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, 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.

  • Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2013
    By Kailash Chand | The Guardian (U.K.)
    Andrew Lansley's Health and Social Care Act, which came into effect on 1 April, had a troubled passage through parliament, including an unusual legislative "pause". This was to allow the government time to "listen" to its many critics, including most healthcare professionals and a majority of the public, who believed the plans would create and lock in rights for private providers to make a profit from the NHS.

  • Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013
    By Thomas P. Clairmont, M.D. | Portsmouth (N.H.) Herald
    Free markets don't work in health care. Every business wants more customers. In health insurance, however, that isn't true. They only want the healthy, who won't hurt their bottom line of excessive profits, inordinate executive compensation and returns to stockholders.

  • Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013
    By Stephen Kemble, M.D. | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
    Hawaii converted our state-run, fee-for-service Medicaid program to managed care via competing private plans, in stages, in 1994 and 2009. This conversion has demonstrably increased the cost of the Medicaid program while reducing patient access to care and quality of care.

  • Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013
    By Kay Tillow
    Dr. Pippa Abston commented on the importance of these union endorsements of H.R. 676. She said, “As an Alabama physician and Physicians for a National Health Program board member, I am thrilled to hear this news! Medicare for All is an achievable, practical way to address our health care needs and would go a long way towards relieving our state’s constant budget struggles. Thank you to our friends in Labor for helping bring H.R. 676 a step closer to success.”

  • Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013
    By Jeffrey Hess | Mississippi Public Broadcasting News
    JACKSON, Miss. -- The head of a major U.S. hospital is warning that the health care industry in the U.S. is ignoring embedded racism.

  • Posted on Friday, April 19, 2013
    By Andrew D. Coates, MD, FACP | WAMC Northeast Public Radio
    In short, government austerity is bad for our health.

  • Posted on Friday, April 19, 2013
    By Kerry Sheridan | Agence France-Presse
    When Greece's economy took a plunge, murders and disease rates soared, according to a study published Thursday that suggests the impact of the European nation's austerity cuts may be worse than expected.

  • Posted on Friday, April 19, 2013
    Psychiatric Annals
    The economic recession and subsequent austerity measures in Greece were associated with a significant deterioration in public health services and mental and physical health outcomes, according to a new report by Greek and US researchers.

  • Posted on Friday, April 19, 2013
    By Bob Herman | Becker's Hospital Review
    For the past several years, the United States has not been the only country to face a recession. Many parts of Europe have also undergone an economic crisis, especially Greece, and an article in today's American Journal of Public Health said there are lessons to be learned from how Greece has handled its public healthcare over the past several years.

  • Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013
    By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor Daily News
    Of all the wealthy countries, only the United States has so far failed to treat health care as a human right. A human right to health care means that everybody receives the same health care whatever their age, gender, health or employment status, racial or religious background, sexual orientation, or wealth and income level.

  • Posted on Monday, April 15, 2013
    By Dave Dvorak, M.D., M.P.H. | Minnesota Medicine
    As Minnesota’s physicians, health care leaders and legislators grapple with the complex changes brought by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many are concerned that even after the law is fully implemented, hundreds of thousands of people will remain uninsured while health care costs continue to spiral.

  • Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013
    By Andrew D. Coates, M.D., F.A.C.P. | WAMC Northeast Public Radio
    Today I'd like to share some thinking about Medicare and medicine as a profession.

  • Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | Dissent
    A great human disaster is now unfolding in the many Eurozone countries that have agreed to slash spending, wages, and living standards to meet the demands of fiscal austerity. One facet of this story that has received far too little attention, however, is the effect of these measures on the health of these nations.

  • Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2013
    By Jeffrey Pfeffer | Bloomberg Businessweek
    But the thing that few people talk about, and that no serious policy proposal attempts to fix—the arrangement that accounts for much of the difference between health spending in the U.S. and other places—is the enormous administrative overhead costs that come from lodging health-care reimbursement in the hands of insurance companies that have no incentive to perform their role efficiently as payment intermediaries.

  • Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2013
    By Robert S. Kiefner, M.D. | Concord Monitor (N.H.)
    The bizarre and tragic loss of a Florida man a few weeks ago, slipping to his death from his bedroom into a sinkhole, offers up a fitting metaphor for the great abyss between cost and value in health care and how it has the potential to swallow us up without warning.

  • Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013
    By Jack Bernard | Time magazine
    As someone who has worked on all sides of the health care field (regulator, non-profit, for-profit) for 30 years, I was intrigued by the Steven Brill piece, “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us.” On the analysis of the problem, Brill was mainly on target, but he missed the mark on most of his proposed solutions.

  • Posted on Friday, April 5, 2013
    By Andrew Coates, M.D. | WAMC Northeast Public Radio
    Helen Keller famously wrote that "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." She continued: "To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable."

  • Posted on Friday, April 5, 2013
    By Arthur Yakov Krichevsky | Clayton-Richmond Heights Patch (St. Louis)
    I hope Stephen Colbert asks President Bill Clinton about health care on Saturday.

  • Posted on Thursday, April 4, 2013
    By Kay Tillow | Firedoglake
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- They boarded buses and cars before dawn, some the night before, coming from the coalfields of Illinois, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, and all across West Virginia. By Monday at 10 a.m. over 7,000 had packed into the giant Charleston Civic Center to voice their support for the 23,000 miners and their families who face the loss of their lifetime health benefits in a bankruptcy scam.

  • Posted on Wednesday, April 3, 2013
    By Jon Kamp | The Wall Street Journal
    Washington wants to get tough on spending -- but in the latest round of payment rates for private Medicare plans, insurers emerged victorious.

  • Posted on Wednesday, April 3, 2013
    By Johnathon S. Ross, M.D. | Toledo Medicine
    In 2004, well ahead of the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in their report “Insuring America’s Health,” outlined a set of principles for health insurance reform: universal, continuous insurance coverage that is affordable and sustainable for individuals, families, and society, and should enhance well-being through care that is effective, efficient, safe, timely, patient-centered, and equitable.

  • Posted on Wednesday, April 3, 2013
    By Chad Terhune | Los Angeles Times
    A new fight is brewing over health insurance companies letting millions of Americans renew their current coverage for another year — and thereby avoid changes under the federal healthcare law.

  • Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2013
    By Owen Jones | The Independent (U.K.)
    Nothing is more gut-wrenching than watching a close friend dying in front of you. And I mean beyond close: a friend who brought you into the world, helped raise you, and was there whenever you were most desperately in need. So, spare a moment for our National Health Service. Time of death: midnight, 1st April 2013. Cause of death: murder.

  • Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013
    By Andrew Coates, M.D. | WAMC Northeast Public Radio
    For-profit hospitals are bad public policy. But with the trend toward privatization -- you might call it the profitization -- of health care, the nurses' public advocacy will remain as indispensable to the patient's interests as their bedside care.

  • Posted on Friday, March 29, 2013
    Observations, Health and Social Care Act | BMJ
    Because there will never be an announcement in parliament that the National Health Service is privatised, and because the private providers will be allowed to use the NHS logo for anything that they are getting NHS funding for, it is very likely that the general public will not be aware that the private sector has in fact come in and taken over whatever bits of the NHS it finds profitable until probably service provision gets fairly bad.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013
    By the Health/PAC Archives Workgroup
    Before there was an Internet, with blogs, listservs and web pages to turn to, there was the Health/PAC (Policy Advisory Center) Bulletin, a hard-hitting and muckraking U.S. journal of health activism and health care system analyses and critiques.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013
    By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay News | U.S. World and News Report
    Poor people in the southern part of the United States are more likely to delay getting needed health care, mostly because states in that region impose the strictest eligibility requirements for Medicaid, new research says.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2013
    By John Knefel | Truthout
    A coalition of groups associated with Occupy Wall Street took to the streets of midtown Manhattan last Thursday evening calling for the abolition of the for-profit health care system in the United States and the creation of a government-run single-payer system.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013
    By William Davidson, M.D. | The Patriot-News (Mechanicsburg, Pa.)
    Both Mr. Kusler and Ms. Turner reflect the views of our present political power structure and both leave out the only viable solution which is a publicly financed, privately delivered single-payer system.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013
    By Dave Zweifel | The Capital Times (Madison, Wis.)
    For the 11th straight year, Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers has introduced what he calls the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act to establish a universal, single-payer health care system in the United States similar to what exists in most developed countries throughout the world.

  • Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013
    By Andrew Coates, M.D. | WAMC Northeast Public Radio
    The real problem is that the Affordable Care Act kicked the can down the road, rather than taking responsibility for the health care crisis that the United States has right now. Small wonder that people don't know how the law will change the status quo -- when the ACA never aimed to to change the status quo in the first place. Unaffordable underinsurance will remain the best we can do.

  • Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013
    By W. Dillaway, M.D. | Star-Ledger, Letters (Newark, N.J.)
    Unfortunately, the U.S. health care system is far from being on the mend. To the contrary; the U.S. health care system fails irrefutably and unacceptably with both its economics and its ethics.

  • Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013
    By Andrew D. Coates, M.D. | Portside news service
    Spinning the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the corporate-backed enrollment of millions of people in private insurance plans as a liberating blow for democracy is an impossible stretch.

  • Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013
    By Garrett Adams, M.D. | Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.)
    Health care in this country is now a commercial enterprise, a way to get rich from the suffering of others.

  • Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013
    By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese | Truthout
    This week the Strike Debt Rolling Jubilee, a project that arose from Occupy Wall Street, will announce its purchase of more than $1 million of medical debt as part of a weeklong national conversation about why people should not be put in debt meeting their basic needs.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013
    By Don McCanne, M.D. Under President Barack Obama, the nation once again undertook the effort to reform health care so that everyone would have access to essential health care services. But this time it was different. The costs of health care had become unbearable to individuals, to employers, and to the government. It became an imperative to bend the cost curve of health care – to slow the growth in health care costs to a sustainable level.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2013
    By Trudy Lieberman | Columbia Journalism Review
    Steven Brill’s taboo-busting X-ray of the US medical system, “Bitter Pill,” has a chance to reframe the way we think and talk—and report—about healthcare costs.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2013
    By the Editorial Board | The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Health care should be a human right for all people. Medical insurance should be universal, covering everyone. It should be operated by government, the only sector with enough power to curb runaway trillion-dollar costs.

  • Posted on Monday, March 18, 2013
    By Single Payer News. On Feb. 25 the Executive Board of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO unanimously endorsed H.R. 676, Expanded and Improved Medicare for All, the national single-payer legislation recently reintroduced into Congress by Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich.

  • Posted on Saturday, March 16, 2013
    “Clearing the FOG,” We Act Radio, 1480 AM (Washington, D.C.)
    Some people get into medical debt because they have no insurance and they get sick. But the majority of people with serious medical debt have insurance, but their insurance is partial – full of gaps like copayments, deductibles and uncovered services.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 14, 2013
    By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor Daily News
    Sad to say, I can think of no market that better fits these criteria than health care.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 14, 2013
    By Brett Norman | Politico
    Health care prices are too damn high.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2013
    PNHP note: In addition to longer commentaries by Dr. James Kahn and Dr. Don McCanne on Steven Brill’s special report in Time magazine titled “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills are Killing Us,” many members and supporters of Physicians for a National Health Program sent in letters to the editor of the magazine. We reprint here a selection of those letters, none of which have been among the 21 letters published to date.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2013
    By Clara A. Smith | The Legislative Gazette (Albany, N.Y.)
    Assemblyman Richard Gottfried and Sen. Bill Perkins have unveiled a bill that, if adopted, would create a new single-payer health plan called New York Health.

  • Posted on Monday, March 11, 2013
    By Timothy Shaw, M.D. | The Capital Times (Madison, Wis.)
    Steven Brill’s recent Time magazine article “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us,” rightly portrays our American health care system as a mess. Health care has become an unaffordable business monopoly that benefits the medical community and corporations the most, and patients the least.

  • Posted on Friday, March 8, 2013
    By Eric Zorn | Chicago Tribune
    Yet another lesson in Single-payer 101.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013
    By Robert Kropp | Social Funds
    Advocacy groups urge the pension fund to divest its holdings in private health insurance companies, arguing that the industry has a well-documented history of unethical behavior and abuses.

