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

  • Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2011
    Leonard Rodberg, PhD

  • Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2011
    By Kyle Cheney | Boston Herald
    A senior Patrick administration health care official said Friday that a single payer system may work more effectively and efficiently than Massachusetts’s existing insurance market, a high-profile endorsement that raised eyebrows at a legislative hearing.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2011
    Pharmaceutical companies continue to claim that high research and development (R&D) costs make it necessary for them to charge high prices and retain long ownership of patents to recoup costs. But a new study co-authored by UVic health economist Rebecca Warburton and Donald W. Light of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey demonstrates that high R&D estimates have been constructed by industry-supported economists to support the companies’ claims.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2011
    The Presbytery of Mid-Kentucky respectfully overtures the 220th General Assembly (2012) to instruct Mission Responsibility Through Investment (MRTI) to report to the General Assembly Mission Council on the corporate practices of Cigna, Aetna, Humana, WellPoint, United Health Care health insurance companies – in particular as such practices compare with and relate to previous General Assembly actions relative to health care. The General Assembly Mission Council is authorized and encouraged to act on this information, and, as it deems appropriate, implement divestment procedures as well as encourage individual Presbyterians and congregations to divest of holdings in the said companies; and, in view of the urgency of the ongoing health care crisis, to take action within six months of the adoption of this recommendation; and to report to the 221st General Assembly (2014) on divestment actions.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2011
    By Peter Hirschfeld | Times Argus (Barre-Montpelier, Vt.)
    Three weeks after unveiling a draft version of his single-payer health care proposal, Harvard economist William Hsiao returned to the Legislature Friday to submit a final copy that reaches exactly the same conclusion.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2011
    By Anne Galloway | Vtdigger.com
    Harvard economist William Hsiao told lawmakers a month ago that if they adopted a single payer style health care plan, Vermonters could save $500 million in the first year of implementation.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2011
    By Nancy Remsen | The Burlington Free Press
    The consultants who urged Vermont to move to a single-payer health-care system received 170 comments — complimenting, questioning and criticizing their draft report — but nothing persuaded the researchers to revise their basic recommendation, they told lawmakers Friday.

  • Posted on Friday, February 18, 2011
    Randy E. Barnett | Letter to the Editor | The New York Times
    Congress has many constitutional ways to address the market distortions that are inflating the costs of both health care and health insurance. And, although I would oppose such a program, existing doctrine would allow Congress to impose a “single payer” tax-and-spending scheme like Medicare on everyone.

  • Posted on Friday, February 18, 2011
    Pippa C. Abston, MD, PhD | Letters to the editor | Huntsville Times
    Reducing Medicaid funding would put every pregnant woman and newborn in our state at risk. It doesn't matter how much money you can pay your doctor if that doctor is not around. The same thing could happen to children now able to get care from excellent pediatric subspecialists. Pediatric surgeons, cardiologists, cancer specialists and others rely on 40 percent or more of their income being paid by Medicaid. Without that money, they may not be able to continue caring for children with private insurance either.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011
    By James Clark | Health News Florida
    As a former state director of social services (South Carolina), health policy chief in Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration, and assistant Secretary for programs in the Department of Children and Families, I find the current debate on health care reform has failed to fully inform the general public. The discussions have mentioned the “elephant in the room”: the cost of the current delivery system, and then have gone downhill.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011
    From the Office of Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.-I) Section 1332 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – the “Waiver for State Innovation” – allows states to waiver out of some of the requirement of federal health reform if they meet certain standards. The provision in the new law was authored by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and strongly supported by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.).

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2011
    By Jessica Zigmond | ModernHealthcare
    As federal lawmakers continue to debate the constitutionality, financing and implementation of the healthcare reform law, one House Democrat has introduced legislation calling for a universal health insurance program with single-payer financing.

