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

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2016
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | Jacobin, April 26, 2016
    Every nation’s health system is split along a rights-commodity axis, ranging from a public system that provides a universal right to health care according to need, to a private enterprise that profitably provides care according to means. When the National Health Service was founded, notes scholar Rudolf Klein in The New Politics of the NHS, it was the first system that universalized government-provided care, and it thereby skewed health care toward the “rights” side of that axis.

  • Posted on Monday, May 23, 2016
    By PNHP staff | PNHP Spring Newsletter, May 2016
    The Chicago Medical Society has voted to create a “research committee to analyze the benefits and difficulties with instituting and maintaining a single-payer health care system in Illinois … and the United States, with consideration of both economic and health outcome and health disparity improvements.”

  • Posted on Friday, May 20, 2016
    By Steffie Woolhandler and David U. Himmelstein | Las Vegas Review-Journal, May 17, 2016
    The latest attack on Bernie Sanders’ single-payer health reform proposal comes from John Holahan and his colleagues at the Urban Institute. They claim that under Sen. Sanders’ plan medical spending would shoot up by $518.9 billion in 2017 alone, and by $6.6 trillion over the next decade. Mr. Holahan’s analysis couldn’t pass a laugh test — it’s based on absurd assumptions, ignores a raft of real-life evidence from both the United States and abroad, and directly contradicts itself — but serious people seem to be taking it seriously.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2016
    By Marcia Angell, M.D. | The Boston Globe, May 17, 2016
    Other advanced countries spend on average less than half as much per capita on health care as we do, provide truly universal care, and get generally better results, because they have either a single-payer financing system or tightly regulated multiple payers, plus a largely nonprofit provider system.

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2016
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | The Progressive Physician blog, May 17, 2016
    Yesterday, New York Times health care reporter Margot Sanger-Katz, whose work I very much respect, entered the debate on the costs of Sanders’ single payer plan in a piece I find problematic, headlined “A Single-Payer Plan From Bernie Sanders Would Probably Still Be Expensive.”

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2016
    By Josh Faucher | Students for a National Health Program blog, May 16, 2016
    I’ve been a part of SNaHP (Students for a National Health Program) since the beginning, watching our annual gathering grow from a few dozen people in a small conference room in 2012, to the massive turnout we had this spring with representatives from around the country.

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2016
    By Russell Mokhiber | Single Payer Action, May 17, 2016
    The Diane Rehm Show this morning was devoted to the topic — The Affordable Care Act Three Years In: What’s Working And What’s Not. The guests on the show were Julie Rovner, senior correspondent, Kaiser Health News, Stephanie Armour, healthcare reporter, Wall Street Journal, and Susan Dentzer CEO of the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation (NEHI) — what Dentzer describes as “a non-profit think-tank.”

  • Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016
    By Liz Seegert | Medical Economics, May 25, 2016
    Health insurance is again in the political spotlight as Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders promotes his version of single-payer that he calls “Medicare for all.” He says it will improve care, reduce administrative burdens and allow physicians to focus just on practicing medicine.

  • Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016
    By David Woods | The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 16, 2016
    One hears these days mutterings by disaffected Americans that if Donald Trump becomes president, they will pack their bags and leave for Canada. One assumes, of course, that no wall will be built along the border to thwart their exit. I made the reverse trip. Having emigrated from Britain to Canada, where I became the editor in chief of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, I opted to come to the United States in 1988 for personal reasons.

  • Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016
    By Karen Palmer | Toronto Star, May 15, 2016
    In a dramatic show of physician support for deep health care reform in the U.S., more than 2,200 physician leaders have signed a “Physician’s Proposal” calling for sweeping change. The proposal, published May 5 2016 in the American Journal of Public Health, calls for the creation of a publicly financed, single-payer, national health program to cover all Americans for all medically necessary care.

  • Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016
    By Paul Redstone, M.D. | Clinical Psychiatry News, May 14, 2016
    If our patients cannot reliably afford the treatments we prescribe, it seems our only choice as physicians is to become politically vocal: So when will we all unite to insist on accessible health care (including dental) for all?

