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

  • Posted on Wednesday, 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.

  • Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014
    By David Cay Johnston | Newsweek
    We don't have a free market for health-care services. If we did, we would see a narrow range of prices for the same service.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 2, 2014
    By Pearl Korn | The Huffington Post
    It is rare that any member of Congress is honored on any level these days, but one truly worthy exception is Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), who early in December was honored with a breakfast celebration attended by some 40 union representatives at a restaurant on East 29th Street in New York City.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014
    By Michael Moore | The New York Times
    I believe Obamacare’s rocky start — clueless planning, a lousy website, insurance companies raising rates, and the president’s telling people they could keep their coverage when, in fact, not all could — is a result of one fatal flaw: The Affordable Care Act is a pro-insurance-industry plan implemented by a president who knew in his heart that a single-payer, Medicare-for-all model was the true way to go.

  • Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013
    By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor Daily News
    Americans now spend close to $3 trillion a year for health care, around 18 percent of our GDP. That works out to almost $9,000 per person in Maine, almost twice as much per person as the average for other wealthy nations that provide health care for all their people. ... As one Canadian conference participant put it, “It breaks my heart to see Americans destroying your schools, libraries and public safety to pay for health care.” It breaks my heart, too. We can do a lot better.

  • Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013
    By Jon Queally | Common Dreams
    As the political uproar surrounding the Affordable Care Act has played out over recent months, one single fact remains: the private insurance model—on which the law widely known as Obamacare is based—is more complicated, more expensive, and provides less coverage than a simple, "everybody in/nobody out," single-payer model that almost every other advanced country in the world enjoys.

  • Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013
    By Rochelle Dworet, M.D. | Health Policy Solutions
    So the Affordable Care Act is finally being implemented, even online. Our state has its own exchange, which seems to run better than the national model. The people in the states that implemented their own exchanges are all busy heaping accolades on each other. However, the real question is, “Where is the single-payer solution that would save hundreds of millions of dollars and lives?”

  • Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013
    By Diane Snyder | The Guardian
    I'm not a Tea Party member, and I want Obamacare to work, but the ACA has actually made healthcare less affordable for me.

  • Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013
    By Bob Herman | Beckers Hospital Review
    This week, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced Senate Bill 1782, which would establish a single-payer healthcare system in the U.S.

  • Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013
    By Jessica Desvarieux | Real News Network
    Dr. David Himmelstein: The goal would be to expand Medicare to all, considering private insurance costs seven times as much to administer compared to Medicare.

  • Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013
    By Marc Bussanich | Labor Press
    “It took 15 years before Congress joined with me to make Dr. King’s birthday a national legal holiday. So I’m in this for the long run,” said Congressman Conyers.

  • Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013
    By Sam Cholke | DNAinfo Chicago
    HYDE PARK, CHICAGO — At 90, Chicago’s most outspoken and progressive physician, Dr. Quentin Young, is finally starting to slow down and reflect on the neighborhood that gave him his politics.

  • Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013
    By Chesley Yellott, M.D., and Lynn Moses Yellott | The Journal (Martinsburg, W.Va.)
    We applaud Sen. Rockefeller's legacy of improving health care for West Virginians and others throughout the country. His legacy can be stellar if he stands up for replacing the system that leaves so many unable to afford health care with improved Medicare for all.

  • Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013
    By Jonathan Walker, M.D. | The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
    The rollout of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, has been anything but auspicious. And, depending on one’s politics, reactions have ranged from despair to vindictive glee. But if you are stuck on the superficial level – watching the president backpedal while wondering about the problems with the online exchanges – you are being misdirected from the real drama.

  • Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013
    By Alex Lazar | ABC News
    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has waded into the health care debate with a broad endorsement of the kind of universal health plan found in Europe, Canada and South Korea.

  • Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013
    By David Freedlander | The Daily Beast
    As the rollout of Obamacare clunks forward, activists who opposed the law from the beginning say it is time to seize the moment, to tear down the current health-care edifice and start anew, especially now as frustration with the law’s implementation is reaching a peak.

  • Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013
    By William Greider | The Nation
    I turned to the Seattle congressman for a candid assessment because he’s the third-ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee and has been an advocate of single-payer healthcare for decades. Plus, he’s a doctor.

  • Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013
    By Todd Neal, Senior Staff Writer | MedPage Today
    What's the biggest barrier to practicing medicine today? That's just the first of 10 questions the MedPage Today staff is asking leading clinicians and researchers to get their personal views on their chosen profession. In this series we share their uncensored responses. Here, answers from Steven Nissen, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic.

  • Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013
    By Stephen B. Kemble, M.D. | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
    I attended the recent Hawaii 2013 Healthcare Summit, on how Hawaii is implementing the Affordable Care Act and transforming health care. The keynote address by Dr. Abraham Verghese was inspiring — all about the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship and how health care should be focused on the living patient, not the “iPatient” in the computer.

  • Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013
    By Pamela Peters, MS1 | Pritzker News, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
    Six students from Pritzker explored the option of single-payer health care reform by attending the annual meeting for the advocacy group Physicians for a National Program (PNHP) on November 2, 2013 in Boston.

  • Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013
    By Evan Soltas | Bloomberg
    For an industry that's supposed to be burdened by the launch of Obamacare, the health-care business is doing pretty well. Stocks of health-care companies are up almost 40 percent this year, the strongest performance of any sector in the S&P 500.

