Articles of Interest Archives

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

  • Posted on Wednesday, September 4, 2013
    By Marc Landry | News and Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)
    With the imminent rollout of open enrollment under Obamacare, we are all going to read and hear a great deal about health care and health insurance in the weeks and months to come.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013
    By Steve Early | The Huffington Post
    Like many labor negotiators, I looked to health care reform for legislative relief from endless haggling with management over employee benefit costs. My own union and others worked hard for passage of President Obama's Affordable Care Act (ACA) three years ago. Despite its failure to take health insurance issues off the bargaining table, as a more preferable Medicare-for-All system would do, Obamacare was widely cheered by labor.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2013
    By Caroline Poplin, M.D. | McClatchy-Tribune News Service
    Any program as large and complex as Obamacare (not to mention one facing such entrenched opposition) is going to encounter some turbulence on its shakedown cruise. But the recent glitches are as important for what they tell us about reform, as for what they do.

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 27, 2013
    By Tricia Romano | The Daily Beast
    When Breaking Bad first aired on AMC in January 2008, the country wasn’t yet in a recession and Obamacare wasn’t a word, but the health-care debate was front and center.

  • Posted on Monday, August 26, 2013
    By Jay Hancock and Julie Appleby | Kaiser Health News
    Consumer Reports calls it “junk health insurance.” A California regulator described them as “skeleton policies.” To an expert from the American Cancer Society, they “are a perfect example of why health care reform is so crucial.”

  • Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013
    By Deborah Burger, R.N. | CommonDreams
    Let’s talk about healthcare. I don’t mean debating the Affordable Care Act. I mean healthcare, as in: If everyone needs healthcare, guarantee that everybody gets it.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013
    By Victoria Powell, MS3 | Short White Coat, Inc., blog
    The Surgery Center of Oklahoma has been in the spotlight recently because of its decision to post all of its prices for its procedures online. This has been heralded as increasing transparency in healthcare costs and implicitly demonizes other hospitals in the area that haven’t followed suit, like traditional academic centers.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013
    By Jack Bernard | The Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader
    While hospitals in Missouri are having their reimbursement cut under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), “red’’ leaning states are still trying to figure out whether or not to fully implement the law.

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013
    By Jack Bernard | The Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ)
    As stated in various newspaper articles, there is a national concern with hospital billings. Specifically, charges vary tremendously from facility to facility for the same services and procedures, as shown by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services data that was released in May 2013.

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013
    By Jonathon Ross, M.D. | Canadian Healthcare Network
    Many American physicians, myself included, support single-payer national health insurance, with global budgets for hospital care. A single, publicly accountable payer, coupled with global hospital budgets, are tools needed to assure cost control in health care systems.

  • Posted on Monday, August 19, 2013
    By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
    For the next few months we’ll be bombarded by messages from the Obama administration urging people, especially young, healthy people, to sign up for insurance provided under the Affordable Care Act. Without them, premiums for that insurance will soon climb to unaffordable levels.

  • Posted on Monday, August 19, 2013
    By Adam Gaffney | Salon
    What would a gold-plated Cadillac health care plan look like to you? By the sound of it, you might think it’d cover such superfluities as annual trips to Swiss medical spas, cosmetic surgery on demand and weekly thermal seaweed wraps.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013
    By John McDonough | Boston Globe
    Fine story in today's Globe by Liz Kowalczyk on the new state health data report showing, once again, the dominant economic power of Partners Healthcare in our health market. One beef -- if you read you the story, you would have assumed that the annual report from the State's Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) was all about Partners. There is much more -- go see for yourself. and congrats to CHIA for an excellent report.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2013
    By Lynn Moses Yellott | The Journal (Martinsburg, W.Va.)
    My husband, family physician Dr. Chess Yellott, and I celebrated Medicare's 48th birthday on Capitol Hill, attending a congressional briefing by Dr. Gerald Friedman, University of Massachusetts professor of economics. Friedman showed how the U.S. could save enough -- $592 billion in the first year alone -- to provide health care for all and eliminate premiums, co-pays, and deductibles by expanding Medicare to everyone. Financing would be entirely tax-based, and 95 percent of us would pay lower taxes for our health care than we now pay in premiums and out of pocket expenses.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2013
    By Dan Carpenter | Indianapolis Star
    Republicans and their media allies may be feeling heightened urgency as they saddle up Obama-Scare for 2014, according to a guy who has his own reasons for dissatisfaction with the Affordable Care Act.

