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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 Thursday, May 15, 2014
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | Salon
    Imagine you’re a conservative state politician ideologically opposed to government-provided health insurance for those with low incomes, but you nonetheless recognize the folly in forgoing billions of dollars in federal funds available to states that expand Medicaid simply to prove a Dickensian point (of questionable popularity).

  • Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2014
    By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor Daily News
    Opponents of universal health care often claim that in order to afford it we will have to ration health care. My response to that old shibboleth is that we already pay more than enough to cover everybody, and that we already ration health care, as we must in a world of finite financial and real resources. The real question is not, “Should we ration health care?” but rather, “What’s the fairest way to do it?”

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 14, 2014
    By Kip Sullivan, J.D. | Truthdig
    President Obama and the Democratic Party dug themselves into a deep hole by claiming the Affordable Care Act would cut the nation’s health care costs when in fact it will raise them. It’s the gift that will keep on giving to opponents of the law.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 14, 2014
    By Robert Langreth | Bloomberg News
    Earl Harford, a retired professor, recently bought a month’s worth of the pills he needs to keep his leukemia at bay. The cost: $7,676, or three times more than when he first began taking the pills in 2001. Over the years, he has paid more than $140,000 from his retirement savings to cover his share of the drug’s price.

  • Posted on Monday, May 12, 2014
    The Ed Show, MSNBC, May 9, 2014
    PNHP co-founder Dr. David Himmelstein appeared on MSNBC's 'The Ed Show' on May 9, 2014 to discuss a study he co-authored that found that more than 7,100 deaths are likely from states' rejection of the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

  • Posted on Friday, May 9, 2014
    By Ida Hellander, M.D. | The New York Times
    Studies show that even patients who need emergency care for a potentially serious problem will go without it if they are in a high-deductible health plan (although this increases their risk of subsequent hospitalization). And therein lies the problem. While cost sharing discourages overuse of medical care, it worsens a greater problem, that of underuse.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 7, 2014
    By Kelly Fay | The Legislative Gazette (Albany, N.Y.)
    Lawmakers, patients and health providers are urging the Legislature to pass a bill they say would provide every New Yorker with the basic human right to health care. Advocates rallied outside the Capitol Tuesday demanding the state adopt a single-payer system of health insurance and put "patients before profits."

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 6, 2014
    Healthcare-NOW!
    Chief executive officers at Fortune 500 health insurance companies, who have opposed new regulations under the Affordable Care Act, emerged this month as one of the ACA's greatest beneficiaries. Recently filed financial reports show that average compensation for these top nine health insurance CEOs rose by more than 19 percent in 2013, while several of the nation’s largest insurers more than doubled CEO pay.

  • Posted on Monday, May 5, 2014
    By Ana Malinow, M.D. | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    As Americans gain more experience with the ACA, they will become disappointed when they realize that plans in the marketplace have low actuarial value and high deductibles. Narrow provider networks will prevent Americans from having choices in physicians and hospitals. Those previously satisfied with their employer-sponsored coverage will find they, too, have fewer options at greater cost. This incremental step will put billions in the pockets of insurance companies, entrenching them further in our system.

  • Posted on Monday, May 5, 2014
    By Margaret Flowers, M.D. | The Indypendent (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
    It feels truly Orwellian that progressives are applauding the forced purchase of private health insurance — one of the most hated industries in the United States — while the right is opposing a model that originated from their political leaders. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a step farther on the path to total privatization of our health care system, not towards the health care system that most Americans support: single payer Medicare for all.

  • Posted on Friday, May 2, 2014
    By Monika Dutt and Rachel Tutte | Vancouver Sun
    We are just four short months away from an unprecedented legal challenge to Canadian public health care that will put the fundamental Canadian principle of care based on need, not ability to pay, on trial.

  • Posted on Wednesday, April 30, 2014
    By Wendell Potter | The Center for Public Integrity
    When I returned home after a two-week speaking tour of Canada and began catching up on news about Obamacare, I was angry and upset, and not just at politicians and special interests that benefit from deception-based PR tactics. I was — and still am — mostly angry and upset with myself. And I know I always will be.

  • Posted on Tuesday, April 29, 2014
    By Andis Robeznieks | Modern Healthcare
    CHICAGO -- The American College of Physician Executives annual meeting drew a record 830 attendees, including one doctor whose presentation on the merits of a national single-payer system may have been something of a surprise.