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2011
    The Huffington Post
    Justin Bieber has taken the United States by storm, but if he gets sick, he may find himself retreating back to Canada -- and not just for the home-cooked meals.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2011
    Commentary from Dr. Ida Hellander, Drs. David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler, and Vermont Health Care for All members Dr. Deb Richter, Ethan Parke, Marilyn Mode, Ellen Oxfeld and Marjorie Power

  • Posted on Monday, February 14, 2011
    By Elaine Hou | Taiwan Today
    Debate has raged for almost a decade over the design of Taiwan’s second-generation National Health Insurance System. The seemingly endless rounds of consultations and negotiations pushed the patience of private and public sector participants to the limit, but their efforts paid handsome dividends Jan. 4 after amendments to the NHI Act passed muster in the Legislature.

  • Posted on Monday, February 14, 2011
    By Wendell Potter | The Huffington Post
    The media had lots of health care news to obsess about last week. A federal judge ruled the health care reform law unconstitutional, and Senate Republicans tried in vain to repeal the law. But most of the press paid virtually no attention to a potentially much more important development -- a multi-pronged effort by five major insurers to strip from the law key regulations and consumer protections that aren't to their liking.

  • Posted on Friday, February 11, 2011
    By James Fieseher, M.D. | Portsmouth (N.H.) Herald
    One of the major reasons that America is the only industrialized nation with a privatized for-profit health-care system is the fact that most Americans don't understand how it works. Most of us believe it's too complicated and doesn't seem to make sense, even though it's the only health care that we have ever known. Perhaps the best way to understand how private (non-government) health care works is to apply the concept to a government run service.

  • Posted on Friday, February 11, 2011
    By Susan Dugan | Washington Park (Colo.) Profile
    Health care activist Roya Brown views health care as a basic human right. Drawn first to Health Care for All Colorado, Brown recently founded Young HCAC, whose mission is to “get young people involved in educating, mobilizing and agitating ... to get mad about what is going on.”

  • Posted on Friday, February 11, 2011
    By Ezra Klein | The Washington Post
    Peter Shumlin, the newly elected governor of Vermont, has a plan for health-care reform: Rather than repeal it, he wants to supercharge it. His state will set up an exchange, and then, as soon as possible, apply for a waiver that allows it to turn the program into a single-payer system. I spoke with Shumlin this morning, and a lightly edited transcript of our conversation follows.

  • Posted on Friday, February 11, 2011
    By Josh Hoxie | The Defender
    With the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act last spring, those of us graduating in May won’t have to include losing health insurance on our long list of life-altering changes.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 10, 2011
    Wendell Potter is the former head of public relations for insurance giant Cigna. In 2009, he became a whistleblower, describing with an insider's knowledge the behavior of the health insurance industry. His book Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans documents those revelations. Potter spoke to Helen Redmond during a Chicago stop on his national book tour in January.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 10, 2011
    Eleven faith-based organizations have passed resolutions in support of HR 676/Medicare for All so far.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 10, 2011
    By Nancy Remsen | Burlington (Vt.) Free Press
    The woman who Gov. Peter Shumlin hired to guide his health reform effort presented lawmakers Tuesday with the administration’s roadmap — an 80-page bill — leading to a consolidated, publicly financed system that would provide medical coverage to all Vermonters.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 10, 2011
    By Business insider, Wall St. Cheat Sheet
    The business model of American health insurers is basically: try to get healthy customers as clients, and then resist as long as possible when it comes to paying out claims. That’s actually not an indictment or a criticism. It’s just the way our system works, and it’s screwed up. Whatever you feel about Obamacare, you probably think our current system needs reform in some sense. Below we present the posterboys of the problem. Top healthcare CEOs making millions, leading companies that deny you coverage.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 10, 2011
    By Margaret Flowers, MD | YES! Magazine
    Last month, fulfilling a campaign promise, Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to repeal “Obamacare.” The vote was primarily a symbolic gesture. House leadership knows repeal will not survive a vote in the Senate or a Presidential veto. But the Republican leadership is likely to attempt steps that would lead to a de facto repeal of the health law.