  • Posted on Saturday, May 14, 2016
    By Steffie Woolhandler and David U. Himmelstein | The Hill, May 12, 2016
    As physicians we feel obliged to offer our best advice. Our health care crisis can be solved. We have the resources needed to provide excellent care for all Americans; an abundance of hospitals and sophisticated equipment; superbly trained doctors and nurses; prodigious research output; and generous health care funding. Yet only thoroughgoing single-payer reform can realize the healing potential that is currently thwarted by our dysfunctional health care financing system.

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2016
    By David U. Himmelstein, M.D., and Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H. | The Huffington Post, May 9, 2016
    The Urban Institute and the Tax Policy Center today released analyses of the costs of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ domestic policy proposals, including single-payer national health insurance. They claim that Sanders’ proposals would raise the federal deficit by $18 trillion over the next decade...To put it bluntly, the estimates (which were prepared by John Holahan and colleagues) are ridiculous.

  • Posted on Monday, May 9, 2016
    By Jeff Lagasse | Healthcare IT News, May 9, 2016
    More than 2,000 doctors backed a single-payer healthcare system in an article published by the American Journal of Public Health. While Presidential candidate Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is running on a Medicare for all platform, the proposal authors called their recommendation strictly non-partisan and described a single-payer system as publicly financed and covering all Americans for medically necessary care.

  • Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2016
    By Viji Sundara | New America Media, May 7, 2016
    Presidential hopefuls have their own ideas on what to do with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Obama’s signature legislation, when they move into the White House. Sen. Bernie Sanders thinks it should be replaced with a single-payer health plan of the kind Europe and Canada have.

  • Posted on Friday, May 6, 2016
    By John Geyman, M.D. | The Huffington Post, May 5, 2016
    This 2016 election season brings us three very different alternatives concerning future health care in this country: (1) continuation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with changes as necessary; (2) a Republican “plan” for health care; and (3) single-payer NHI.

  • Posted on Friday, May 6, 2016
    By Jessica Schorr Saxe, M.D. | The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer, May 5, 2016
    Are you or someone you know forgoing medical care for financial reasons, having trouble with medical bills, being forced to change providers due to network problems, or reeling from arbitrary increases in premiums or deductibles? If so, you know the ACA has drawbacks.

  • Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2016
    By Carolyn Y. Johnson | The Washington Post, May 5, 2016
    More than 2,000 physicians announced their support Thursday for a single-payer national health care system, unveiling a proposal drafted by doctors that appears to resonate with Bernie Sanders' call for "Medicare for All."

  • Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2016
    By Olga Oksman | The Guardian, May 5, 2016
    A group of more than 2,000 physicians is calling for the establishment of a universal government-run health system in the US, in a paper in the American Journal of Public Health. According to the proposal released Thursday, the Affordable Care Act did not go far enough in removing barriers to healthcare access.

  • Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2016
    By Kimberly Leonard | U.S. News & World Report, May 5, 2016
    As Republicans continue to debate how to "repeal and replace" President Barack Obama's signature health care law, thousands of doctors are hoping to re-ignite the conversation about moving to a single-payer system as a way to achieve universal coverage.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 4, 2016
    By Howard Waitzkin and Ida Hellander | Monthly Review, May 1, 2016
    As the Affordable Care Act (ACA, otherwise known as Obamacare) continues along a very bumpy road, it is worth asking where it came from and what comes next. Officially, Obamacare represents the latest in more than a century of efforts in the United States to achieve universal access to health care. In reality, Obamacare has strengthened the for-profit insurance industry by transferring public, tax-generated revenues to the private sector.

  • Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2016
    By Susan Sered | AlterNet, April 26, 2016
    When we talk about the successes and shortcomings of the Affordable Care Act, and health care in the U.S. in general, little attention is given to dental care. While the ACA defines dental coverage as an essential benefit for those under 18, insurers aren’t required to offer dental coverage for adults.

  • Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2016
    By Kip Sullivan, J.D. | The Health Care Blog, April 21, 2016
    MACRA (the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act) is a mess. It is extremely difficult to comprehend, it is based on assumptions that defy commonsense and research, and it may raise costs.

  • Posted on Monday, April 18, 2016
    By Mark Krasnoff, M.D. | PNHP Missouri
    I’ve practiced general internal medicine for over 20 years, and I’ve personally witnessed the average American’s health care burdens descend into a national financial crisis. Yes, crisis.

  • Posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2016
    By Marcia Angell, M.D. | Boston Globe, April 11, 2016
    A front-page story by Charles Ornstein in the Globe reports increasing concern about editorial decisions at The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), one of which is to defend the practice of medical researchers having personal financial ties to drug companies whose products they are testing. The NEJM's national correspondent referred to critics of such conflicts of interest as "pharmascolds."

  • Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2016
    By the Editorial Board | Salt Lake Tribune, April 4, 2016
    Functioning free markets do not — and never will — exist in health care because the sellers so often hold all the cards. Unlike someone in the market for a car, a television or a cell phone, people who need a particular medication cannot just decide not to buy a product until the price comes down, or just to do without it altogether. Unless they are interested in dying, or watching a family member die.

  • Posted on Tuesday, April 5, 2016
    By N.F. Hanna, M.D. | New York Observer, April 5, 2016
    As a primary care physician practicing for three decades in the same location, I have had the privilege of seeing patients regularly across a span of many years. I have celebrated my patients’ joys and triumphs, but also mourned with them in their deepest tragedies and sorrows...The result: I have encountered far too many heartbreaking stories, more than enough to be certain that our health care system is deeply broken.

  • Posted on Friday, April 1, 2016
    By Mark Chee, Rebecca Gieseker and Rachel Stones | Chicago Maroon, March 31, 2016
    As medical students, we have chosen a profession dedicated to treating illness and helping people live healthy lives. Yet, early on during our training, we learn about the unequal access to care, unaffordable treatments, and medical debt that patients face because of our current private, for-profit health insurance system.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 30, 2016
    By Jack Bernard | The Wall Street Journal, Letters, March 29, 2016
    Re: Dr. Scott Atlas's "How to Fix the Scandal of Medicaid and the Poor" (op-ed, March 16): Dr. Atlas is correct about many of the problems faced by Medicaid, but his cure is worse than the disease. The fact is the poor can’t afford to go the high-deductible or health-savings-account route.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2016
    By Joseph Sparks | Sparks Remarks Blog, March 23, 2016
    Medicare-for-all advocates should rejoice. You are winning the debate. No one has refuted the benefits of this proposed single-payer health care system. The arguments that have been presented against Medicare-for-all have been wrong, misleading, and disingenuous. Even the haggling over cost is not much of a dispute. This issue is not whether Medicare-for-all will save money—it will—it is just a question of how MUCH will be saved.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2016
    The following tributes and reminiscences are among the messages that PNHP has received in response to Dr. Quentin Young's death on March 7. We will continue to gather these. We invite you to submit your own comments to info@pnhp.org.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2016
    By Ida Hellander, M.D.
    Learn where the remaining 2016 presidential candidates stand on health policy, from their views on single-payer to their policies regarding the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid, and other health care issues. Also, please note that PNHP is a nonpartisan educational organization that neither supports nor opposes candidates for public office.

  • Posted on Monday, March 21, 2016
    By Anna Zelivianskaia, M4 | Chicago Medicine, February 2016
    In the middle of a busy emergency room, a resident tells me, “I just found out how much a brand-name proton pump inhibitor costs – a 400 percent markup from generic and a few pills cost over $200!” Unfortunately, this is nothing new. And, in my opinion, the problem will only worsen under what’s known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.

  • Posted on Sunday, March 20, 2016
    By John Benzinger, M.D. | Santa Fe New Mexican, March 19, 2016
    The truth is that an improved, Medicare-for-all, single-payer system would cut costs drastically and provide coverage for everybody. Virtually every other developed country has an affordable universal system that proves the point.

