Articles of Interest Archives

These articles highlight many of the health care related stories in the news–ranging from single-payer op-eds by PNHP members to reports by newspapers on corporate health care.

  • Posted on Sunday, September 16, 2018
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | The Guardian, September 16, 2018
    Barack Obama dropped a bombshell into the healthcare debate roiling the Democratic party last Friday. “Democrats aren’t just running on good old ideas like a higher minimum wage,” he said, “they’re running on good new ideas, like Medicare for All...”

  • Posted on Saturday, September 15, 2018
    By Ken Lefkowitz | Courier Post (Cherry Hill, N.J.), September 15, 2018
    If someone paid $1,000 for a service they could purchase elsewhere for $512, you’d think they were quite foolish. Yet, that's the situation facing healthcare in America today.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2018
    By Carol Paris, M.D. | Common Dreams, September 11, 2018
    The surge in support for improved Medicare for All—now up to 70% in recent polling—has single-payer opponents ramping up their scare tactics.

  • Posted on Monday, September 10, 2018
    By Tim Higginbotham | Jacobin, September 10, 2018
    For the first time in over a decade, Barack Obama is a Medicare for All supporter. On September 7 in Illinois, Obama promoted the idea while campaigning for Democrats ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

  • Posted on Monday, September 10, 2018
    By Anna L. Goldman, M.D., M.P.H.; Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H.; David U. Himmelstein, M.D.; David H. Bor, M.D.; Danny McCormick, M.D., M.P.H. | JAMA Internal Medicine, Research Letter, September 10, 2018
    To date, 4 states (Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, and New Hampshire) have federal waivers to impose work requirements as a condition of eligibility for Medicaid.

  • Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2018
    By Phil Caper, M.D. | Bangor (Maine) Daily News, August 26, 2018
    A recent Associated Press story describing a study of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ proposal for Medicare for all carried the alarming headline.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 23, 2018
    By Caroline Poplin, M.D., J.D. | MedPage Today, August 23, 2018
    If the Democrats begin to retake control of the federal government in November -- for example, by flipping the House -- they should start thinking about their next moves on health reform.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 23, 2018
    By Meagan Day | Jacobin, August 23, 2018
    According to a poll earlier this year in the New England Journal of Medicine, a majority of American physicians say that single-payer is the best path forward.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2018
    By Sen. Bernie Sanders | CNN, August 16, 2018
    Let's be clear. The American people are increasingly tired of a health care system that works for Wall Street investors, insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry -- but ignores their needs.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2018
    By Ryan Cooper | The Week, August 16, 2018
    Medicare-for-all is getting some real momentum behind it, with several more supporters winning congressional primaries on Tuesday night. The medical industry — drug companies, insurance companies, medical providers, and others — has thus been gearing up to preserve the fat profits they enjoy under the horrendous status quo.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2018
    By Fran Quigley | National Catholic Reporter, August 15, 2018
    Mark Trover of Indiana had a job and access to health insurance, but the premiums and co-pays were too high for him to afford.

  • Posted on Friday, August 10, 2018
    By Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H., David U. Himmelstein, M.D., and Adam Gaffney, M.D. | The Nation, August 10, 2018
    Last week, Charles Blahous at the Koch-funded Mercatus Center at George Mason University published a study suggesting that Bernie Sanders’s single-payer health-care plan would break the bank.

  • Posted on Friday, August 10, 2018
    By Joel A. Harrison, Ph.D., M.P.H. | August 10, 2018
    Our current fragmented, dysfunctional, for-profit health care system is broken. Internationally we rank poorly in both process and outcomes; yet, we are by far the most expensive health care system in the world.

  • Posted on Friday, August 10, 2018
    By Dylan Scott | Vox, August 10, 2018
    The muscle of the health industry lobby — pharma, health plans, doctors, and hospitals — is gathering to stop single payer.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 9, 2018
    By Leo Eisenstein, B.A. | New England Journal of Medicine, August 9, 2018
    The clinician who coined the term “burnout” was not a primary care physician buried under paperwork, nor an emergency physician beset by an unwieldy electronic health record.

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 7, 2018
    By Ray Bellamy, M.D. | Tallahassee Democrat, August 7, 2018
    Health care is too expensive. We can nearly all agree on that. But the public knows its importance as well as its expense.

  • Posted on Monday, August 6, 2018
    By Kay Tillow | Daily Kos, August 6, 2018
    On July 13, 2018, in an article on Vox, Tim Higginbotham and Chris Middleman of the Democratic Socialists of America’s (DSA) Medicare for All campaign condemned Paul Krugman, Adam Green, the Center for American Progress, and Andy Slavitt for their efforts to co-opt and water down the “Medicare for All” slogan into meaningless vague principles and inadequate programs.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 2, 2018
    By Natalie Shure | Pacific Standard, August 2, 2018
    Upon finding out what residency programs they'd been matched with this spring, some 310 fourth-year medical students have taken the #MatchDayPledge, a social media campaign that invites the next crop of first-year residents to snap selfies alongside a signed commitment to fight for "improved Medicare for All."

  • Posted on Thursday, August 2, 2018
    By David U. Himmelstein, M.D., and Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H. | Physicians for a National Health Program, August 2, 2018
    The Mercatus Center's estimate of the cost of implementing Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All Act (M4A) projects outlandish increases in the utilization of medical care, ignores vast savings under single-payer reform, and fails to even mention the extensive and well-documented evidence on single-payer systems in other nations.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2018
    By Shefali Luthra | Tonic, August 1 2018
    When the American Medical Association—one of the nation’s most powerful healthcare groups—met in Chicago this June, its medical student caucus seized an opportunity for change.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2018
    By Jeff Stein | The Washington Post, July 31, 2018
    Sanders is right that the [Mercatus] study concludes that his plan would reduce overall spending on health care in the United States.

  • Posted on Monday, July 30, 2018
    By Ryan Grim and Zaid Jilani | The Intercept, July 30, 2018
    A new study from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University is making headlines for projecting that Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’s “Medicare for All” bill is estimated to cost $32.6 trillion.

  • Posted on Monday, July 30, 2018
    By Matt Bruenig | Jacobin, July 30, 2018
    The US could insure 30 million more Americans and virtually eliminate out-of-pocket health care expenses while saving $300 billion in the process, according to a new report about Medicare for All released by the libertarian Mercatus Center.

  • Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2018
    By Paul Y. Song, M.D. | Medium, July 29, 2018
    As the sun begins to set on California’s two-year legislative session, it will officially signal the death of the Healthy California Act better known as SB562.

  • Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2018
    By F. Douglas Stephenson, L.C.S.W., B.C.D. | The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, July 28, 2018
    This month marks Medicare’s 53rd birthday. In July 1965, Congress enacted Medicare to provide health insurance to people ages 65 and older, regardless of income or medical history.

  • Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2018
    By George Bohmfalk, M.D. | The Charlotte Observer, July 26, 2018
    Monday is the 53rd birthday of Medicare, the program that added several years to seniors’ lives and elevated millions out of poverty. Many physicians, including my father, fought it tooth and nail, only to find that their incomes grew as their patients’ health improved.

  • Posted on Friday, July 20, 2018
    By Michael Corcoran | Truthout, July 20, 2018
    When Medicare was created 53 years ago this month, it was over the objections of Ronald Reagan. On behalf of the American Medical Association, Reagan warned that should Medicare become law, it would lead to “a mechanism for national health insurance capable of indefinite expansion in every direction until it includes the entire population.”

  • 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.