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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 9, 2017
    By Liz Kowalczyk | Boston Globe, May 9, 2017
    Harvard researchers posing as the parent of a depressed 12-year-old called hundreds of child psychiatrists and pediatricians looking for appointments, and discovered what many actual parents know through bitter experience: Most of the time the calls were fruitless.

  • Posted on Friday, May 5, 2017
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | The Guardian, May 5, 2017
    Let us imagine that you would like to redistribute hundreds of billions of dollars from working class people to the rich, and wouldn’t hesitate to risk the lives of tens of thousands of people to do so. Well, as luck would have it, there is a bill—the “American Health Care Act” (AHCA)—that does precisely that.

  • Posted on Friday, May 5, 2017
    By Aaron Blake | Washington Post, May 5, 2017
    President Trump claimed a victory Thursday after the House approved a more free-market approach to health care. Then he capped it off by praising a country with government-run, universal health care.

  • Posted on Monday, May 1, 2017
    By Casey Quinlan | ThinkProgress, May 1, 2017
    Although the Affordable Care Act has expanded health care access for millions of people, unequal access to treatment is still shortening the lives of many Americans. David Ansell, who has worked as a doctor in low-income Chicago communities for nearly four decades, focuses on these health care disparities in his new book, "The Death Gap."

  • Posted on Sunday, April 30, 2017
    By Jeremy Ross | CBS Chicago, April 30, 2017
    President Donald Trump’s 100th Day in office was marked Saturday, and thousand protested nationwide, criticizing the president. Health care critics offered their take on the political environment on Saturday, some describing the first 100 days, as feeling a lot longer.

  • Posted on Saturday, April 29, 2017
    By John Perryman, M.D. | Chicago Tribune, Letters, April 29, 2017
    In reviewing recommendations by the Tribune Editorial Board regarding round two of the Affordable Care Act repeal effort, a few thoughts came to mind. The suggestions are themselves reasonable in the context of preserving portions of the current system. However, the forest is being missed for the trees.

  • Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017
    By Gene Marks | Washington Post, On Small Business Blog, April 28, 2017
    My wife is English and one of the biggest surprises she had when moving to this country was healthcare. “I don’t understand why my employer is involved in my healthcare,” she said back then–and still says today. After years of listening to that argument, I’m starting to understand what she means.

  • Posted on Friday, April 21, 2017
    By Jack Bernard | The (Columbus, Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer, April 21, 2017
    When he was in office, President Obama stated that my party, the GOP, had been highly critical of the ACA (Obamacare), but had offered no alternative for improving access and cutting cost. At the time, he was right.

  • Posted on Tuesday, April 18, 2017
    By MedPage Today Staff | MedPage Today, April 18, 2017
    Bankruptcy is common in the U.S., and medical bills often play a role -- even for people with health insurance, according to Stephanie Woolhandler, MD, of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York City. The number of bankruptcies ranges from 1 million to about 1.5 million per year depending on how well the economy is doing, and medical bills are by far the most common item sent to collection agencies, she noted.

  • Posted on Monday, April 17, 2017
    By Catherine Rampell | The Washington Post, April 17, 2017
    Despite the rise of the tea party and unified Republican control of government, one decidedly anti-free-market idea appears ascendant: single-payer health care.

  • Posted on Monday, April 17, 2017
    By Phil Arvia | Daily Southtown, April 17, 2017
    Obamacare, Trumpcare, I don't care. There is no fixing U.S. health care as it now teeters, a festering bureaucracy that spends more money on patients than any other country in the world yet lets them die faster than many nations supposedly our lesser siblings.

  • Posted on Sunday, April 16, 2017
    By Michael Corcoran | Truthout, April 16, 2017
    The primary Medicare for All bill has more support in Congress now than it has ever before. John Conyers' Medicare for All bill (HR 676), which he has introduced in each Congress since 2003, has seen a recent surge of new cosponsors -- 32 since March 8 and nine on April 3 alone.

  • Posted on Tuesday, April 11, 2017
    By Jessica Glenza | The Guardian, April 11, 2017
    After Republicans’ failed attempt to replace Obamacare, activists across the country rally on behalf of a single-payer system: ‘It’s a right, not a privilege’.

  • Posted on Thursday, April 6, 2017
    By Katie Halper | Paste, April 6, 2017
    Debating healthcare policy, along with the medical, ethical, historical, statistical and political elements that go into it, can be daunting, to say the least. But my heart and brain lead me to think that it’s not a good sign that the United States is the only industrialized nation failing to provide universal healthcare as a right. Those other countries are probably onto something.