  • Posted on Friday, March 18, 2016
    By Kenneth Zapp | Business in Savannah (Ga.)
    Canada spends less, both as a percent of their GDP and in real dollars than we do on their total health care system. In Canada, 10 percent to 12 percent of their GDP goes toward health expenses that cover all citizens. We spend 16 percent to 17 percent of our GDP on health services even though more than 10 percent of our citizens do not have coverage.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 16, 2016
    By the Editorial Board | The Capital Times
    Dr. Quentin Young, one of the greatest economic and social justice campaigners of the modern era, has died at age 92. Young served as a personal physician for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and organized the Medical Committee for Human Rights, which provided medical support for activists during the 1964 Freedom Summer in Mississippi. He helped to shape and advance the call for an understanding of health care not as a commodity but as a human right.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2016
    By Tom DeLoe, Ph.D. | Gettysburg (Pa.) Times
    As a business leader, you want to control your business environment as much as possible. This means controlling costs, building a good product or service, and beating the competition. There are at least four principles that you must strive to achieve in order to survive in a competitive business environment. They are efficiency, transparency, predictability, and the building of core functions. Let’s look at each of these principles, and how they relate to your business and our present health care system.

  • Posted on Friday, March 11, 2016
    By Vicente Navarro | CounterPunch
    The solution is fairly easy to see. We can see in other countries what should be done in the US. Look, for example, to Canada.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 9, 2016
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | The New Republic
    Around the time that the insurgent campaign of Bernie Sanders hit its stride, a chorus of liberal pundits and economists began to coalesce around a decidedly grim message for the 60 million people in America who remain either uninsured or underinsured: Give up on your pipe dream.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 9, 2016
    The following is a selection of initial obituaries and stories about Dr. Quentin D. Young, prominent leader of PNHP for nearly three decades, who died on March 7. The stories below are from The New York Times, NBC News, The Associated Press, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, DNAinfo Chicago, Single Payer Action, and SocialistWorker.org.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 9, 2016
    By Wendell Potter | healthinsurance.org
    The first seven years of the Obama administration have been “yuge” for the health insurance industry, to use one of The Donald’s favorite words. To be more precise, it has been yuge — almost unbelievably yuge, in fact — for the well-heeled folks who own stock in the for-profit companies that dominate the industry, including Cigna and Humana, the two insurers I used to work for.

  • Posted on Monday, March 7, 2016
    By Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H., and David U. Himmelstein, M.D. | The Huffington Post
    In the heat of battling Sen. Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton's camp (and the camp followers at the Washington Post and Fortune magazine) has made a remarkable discovery: National health insurance (aka Medicare-for-All) hurts poor people. How is that possible? It's not. But a widely-quoted analysis by Ken Thorpe, a former Clinton administration official, used statistical sleight of hand to zoom in on the tiny slice of the poor who might pay more (while getting better care), and hide the vast majority who would gain.

  • Posted on Monday, March 7, 2016
    By Trudy Lieberman | Health Review News
    In late January, as Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battled over a Medicare-for-all health system, PBS NewsHour co-anchor Judy Woodruff in a conversation with her guests David Brooks and Ruth Marcus posed this question: “Essentially the argument is whether you just wipe away what we have done and you go to a single-payer healthcare system, which most Americans say they don’t want, right, I mean...?”. ... Nevertheless, viewers — I was one — might have been flummoxed by her question. I recalled a Kaiser Family Foundation poll a few weeks earlier in mid-December, which found that 58 percent of Americans favored the idea, including 34 percent indicating they strongly favored it. What gives here?