  • Posted on Monday, December 2, 2013
    By RoseAnn DeMoro | The Guardian (U.K.)
    There's no reason to rollback the progress the ACA has made. But we should go all the way and dump the for-profit system

  • Posted on Wednesday, November 27, 2013
    By Nancy Folbre | The New York Times
    A single-payer insurance system, whether based on an extension of Medicare or on the Canadian model, promises many profoundly important benefits. Right off the mark, it promises simplicity.

  • Posted on Friday, November 22, 2013
    By Jeffrey Young | Huffington Post
    The botched implementation of Obamacare has created a bittersweet moment for advocates of a universal, single-payer health care system: They saw this coming, but they can't gloat about it.

  • Posted on Friday, November 22, 2013
    By the Editorial Board | San Francisco Bay Guardian
    We're sorry to see all the problems surrounding President Obama's Affordable Care Act, which has made some important improvements to the country's healthcare system, such as helping those with preexisting conditions get coverage and preventing those who do have coverage from being arbitrarily dropped. Given a break from being exploited by the insurance industry, there's no way this country's citizens will want to go back to how things were.

  • Posted on Friday, November 22, 2013
    By Ralph Nader | The Nader Page
    Costly complexity is baked into Obamacare. No health insurance system is without problems but Canadian style single-payer full Medicare for all is simple, affordable, comprehensive and universal.

  • Posted on Thursday, November 21, 2013
    By Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., and David Himmelstein, M.D.
    Virtually all single-payer supporters aspire to a nationwide reform. Absent a national solution, many regions with the gravest problems in access to care will lag further and further behind. Living in New York or Massachusetts doesn’t lessen our sense of responsibility for millions in the Deep South and other “red state” areas for whom national legislation is the only realistic option for health care progress.

  • Posted on Monday, November 18, 2013
    Truthout
    Here are three items of special interest to single-payer supporters who were involved with, or followed, the Occupy Wall Street movement.

  • Posted on Monday, November 18, 2013
    By Miranda Rosenberg | The Hartford Courant
    While most Americans have been focusing on the recent problems surrounding the rollout of the new healthcare.gov website, another health insurance story has been largely overlooked. Last month, just as Medicare's open enrollment period was set to begin, UnitedHealthcare dropped thousands of physicians nation-wide, including thousands in Connecticut, from its Medicare Advantage programs without an explanation.

  • Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013
    By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
    Serious problems with the websites created by the Affordable Care Act continue, and probably will for a long time. Although frantic efforts at incrementally improving them are being made by the Obama administration, and some sites are working better than others, they are a long way from working well.

  • Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013
    By Caroline Poplin, M.D. | Newsday
    The Obama administration has once again snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. After successfully holding off Republican efforts to destroy Obamacare by shutting down the government and threatening default, the administration badly bungled the rollout of the crown jewel of health reform: the insurance exchanges.

  • Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013
    By John Nichols | The Nation
    Gene Farley and I shared a deep affection for Tommy Douglas, the Baptist preacher-turned-statesman who as the leader of Saskatchewan’s Cooperative Commonwealth Federation established the framework for what would become Canada’s single-payer national health care system.

  • Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013
    By Donald Broder, M.D. | The New York Times
    Nicholas D. Kristof points out that without universal health care, many of us die prematurely. But before we solve this terrible problem, we have to grapple with our confusion and ambivalence as to what, if any, responsibilities we have for one another.

  • Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013
    By Stacey Singer | Palm Beach Post
    As consumers begin to comparison shop “Obamacare” health plans, a new problem has emerged: The cheapest plans may have such limited provider panels that the nearest in-network hospital could be about 30 miles away for people living in northern and western Palm Beach County.

  • Posted on Friday, November 1, 2013
    By David Sirota | Salon
    Whenever scandal arises in Washington, D.C., the fight between the two parties typically ends up being a competition to identify a concise message in the chaos — or, as scientists might say, a signal in all the noise. This week confirms that truism, as glitches plagued the new Obamacare website and as insurance companies canceled policies for many customers on the individual market.

  • Posted on Friday, November 1, 2013
    By Ralph Nader | The Nader Page
    With the Tea Partiers relentless attacks on each of the troubles besetting Obamacare since its complicated, computer glitch-ridden startup on October 1, 2013, the compelling question is: Why aren’t the Congressional sponsors of H.R. 676 – full Medicare for all with free choice of physician and hospital – speaking out as strongly on behalf of this far superior universal health care coverage?

  • Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013
    By Margaret Flowers, M.D. | Talk Nation Radio
    The following is an unofficial transcript of an interview given by Dr. Margaret Flowers to David Swanson of Talk Nation Radio on the Pacifica Network on Oct. 30. An audio version is also available.

  • Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013
    By Margaret Flowers, M.D. | The Indypendent (New York City)
    The battle lines have been drawn and the Inside-the-Beltway media circus is underway.

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013
    By Michael Lind | Salon
    If Obamacare — built on means-testing, privatizing and decentralization to the states — is treated by progressives as the greatest liberal public policy success in the last half-century, then how will progressives be able to argue against proposals by conservative Republicans and center-right neoliberal Democrats to means-test, privatize and decentralize Social Security and Medicare in the years ahead?

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013
    By Leigh Dolin, M.D. | The Lund Report (Portland, Ore.)
    If competition is so wonderful, why don’t we have competing police departments, fire departments and armed services? Clearly, the business model -- competition and making a profit -- is not always appropriate.