  • Posted on Monday, April 28, 2014
    By Adela Talbot | Western (University) News, London, Ont.
    Danielle Martin sure can stand her ground.

  • Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2014
    By David Markiewicz | Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    Doctors and hospitals increasingly are asking insured patients to pay more of their bills for elective procedures at the time of the service, rather than collecting a small fee upfront and waiting until later to get the rest of what’s owed.

  • Posted on Monday, April 21, 2014
    By Wendell Potter | The Huffington Post
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- During the year leading up to the 2008 presidential primaries, my insurance industry colleagues and I were working hard to influence the debate on health care reform.

  • Posted on Friday, April 18, 2014
    By Rosalind L. Murray | Palm Beach Post
    So much has been said about the Affordable Care Act — both bad and good. Most people, unless you are a professional, will have a difficult time fully understanding your insurance policy. Consumers (and politicians) say that no one should come between them and their doctor. However, unless a consumer pays out of pocket — there has always been someone between them and their doctor: the insurance company.

  • Posted on Friday, April 18, 2014
    By A.W. Gaffney, M.D. | Jacobin
    Last year’s three-ring Congressional shutdown circus — for many little more than a desperate rearguard action by an isolated rightwing fringe to undo the fait accompli of Barack Obama’s health care reform — reinforced with each passing day the gaudy dysfunction of the American political system. But we miss something crucial if we construe the perseverance of Barack Obama’s 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) as nothing more than the overdue victory of commonsense health care reform over an irrelevant and intransigent right, or, even more, as the glorious culmination of a progressive dream for American universal health care long deferred.

  • Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014
    By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
    The United States spends far more on medical care than other wealthy countries, due mostly to higher prices for health care goods and services. There is a reason for this. In U.S. politics, social progress comes at a high price if it threatens business interests.

  • Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014
    Univision Chicago, April 12, 2014
    They are a group of doctors and medical students that say they are not content with how health care reform is functioning, and are now calling for a reform of the reform.

  • Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014
    By Adam Gaffney, MD | Salon
    As a single-payer advocate who is also a doctor, I was concerned after the Affordable Care Act was passed that it didn’t do enough to combat rising underinsurance. A recent study by the Commonwealth Fund, which used new data to demonstrate that in 2012 some 31.7 million Americans were underinsured (i.e. insured, but still with heavy additional out-of-pocket health care expenses), argued that the burden of underinsurance will likely lessen as the ACA fully unfolds. But is there really reason for such optimism?

  • Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | Dissent
    Less than two years after the fall of Nazi Germany, a bankrupt Britain – reeling from the most destructive war in history and living under conditions of stark austerity – elected to create an extraordinary system of universal health care, the National Health Service (NHS). Aneurin Bevan, the Labour Party minister of health who played a crucial role in its creation, famously remarked that the NHS would “last as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it.” Subsequent developments, it seems, have put his challenge to the test.

  • Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014
    By Bob Herman | Becker's Hospital CFO
    A new report from nonpartisan advocacy group Public Citizen said a publicly funded healthcare system that guarantees universal coverage would not only reduce healthcare costs — it would also be an economic relief for employers and businesses.

  • Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014
    By Neil H. Buchanan | Justia (Mountain View, Calif.)
    To the surprise of many people, and to the great consternation of Republicans, the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or the dreaded “Obamacare”) failed to fail. Last week, to much fanfare, the Obama Administration announced that the ACA’s enrollment target had been met, which means that the health care law will not collapse from lack of adequate participation.

  • Posted on Wednesday, April 9, 2014
    By James Besante | Common Dreams
    While much has been made of the 7.1 million people who bought new private health insurance policies under the Affordable Care Act, and the additional millions who newly signed up for Medicaid, two big questions hover over these figures.

  • Posted on Wednesday, April 9, 2014
    By Sarah Kliff | Vox
    Saskatchewan is a vast prairie province in the middle of Canada. It’s home to hockey great Gordie Howe and the world’s first curling museum. But Canadians know it for another reason: it’s the birthplace of the country’s single-payer health-care system.