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013
    By Julie Pease, M.D. | Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine)
    In recent months, the people of Maine have witnessed activity by many different players in the health care system as Maine moves to implement the Affordable Care Act.

  • Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013
    By Joshua Freeman, M.D. | Medicine and Social Justice blog
    The New York Times has been running a series of articles on the cost of health care, which presumably have engendered anger and frustration in many, if not most, readers.

  • Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013
    By Ethan Parke | Solutions
    In 1998, Dr. Deb Richter began, almost single handedly, to revive the dream of universal health care in the United States — open to all and paid for by the government. A primary care physician from Buffalo, New York, Richter had become outraged by the barriers to accessing quality health care in the city’s low-income communities.

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013
    By Dr. Judith Dasovich | Springfield (MO) News-Leader
    Employee-sponsored health insurance, or ESI, should be replaced with an affordable, efficient financing system.

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013
    By Adam Gaffney | Salon
    Until recently, the high-deductible health insurance plan – pay less up front, and more when you get sick – was something of a novelty product, marketed to the young and healthy. Now, however, high-deductibles are rapidly going mainstream – whether for young or old, professionals or poor alike.

  • Posted on Sunday, August 4, 2013
    By Kate Taylor | The New York Times
    Cities and towns across the country are pushing municipal unions to accept cheaper health benefits in anticipation of a component of the Affordable Care Act that will tax expensive plans starting in 2018.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013
    By Lara Seligman | The Hill
    Expanding the nation’s Medicare program to cover people of all ages would save the government billions of dollars, according to a new study released Wednesday.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2013
    By Public Citizen (news release)
    WASHINGTON – To mark the 48th anniversary of Medicare, congressional lawmakers and consumer advocates today called for Medicare to be expanded to provide health insurance to all Americans and highlighted a new study showing that a Medicare-for-all, or single-payer, system would save enough money to cover all of the 44 to 50 million uninsured Americans.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2013
    By Bob Herman | Becker's Hospital Review
    A new study shows that expanding Medicare to every American citizen would not only achieve universal coverage and trillions in savings, but it's also feasible to implement based on legislation that has already been proposed.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2013
    By Rep. John Conyers and Robert Weissman | The Huffington Post
    "We can say this of Medicare: By honoring the fundamental humanity, which is the spirit of democracy, it is a triumph of rightness in America."

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013
    By Andrew Stein |
    Gov. Peter Shumlin put Vermont on a path to creating the nation’s first single payer health care system when he signed Act 48 in 2011. But since then, his administration has made little progress up that mountain, drawing questions and accusations from the far political left and right about the governor’s sincerity.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013
    By Rob Stone, M.D. | The Herald-Times (Bloomington, Ind.)
    Who is the most popular health insurer in America? Not Anthem Blue Cross. It’s Medicare. And what insurer is the most efficient? Medicare again, operating at only 1.4 percent overhead, while the private insurers strain to meet the Affordable Care Act maximum overhead of 20 percent.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013
    By Rep. John Conyers Jr. | The Hill
    As I reflect on my 48 years in Congress, at the positive policies created and those that have had not so positive effects, the enactment of Medicare is a bold highlight.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013
    By Jessica Schorr Saxe, M.D. | The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer
    Just after her 65th birthday, a patient limped into my office and apologized for not having shown up in months. She had not been able to afford a visit. Now on Medicare, she was able to address her medical problems.

  • Posted on Saturday, July 27, 2013
    By Arnold Relman | New York Review of Books
    The US health care system urgently needs fixing. It is much too expensive and inefficient, and leaves too many people with no care or inadequate care.

  • Posted on Friday, July 26, 2013
    By Elizabeth R. Rosenthal, M.D. | The Journal News (Westchester, N.Y.)
    The 48th birthday of Medicare on Tuesday reminds us that the birth of the Affordable Care Act has not and will not fix our broken health-care system.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013
    By Christopher Stack, M.D. | Indianapolis Star
    The basic principles of the free market (transparency, price competition, open access, informed consumers, etc.) do not and cannot exist in health care. Every other industrialized nation has already figured that out.

  • Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013
    By Kay Tillow | Single Payer News
    The Executive Board of the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, unanimously approved a resolution supporting H.R. 676, national single-payer health care legislation, sponsored by Congressman John Conyers Jr., D-Mich.

  • Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013
    By Robert Kuttner | The Boston Globe
    The cost of Medicare, the top driver of runaway entitlement outlays, seems to be stabilizing at last. For the past three years, Medicare inflation has moderated to an annual average of 3.9 percent. But if you look more deeply, a lot of these supposed savings are actually a shift in costs to patients.

  • Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013
    By Rich Smith | The Motley Fool
    But could it be that the ACA isn't really needed at all? Could an alternative idea -- "Medicare for all" -- actually do a better job of controlling medical costs, and making health care affordable for Americans?

  • Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013
    By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
    Earlier this month, the Obama administration announced a delay in the requirement that many employers offer health insurance to their employees or pay a hefty fine, a key part of Obamacare, the federal health care reform legislation. This was greeted (with glee) by many who oppose the law as a sign that it is beginning to unravel.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Having suffered an earlier rejection by the leadership of TIAA-CREF of a shareholders resolution calling on the huge, nonprofit investment company to divest its funds from private health insurance firms because of the latter’s “unethical behavior,” a spokesperson for the divestment group took the microphone at the organization’s annual meeting Tuesday and urged just such a course of action.

  • Posted on Monday, July 15, 2013
    By Laurence S. Jacobs, M.D. | Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, N.Y.)
    On July 30, Medicare will be 48 years old. It covers over 50 million Americans — those over 65 and the disabled.

  • Posted on Monday, July 15, 2013
    By Richard Propp, M.D. | Times Union (Albany, N.Y.)
    At this time of year I usually start thinking about the passage of Medicare in July of 1965. How in the world did President Johnson decide to take on Congress to approve such a huge program for seniors? To sum it up, it was just the right thing to do. Why?

  • Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013
    By Toni Vafi | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    As promises of the Affordable Care Act continue to wither, the delay of the employer mandate is cause for more disappointment.

  • Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013
    By Healthcare-NOW's national staff | Healthcare-NOW
    This year, some of our movement's most inspirational organizing has focused on state-level single-payer healthcare legislation. Consequently, our ally Public Citizen released a report today titled "A Road Map to 'Single Payer': How States Can Escape the Clutches of the Private Health Insurance System."

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2013
    By Laura S. Boylan, M.D. | The New York Times
    As medical “cost sharing” (read: “cost shifting”) grows, hidden costs will be revealed, and outrage, already simmering, can be counted on coming to a boil. We need to stop pretending that the rules of the market will provide us with high-quality, high-value health care and join the rest of the developed world with universal health insurance.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2013
    By Diana Wagman | Los Angeles Times
    I was excited when the Affordable Care Act was introduced. I thought it was about time everybody in this country had insurance. I believed it was ridiculous that we're the only wealthy, Western nation without universal care. But the Affordable Care Act is not universal care.

  • Posted on Monday, July 8, 2013
    By Johnathon Ross, M.D. | The Blade (Toledo, Ohio)
    Medicare's costs will jump by $7.43 billion next year because of an unprecedented decision by the federal government to change payment rates for private, for-profit Medicare Advantage plans.

  • Posted on Monday, July 8, 2013
    By Andrew D. Coates, M.D., F.A.C.P.
    The 10-minute YouTube video found after the jump shows Dr. Andrew Coates of upstate New York, president of Physicians for a National Health Program, speaking at a program organized by Maryland's Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign in Columbia, Md., on June 27.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013
    By Reid Pillfant | Capital New York
    "Well as I understand his proposal, it's not what I would call a single-payer proposal, but it has some useful elements," said David Himmelstein, a professor of public health at Hunter College, and a co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013
    By Kay Tillow | Single Payer News
    Rian Van Leuven, president of the Idaho State AFL-CIO, announced that on June 12, 2013, the delegates to the 55th Annual Idaho State AFL-CIO Convention passed a resolution to publicly endorse and support H.R. 676, single-payer health care.

  • Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013
    By Stacey Butterfield | ACP Internist
    In an era when even small changes to the health care system are highly controversial, leading a campaign for a single-payer system might seem like a daunting task to some. But Andrew D. Coates, MD, FACP, the new president of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), has already tackled unusual challenges in his career.

  • Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013
    By Sarah Kliff | Washington Post
    We spend a decent amount of time talking about the Canadian health care system in our health care debate. Today being Canada Day (yes, really), it feels like a good time to brush up on how our northern neighbors actually deliver health care and how well it works. Without further ado, a completely painless guide to the Canadian health care system.

  • Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013
    By Andrew D. Coates, M.D., F.A.C.P. | WAMC Northeast Public Radio
    It is common for people to assume that President Obama’s Affordable Care Act will lead to universal coverage; after all, that was its stated aim.

