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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2016
    By Mark Dimondstein | PhRMA Protest Rally, November 18, 2016
    Sisters and brothers, the people that I represent, for the most part, do have health insurance right now. But every day it’s going up, every day we have to pay more, every day the benefits go down, every day we’re in a fight with the insurance companies.

  • Posted on Tuesday, December 6, 2016
    By Stephanie Innes | Arizona Daily Star, December 6, 2016
    If President-elect Donald Trump wants to reform health care in the U.S., he might do well to consult Tucson physician Dr. Paul Gordon. Gordon, 61, this year cycled 3,255 miles over three months, listening to Americans talk about the Affordable Care Act.

  • Posted on Monday, December 5, 2016
    By Rose Ann DeMoro | The Huffington Post, Dec. 5, 2016
    Now that the dogged opponents of the Affordable Care Act have caught the Obamacare bus, transforming U.S. healthcare is back on the political agenda.

  • Posted on Monday, December 5, 2016
    By Daniel C. Bryant | Portland (Maine) Press Herald, Dec. 5, 2016
    Will Donald Trump make our country’s health care system great again? Of course, for many it was never that great in the first place, but it is important to consider what changes may lie ahead during a Trump presidency. For this, we can turn to his website

  • Posted on Saturday, December 3, 2016
    By C.V. Allen, M.D. | The Modesto Bee, Dec. 3, 2016
    Don’t look now, but our president-elect is on track to preside over the premature and preventable deaths of 16,000 Americans – each year. Sound extreme? Read on.

  • Posted on Thursday, December 1, 2016
    By Janine Petito, Andrew Hyatt, and Michael Zingman | Common Dreams, December 1, 2016
    As students and future health care professionals, we are deeply troubled by the AMA and AAMC endorsements of Rep. Price. The policies he has endorsed not only stand in stark contrast to our ideals, but also threaten the well-being of our patients.

  • Posted on Thursday, December 1, 2016
    By John Geyman, M.D. | The Hill, November 30, 2016
    What does the recent election cycle portend for health care in America? Not good, if we go by the recent debate over further reform of our dysfunctional system. The non-debate has been shallow, barely covered by the mainstream media, and uninformative at this important juncture in deciding where to go next in U.S. health care.

  • Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016
    By Ed Weisbart, M.D. | Minnesota Physician, November 2016
    You wouldn’t know it by looking at the health care debate in America today, but one of our nation’s foundational pillars used to be political collaboration. Although the 2009 passage of the Affordable Care Act was intensely partisan, we have a proud, centuries-old legacy of collaboratively solving our problems despite our differences.

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2016
    By Elizabeth R. Rosenthal, M.D. | The New York Times, Nov. 16, 2016
    “How Health Care Hurts Your Paycheck,” by Regina E. Herzlinger, Barak D. Richman and Richard J. Boxer (Op-Ed, Nov. 2), does a good job of explaining a problem with employer-provided health care. But the professors’ solution is not a good one. It will still leave many people one severe illness away from financial ruin, and many more underinsured.

  • Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2016
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | The Hill, Nov. 16, 2016
    Last January, to the astonishment of many, Donald Trump asserted that he favored allowing Medicare to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies over drug prices, a longstanding progressive policy that was also supported by the Democratic candidates. “We don't do it. Why? Because of the drug companies,” Trump said. Will he pursue such a populist course on drug prices once in office? It seemed unlikely then. But now, it seems pretty clear that the promise was a bait-and-switch: his new website does not include a word about Medicare drug negotiations.

  • Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2016
    By Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H., and David U. Himmelstein, M.D. | November 16, 2016
    The 2016 election turned on racism, xenophobia and anger at the status quo, including the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The law covered about 20 million, and modestly improved access to care. But it didn’t address the health care problems facing most working families, feeding the perception that the Democratic Party had neglected them. Trump seized on the ACA as a symbol of the establishment’s false promises, and has placed repeal at the top of his to do list.

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2016
    By Richard A. Damon, M.D. | Bozeman Daily Chronicle
    Tom Murphy, AP health writer, recently wrote that millions of Americans have seen the price of their health care insurance go up every year for years. Premiums outpace inflation and wages, and they affect nearly every household member with health issues. He asks, “Does it have to be this way? Why do health care costs grow so much faster than most other spending necessities, and do so consistently?”

  • Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2016
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | Jacobin, Nov. 11, 2016
    Tuesday, there should be little doubt, was a toxic day for health – and health care – in America. ... Some important questions arise. What might Republicans have in store for health care? What will the politics of health care reform look like going forward? And how can we keep the dream for single-payer alive?

  • Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2016
    The following is an unofficial transcript of an interview that Dr. David U. Himmelstein gave to Richard Lane, web editor at The Lancet, on Nov. 10, 2016, two days after the U.S. election. Dr. Himmelstein is professor of health policy and management at the City University of New York School of Public Health and lecturer in medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program.

  • Posted on Monday, November 7, 2016
    By RoseAnn DeMoro | Common Dreams, Nov. 2, 2016
    While the world is watching the Presidential race Tuesday night, another election battle in California provides a window in the ability of voters to challenge corporate power – in this case one of the most abusive industries in the world, big pharma.

  • Posted on Thursday, November 3, 2016
    By John Geyman, M.D. | The Huffington Post, Nov. 3, 2016
    Medical students are becoming strong advocates all over the country for expanded and improved Medicare for All. Spurred on by their increasing awareness of the restricted access, unaffordability, and inequities keeping many Americans from necessary health care, they are organizing and making their voices heard.

  • Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016
    By Billy Bevevino | The Daily Free Press (Boston), Oct. 31, 2016
    Speakers stood in front of hundreds of miniature tombstones Monday afternoon at Boston University’s Medical Campus, not to just celebrate Halloween, but to represent those who have died from a lack of access to proper health care.

  • Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016
    By Deborah Yetter | Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.), Oct. 31, 2016
    Using Halloween to underscore their message that patients deserve to be treated for illness, not tricked by high costs of health care, a group of University Louisville medical students and physicians on Monday rallied for "Medicare for all" as a solution for problems of the current health care system.

  • Posted on Thursday, October 27, 2016
    By Emily Kirchner | Common Dreams, Oct. 27, 2016
    A few days ago, I was studying a medical diagram in a coffee shop when a man in his mid-forties walked in. His face was red, he was sweating, he looked upset. "Please, can anyone help me?" he asked.

  • Posted on Thursday, October 27, 2016
    By Mark Neahring, M.D. | The News-Gazette (Champaign, Ill.), Letters, Oct. 25, 2016
    The News-Gazette editorial board accurately expressed the frustration of many when it critiqued President Obama's signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act. But it got a very important point wrong. The ACA is not an "all-encompassing government-run health care program."

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2016
    By Trudy Lieberman | Harper's Magazine, Nov. 2016
    On a brilliantly sunny afternoon last October, twenty-eight New Yorkers—some clutching walkers, others in wheelchairs—crammed into a tiny space at the back of Manhattan’s East Side Cafe. While waiters set down blueberry coffee cake, grape jelly, coffee, and orange juice, Maxine Davis, a Medicare account representative from Empire BlueCross BlueShield, raced through the first several pages of the company’s sales booklet.

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2016
    By Paul Y. Song, M.D. | The Huffington Post, Oct. 14, 2016
    In the run up to the Affordable Care Act, the pharmaceutical industry’s annual lobbying efforts steadily increased to a peak of $273 million in 2009. Along with private negotiations between then Pharmaceutical Industry President Billy Tauzin and the White House, the ACA was written without any consideration towards making prescription medications more affordable.

  • Posted on Monday, October 17, 2016
    By Johanna Ryan and Anne Scheetz | Fox Valley (Ill.) Labor News, Oct. 7, 2016
    In Illinois and around the nation, big business has labeled workers’ compensation a system in crisis. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has depicted it as a millstone around the necks of Illinois employers, who he claims are shelling out too much money to treat injuries that might not even be work-related.

  • Posted on Friday, October 14, 2016
    By Anne Scheetz, M.D. | The State Journal-Register, Oct. 12, 2016
    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel may seem like political adversaries, but they've made common cause on at least one issue: public employees' health insurance. Unfortunately, they haven't acted to relieve employees from rising premiums, sky-high deductibles, and unconscionable drug prices.

  • Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2016
    By Kelly Grant | The Globe and Mail, Oct. 12, 2016
    The number of Canadians who traveled abroad for non-emergency medical treatment dropped slightly last year, according to a new report from a think tank whose past research Donald Trump’s campaign cited to support his debate-night claim that when Canadians need “a big operation,” they often head for the United States to avoid long waits at home.

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 4, 2016
    By Lauren McCauley | Common Dreams, October 4, 2016
    Bill Clinton gave a robust argument in favor of a single-payer healthcare system on Monday night—but you wouldn't know it if you read the news, or paid any attention to Republican nominee Donald Trump.

  • Posted on Saturday, October 1, 2016
    By Aldebra Schroll, M.D. | KevinMD Blog, Oct. 1, 2016
    The school year is back in session, and our student health center is busy. As a college health doctor, I have been able to watch the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) among this population. Since its passage, more of our students are now insured, but many unique challenges still persist for this population.

  • Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016
    By John Geyman, M.D. | Northwestern Magazine, Summer 2016
    Quentin Young '48 MD was an eloquent and persistent voice and advocate for social justice in U.S. health care from the time he entered medicine more than 70 years ago until his last breath recently at age 92. He lived at least five lives in one, always in defense of health care as a human right. He was a consistent moral compass for the medical profession, always ready to defend medicine against the incursion of those who commercialize and exploit the system for their gain over the care of patients.

  • Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016
    By Wendell Potter | The Huffington Post, Sept. 29, 2016
    You undoubtedly have heard that some of the country’s biggest health insurers have decided to leave several Obamacare markets, which means that tens of thousands of us will be affected next year. You probably haven’t heard — at least not lately — that some of the biggest health insurers are moving full steam ahead to merge with each other...

  • Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2016
    By Richard Weiskopf, M.D., Kaye Jaeger, R.N., and Joel Potash, M.D. |, Sept. 28, 2016
    A commentary published Sept. 14 ("How many are insured because of Obamacare? Good question") points out the challenge of assessing the Affordable Care Act's impact on closing the insurance gap. Focusing strictly on health "insurance" coverage obscures the crisis in healthcare access across the country that millions continue to live without access to needed health care.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2016
    By Jeanne Lenzer | The BMJ, Sept. 27, 2016
    The 90 minute presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump ended last night without a single word about healthcare. Yet two-thirds of voters said “the future of Medicare and access and affordability of healthcare are top priorities for the candidates to be talking about during the 2016 presidential campaign.”

  • Posted on Friday, September 23, 2016
    By Jack Bernard | (Huntsville, Ala.), Sept. 23, 2016
    Black Lives Matter has its supporters (43 percent of Americans, per Pew Research Center), as well as its detractors (22 percent), but one thing is unmistakable: it has brought visibility to a very real problem. For too long, the general public has ignored the increasingly frequent violence against African-Americans, especially men.

  • Posted on Friday, September 23, 2016
    By the Editorial Board | Bozeman (Mont.) Daily Chronicle, Sept. 23, 2016
    When Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana recently pared back its planned health insurance premium increases from 65.4 percent to 58.4 percent after a state analysis found them to be too high, it begged an important question: If the company can get by with lower rate increases now, why was it demanding so much in the first place? And how much less could it get by with and remain profitable?

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2016
    By F. Douglas Stephenson, LCSW, LMFT, BCD | The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, Sept. 18, 2016
    Just like large health insurance corporations, BigPharma has the inherent tendency to invent new needs, disregard all boundaries and turn everything into an object for sale and big profit.

  • Posted on Monday, September 19, 2016
    By Paul Gorman, M.D. | Portland (Ore.) Business Journal, Sept. 15, 2016
    Working as an Oregon physician for over 30 years, in small town primary care and big city academic medical centers, I have become convinced that single payer is the only way to achieve the health care system we need and deserve.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 13, 2016
    By Carol Poplin, M.D., J.D. | MedPage Today, Sept. 6, 2016
    Under the ACA, the goal for insurers is to price their policies low enough to attract the healthy, but high enough to cover the costs of the sick. But even with giant computers, Big Data, and armies of actuaries, that may not be possible. It is certainly not the standard insurance business plan.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 6, 2016
    By Suzanne Gordon | The American Prospect, Tapped Blog, Aug. 16, 2016
    When the House Veterans Affairs Committee holds a hearing on September 7 to assess the future of the Veterans Health Administration, federal lawmakers would do well to consider recent reports that challenge the continual drumbeat of negative and often unfair coverage and congressional criticism of the VHA.