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 9, 2011
    By Aimee Miles | Kaiser Health News
    Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, who was elected last November after promising to reform health care in the state, unveiled a bill Tuesday that would abolish most forms of private health insurance and move state residents into a publicly funded insurance pool.

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 9, 2011
    By Claudia Fegan, M.D. | Hyde Park Herald (Chicago)
    Many residents of Hyde Park work for large employers, the University of Chicago being just one example among several. In the wake of the new health law, what benefit changes can workers at these large companies expect to see?

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011
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    By DR. RALPH S. BOVARD | Star Tribune
    As a physician, I agree that we must get health care costs down if we're going to achieve universal coverage, but I strongly disagree that the only way to do it is to ration. There is another viable and proven option: a single-payer or regulated multipayer health care system, such as exists in every nation in the Organization for Economic Co-operation & Development except the United States and Mexico.

  • Posted on Monday, February 7, 2011
    Charles Pack | Letter, The New York Times
    It is hard for me to understand why the governors, along with corporate chief executives, aren’t lobbying Congress and President Obama for single-payer health insurance. It would take the burden of providing health insurance off state and corporate budgets and provide the broadest and least expensive health care solution.

  • Posted on Monday, February 7, 2011
    By PHILIP CAPER, JOE LENDVAI and JULIE PEASE | The Portland (Maine) Press Herald
    There has been a great deal of discussion recently about health care reform in America and in Maine. Many Republicans want to repeal last year's federal health care reform law, and most Democrats want to implement and improve it. In the meantime, pending full implementation of the law in 2014, health care costs for individuals, employers and the government continue to soar, and the number of uninsured Americans (including Mainers) continues to grow.

  • Posted on Monday, February 7, 2011
    By Robert Reich | The Business Insider
    The Republican-led house vote to repeal the new health care law is purely symbolic. But there’s one provision of the law that Republicans are likely to try to defund, and they may have the public with them on this. It’s the so-called “individual mandate” – the requirement that everyone purchase health insurance, or pay a fine. According to a recent poll, 60 percent of the public opposes it. They just don’t like the idea of government telling them they have to buy something.

  • Posted on Monday, February 7, 2011
    By Deborah Richter | Burlington Free Press
    Praise has been heaped on the 120-some page report issued by the Harvard health economist, William Hsiao, and his working group. Words like historic, ground-breaking, and masterful are used, and since I entirely agree I will put them to use as well.

  • Posted on Monday, February 7, 2011
    By Matt Miller | The Washington Post
    "Good afternoon, I'm Brian Williams reporting from Washington, where it looks like October 26, 2017, will be a day that truly goes down in history. In a few moments, at a table not far from where I now stand, President Hillary Clinton will sign into law the universal health-care legislation - "Medicare for All," as she calls it - that completes a journey Mrs. Clinton began nearly 25 years ago. Back then, as first lady, her attempt to reform the health-care system proved a fiasco that cost Democrats their hold on power. Who would have thought then - or later, when President Barack Obama's big health reform was overturned by the Supreme Court in a controversial 5 to 4 ruling in 2012 - that today's bipartisan bill would be the result? For some perspective on the twists and turns of history, we're joined by NBC's David Gregory. David, health reform seemed dead in the water in 2012. How did we get from that Supreme Court ruling to today?"

  • Posted on Monday, February 7, 2011
    By Mike Hall | AFL-CIO Blog
    Yesterday, some 200 activists, led by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) rallied outside Blue Shield’s San Francisco corporate headquarters to protest the health insurance giant’s premium hikes of as much as 59 percent for California consumers.

  • Posted on Monday, February 7, 2011
    By Stephan Burklin | MaineWatchdog.org
    A resolve requiring the Legislature to update a single-payer feasibility study is headed for the Insurance and Financial Services Committee on Wednesday.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 3, 2011
    The following remarks were delivered by Dr. Claudia Fegan, past president of Physicians for a National Health Program, to the Louisville (Ky.) Urban League on Jan. 15. 2011

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 1, 2011
    By Greg Sargent | The Washington Post
    We will never know whether the founding generation would have agreed with this concept or not. They didn't agree on much even among themselves. But in Rothman's view, they are already on record supporting government run health care, financed by mandatory taxation. So there!