  • Posted on Monday, March 7, 2016
    By Caroline Poplin, M.D., J.D. | MedPage Today
    The Kaiser Family Foundation December 2015 Tracking Poll demonstrates majority support among ordinary Americans (58%); a 2014 survey of physicians and medical students in Maine showed that many doctors also (in Maine at least) would prefer single-payer, especially those practicing primary care. So it is disappointing that liberal economists whom I respect, such as New York Times columnist and Nobel laureate Paul Krugman, conclude that single-payer would be too expensive and too disruptive -- that we should improve the ACA instead.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2016
    By David U. Himmelstein, M.D., and Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H. | The Hill
    Back in 1993, when we met with Hillary Clinton at the White House, she acknowledged that single-payer national health insurance was the best solution to America's health care mess, but dismissed it as politically impossible.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2016
    By Eric Naumburg, M.D. | The Baltimore Sun
    Universal means everybody in, nobody out and no financial barriers to getting necessary health care. We need to create a health care system where people are not one major illness away from personal bankruptcy; where everyone is able to get needed care without worrying about cost; and where decisions about health care are made based on science and the input of patients and physicians, not by private, profit-driven health insurance companies.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 25, 2016
    By Don McCanne, M.D. | Common Dreams
    You remember the public option. During the drafting of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), efforts were made to include a public option – a government-run plan that would compete with the private health plans in the insurance marketplace.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 23, 2016
    By Alison Kodjak | NPR
    "The medical insurance industry is really a group of middlemen — there's no need to have middlemen between paying for care and actually receiving care," says Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, an internist and professor at the City University of New York's school of public health at Hunter College. Woolhandler signed the letter and has written several editorials defending Sanders' ideas.

  • Posted on Friday, February 19, 2016
    By Katie Johnson | Post-Bulletin
    Here's a question that cuts through the chatter: If you were offered a health plan that guaranteed all the care that you need — including prescription drugs, dental, vision and long-term care — for no more money, and likely less, than what you're paying now, would you sign up for it?

  • Posted on Thursday, February 18, 2016
    By Steffie Woolhandler and David U. Himmelstein | The Huffington Post
    Hillary Clinton and others charge that Bernie Sanders' Medicare-for-All plan would disrupt and threaten Americans' health care. But the smooth rollout of Medicare-for-Seniors in 1965 -- which many had also predicted would bring chaos -- belies that charge.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 18, 2016
    By Doug Henwood | FAIR.org
    While the “left-leaning” is no doubt meant to suggest critiques from those who would be inclined to sympathize with Sanders, all the quoted economists have ties to the Democratic establishment. So slight is their leftward lean that it would require very sensitive equipment to measure.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 18, 2016
    By John Geyman, M.D. | Truthout
    Going forward, we have three basic alternatives to further reform our health care system: (1) continue with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with improvements as needed (which Clinton supports with barely a hint of what those changes might be); (2) the Republican "plan," including repeal of the ACA and emphasizing market-based "fixes," such as health savings accounts, selling insurance across state lines, and further privatization of both Medicare and Medicaid; and (3) National Health Insurance (NHI) through a Medicare-for-all plan, as currently embodied in HR 676, legislation pending in the House of Representatives.

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 17, 2016
    By Dave Zweifel | The Capital Times
    But should the prospect of a tough battle to once and for all fix America's health care problems mean that the fight's not worth fighting? If that be the case, we still wouldn't allow women to vote, our elderly would still be living in poverty without a program called Social Security and there would be no Medicare even for folks over 65. They were all difficult fights, all considered unwinnable in their times, but the American people held their elected officials accountable and won those fights.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 16, 2016
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | Jacobin
    As the Democratic presidential primary race tightens to a virtual tie nationally, the debate over single-payer health care is growing increasingly tense — and consequential.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 16, 2016
    News release | Single Payer News
    The National Executive Council of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) has unanimously endorsed HR 676, national single payer legislation sponsored by Congressman John Conyers of Michigan.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 16, 2016
    By Ed Weisbart, M.D. | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Any candidate who isn’t forthcoming with these details is ignoring our current dire reality. Our health care system has a literal death grip on this nation. It is the new “giant sucking sound” of money being vacuumed from our entire economy and into health care’s deep, private-profit pockets.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 16, 2016
    By Jack Bernard | The Citizen
    I am not in agreement with going back to the time before we had primary care insurance and having individuals fend for themselves, negotiating direct agreements with each of their doctors. The paperwork, research, skill and time required on both sides would be immense.