  • Posted on Monday, April 7, 2014
    By Molly Worthen | The New York Times
    When most liberals hear the words “third party,” they have nasty flashbacks to Ralph Nader’s spoiler campaign in 2000. The history buffs among them might think of the populist Greenback Party’s feckless protests against the gold standard in the 19th century or the five presidential campaigns of the Socialist Eugene V. Debs — the last of which, in 1920, he ran from prison.

  • Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014
    By Margaret Flowers, M.D. | PopularResistance.org
    I have been an outspoken advocate for a Medicare for all health system. During the health reform process, I did all that I could to push for single payer, including being arrested three times for civil disobedience. I was one of fifty doctors who filed a brief in the Supreme Court which expressed opposition to forcing people to buy private health insurance, a defective product. It pains me to see that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) siphons billions of public dollars to create more bureaucracy and transfers hundreds of billions of public dollars directly to the private insurance industry when I know that those dollars should be paying for the health care that so many in our country desperately need.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 27, 2014
    By Ellen Oxfeld | Rutland (Vt.) Herald
    This week in a Vermont Public Radio interview, Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell backed away from an unwavering commitment to the historic task set out in Act 48 — creating a publicly funded guaranteed health care system for all Vermonters.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 26, 2014
    By Max Romano | The Baltimore Sun
    After months of trying to help low-income Marylanders like Mary sign up, I'm more convinced than ever that Obamacare will not reach many of the people who need health insurance the most and that universal public coverage is the only way we can provide real health care for all in Maryland.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 26, 2014
    By A.W. Gaffney, M.D. | Truthout
    There are many good reasons to impatiently anticipate the end of one's medical training, which not infrequently lasts upwards of five years following medical school. But counterpoised to the oft-cited benefits -- greater autonomy, reliably increased remuneration, less reliably improved hours, and so forth -- there is also, unfortunately, an almost entirely unrecognized drawback: a largely unavoidable entanglement in the business of health care.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2014
    By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor Daily News
    In today’s corporatized and increasingly monetized health care environment, the demands for generation of profit often directly conflict with our clinical judgment. The belief that doctors and other healers act as stewards for our patients’ welfare has long earned us a special place in society and the trust of our patients. That position and that trust, so critical to healing, is now threatened.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2014
    By Samuel Metz, M.D. | The Oregonian
    We are the only country in the world that uses our medical records, along with residence, age, military status, number of co-workers, our employer’s choice of insurance companies, part-time status, income and size of family to determine how much care we will receive and which providers we can see. We then repeat this every time we change residence, age, military status, etc.

  • Posted on Monday, March 17, 2014
    By Matthew Anderson, M.D. | Health Affairs blog
    Sometime in the past five years — it’s hard for me to say exactly when — I suddenly found myself living in a new home. I must admit I am still a bit disoriented by how this happened. But it did. People keep telling me that everything will be OK but I am not entirely sure.

  • Posted on Monday, March 17, 2014
    By Philip Verhoef, MD, PhD and Stephen Kemble, MD | KevinMD.com
    Emanuel has reframed the crisis in the U.S. health care system as one of cost instead of the approximately 100 million Americans who lack health insurance or have insurance that does not enable appropriate care, leading to many thousands of deaths per year. We suggest that elimination of this travesty is the most important BHAG for physicians and that the solution is a single-payer system.

  • Posted on Friday, March 14, 2014
    On March 11, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont chaired a Senate subcommittee hearing on what the health care system in the United States can learn from other countries, particularly Canada, Taiwan, Denmark and France.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2014
    By Deborah Schumann, M.D.
    WASHINGTON – Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, held a hearing Tuesday to gain insight into the health care systems of four other countries, all of which view health care as a human right and have achieved near-universal coverage and access to care for their citizens.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2014
    By Carmen Chai | Global News (Canada)
    TORONTO – Dr. Danielle Martin knows Canadians are proud of the country’s universal health care. She is too.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2014
    By Jackie Farwell | Bangor Daily News
    With March 31 fast approaching as the deadline to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care act, the state’s largest physicians group has released new survey results showing Maine doctors favor a very different kind of health reform.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2014
    By Michael Hiltzik | The Los Angeles Times
    A U.S. politician's I-don't-need-no-stinkin'-facts approach to health policy ran smack into some of those troublesome facts Tuesday at a Senate hearing on single-payer healthcare, as it's practiced in Canada and several other countries.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2014
    By Jamie Self | The State (Columbia, S.C.)
    COLUMBIA, S.C. — Protesters calling on lawmakers to expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act -- and to stop trying to impede the law in South Carolina -- blocked a driveway into the State House parking garage for the second week in a row.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2014
    By Mark Karlin | Truthout/Buzzflash
    According to the advocacy organization Public Citizen, a number of experts from single-payer nations recently testified at a Senate sub-committee hearing chaired by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a leading supporter of Medicare for all. The spokespersons from Canada and Denmark offered compelling reasons why the US should move from a private-insurance system to a government administered program (such as, well, Medicare).