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 1, 2011
    By Richard Weiskopf, M.D. | Letters | The Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.)
    With all the discussion about health care reform, including Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle’s (R-N.Y.) advocating repeal, I would like to cite three points researched and published (but not publicized enough) by Physicians for a National Health Program, which continues to advocate for national single-payer reform, and of which I am a member.

  • Posted on Monday, January 31, 2011
    The following statement was prepared for the NY Metro chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program and Single Payer New York by Leonard Rodberg, Ph.D, research director of the NY Metro chapter of PNHP, in response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s call for “Redesigning the Medicaid Program.”

  • Posted on Monday, January 31, 2011
    California Nurses Association | Press Release
    Despite the passage of national health care reform and widespread uproar in California over insurance industry pricing practices and other abuses, California’s largest private insurance companies continue to deny more than one-fourth of all claims, according to new findings released today by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United.

  • Posted on Friday, January 28, 2011
    By Anne Galloway | VTDigger.com
    Physicians were in attendance at the Statehouse on Thursday. They came dressed in lab coats and scrubs, and stethoscopes dangling around their necks. The ailment they came to cure was the medical system itself: In a rare “house call” to the Capitol, they issued a prescription for Vermont’s byzantine system of insurance and government programs – they called for a single payer health care system.

  • Posted on Friday, January 28, 2011
    By Claudia Fegan, M.D. | The Hyde Park Herald (Chicago)
    Many of Hyde Park's small businesses are doing their budget and tax planning for the year ahead. For some, the issue of health care insurance looms large, either as a current expense or as something they'd like to begin offering their employees.

  • Posted on Friday, January 28, 2011
    Editorial | The Capital Times (Madison, Wis.)
    Americans are divided over the question of how best to reform a dysfunctional health care system. But the new Republican majority in the House entertains no doubt about what must be done: The for-profit insurance industry must be restored to its “proper” place as the decider of who gets care -- and how much they will have to pay.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2011
    AP/CNBC
    Donning lab coats, Vermont doctors are taking to the halls of the Statehouse to lend their backing to Gov. Peter Shumlin's push for a single-payer health care system.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2011
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  • Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2011
    By Wendell Potter | The Huffington Post
    If you want to know how things really get done in Washington — or don’t get done, depending on the desires of America’s corporate executives — all you have to do is read a couple of paragraphs in a Jan. 23 Philadelphia Inquirer story.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 25, 2011
    By Robert Reich | San Francisco Chronicle
    If the Republican attack is successful, single-payer will be the only alternative. And it's the system Americans seem to prefer - payroll taxes and public insurance.

  • Posted on Monday, January 24, 2011
    By Kevin O’Connor | Times Argus (Barre-Montpelier, Vt.)
    Middlebury’s Dr. Jack Mayer knows that most patients want health care reform to cut rising prices. But he, along with a growing group of Vermont medical providers, hopes to point a scalpel at piles of related paperwork.

  • Posted on Friday, January 21, 2011
    By John Nichols | National Public Radio
    The Americans who oppose repeal but who refuse to buy into the fantasy that the health care system has been sufficiently reformed are right. And there are a lot of them. According to the Associated Press poll, 43 percent of Americans want the government to do more to re-engineer the existing health care system.

  • Posted on Friday, January 21, 2011
    By Russell Mokhiber | Single Payer Action