  • Posted on Monday, April 3, 2017
    By John Conyers Jr. | Detroit Free Press, April 3, 2017
    I want my colleagues to join me in supporting single-payer not to save money or to win elections, but because it is the moral and just thing to do. If, like me, you believe healthcare is a right to everyone and not a privilege to those who can afford it, let’s be organized and let’s be unified in our support for Medicare for All.

  • Posted on Sunday, April 2, 2017
    By Ellen Kaczmarek, M.D. | Citizen-Times (Asheville, N.C.), April 2, 2017
    Competition! Americans thrive on it -- it is virtually part of our national DNA. From sports to businesses (think free market economy and capitalism) to elections, competition is what we all understand. Being No. 1 is the goal we have been taught to seek. Yet, we are totally complacent about being No. 37, according to the World Health Organization, in the world.

  • Posted on Saturday, April 1, 2017
    By Ed Weisbart, M.D., CPE, FAAFP | Accountable Care News, April 2017
    President Donald Trump has declared that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) needs to be replaced with “reforms that expand choice, increase access and lower costs, while providing better healthcare.” I agree with those goals and believe they can be accomplished without compromising the advances brought by the ACA.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017
    By Ryan Grim, Daniel Marans, Jeffrey Young | The Huffington Post, March 30, 2017
    The push to implement a “Medicare for all”-type system in New York state just took a significant step forward Wednesday. Sen. Jeffrey Klein, who heads the Independent Democratic Conference in the state Senate, plans to co-sponsor the measure.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017
    By Fareed Zakaria | The Washington Post, March 30, 2017
    The recent Republican debacle on health care could prove to be an opportunity. It highlighted, yet again, the complexity of the U.S. system, which continues to be by far the most expensive and inefficient in the advanced world.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2017
    Interview with Adam Gaffney, M.D. and Saurabh Jha, M.D. | The BMJ Podcast, March 29, 2017
    I agree that health care is not one size fits all. Health care is unique to the individual. We all have unique wishes and we all have unique medical problems...but health coverage should be universal, and I think differentiating between those two things is fundamentally important.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2017
    By Jack Bernard and Doug Skelton, M.D. | The Telegraph (Macon, Ga.), March 28, 2017
    We were encouraged by President Trump’s campaign promise to “cover everyone.” What happened, Mr. President? No wonder Trumpcare/Ryancare failed to even get a House vote.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2017
    By Sarah Jones | The New Republic, March 28, 2017
    Trumpcare is dead. President Donald Trump is humiliated and so is House Speaker Paul Ryan. The Democrats can hardly believe their luck: The Republicans have hobbled their own agenda, while Obamacare, aka the Affordable Care Act, lives to fight another day.

  • Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | Jacobin, March 27, 2017
    We should take great pleasure in the fall of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The AHCA was essentially what you would get if you convinced Ebenezer Scrooge to heavily edit the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which made it at the same time unoriginal, nasty to the poor, and generous to the rich.

  • Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017
    By Amy Goodman | Democracy Now!, March 27, 2017
    Under President Obama, House Republicans voted more than 50 times to repeal or rewrite the Affordable Care Act. But on Friday, the House couldn’t muster the votes needed to pass its own healthcare law, which some call Trumpcare.

  • Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017
    By Amy Goodman | Democracy Now!, March 27, 2017
    On Friday, House Republicans failed to muster enough support to pass the GOP healthcare plan, which some call Trumpcare. In response, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has announced he will soon introduce a bill to create a single-payer healthcare system.

  • Posted on Saturday, March 25, 2017
    By Peter Hirschfeld | VPR (Vermont Public Radio), March 25, 2017
    Less than 24 hours after the disintegration of a Republican effort to repeal and replace the federal Affordable Care Act, Sen. Bernie Sanders told constituents at a town hall meeting in Hardwick Saturday that he’ll introduce a single-payer health care bill in Congress “within a couple of weeks.”

  • Posted on Saturday, March 25, 2017
    By Johnathon Ross, M.D. | The Blade (Toledo, Ohio), March 25, 2017
    As a physician caring for poor and uninsured patients for decades, I can tell you that the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has saved lives and saved money. It has allowed access to care for hundreds of thousands of low-income Ohioans, leading to early diagnosis and treatment of disease, thereby preventing more costly care, severe disability, or death.