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

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

  • Posted on Friday, February 12, 2016
    By John Benziger, M.D. | Kennebec (Maine) Journal
    People are waking up to see that corporate greed is hurting Americans. We have a broken for-profit health care system. Quality is mediocre, and more than 25 million Americans are still uninsured. Medicare, Medicaid and hospitals are under threat of new cuts. Meanwhile the nation’s for-profit health industry nets billions in profits, and CEOs take home tens of millions in pay.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Posted on Friday, January 29, 2016
    By Steven Reinberg | HealthDay
    The staggering cost of cancer care forces many patients to file for bankruptcy, and that financial stress may play a role in cutting their lives short, new research suggests.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 24, 2015
    By Dave Anderson | Boulder (Colo.) Weekly
    Recently, some 500,000 people around the country suddenly lost their health insurance as 10 of 23 nonprofit health care cooperatives collapsed. Some 80,000 Coloradans were left in the lurch when Colorado HealthOP collapsed. Nearly 40 percent of the people who purchased health insurance through the Colorado state exchange in 2015 were members of that co-op. Several more co-ops in other states may close soon.

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 24, 2015
    By Lisa Rapaport | Reuters
    U.S. public health funding – which covers things like disease prevention, cancer screenings, contraceptives and vaccines – has been steadily falling in recent years and is expected to keep going down, a recent study projects.

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 17, 2015
    By Kathryn Doyle | Reuters
    Low-income people with Medicaid health insurance are more knowledgeable about their health status and have better control over some chronic conditions, like high blood pressure, than similar people without Medicaid coverage.

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 10, 2015
    By Ralph Nader | The Huffington Post
    Just when the prospects for single-payer or full Medicare for everyone, with free choice of doctors and hospitals, appear to be going nowhere, from Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley comes a stirring that could go national and make single-payer a reality. Throwing down the gauntlet on the grounds of efficiency and humanness, businessman Richard Master, CEO of MCS Industries Inc., the nation's leading supplier of wall and poster frames, is bent on arousing the nation's business leaders to back single-payer - the efficient full Medicare for all - solution.

  • Posted on Wednesday, November 4, 2015
    By Amy Goodman | Democracy Now
    Dr. Steffie Woolhandler: And 10 of the 23 co-ops have closed, and several more are expected to close soon. These nonprofit co-ops, many of us felt they were never going to be viable. These tiny insurance co-ops was like the peewee football going against the NFL. They just didn’t have the size to make it in the marketplace. But also, they weren’t cheaters. And the way the health insurance market works is good guys finish last, and cheaters win.

  • Posted on Wednesday, October 28, 2015
    By Sam Metz, M.D. | The Lund Report (Portland, Ore.)
    The tragedy of the Roseburg shootings did not end when Christopher Harper-Mercer shot himself after killing nine people at Umpqua Community College. The injured survivors now find themselves unable to pay for the medical care their injuries require.

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 27, 2015
    By Ida Hellander, M.D., David U. Himmelstein, M.D., and Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H.
    Organizers for the ColoradoCare ballot initiative have contacted some activists in Physicians for a National Health Program, seeking their endorsement and financial support. We summarize, below, our understanding of the initiative.

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 27, 2015
    By Augie Lindmark | KevinMD blog
    I cracked a Budweiser and flipped on Spotify radio for what I was told would be a challenge. On my computer screen, Minnesota’s health insurance exchange website waited expectantly, to which I submitted the Holy Trinity of health information — age, date of birth, and tobacco usage — and waited.

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 27, 2015
    By Aaron Burch | Louisville Medicine
    The protection of patients and physicians has been a continuous fight in America for decades. One of the biggest moments of the modern era of health care came July 30, 1965, when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare into law.