  • Posted on Monday, March 10, 2014
    By the editors | Maine Medicine Weekly Update
    A recent survey of Maine Medical Association (MMA) members showed an increase in the percentage of members supporting a single-payer approach to health system reform.

  • Posted on Monday, March 10, 2014
    By Henry J. Waters III | Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune
    Recently a group of physicians sponsored a visit by a University of Massachusetts professor of economics who goes about the country touting the advantages of single-payer health care, using numbers as his forte. Gerald Friedman appeared at the University of Missouri School of Medicine at the behest of the Missouri chapter of the Physicians for a National Health Program.

  • Posted on Monday, March 10, 2014
    By Elisabeth Rosenthal | The New York Times
    When Matt Meyer, who owns a saddle-fitting company in New Hampshire, set up a monthly payment plan after some surgery, he was distressed to notice that the invoices came from a debt collector. “I had no idea this was considered debt,” he said, and wondered: “Are they reporting that” to a credit agency?

  • Posted on Friday, March 7, 2014
    By Andrew D. Coates, M.D., F.A.C.P. | WAMC Northeast Public Radio
    Facing a loved one’s death is overwhelming. Since the chances are very good that all of us will face death, it seems obvious we should be devoting our resources to building a system based upon caring for patients with the kind of dignity they deserve.

  • Posted on Friday, March 7, 2014
    By William Rivers Pitt | Truthout
    Nothing so thoroughly dominated the American political landscape over the last year more than the Republican assault on the Affordable Care Act, colloquially known now as "Obamacare." The GOP's eternal refrain that "Government is the problem" was used as a battering ram against the law, and House Republicans have voted to repeal or denude it exactly fifty times as of today.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 5, 2014
    By Gabriel Edwards and David Mealiea | The New Physician
    In medical school, we are taught that practicing good medicine means first asking a good history. Gathering relevant information guides the review of the patient’s body systems, physical examination, and ultimately the assessment and plan that leads to an effective medical intervention. With experience, the doctor learns to recognize patterns which help guide clinical judgment. We are at the beginning of this process, but some patterns have already begun to emerge.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 4, 2014
    By David Sims | The Chief-Leader (New York)
    The Affordable Care Act’s changes to the nation’s health-care business mean good and bad things for organized labor, but a Feb. 27 LaborPress event on its impact focused more on pushing for a single-payer system in the state to relieve the increased pressure on unions.

  • Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014
    By Andrew D. Coates, M.D., F.A.C.P. | WAMC Northeast Public Radio
    The Affordable Care Act is reducing the number of uninsured, yet at the end of the day it is not a program of universal access to care. Because the major failings of the U.S. system still persist — avoidable death and bankruptcy, racial and socioeconomic disparities, the perverse incentives of profiteering, burgeoning costs — the urgency for thoroughgoing health reform has returned.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014
    By Sara Foss | The Daily Gazette (Schenectady, N.Y.)
    The other night I attended a debate at The Linda in Albany, WAMC’s performing arts studio, on whether the U.S. should adopt a single-payer health care system.

  • Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014
    By Jawad Husain | The Daily Free Press (Boston University)
    Six years later, most of the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have been implemented. However, it’s apparent that political pressure from the private insurance industry and the big drug companies has thwarted the goal of the universal health care.

  • Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014
    By Lyndonna Marrast, M.D., and Danny McCormick, M.D., M.P.H. | KevinMD.com
    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will increase insurance coverage for the poor, uninsured and minorities, but will it improve access to care and population health? The answer depends critically on whether or not physicians are available to care for the newly insured. Many health policy experts fear there may not be.

  • Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014
    By Samuel L. Dickman | Scholars Strategy Network
    Will this coverage gap for so many low-income Americans have adverse health consequences? To answer this question, my research collaborators and I estimated the number and demographic characteristics of people likely to remain uninsured, and then drew on recent studies to spell out the likely health consequences.

  • Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014
    By Ed Weisbart, M.D. | The Lawton (Okla.) Constitution
    I am a proudly patriotic, fiscally prudent, family physician. For those three reasons, I support a national health insurance program.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014
    By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
    How much tax would you be willing to pay to make sure somebody who can’t afford health care has to grovel to get it?

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014
    By Ben Sisario | The New York Times
    PITTSBURGH — Beer bottles clinked and indie-rock classics played overhead at a gallery opening here on a Friday night recently, as one artist after another chatted with Julie Sokolow, a filmmaker and health care advocate who has documented the Pittsburgh scene in detail.

  • Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014
    By Anya Schiffrin | Reuters
    Every time I sit on hold now with the billing department of my New York doctors and insurance company, I think back to all the things French healthcare got right. The simplicity of that system meant that all our energy could be spent on one thing: caring for my father.

  • Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014
    By Elisabeth Rosenthal | The New York Times
    American physicians, worried about changes in the health care market, are streaming into salaried jobs with hospitals. Though the shift from private practice has been most pronounced in primary care, specialists are following.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014
    The New York Times
    The heart of the doctor is the soul of medicine. Historically the doctor-patient relationship has earned medicine recognition as a noble profession. Corporatization keeps doctors from practicing that time-honored tradition. It is demoralizing to the profession and unsatisfactory for the patients.

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014
    By Maggie Fox | NBC News
    Tim Armstrong has had to apologize twice now for his announcement last year saying the company was changing its 401(k) retirement plan policy in part because it had some hefty health care claims, including two babies costing a million dollars each for care.

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014
    By Joshua Freeman, M.D. | Medicine and Social Justice blog
    I wrote in a recent blog (“How can a health care system lead not to ruin but to, actually, health?”, December 28, 2013) that our health care system ”…is a parallel to our financial services industry: private enterprise is given a license to make money from everyone, and the government finances it. The only difference is that for financial services, the government steps in to bail them out only after they have already stolen all our money, while in health services the profit margin is built in from the start.” A recent article in the New York Times, “Hospital chain said to scheme to inflate bills”, by Julie Creswell and Reed Abelson (January 24, 2014) takes this a bit farther.

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014
    By Henry J. Waters III | Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune
    Much is being made by opponents of the Affordable Care Act of adverse selection, the tendency of younger, healthier Americans to avoid buying health insurance, thereby skewing the economics of the plan, which depends on premium income from people needing relatively little care to offset the cost of care for older, sicker patients.

  • Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014
    By Sarah Jaffe | In These Times
    When Sergio Espana first began talking to people, just over a year ago, about the need for fundamental changes in the U.S. healthcare system, confusion often ensued. Some people didn’t understand why, if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) had passed, people still wanted to reform the system; others thought organizers were trying to sign them up for “Obamacare.”

  • Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014
    By Andrew D. Coates, M.D. | WAMC Northeast Public Radio
    It is not only that Republican intransigence against the Affordable Care Act does nothing to advance the national debate about health care in a direction that would improve quality, increase access or reduce disparities. Nor would Republican proposals offer any means of cost saving, for both out-of-pocket costs and aggregate spending would continue to soar.

  • Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014
    By Kentuckians for Single Payer Healthcare
    This little Appalachian community that made national news a year ago by passing a Fairness Ordinance did it again Monday night. It voted to endorse single-payer health care, H.R. 676, joining 54 other American cities, including Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Philadelphia, Detroit and Baltimore.

  • Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014
    By Rick Kogan | The Chicago Tribune
    Near the end of this fine, fine book, Dr. Young writes, "As you've no doubt noticed in the preceding pages, my views and actions have also propelled me into sharp conflict with institutions and persons who would perpetuate injustice. That was true yesterday; it remains true today. My work is unfinished."

  • Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014
    By Jessica Desvarieux | The Real News Network
    Since the U.S. Supreme Court's 2012 ruling that states can opt out of Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act, 21 states have done so, and (not surprising) they're all under Republican control. What is new to this Obamacare saga is a new Harvard University and CUNY study. It found that the lack of Medicaid expansion in these opt-out states will result in about 7,000 to 17,000 deaths a year. Now joining us to go over the study is coauthor of the report Dr. Steffie Woolhandler.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014
    By Trudy Lieberman | The Huffington Post Canada
    One thing Americans and Canadians can agree on is that we don't want each other's health care systems. In truth, most Americans don't know how Canada's system works and Canadians don't know much about the U.S. system.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014
    By Charles Bankhead | MedPage Today
    Oncologists have a "moral and ethical obligation" to their patients to advocate for a single-payer universal health insurance program, according to two oncologists who stated their case in an editorial.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014
    By Henry Davis | The Buffalo News
    If Buffalo is any indication, the campaign for single-payer health insurance didn’t die with the Affordable Care Act.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014
    By Darshak Sanghavi, M.D., and Sarah Bleiberg | KevinMD blog
    While the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, has been criticized by its opposition as “socialized medicine,” it relies heavily on private health insurance. On the other end of the political spectrum is the idea that a government-run single payer system, similar to Canada’s, is the best way to deliver health care.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014
    By Kyle Hughes | The Oneida (N.Y.) Daily Dispatch
    ALBANY, N.Y. -- A group of 70 medical school students held their first-ever Capitol lobbying day Tuesday, calling for universal health care, medical marijuana and reining in insurers that now account for a third of the cost of healthcare here.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014
    By Roxanne Nelson | Medscape Medical News
    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare, will not solve the healthcare crisis that cancer patients face. The only real solution, according to 2 oncologists, is a single-payer system of national healthcare insurance.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014
    By Kay Tillow | FireDogLake
    Buried deep in the health reform law is Section 10323. It amends the Social Security Act to extend Medicare coverage to individuals exposed to environmental health hazards in the region defined by the Emergency Declaration of June 17, 2009. That declaration limits this benefit to the area around Libby, Montana.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014
    By Bill Davidson, M.D. | CommonSense2
    In creating the Affordable Care Act (ACA) President Barack Obama had hoped to accomplish two goals. The first was to secure his legacy as the president who achieved quality, affordable health care for all Americans. His second objective was to reward and assure for his Democratic presidency the continued support of the private insurance and pharmaceutical industries as well as their Wall Street patrons. Unfortunately, the two objectives are mutually incompatible and as a result neither will be achieved.

  • Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014
    By Robert Fulton | California Health Report
    Considering the prospects of a United States single-payer health care system, physician Matthew Hendrickson quipped: “Americans will always do the right thing, only after they have tried everything else.”

  • Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014
    By A.W. Gaffney, M.D. | Truthout
    Nowadays, it's not only radicals who are recognizing the rising problem of inequality. Between Bill de Blasio's mayoral inauguration, Obama's pointed speech early last month, and Pope Francis' critique of trickle down economics in November, the rhetoric of Occupy Wall Street seems to be going mainstream.

  • Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014
    By Tony Berberabe, MPH | OncLive
    When a patient receives the diagnosis of cancer, regardless of stage or severity of the disease, one of the many questions asked is how to pay for the treatment. And while the diagnosis is arguably the single most catastrophic health care event in an individual’s life, the burden of cost on the patient and their family only adds to the stress of the situation.

  • Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014
    By Jonathan D. Walker, M.D.The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
    “Doc, I need to get this done before my new deductible kicks in.” Physicians hear this a lot; it reflects the increasing use of so-called consumer-directed health plans, where people are responsible for the first several thousand dollars of care before their insurance company has to pay. If you don’t already have one, you probably will soon.

  • Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014
    By Laurie Tarkan | WellBeeFile
    Dr. Stephanie Woolhandler, a member of Physicians for a National Health Program, which advocates for a single payer national health program, is professor in the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College. WellBeeFile (WBF) interviewed her about her views on the Affordable Care Act and its rollout.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014
    By Michael Binder, M.D. | The Enquirer (Cincinnati)
    Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhuman.” Sadly, the problem of massive inequality in health care persists to the present day. I saw a patient in clinic in the past week who is going through personal financial bankruptcy due to overwhelming medical bills. This is someone who actually has health coverage, but it was not enough to prevent him from going into tens of thousands of dollars in debt.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014
    By Winthrop Dillaway, M.D. | The New York Times
    The American health care system fails irrefutably and unacceptably with its economics and its ethics. How is it acceptable that the other leading countries of the world provide universal health care at half the cost and generally with higher quality?