  • Posted on Thursday, January 20, 2011
    By Peter Hart | Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting
    When I saw the headline (1/19/11), "Vocal Physicians Group Renews Health Law Fight," I thought maybe--just maybe--the New York Times might be talking about Physicians for a National Health Program, the group comprised of "18,000 physicians, medical students and health professionals who support single-payer national health insurance." But no. The Times story is about the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, a 3,000-member organization that is on the far right of the healthcare debate, and is garnering coverage now because they support repeal of the new healthcare law.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 19, 2011
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    By Rose Ann DeMoro | The Huffington Post
    At a time when so many Americans continue to fall through the gaping holes in our healthcare system, it's hard to imagine a more dysfunctional debate in Washington than the charade this week over the Republican effort to repeal President Obama's healthcare law.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 19, 2011
    William McQuaid | Letters | Seattle Times
    Single-payer insurance systems have been proven to cost half as much as we spend. These single-payer insurance systems also cover everyone, eliminating bankruptcies. Our own government statistics prove single-payer insurance systems are the best at controlling costs. All of Locke's numbers pale in comparison with the $400 billion we would save each year by simply eliminating the health-insurance middleman.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 18, 2011
    By Joan Brunwasser | OpEdNews
    The Republican calls to repeal the law are mere political posturing and will not succeed. In fact the health industries, which contributed more heavily to Republican campaigns in the last election cycle than to Democrats, do not want the full law repealed. The Republicans will more likely succeed in defunding portions of the bill and relaxing regulation of the health insurance industry. This will escalate our health care crisis.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 18, 2011
    By NEAL P. GOSWAMI | Bennington Banner
    Vermont's congressional delegation joined Gov. Peter Shumlin Tuesday to announce legislation that would allow states to seek federal health care waivers in 2014, and the flexibility to craft their own state-level health care plans.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 18, 2011
    By Michela Tindera | Indiana Daily Student
    More than 415 people filled the Buskirk-Chumley Theater on Sunday as Wendell Potter, former head of corporate communications at health insurance giant CIGNA, attempted to blow the whistle on corporate insurance.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 18, 2011
    By Terry Doran | VTDigger.com
    When we talk about health care reform, what are we really talking about?

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 18, 2011
    By Nancy C. Rodriguez | Louisville Courier-Journal
    President Barack Obama’s landmark health care law was significant, “but it is not enough and it will not solve our problem,” a national advocate for single-payer health insurance told an audience Saturday at the Urban League of Louisville.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 18, 2011
    By RICHARD C. DILLIHUNT, M.D. | The Portland (Maine) Press Herald
    Health care costs are devastating the U.S. middle class in ways not seen in countries that have universal care.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 13, 2011
    Clark Newhall, M.D., J.D. | Letters | Ogden Standard-Examiner
    Your Editorial Board has the right idea--'grab control of medicare'--but the exactly wrong method. Instead of raising the age for eligibility for Medicare to 67 as your editorial suggests, we should lower it--to 0. That's right--0. Everyone should be covered by Medicare from birth.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2011
    By E. FULLER TORREY | The Wall Street Journal
    The solution to this situation is obvious—make sure individuals with serious mental illnesses are receiving treatment. The mistake was not in emptying the nation's hospitals but rather in ignoring the treatment needs of the patients being released. Many such patients will take medication voluntarily if it is made available to them. Others are unaware they are sick and should be required by law to receive assisted outpatient treatment, including medication and counseling, as is the case in New York under Kendra's Law. If they do not comply with the court-ordered treatment plan, they can and should be involuntarily admitted to a hospital. Arizona has such a provision in its laws, but it is almost never used.

  • Posted on Monday, January 10, 2011
    By Sarah Goodell, M.A. and Katherine Swartz, Ph.D. | The Synthesis Project
    This brief examines how cost-sharing affects the use of services, whether some patients are more sensitive to cost-sharing than others, and whether reduced use of services as a result of cost-sharing has an effect on health outcomes. All of these issues factor into whether and how cost-sharing could be used to reduce the rate of growth of health care spending.

  • Posted on Monday, January 10, 2011
    By JOHNATHON ROSS | The Blade (Toledo, Ohio)
    The American health care system is severely dysfunctional. We spend about twice as much per person on health care as other wealthy democracies, yet our medical outcomes are mediocre by comparison. Some 45,000 Americans a year die because they lack health insurance. Thousands more needlessly suffer and die from preventable causes. Others go bankrupt because of medical bills.

