health and Human Services, it’s clear that Republicans have a good chance of fulfilling their pledge to repeal Obamacare. In January, Republican majorities passed a measure similar to the one now proposed.

  • Posted on Friday, December 16, 2016
    By Suzanne Hagan, O.D. | St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Letters, Dec. 16, 2016
    I don’t know what was said between Donald Trump and the head of the Taiwanese government, President Tsai Ing-wen. But since this is the season for wishing, my hope is that they discussed how medical care is delivered and paid for in our two countries.

  • Posted on Friday, December 16, 2016
    By Suzanne Gordon | The American Prospect, Tapped Blog, Dec. 12, 2016
    In the debate over the future of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), no concept has attracted more controversy than “privatization.” Since wholesale privatization of the VHA is deeply unpopular among veterans and their advocacy organizations, groups like the Koch brothers-funded Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) argue that they do not support “privatization” of the VHA.

  • Posted on Saturday, December 10, 2016
    By Jack Bernard | The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle, Dec. 10, 2016
    A conservative friend mentioned to me the other day that he agreed with Mike Huckabee, a big Donald Trump supporter, on health care. The problem with Americans is that we eat too much, exercise too little and do not know the cost of health care services.

  • Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2016
    By Steffie Woolhandler, MD, MPH, and David U. Himmelstein, MD | American Journal of Public Health, January 2017
    President Obama inherited an economy in crisis, burgeoning inequality in wealth and health, and a legion of medically uninsured Americans whose ranks had grown by 11 million under the previous administration. He staunched the bleeding but provided no cures.

  • Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2016
    By Mark Dimondstein | PhRMA Protest Rally, November 18, 2016
    Sisters and brothers, the people that I represent, for the most part, do have health insurance right now. But every day it’s going up, every day we have to pay more, every day the benefits go down, every day we’re in a fight with the insurance companies.

  • Posted on Tuesday, December 6, 2016
    By Stephanie Innes | Arizona Daily Star, December 6, 2016
    If President-elect Donald Trump wants to reform health care in the U.S., he might do well to consult Tucson physician Dr. Paul Gordon. Gordon, 61, this year cycled 3,255 miles over three months, listening to Americans talk about the Affordable Care Act.

  • Posted on Monday, December 5, 2016
    By Rose Ann DeMoro | The Huffington Post, Dec. 5, 2016
    Now that the dogged opponents of the Affordable Care Act have caught the Obamacare bus, transforming U.S. healthcare is back on the political agenda.

  • Posted on Monday, December 5, 2016
    By Daniel C. Bryant | Portland (Maine) Press Herald, Dec. 5, 2016
    Will Donald Trump make our country’s health care system great again? Of course, for many it was never that great in the first place, but it is important to consider what changes may lie ahead during a Trump presidency. For this, we can turn to his website

  • Posted on Saturday, December 3, 2016
    By C.V. Allen, M.D. | The Modesto Bee, Dec. 3, 2016
    Don’t look now, but our president-elect is on track to preside over the premature and preventable deaths of 16,000 Americans – each year. Sound extreme? Read on.

  • Posted on Thursday, December 1, 2016
    By Janine Petito, Andrew Hyatt, and Michael Zingman | Common Dreams, December 1, 2016
    As students and future health care professionals, we are deeply troubled by the AMA and AAMC endorsements of Rep. Price. The policies he has endorsed not only stand in stark contrast to our ideals, but also threaten the well-being of our patients.

  • Posted on Thursday, December 1, 2016
    By John Geyman, M.D. | The Hill, November 30, 2016
    What does the recent election cycle portend for health care in America? Not good, if we go by the recent debate over further reform of our dysfunctional system. The non-debate has been shallow, barely covered by the mainstream media, and uninformative at this important juncture in deciding where to go next in U.S. health care.

  • Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016
    By Ed Weisbart, M.D. | Minnesota Physician, November 2016
    You wouldn’t know it by looking at the health care debate in America today, but one of our nation’s foundational pillars used to be political collaboration. Although the 2009 passage of the Affordable Care Act was intensely partisan, we have a proud, centuries-old legacy of collaboratively solving our problems despite our differences.