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
    By Louis Balizet, M.D. | Health Policy Solutions (Denver)
    The Affordable Care Act, while providing some short-term benefits, is, on the whole, unworkable. Quite apart from website failures, its approach to health care is fundamentally flawed.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
    By Jessica Schorr Saxe, M.D. | The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer
    Are we a nation of people waiting to have medical insurance so that we can spend our time seeking unnecessary medical care? Really?

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
    By Bruce Japsen | Forbes
    As the Obama administration touts the need for uninsured Americans to sign up for private coverage via exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, the insurance industry sees growth in an expanded Medicaid program for the poor under the health law.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
    By George Erickson | Duluth (Minn.) News Tribune
    U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone, known as the “conscience of the Senate,” wrote that he spent 85 percent of his time fighting Republican attacks on working families. Were he still alive, Wellstone would be fighting for the thousands who die or are driven into bankruptcy every year because they lack health coverage.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
    By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
    Love it or hate it, even if ObamaCare never fully achieves its intended benefits, it has already had some unintended ones.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
    By Deanna Pogorelc | MedCity News
    The latest outcry for a single-payer healthcare system comes from a duo of prominent cancer doctors who call on their fellow oncologists to support what they call “an improved Medicare for all” resembling Canada’s healthcare system.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
    By Froma Harrop | The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.)
    In the beginning, Massachusetts opened the gates to same-sex marriage and universal health coverage. California started to liberalize drug laws by legalizing medical marijuana. The sky didn’t fall on any of these efforts, initially regarded as dangerous social experiments by many conservatives.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
    By K.W. Hillis | The Lawton (Okla.) Constitution
    LAWTON, Okla. -- Affordable Care Act reforms address some problems with health care in the U.S., but it doesn’t solve core issues, said Dr. Ed Weisbart, chair of the Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) -- Missouri Chapter.

  • Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014
    By Daniel Schaffer M.D. | The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.)
    By now, almost everyone has developed an opinion about the status of health care in our country, and it usually divides along ideological lines, with the word “Obamacare” in the middle. This is unfortunate if it ends the discussion, because both advocates and opponents agree that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is not the final solution to our current health care dilemma.

  • Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014
    By Laura Berger | Wisconsin State Journal
    What is undermining health care is not government, but corporate profits and inefficiencies. Instead of government's impossible and complex attempts to walk a line between public need and corporate profit, let's acknowledge there's another way.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014
    By Froma Harrop | The Leaf Chronicle (Clarksville, Tenn.) and Gannett
    The prospects for single-payer health care – adored by many liberals, despised by private health insurers and looking better all the time to others – did not die in the Affordable Care Act. It was thrown a lifeline through a little-known provision tucked in the famously long legislation. Single-payer groups in several states are now lining up to make use of Section 1332.

  • Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014
    By Joshua Freeman, M.D. | Medicine and Social Justice blog
    That is not what our national health policy should be doing. A health system that did not permit gaming but straightforwardly paid for health care, and eliminated the profit motive, would solve these problems.

  • Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014
    By James Besante | Albuquerque Journal
    America can win the War on Poverty. We can fix our health care system. A streamlined, publicly financed program, like “Improved Medicare for All,” is the answer.

  • Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014
    By Anna Zelivianskaia | Chicago Medicine
    Our health care system allows for high numbers of uninsured and underinsured, which prevents us from achieving the degree of care we are capable of. Medical decisions are no longer between the patient and doctor. Instead, every therapy and test must be approved by insurance companies, which operate with the goal of making a profit. Fortunately, many passionate medical students in Chicago are stepping up to advocate for changes.

  • Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014
    By Alanna Durkin | The Associated Press
    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A government-run health care system in Maine would provide universal coverage to residents, cut down on administrative costs and free businesses from the complexities of providing insurance for their employees, supporters of a single-payer model said Thursday.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014
    By Peter Hirschfeld | Vermont Public Radio
    In an extraordinarily rare appearance by a sitting governor before a legislative committee, Gov. Peter Shumlin Tuesday took responsibility for problems on the new health insurance exchange, but said the shortcomings only reinforce his case for a publicly financed, universal health care system.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014
    By C.V. Allen, M.D. | The Modesto Bee
    They are one American in six. They range in age from newborn to 65. They might be anyone – even your neighbor. They are America’s problem and America’s shame. They are America’s 47 million medically uninsured.