  • Posted on Monday, January 10, 2011
    Benjamin Day | Letters | The Boston Globe
    On last Sunday’s editorial page, the Globe supports two courses toward controlling health care costs: It backs Governor Patrick’s efforts to change the health care industry’s fee-for-service system to “global payments," and it suggests that Vermont’s plan to implement a single-payer health care system should be supported as an experiment, or “a laboratory of democracy."

  • Posted on Monday, January 10, 2011

    Simeon Kimmel | Letters | The Boston Globe
    I applaud The Globe for showcasing Vermont’s single-payer “laboratory’’ in its Jan. 2 editorial “Vermont: Creating a singular health system.’’ As a third-year medical student at Cambridge Health Alliance, I’ve found that it doesn’t take long to see that the current system is insufficient.



  • Posted on Friday, January 7, 2011
    By DAVID BROOKS | The New York Times
    The health care reform law was signed 10 months ago, and what’s striking now is how vulnerable it looks. Several threats have emerged — some of them scarcely discussed before passage — that together or alone could seriously endanger the new system.

  • Posted on Friday, January 7, 2011
    By ROBERT B. REICH | The Wall Street Journal
    Republicans in the House, now in the majority, say they'll vote to repeal the health-care law on Jan. 12. It will largely be a symbolic vote: Even in the unlikely event that 60 senators agree, Republicans don't have the votes to override President Obama's certain veto.

  • Posted on Friday, January 7, 2011
    By Duke Helfand | Los Angeles Times
    Insurer says the increases result from fast-rising healthcare costs and other expenses resulting from new healthcare laws. The move comes less than a year after Anthem Blue Cross tried and failed to raise rates as much as 39%.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 6, 2011
    By National Nurses Movement | DailyKos
    If the Obama health care bill is just a "government takeover," why are healthcare industry CEOs being rewarded with so much money?

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 4, 2011
    By Dr. John Cavacece | Grand Rapids Press
    We need compassionate government that provides health care for all. What we don’t need is an insurance industry that continues to make profit at the expense of our citizen’s health. We need to preserve what’s good in the new law but move beyond it to an improved and expanded Medicare for all. We need to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 4, 2011
    Anne Scheetz, MD, FACP, Chicago | Chicago Tribune
    We need to get rid of insurance companies, not negotiate with them. Under a single-payer health care system, Improved and Expanded Medicare for All, everyone would have access to mental health care, as well as to all other necessary care.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 4, 2011
    Doug Whitman, M.D. | The Coloradoan, Jan. 3, 2011
    In the United States, we do have the finest nurses, physicians and technology in the world. The system, however, is far from the finest. Each year in the United States, the system drives 700,000 families to bankruptcy from medical bills (the majority of whom have medical insurance). Every year, the system leaves 50 million people uninsured. Every year, the system allows 45,000 people to die from lack of access to basic medical care.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 4, 2011
    Globe Editorial | The Boston Globe
    While Massachusetts grapples with its own health costs, the nation’s eyes will be on Vermont as it tries to do ObamaCare one better and switch to a single-payer health insurance system.

  • Posted on Wednesday, December 22, 2010
    By Samuel Metz, M.D. | Anesthesiology News
    In his commentary, Dr. Cossman appears to make three points: 1) our current health care system is the envy of the civilized world; 2) the new health care law is a disaster; and 3) because government-run health care is the only alternative, we might as well crawl back in bed with the private health insurance industry. To which I say: untrue, probably true and definitely misleading. In fact, although our current problems are much worse than Dr. Cossman suggests, available solutions are far more plentiful than he imagines.

  • Posted on Thursday, December 16, 2010
    By Dr. Quentin Young | The Huffington Post
    Perhaps unwittingly, U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson of Richmond, Va., has enhanced the prospects for single-payer health reform. He did so Monday by ruling the individual mandate provision of the Obama administration's health law to be unconstitutional.

  • Posted on Wednesday, December 15, 2010
    By Matthew Rothschild | The Progressive
    A Virginia judge’s decision to throw out a central plank of the health insurance reform law underscores how ill considered was the Obama plan.