  • Posted on Friday, March 1, 2013
    By James Kahn |
    In his recent Time magazine article, Steven Brill paints a vivid and rather depressing picture of the perverse malfunctioning of our health care system – overpriced and technology-addicted – and he acknowledges some of the advantages of Medicare.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2013
    By Bob Herman | Becker's Hospital Review
    Many statistics and numbers are thrown around when health care policymakers and leaders discuss Medicare's administrative costs, but an article set to appear in June's Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law attempts to alleviate the confusion associated with Medicare's overhead costs.

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013
    By Margaret Flowers, M.D. | Al-Jazeera
    In his recent State of the Union speech, President Obama remarked in one short sentence that "Already, the Affordable Care Act [ACA] is helping to slow the growth of health care costs." That was the extent of his comments on the historic health care bill he signed into law in March 2010 after more than a year of pushing health reform through Congress.

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013
    By James Binder, M.D. | The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette
    A major shift is occurring in health and no one seems to be noticing. Computers have taken priority over patients. Wow! It doesn't matter whether the patient is seen in the emergency room, a physician's office or in a hospital, completing documentation on the computer is paramount. The patient better stay out of the way.

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013
    By Jacob Wheeler | The Uptake (St. Paul, Minn.)
    If Minnesota ever adopts a single-payer heath care system, the work of Dr. Elizabeth Frost will be remembered as one of the key reasons for its passage.

  • Posted on Monday, February 25, 2013
    The New York Times
    PNHP note: The following two letters were published as part of a "Sunday Dialogue" in response to a Feb. 19 letter by Thomas M. Cassidy titled "Fix Medicare to save it" in The New York Times. The complete set of letters is available here.

  • Posted on Monday, February 25, 2013
    By Caroline Poplin, M.D. | The New York Times
    With the best intentions, David Goldhill has described a free-market fantasy of health care. Market prices are based on power. In the United States today, hospitals and large doctor groups wield enormous market power, and they exercise it ruthlessly; consumers have none. Hospitals charge whatever the market will bear; uninsured patients pay the highest prices.

  • Posted on Monday, February 25, 2013
    By Samuel Metz, M.D. | New England Journal of Medicine
    In their Perspective article, Cutler et al. (Nov. 15 issue)[1] describe methods for reducing administrative costs in our health care system. The authors acknowledge that single-payer systems eliminate many administrative expenses, but they omit those estimated savings and dismiss the adoption of a national single-payer system as “unlikely.”

  • Posted on Monday, February 25, 2013
    By Josh Freeman, M.D. | Medicine and Social Justice blog
    The United Kingdom has a National Health Service which covers everyone (although it allows those with private insurance to access care elsewhere). While not perfect – nothing is – and historically underfunded, it is one very reasonable model for how we could ensure access to health care for everyone.

  • Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013
    By Nicole Back | The Morehead (Ky.) News
    Is health care a human right? Dr. Ewell Scott, a retired physician, emphatically says the answer is “yes.”

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013
    By Austin Frakt | The Incidental Economist
    In the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, Kip Sullivan of the Minnesota chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program thinks almost everyone doesn’t understand Medicare’s administrative costs.

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013
    By Meade Klingensmith | Remapping Debate
    The “New Democrats” of the 1990s — those who thought the Democratic Party should move further to the right and position itself as a “centrist” alternative to the GOP — promoted a model of health care reform called “managed competition.”

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2013
    By Kay Tillow | Firedoglake
    ST. LOUIS, Feb. 13 – Shirley Inman was arrested for peaceful, civil disobedience as she protested at the Peabody Energy headquarters against the corporate threat to rob miners and their families of the health benefits they have earned.

  • Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013
    By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor Daily News
    There is a lot of money in our health care system, and no enforceable budget. That leads to carelessness when it comes to spending that money.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013
    By Bob Herman | Becker's Hospital Review
    For the 11th straight year, Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) has proposed the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, legislation that would establish a universal, single-payer healthcare program akin to Canada's and other developed countries' healthcare systems.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013
    By Meade Klingensmith | Remapping Debate
    Dr. Molly Droge is the chair of the subcommittee on access to care at the American Academy of Pediatrics. Growing up in West Texas, she lived next door to an old general practice doctor. She didn’t know him well, but, as she told Remapping Debate, “I did know his reputation in the town, and I knew what his patients thought of him.” He was known for doing everything he could to help his patients, and would often do it without any payment at all.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013
    By Donna Smith | CommonDreams
    It isn’t often anymore that I learn a new word in the health care system discussion, but this week I did. Churning. I was at a meeting here in Colorado where I have taken on a new role in advocating and administering for a publicly financed, universal, single-payer system with Health Care for All Colorado.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013
    By Jeremy B. White | The Sacramento Bee
    Health care professionals, medical students and advocates gathered at the Capitol for a raucous rally in favor of a single-payer system on Monday. The demonstration, which was organized by the California Health Professional Student Alliance, featured a sea of white lab coats -- many of them bearing the insignia of local medical schools -- and a choreographed number by scrubs-clad dancers.

  • Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013
    By J. Wesley Boyd, M.D. | The Boston Globe
    Although the for-profit Steward Health Care System might be investing in repaved parking lots, nicer waiting areas in their facilities, or other renovations, nobody should discount the significant negative impact on patient well-being of cuts in nurse staffing, stifling demands on physicians to see ever-increasing numbers of patients, or disgruntled employees in general.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 7, 2013
    By Clearing the FOG | We Act Radio 1480 AM (Washington, D.C.)
    The following is an excerpt from an unofficial transcript of a Jan. 28 telephone interview with Dr. Andrew Coates, president of PNHP and internist in Albany, N.Y., conducted by Dr. Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese on their radio show “Clearing the FOG” on We Act Radio, 1480 AM, in Washington, D.C. The program is also streamed at The text below has been slightly edited for clarity.

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 6, 2013
    By Christopher David Gray | The Lund Report (Portland, Ore.)
    SALEM, Ore. – Nearly a thousand people swarmed the front of the Oregon Capitol Building for the opening session Monday, demanding that Oregon become the second state to enact single-payer health care legislation, which would set up a government financing system to pay for and provide health care coverage and access for all Oregon residents.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013
    By Bennett Hall | Corvallis Gazette-Times
    SALEM, Ore. — Hundreds of people from all over Oregon rallied in Salem on the first day of the legislative session to call attention to what they claim is a broken health care system and call on lawmakers to enact reforms.

  • Posted on Monday, February 4, 2013
    By Pippa Abston, M.D. | Pippa Abston’s blog
    In a move that goes beyond redefining the word “is,” the IRS has released its final rule on what will be considered “affordable” premiums for families. Although you will not be on the hook for a tax penalty if the premiums for your entire family exceed 8 percent of your income, an increasingly common problem, you will not be eligible to purchase a subsidized plan on the coming Exchanges as long as your individual premium for your employer plan is 9.5 percent or less of your household income.

  • Posted on Monday, February 4, 2013
    By Pamella Gronemeyer, M.D. | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Sen. Kirk, we are asking you to support a Medicare for all/single-payer health care system that will allow all Americans a chance to survive and thrive after a catastrophic medical event. Single-payer is really the only system that will allow us to control costs and make the United States join the other nations in the world where health care is considered a human right.

  • Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013
    The New York Times
    Of course, as he suggests, physicians need to be held to professional norms. But until we join the rest of the industrialized world, where health care is publicly financed and a public good, we are unlikely to see the substantive cost controls that misdirected schemes like “pay for performance” supposedly address.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2013
    Office of Senator Bernie Sanders |
    WASHINGTON -- A Senate panel today examined a “major crisis” in primary health care at a time when 30 million more patients will soon get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act and worsen an already acute doctor shortage.

  • Posted on Monday, January 28, 2013
    By Bill Keller | The New York Times
    With its ambitious proposal to pay doctors in public hospitals based on the quality of their work — not the number of tests they order, pills they prescribe or procedures they perform — New York City has hopped aboard the biggest bandwagon in health care.

  • Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013
    By Marvin Malek, M.D. | Times-Argus (Barre, Vt.)
    Kudos to the grant writers at Vermont’s Dept. of Health Access for obtaining $156 million from the federal government to assist with the implementation of the health exchange, the new insurance marketplace scheduled to go online in October 2013 as part of Obamacare.

  • Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013
    By John Geyman, M.D. | The Huffington Post
    The Affordable Care Act (ACA), crafted in large part by corporate stakeholders who are themselves responsible for the high costs of U.S. health care, is more secure with President Obama's win last November. But regrettably, the law will fail to control costs or prices, will not provide universal access to care, and at best will provide low-value, high-premium "insurance" that will still make essential health care unaffordable for many millions of patients and families.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2013
    By Edward W. Campion, M.D., and Stephen Morrissey, Ph.D. | The New England Journal of Medicine
    For a visitor from the United States, Cuba is disorienting. American cars are everywhere, but they all date from the 1950s at the latest. Our bank cards, credit cards, and smartphones don't work. Internet access is virtually nonexistent. And the Cuban health care system also seems unreal. There are too many doctors. Everybody has a family physician.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2013
    By George Sax | Artvoice (Buffalo, N.Y.)
    The lead speaker was Andrew D. Coates, the newly elected president of Physicians for a National Health Program. Coates is an assistant professor at Albany Medical College and the medical director at an Albany County-owned nursing home. The PNHP is a 18,000-member organization dedicated to the institution of a single-payer system in this country, rather than what it regards as the unwieldy, piecemeal, and inadequate Obamacare program.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2013
    By Kip Sullivan | Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
    So UnitedHealth Group has figured out a way to cut Medicare's costs "without cutting services"? That is how the Star Tribune characterized the organization's self-serving claims in a recent story ("UnitedHealth says Medicare can save big without big cuts," Jan. 20).

  • Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2013
    By Leonard Rodberg | The New York Times
    It is not just that for-profit health insurance is more costly and less efficient than the nonprofit or government alternatives; it is inherently contradictory. The more health care the insurance companies provide — the more they respond to the needs of patients — the less profit they make.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2013
    By Eric Lipton and Kevin Sack | The New York Times
    WASHINGTON — Just two weeks after pleading guilty in a major federal fraud case, Amgen, the world’s largest biotechnology firm, scored a largely unnoticed coup on Capitol Hill: Lawmakers inserted a paragraph into the “fiscal cliff” bill that did not mention the company by name but strongly favored one of its drugs.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2013
    By Harvey Fernbach, M.D. | The Washington Post
    In 2009, a majority of Americans told pollsters that they wanted the simplicity, portability, increased choice of doctors and peace of mind that an improved Medicare for all would bring. Why should we settle for less?

  • Posted on Friday, January 18, 2013
    By Mark Sommer | Buffalo News
    Single-payer health care remains the only way to meet public health needs, and demand for it will reignite as changes brought by the Affordable Care Act fail to make health care cheaper and continue to leave tens of millions uninsured, the head of a national physicians organization said Thursday.

  • Posted on Friday, January 18, 2013
    By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor Daily News
    We Americans seem to be obsessed with our health. You cannot watch TV, read a magazine or surf the Web without being inundated with articles and ads touting some new way get healthier. As one result, we spend about double what other countries do on health care for our people. But are many of those resources being misdirected?

  • Posted on Thursday, January 17, 2013
    By Philip A. Verhoef, M.D. | The State Register Journal (Springfield, Ill.)
    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk’s recovery from a devastating stroke is a testament to his strength and to many months of excellent rehabilitation care. As a concerned physician, I am heartened by his recent statement that he will be “much more focused on Medicaid and what (his) fellow citizens face,” noting that Medicaid patients only qualify for 11 rehab visits after a stroke.

  • Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013
    By Amy Stansbury | The Evening Sun (Hanover, Pa.)
    Michael has been a board-certified physician for the past 28 years and is the co-owner of the Gettysburg Family Practice. He was a strong advocate for the Affordable Care Act and now has his eyes set on a single-payer system. He is also a Republican.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2013
    By the H-T editorial board | The Herald-Times (Bloomington, Ind.)
    Gov.-elect Mike Pence should support an expansion of Medicaid in Indiana. And while he’s at it, he should name Dr. Rob Stone of Bloomington his chief adviser on medical and health care issues.