  • Posted on Monday, June 24, 2013
    By Jack Bernard | The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle
    My party, the Republican Party, has staked out amazingly naïve positions on two of the key domestic issues facing us: immigration and health reform. These issues are intertwined.

  • Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013
    By Dan Gorenstein | Marketplace, American Public Media
    Sunday marks 100 days until millions of Americans can start signing up for subsidized health insurance for the first time in their lives. Dr. Steffie Woolhandler explains who will be out of luck.

  • Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013
    By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor Daily News
    I’ve been watching with some dismay the wrestling match going on between the governor and the Maine Legislature over the opportunity offered by the federal Affordable Care Act to expand our MaineCare program.

  • Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013
    By David Callahan | Demos
    One of the most pernicious myths of the past half century is that guaranteeing health care for all Americans would strike a mortal blow against this country's system of free enterprise.

  • Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013
    By Margaret Flowers, M.D. | Al-Jazeera
    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a deal that is being secretly negotiated by the White House, with the help of more than 600 corporate advisers and Pacific Rim nations, including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

  • Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013
    By Steffie Woolhandler, M.D. | The Wall Street Journal
    Paying doctors for better care — not just more of it — seems like a no-brainer. Yet rigorous studies of pay-for-performance bonuses have found no health benefits and some unintended harms.

  • Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013
    By A.W. Gaffney | In These Times
    During the second presidential debate of 2008, Tom Brokaw asked Barack Obama and John McCain: “Is health care in America a privilege, a right or a responsibility?”

  • Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013
    By Christopher Stack, M.D. | Orthopedics Today
    In his commentary in the April issue of Orthopedics Today, Dr. Jackson makes several valid points. He correctly cites the many confusing facets of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), certainly a wishful title given that there is little in the bill that will control costs. In the long run, the legislation will not be affordable for the nation, and the people will be the ultimate payers.

  • Posted on Friday, June 14, 2013
    By Carole Carson | The Union (Nevada City, Calif.)
    Does competition to provide insurance for Medicare recipients reduce costs? Or does competition simply increase the tab picked up by taxpayers?

  • Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2013
    By Karen Higgins, R.N. | Common Dreams
    With the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act near, it's time to ask if the decision to put the burden of cutting costs on patients, not corporate healthcare profiteering, is the fatal flaw in the plan.

  • Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013
    By Kay Tillow | Single Payer News
    Four central labor councils have passed an identical resolution calling upon the September AFL-CIO convention to organize an offensive campaign for expanding Social Security financing and passing improved “Medicare For All” legislation.

  • Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2013
    By Jack Bernard | Charlotte (N.C.) Observer
    After spending 25 years in the health care field, most of it related to making hospitals more efficient and effective, I have become skeptical of many of Washington’s reform efforts, especially by my party, the GOP.

  • Posted on Friday, June 7, 2013
    By Sarah Kliff | Washington Post
    When we talk about the Affordable Care Act, we mostly focus on the millions of Americans who will gain health insurance coverage. We talk less about the millions who will remain uninsured.

  • Posted on Friday, June 7, 2013
    By Steffie Woolhander and David U. Himmelstein | Roll Call
    Immigrants don’t just pick our fruit, deliver our take-out food and design our computers — they pay for our medical care.

  • Posted on Friday, June 7, 2013
    By Ida Hellander | Health Affairs blog
    Dana Goldman and Adam Leive’s effort to discredit the single payer, Medicare-for-All model of financing health care — or as they put it, make “any conclusion decidedly more nuanced” — is sorely lacking in nuance, defined by Merriam-Webster as “made or done with extreme care or accuracy.”

  • Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2013
    By Stephanie Carroll Carson | Public News Service - Colorado
    DENVER -- Efforts toward universal health care in Colorado were highlighted over the weekend at an event in Denver, part of a push to establish a constitutional right to health care in the state.

  • Posted on Monday, June 3, 2013
    By Pamella S. Gronemeyer, M.D. | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    The story of Patriot Coal and its pending bankruptcy hearing is not new but represents another effort of a corporation to both destroy a union and to deprive the laborers of their earned health and pension benefits.

  • Posted on Monday, June 3, 2013
    By David U. Himmelstein, M.D., and Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H. | Communities & Banking
    Millions of Americans are deep in medical debt. Unfortunately, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will throw a lifeline to very few. According to the Congressional Budget Office, even after health reform is fully implemented in 2014, 30 million to 36 million people will remain uninsured.

  • Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013
    By David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler | The New York Times
    Gordon Schiff, an expert on medical quality, frequently admonishes: “Avoid workarounds.” It’s better to fix system defects than to force doctors and nurses to squander time and creativity (and to court disaster) by sidestepping problems like broken equipment, missing charts or computer bugs.

  • Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013
    By Noam N. Levey | Los Angeles Times
    WASHINGTON — Immigrants in the United States both legally and illegally are helping sustain Medicare, contributing about $14 billion more a year to the federal health program for the elderly than they use in medical services, a new study indicates.

  • Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013
    By Kelly Kennedy | USA Today
    WASHINGTON — Immigrants contributed about $115 billion more from their paychecks to the Medicare Trust Fund than they took out over a seven-year period in the last decade, according to researchers at Harvard Medical School.

  • Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013
    By Sabrina Tavernise | The New York Times
    Immigrants have contributed billions of dollars more to Medicare in recent years than the program has paid out on their behalf, according to a new study, a pattern that goes against the notion that immigrants are a drain on federal health care spending.

  • Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2013
    By Leah Zallman and Danny McCormick | Health Affairs blog
    Politicians on Capitol Hill are currently engaged in policy disputes about two thorny issues that many see as closely linked: immigration reform and controlling runaway health care costs.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2013
    By Kay Tillow | Single Payer News
    “On Saturday, May 4, the New Hampshire AFL-CIO unanimously passed a resolution supporting H.R. 676 and the adoption of a national single-payer health care system that covers all Americans for all necessary medical care including prescription drugs and dental,” reports President Mark MacKenzie.

  • Posted on Friday, May 24, 2013
    By Pippa Abston, M.D. | Pippa Abston’s blog
    Well. From the beginning, I have been telling you all that the so called “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” is neither protective nor affordable to patients.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2013
    By Kay Tillow | Firedoglake
    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010, also known as Obamacare, presents challenges to the multiemployer plans through which some unions bargain collectively to provide health care insurance for their members. These plans, often called Taft-Hartley plans, currently cover about 26 million workers, families, and retirees. Unless there is a major regulatory change made by Health and Human Services, these union negotiated plans will be struck a harsh blow once the exchanges go into effect in 2014.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2013
    By John Wasik | Medicare NewsGroup
    The debate on whether Medicare Advantage (MA) is reducing health care costs is intensifying.

  • Posted on Friday, May 17, 2013
    By Chuck Thompson |
    Nearly two years ago, I turned 65 and signed up for Medicare. I was actually dreading this move as one often fears change, particularly when it relates to health care plans. For nearly 16 years, my wife and I operated our own consulting company and paid in excess of $14,000 a year in health care premiums.

  • Posted on Friday, May 17, 2013
    By Dr. Philip Caper | Bangor Daily News
    You know another storm is brewing when Washington politicians start looking for somebody else to blame for problems they themselves created.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2013
    By J. Wesley Boyd, M.D., Ph.D. | Psychology Today
    My colleagues and I recently tabulated how long psychiatric patients who were deemed in need of inpatient admission -- overwhelmingly because of suicidal thoughts or plans -- stayed in the emergency department prior to being hospitalized, as well as the amount of time that the emergency department psychiatrists spent obtaining authorization from the patient’s insurer.

  • Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013
    By Andrew D. Coates, M.D., F.A.C.P. | WAMC Northeast Public Radio
    In two recent essays Dr. Arthur Kleinman, the eminent Harvard anthropologist and psychiatrist, writes in the world's leading medical journals about caregiving as a moral experience.

  • Posted on Friday, May 10, 2013
    By Marc H. Lavietes, M.D. | The New York Times
    Ross Douthat’s statement that liberals “remain wedded to the dream of a health care bureaucracy that pays” is disingenuous. Obamacare will provide greater access to health care but will neither diminish health care costs nor provide universal care. Progressive physicians favor a single-payer health plan serving as an insurance fund, leaving physicians free to organize their own practices and patients free to choose their physicians.

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2013
    PNHP note: The following text consists of two parts: (1) a news release from the Society of General Internal Medicine, and (2) the remarks of Dr. Oliver Fein, past president of Physicians for a National Health Program, upon receiving the award.

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2013
    By Gerald Friedman | All Unions Committee for Single Payer Health Care--HR 676
    America’s health care system is collapsing, and we can blame the economics profession.