  • Posted on Tuesday, December 14, 2010
    By Anne Galloway | Vtdigger.com
    On Monday, Gov.-elect Peter Shumlin chose the members of the “dream team” who will lead his signature effort to create a single-payer health care system in Vermont.

  • Posted on Tuesday, December 14, 2010
    Excerpted From Thom Hartmann, "Medicare Part 'E' for Everybody"
    We already have Medicare, which is a fairly comprehensive basic health insurance/health-care program that covers nearly all Americans over 65 years of age. It is, in essence, a single-payer health-care program. Obama and the Democrats could easily push to expand the Medicare program to allow Americans of all ages to participate in it, and all they’d need is a simple majority, not a supermajority.

  • Posted on Tuesday, December 14, 2010
    By Josh Goodman Stateline.org
    Congress never really considered a single-payer health plan run by the government. Vermont is planning for one. This isn’t some liberal fantasy. Vermont lawmakers are serious. To understand how serious, you only have to look at the resumes of William Hsiao and Jonathan Gruber.

  • Posted on Thursday, December 9, 2010
    By Bara Vaida | Kaiser Health News
    Five of the nation's largest health insurance companies are taking a key step toward building their own inside-the-Beltway coalition to influence implementation of the new health law and congressional efforts to change it. The companies – Aetna, Cigna, Humana, UnitedHealthcare and Wellpoint – are shopping around Washington for a public relations firm to represent them, according to a source familiar with their work. Public Strategies and APCO are among PR firms that have spoken with the insurers, the source said.

  • Posted on Monday, December 6, 2010
    By Rep. Michael Dembrow | BlueOregon.com
    I believe that the best solution to the problems that I mentioned will be a “single payer” system. This would be a system like Medicare, but extended to all. Everyone would pay into the system in a progressive manner, and it would relieve the burden on Oregon’s small businesses. Initial projections show that we could create a system that in total would cost no more than we are currently paying as individuals, businesses, and the state—but everyone would be covered, would have access to quality care by the provider of their choice, and the rise in costs could be contained.

  • Posted on Monday, December 6, 2010
    By Nicole Gaudiano | Burlington Free Press
    Vermont Gov.-elect Peter Shumlin said health care and education dominated his conversations during a "productive and exciting" two-day trip to Washington.

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 30, 2010
    By Drew Armstrong | BusinessWeek
    When the White House and Democratic lawmakers wrote the health-care overhaul bill, they concocted a sweet coating for the bitter medicine the health industry would have to swallow. In exchange for tighter regulation and numerous new directives, insurers, drugmakers, hospitals, and physicians got some 30 million new paying customers under the individual mandate requiring almost everyone to buy insurance starting in 2014 or pay a fine.

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 30, 2010
    By Dr. Howie Wolf | Daily Camera (Boulder, Colo.)
    As a family physician that has practiced in Boulder County for 48 years, I feel our inadequate health care system is significantly closer to a "tipping point" than in 2006. I see more patients who are uninsured or underinsured, many due to layoffs in our sluggish economy and the inability of business owners to continue paying exorbitant costs to provide employees with health care benefits.

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 23, 2010
    By MARGARET FLOWERS | Capital Times (Madison, Wis.)
    When it comes to health insurance coverage, Wisconsin receives a B in comparison to other states, but only because it’s graded on a curve. The state’s 9.5 percent uninsured rate falls considerably below the national average of 16.7, but that’s not much consolation to residents who remain uninsured or who are covered by skimpy policies with big deductibles and co-pays.

  • Posted on Monday, November 22, 2010
    By Ronald W. Pies, MD | Psychiatric Times
    Some see health care as a political or economic issue. They are correct, of course, on one level. But I believe that health care is fundamentally a moral issue; indeed, a matter of basic human rights. I do not believe that a nation as rich as ours (albeit with most wealth concentrated among the upper income levels) can shirk its moral responsibilities in the matter of providing basic health care for all its citizens. This doesn't mean that everybody who wants a face-lift should get one on the taxpayer's dime: I am talking about providing all citizens with the most basic health care, required to sustain life and limb. And, yes: I believe this is a right that any citizen may claim, particularly in a country purporting to be “civilized.”