  • Posted on Friday, March 24, 2017
    By Lauren McCauley | Common Dreams, March 24, 2017
    With the Republican attempt to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) going down in flames Friday as Americans rallied to defend their right to healthcare, Democrats are being urged, both by experts and constituents, to seize on the moment and counter with a plan that will truly provide coverage for all.

  • Posted on Friday, March 24, 2017
    By Robert H. Frank | The New York Times, March 24, 2017
    Republicans are in a bind. They’ve been promising to repeal Obamacare for seven years, and having won control of the White House and Congress, they had to try to deliver. But while their bitter denunciations of the Affordable Care Act may have depressed its approval numbers, they didn’t make replacing it any easier.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2017
    By Carol Paris, M.D. | The Tennessean, March 23, 2017
    I chose this action to bring visibility to another option for addressing the health care crisis — one that I believe provides the optimal use of our hard-earned tax dollars to provide quality health care for everyone living in the United States.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2017
    By Joyce Frieden | MedPage Today, March 23, 2017
    The current efforts to push the bill through are "a game the Republicans are having because they don't believe in healthcare as a human right," said Harvey Fernbach, MD, a psychiatrist in College Park, Md., and a board adviser to Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), a group that supports single-payer health insurance. "Obamacare was a good effort but it's not quite what we want ... The simplest idea is to expand and improve Medicare for all."

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2017
    By Dennis Kucinich | The Nation, March 22, 2017
    The health-care debate in America is essentially an argument over what kind of private insurance market people should have access to: President Obama’s, where the insurance companies made out like bandits, or President Trump’s, where insurance companies will make out like bandits.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2017
    By Carolyn Y. Johnson | The Washington Post, March 22, 2017
    In a new analysis published this week in the American Journal of Public Health, a pair of doctors who advised Sanders's presidential campaign found that a repeal of the law without a replacement could cost anywhere from 14,000 to 60,000 lives — in the next year alone.

  • Posted on Monday, March 20, 2017
    By Ed Weisbart, M.D. | LinkedIn, March 20, 2017
    Why do so many physicians prefer single payer national health insurance? The answer is simple: we are on the front lines, seeing the needless suffering created by our current system, and we know the evidence points to a better way. We want to do better, and we know that requires a better system.

  • Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2017
    By Jonathan D. Walker, M.D. | The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.), March 19, 2017
    I can’t tell you how many times I see patients who have lost vision permanently because they were afraid to get checked, or how many times I offer to write off a bill so patients will show up and we can save their vision. In the meantime, our politicians are arguing over repealing and/or replacing the Affordable Care Act (”Obamacare”), which is like arguing over which thermometer to use when a patient is dying of septic shock.

  • Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2017
    By Ken Dolkart, M.D. | Concord (N.H.) Monitor, March 19, 2017
    Have you ever heard people talk nonsense? Perhaps you’ve had a laugh when you hear people talking through their hat about a machine you work on, or a technique you know. Primacy care doctors recently found it less than amusing to hear politicians misapply the concept of “patient-centered care” to promote a poorly designed replacement for Obamacare.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2017
    By Kirk A. Bado | The Tennessean, March 15, 2017
    A protester interrupted President Donald Trump's Nashville rally at the Municipal Auditorium Wednesday night. Holding up a banner proclaiming "Improved Medicare for All," a demonstrator was met with a chorus of boos from the crowd and led to the president to stop mid-speech.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 14, 2017
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | The Guardian, March 14, 2017
    Paul Ryan is promoting Trumpcare as if it were some sort of medical Magna Carta – a brave declaration of healthcare freedom. “We’re not going to make an American do what they don’t want to do. You get it [healthcare] if you want it. That’s freedom” he recently said on Face the Nation.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 9, 2017
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | Fortune, March 9, 2017
    House Republicans this week unveiled their long-awaited bill replacing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Blandly titled the American Health Care Act—or as many have already taken to calling it, Trumpcare—the House GOP bill is effectively a concession that the right lacks a workable health care vision of its own: The program they offer would retain the fundamental structure of Obamacare, albeit with an ugly and regressive twist.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 8, 2017
    By Robert Needlman, M.D. | The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, March 8, 2017
    I am proud to be a pediatrician at MetroHealth Medical Center. I think a lot about health and health care. I'm an educated person, with undergraduate and medical degrees from Yale. And yet I can't really get a grasp on how health care financing in this country works!

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 7, 2017
    By Karen Garloch | The Charlotte Observer, March 7, 2017
    Many people scoffed recently when President Donald Trump, while addressing plans to replace the Affordable Care Act, made this unwitting understatement: “Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.”