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2016
    By Elizabeth R. Rosenthal, M.D. | The New York Times, Nov. 16, 2016
    “How Health Care Hurts Your Paycheck,” by Regina E. Herzlinger, Barak D. Richman and Richard J. Boxer (Op-Ed, Nov. 2), does a good job of explaining a problem with employer-provided health care. But the professors’ solution is not a good one. It will still leave many people one severe illness away from financial ruin, and many more underinsured.

  • Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2016
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | The Hill, Nov. 16, 2016
    Last January, to the astonishment of many, Donald Trump asserted that he favored allowing Medicare to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies over drug prices, a longstanding progressive policy that was also supported by the Democratic candidates. “We don't do it. Why? Because of the drug companies,” Trump said. Will he pursue such a populist course on drug prices once in office? It seemed unlikely then. But now, it seems pretty clear that the promise was a bait-and-switch: his new website does not include a word about Medicare drug negotiations.

  • Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2016
    By Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H., and David U. Himmelstein, M.D. | November 16, 2016
    The 2016 election turned on racism, xenophobia and anger at the status quo, including the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The law covered about 20 million, and modestly improved access to care. But it didn’t address the health care problems facing most working families, feeding the perception that the Democratic Party had neglected them. Trump seized on the ACA as a symbol of the establishment’s false promises, and has placed repeal at the top of his to do list.

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2016
    By Richard A. Damon, M.D. | Bozeman Daily Chronicle
    Tom Murphy, AP health writer, recently wrote that millions of Americans have seen the price of their health care insurance go up every year for years. Premiums outpace inflation and wages, and they affect nearly every household member with health issues. He asks, “Does it have to be this way? Why do health care costs grow so much faster than most other spending necessities, and do so consistently?”

  • Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2016
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | Jacobin, Nov. 11, 2016
    Tuesday, there should be little doubt, was a toxic day for health – and health care – in America. ... Some important questions arise. What might Republicans have in store for health care? What will the politics of health care reform look like going forward? And how can we keep the dream for single-payer alive?

  • Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2016
    The following is an unofficial transcript of an interview that Dr. David U. Himmelstein gave to Richard Lane, web editor at The Lancet, on Nov. 10, 2016, two days after the U.S. election. Dr. Himmelstein is professor of health policy and management at the City University of New York School of Public Health and lecturer in medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program.

  • Posted on Monday, November 7, 2016
    By RoseAnn DeMoro | Common Dreams, Nov. 2, 2016
    While the world is watching the Presidential race Tuesday night, another election battle in California provides a window in the ability of voters to challenge corporate power – in this case one of the most abusive industries in the world, big pharma.

  • Posted on Thursday, November 3, 2016
    By John Geyman, M.D. | The Huffington Post, Nov. 3, 2016
    Medical students are becoming strong advocates all over the country for expanded and improved Medicare for All. Spurred on by their increasing awareness of the restricted access, unaffordability, and inequities keeping many Americans from necessary health care, they are organizing and making their voices heard.

  • Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016
    By Billy Bevevino | The Daily Free Press (Boston), Oct. 31, 2016
    Speakers stood in front of hundreds of miniature tombstones Monday afternoon at Boston University’s Medical Campus, not to just celebrate Halloween, but to represent those who have died from a lack of access to proper health care.

  • Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016
    By Deborah Yetter | Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.), Oct. 31, 2016
    Using Halloween to underscore their message that patients deserve to be treated for illness, not tricked by high costs of health care, a group of University Louisville medical students and physicians on Monday rallied for "Medicare for all" as a solution for problems of the current health care system.

  • Posted on Thursday, October 27, 2016
    By Emily Kirchner | Common Dreams, Oct. 27, 2016
    A few days ago, I was studying a medical diagram in a coffee shop when a man in his mid-forties walked in. His face was red, he was sweating, he looked upset. "Please, can anyone help me?" he asked.