  • Posted on Monday, November 22, 2010
    David McLanahan | Letters | The Seattle Times
    Skyrocketing health-care costs are a major component of our deficit and the new health-care legislation does little to change this trajectory. The best way to decrease the deficit would be to bring our health-care spending under control by enacting an improved and expanded Medicare for all, an equitable system similar to the rest of the industrialized world, where medical costs are half what we spend, with improved quality of care.

  • Posted on Monday, November 22, 2010
    By SHAWN DOHERTY | The Capital Times (Madison, Wis.)
    Dr. Margaret Flowers, a leader of the single-payer health care movement, was in town this week to drum up support for the Madison chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP). The Baltimore pediatrician was arrested on the floor of the U.S. Senate in 2009 during the health care hearings for trying to get a seat at the bargaining table. I decided to check out a couple of her events to see what she had to say now about the state of single-payer reform, commonly referred to as "Medicare for All."

  • Posted on Friday, November 19, 2010
    By Ezra Klein | The Washington Post
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has long supported state waivers in the health-care bill, and for a very specific reason: He'd like to see Vermont create the first single-payer system in the nation, as he believes it'll demonstrate enough cost and quality advantages that other states will want to follow suit. We spoke by phone last night, and a lightly edited transcript of our conversation follows.

  • Posted on Friday, November 19, 2010
    By Ellen R. Hale | Louisville Medicine
    Garrett Adams, MD, MPH, spent 40 years practicing medicine as a pediatrician, as chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and as medical director of communicable diseases at the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. In January, he will begin serving as the president of Physicians for a National Health Program. The Louisville Medicine Editorial Board drafted a list of questions for Dr. Adams.

  • Posted on Thursday, November 18, 2010
    By Michael Moore | Open Mike Blog
    Yesterday, on the TV and radio show "Democracy Now" hosted by Amy Goodman, the former Vice President of CIGNA, one of the nation's largest health insurance companies, revealed that CIGNA met with the other big health insurers to hatch a plan to "push" yours truly "off a cliff."

  • Posted on Thursday, November 18, 2010
    By JOHN NICHOLS | The Cap Times
    If the Obama White House and congressional Democrats had listened to Dr. Margaret Flowers, they would have produced a single-payer “Medicare for All” health reform that would have excited the party’s progressive base. That base would have waded into the 2010 election campaign to defend real reform, closing the “enthusiasm gap” and changing the course of political history.

  • Posted on Thursday, November 18, 2010
    By Margaret Flowers | The Charlotte Observer
    It's been said that a society can be judged by how it treats its most vulnerable. If that's the case, what can we say about today's United States?

  • Posted on Wednesday, November 17, 2010
    By Quentin Young, M.D. | The Huffington Post
    While it's clear from post-election surveys that having voted for "health care reform" was not a major cause of the Democrats' defeats, the new health law didn't help. What should have been a feather in the administration's cap - i.e. a genuine reform that guaranteed truly universal, comprehensive care - instead became an albatross.

  • Posted on Wednesday, November 17, 2010
    by Margaret Brinich | The Lakewood (Ohio) Observer
    Premiums will continue to rise. More and more Ohioans will be priced out of the health care market. It’s not only a health care crisis, but a major contributor to the economic crisis. Lack of health insurance leads to lack of health care and a less-healthy working population. Ohio needs jobs. If Ohio had a comprehensive health care plan covering all citizens and the costs were known, prospective employers would be encouraged to start up new businesses or move businesses into Ohio. It’s in our economic self-interest.

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 16, 2010
    By James Pitkin | Willamette Week
    After President Obama and Democrats in Congess failed to even put universal single-payer health care on the table, progressive groups say they’ll bring a bill to the Oregon Legislature in 2011 that would establish that option in the state.