  • Posted on Monday, May 6, 2013
    By Donna Smith | CommonDreams
    In recent days, many of us have read and tried to follow the reports that Congressional offices are engaged in discussions about how to make sure their health insurance coverage available under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) remains affordable for Congresspersons and their staff members. If you’d like to read more about the hullabaloo, this piece from the Washington Post probably explains it as clearly as any.

  • Posted on Friday, May 3, 2013
    By Andrew D. Coates, M.D., F.A.C.P. | WAMC Northeast Public Radio
    Last week I had the privilege to visit West Virginia. I’ve been there before. My first impressions, made years ago, returned. If our everyday consciousness results from our everyday experience, it must be intense to live in West Virginia. There the phrase “king coal” leapt to mind at every turn.

  • Posted on Friday, May 3, 2013
    By Leonard A. Zwelling, M.D. | The Wall Street Journal
    There could be no better argument for some sort of universal health-care system than Dr. Kessler’s op-ed ("The coming Obamacare shock," April 30). The current system of health-care delivery, even if or after ObamaCare is fully implemented, denies access to millions, remains highly variable in quality and still costs too much because it is driven by the vast profits of mostly nonproviders within the health-care industrial complex.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013
    Mississippi Public Broadcasting Radio
    PNHP note: The following is an unofficial transcript of an interview that took place in the studios of Mississippi Public Broadcasting in Jackson, Miss., on April 19.

  • Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013
    By Sarah Kliff | Washington Post
    There’s pretty widespread agreement, on both sides of the aisle, that the health-care law will expand insurance coverage. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that 30 million more Americans will have health insurance by the end of a decade.

  • Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013
    By Andrew D. Coates, M.D. | WAMC Northeast Public Radio
    Many years back during my residency training, on my first overnight as the senior admitting resident, I got a call from an emergency physician at a tiny rural hospital. Her patient had pulmonary emboli -- blood clots to arteries of the lungs. She proposed to transfer the patient to our hospital, where closer monitoring would be available.

  • Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013
    By Lori Kersey | The Charleston Gazette
    DAWES, W.Va. -- The Affordable Care Act is an experiment that will fail, the head of an organization that advocates for a single-payer health system argued Thursday.

  • Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013
    By the Editorial Board. | The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette
    If you think health care should be available to all Americans as a human right, you may be interested in a free public forum tonight at the University of Charleston.

  • Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013
    By David May, M.D. | American College of Cardiology Touch Blog
    I am a Republican. For those who know me that is not a surprise. I live in a red state. I have never voted for a Democratic presidential candidate. I can field strip, clean and reassemble a Remington 12-gauge pump blindfolded. And on top of it, I think we should talk about having a single payer national health care plan. The reason is quite simple. In my view, we already have one; we just don’t take advantage of it.

  • Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2013
    By James Binder, M.D. | The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette
    Every human being has a right to competent health care. Claiming health care to be a basic human right is a principle derived from 2,000 years of Judeo-Christian tradition (as well as core values of all major world religions).

  • Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2013
    By Jere Downs | USA Today
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A New York-based nonprofit says it has bought up more than $1 million in medical debts owed by more than 1,000 people in the Louisville area, as part of a protest of the credit industry.

  • Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2013
    By HealthDay News | U.S. News and World Report
    U.S. psychiatrists spend a total of 1 million hours on the phone each year getting insurance companies to approve hospitalization for patients with severe mental illnesses, a new study reports.

  • Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2013
    By Mary MacVean | Los Angeles Times
    Psychiatrists spent an estimated 1 million hours on the phone getting insurance authorizations to admit people to hospitals – time the lead author of a study on the matter says could be better spent helping patients.

  • Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2013
    The Wall Street Journal
    Long waits for insurance authorization allowing psychiatric patients to be admitted to the hospital from the emergency department waste thousands of hours of physician time, given that most requests for authorization are ultimately granted. A letter to be published in the May issue of Annals of Emergency Medicine argues that pre-authorization process is akin to health care "rationing by hassle factor" ("Insurance Prior Authorization Approval Does Not Substantially Lengthen the Emergency Department Length of Stay for Patients with Psychiatric Conditions").

  • Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2013
    By Amanda Woerner | Fox News
    One million hours: That’s how long psychiatrists across the country spend each year, waiting to get approval from insurance companies before they’re able to hospitalize suicidal or mentally ill patients from the emergency room, according to estimates from a new study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

  • Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2013
    Psychiatric Annals
    Approximately 1.6 million psychiatric patients with private insurance are admitted to the ED every year in the United States, which means that about 1 million hours are spent seeking authorization on their behalf.