  • Posted on Monday, March 6, 2017
    By The Editorial Board | The Capital Times (Madison, Wis.), March 6, 2017
    Given the choice between maintaining the Affordable Care Act, as many Democrats propose, or eliminating it, as many Republicans propose, The Cap Times favors retaining as much of the current health care program as is possible and practical.

  • Posted on Sunday, March 5, 2017
    By Herbert L. White | The Charlotte (N.C.) Post, March 5, 2017
    Is single-payer health insurance inevitable? American lawmakers are consumed about repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. One path that has been regularly touted as a solution is the single-payer model, which advocates say will assure every citizen has access to equal and quality health care.

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

  • Posted on Friday, March 3, 2017
    By Caroline Poplin, M.D. | The New York Times, Letters, March 3, 2017
    David Leonhardt is right. If Republicans want to provide health insurance through “free market” competition, their solution will have the same problems as the Affordable Care Act: Healthy, low-risk families will be forced to buy costly policies more expensive than they need, to cover the expenses of the 5 percent of people responsible for some 50 percent of health care costs, with money left over for insurer profits.

  • Posted on Friday, March 3, 2017
    By Jonathan Michels | Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal, March 3, 2017
    Ten years ago, I began transporting sick patients at Forsyth Medical Center. Transporters are some of the hardest working and least recognized workers in the hospital. My job was to transfer patients as smoothly and comfortably as possible onto a clean gurney and transport them to the radiology department.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017
    Issued by All Unions Committee for Single Payer Health Care--HR 676 | Single Payer News, Feb. 28, 2017
    At its February meeting, UAW Local 551, which represents workers at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant, endorsed H.R. 676, Congressman John Conyers’ national single-payer legislation, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017
    By Jack Kotecki | Green Bay (Wis.) Press-Gazette, Feb. 28, 2017
    As a University of Wisconsin medical student who grew up in northeastern Wisconsin, I am concerned that the proposals being put forward by Republicans in Congress will harm Wisconsinites’ ability to access and receive the care they need.

  • Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017
    By Michelle Chen | Truthout, Feb. 27, 2017
    This could be the moment that the country finally comes to its senses on single payer, according to Dr. David Himmelstein, co-founder of the advocacy network Physicians for a National Health Program.

  • Posted on Sunday, February 26, 2017
    By Katie Lee | Johnson City (Tenn.) Press, Feb. 26, 2017
    We are all aware that the recent election is likely to bring change in the health care system of this nation, but we have a choice to make. During these tumultuous times in health care policy, the way forward is not to strip 20 million Americans of their health care by repealing the Affordable Care Act without a replacement. Instead, we should pursue the most equitable and just option — a single payer health care system.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2017
    By Caroline Lewis | Crain's New York Business, Feb. 23, 2017
    The future of the Affordable Care Act has been a major point of contention at town hall meetings convened by members of Congress across the country in recent days, with some Republican politicians drawing ire in their districts. At an overflowing and overwhelmingly friendly town hall Wednesday night hosted by Rep. Yvette Clarke in progressive Brooklyn, the Democratic congresswoman predictably defended the ACA.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2017
    By Katie Lannan | Lowell (Mass.) Sun, Feb. 23, 2017
    With President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans pledging to repeal the federal Affordable Care Act, some backers of single-payer health care are holding up their preferred system as an alternative.

  • Posted on Monday, February 20, 2017
    By Anne Scheetz, M.D. | Chicago Sun-Times, Letters, Feb. 20, 2017
    As Phil Kadner notes in his Feb. 15 column about the Republicans’ threat to repeal Obamacare, for health insurance companies, “It’s all about profit.” Their stocks have recently posted the highest gains of any sector of the S&P 500, and their CEOs receive millions in compensation.

  • Posted on Friday, February 17, 2017
    By Emily Green | San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 17, 2017
    President Donald Trump caused a stir when he suggested Sunday that the Republican quest to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act could continue through 2018. However, some Republicans think he's on to something. Some think it's more realistic to think that way.

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

  • Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2017
    By Adam Gaffney | Jacobin, Feb. 15, 2017
    Republicans are struggling to find the proper pitch for their attack on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “Repeal and replace” — the tried and true formulation — may be mutating into something mellower, albeit more vacuous. “Americans want the ACA repealed and repaired,” Republican strategist Frank Luntz recently told the Associated Press, using the new nomenclature.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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