  • Posted on Friday, September 2, 2016
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | Jacobin, Sept. 2, 2016
    If epinephrine autoinjectors are to be stockpiled in public places like schools throughout the nation, and if they are optimally identical, then they constitute a significant public health concern that cannot be left to the caprice of one or two oligopolistic firms.

  • Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2016
    By Robert Rosofsky | The Boston Globe, Aug. 31, 2016
    As both an EpiPen carrier and a public health informatics consultant, I closely follow facts and opinions regarding medication pricing. The Boston Globe’s editorial about Mylan’s pricing of its EpiPens (“EpiPen maker sticks it to patients — again”) provides only a mild call to action — that of modifying provisions in the Affordable Care Act and calling for consumers and elected officials to rail against Mylan.

  • Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2016
    By Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H., Adam Gaffney, M.D., and David Himmelstein, M.D. | MedPage Today, Aug. 26, 2016
    There can be no doubt that the ACA improved both coverage and access to care. The number of uninsured has fallen by 41%, with the largest gains among the poor, near-poor, and minorities. The percentage of Americans unable to afford medications or needed care has also fallen, although more modestly. Yet post-ACA, more than a quarter of poor non-elderly adults remains uninsured. Moreover, high out-of-pocket costs continue to deter many of those with coverage from seeking care when they need it.

  • Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2016
    By Elizabeth Rosenthal, M.D. | The New York Times, Aug. 25, 2016
    How many times must it be demonstrated that health care cannot be treated like any other market commodity before our legislators get the point? This article once again confirms that affordable health care can’t be delivered using a private, for-profit system.

  • Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2016
    By Ed Weisbart, M.D. | St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Letters, Aug. 26, 2016
    When I read that Aetna was pulling out of the Missouri health insurance marketplace, I immediately reached for my wallet to see which insurance company I have this year.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016
    By Sarah Lazare | AlterNet, Aug. 25, 2016
    The pharmaceutical giant Mylan has a public uproar on its hands over its 500 percent price increase for a life-saving device known as EpiPen, which delivers emergency shots of the hormone epinephrine to treat potentially deadly anaphylaxis.

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2016
    By Craig Klugman, Ph.D. | Blog, Aug. 24, 2016
    In Illinois, Land of Lincoln insurance and Aetna announced that they are pulling out of the health insurance Marketplace. In other states, United HealthCare and Humana have announced pulling out of the exchanges. As a result, many newspaper headlines and political pundits have declared the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare) to be in a “death spiral.”

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2016
    By Scott Harris | Between the Lines Radio News, Aug. 24, 2016
    Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, co-founder of the group Physicians for a National Health Program and a professor at the City University of New York’s School of Public Health at Hunter College, examines the decision by Aetna to pull out of state ACA exchanges, the problems of coverage created by for-profit medicine, and her support for establishing a single-payer, Medicare-for-All system that would provide universal, affordable care to everyone in the U.S.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2016
    By Dr. Jen Gunter | Dr. Gunter's Wordpress Blog, August 20, 2016
    Two years ago I wrote about my experience in a London emergency department with my son, Victor. That post has since been viewed > 450,000 times. There are over 800 comments with no trolls (a feat unto itself) and almost all of them express love for the NHS. I was in England again this week. And yes, I was back in an emergency department, but this time with my cousin (who is English). This is what happened.

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 23, 2016
    By Ture Richard Turnbull | Jamaica Plain (Mass.) News, Aug. 22, 2016
    The Boston City Council will take a bold step on Wednesday, August 24, by passing a resolution reaffirming its support for a single-payer health care system. The resolution calls upon the state legislature in the upcoming 2017-2018 legislative session to propose and pass a measure to achieve a single-payer system in the Commonwealth.

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 23, 2016
    By Kay Tillow | The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.), letters, Aug. 23, 2016
    No one should cry for Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini over his claim of losses in the Obamacare exchange plans. Bertolini raked in $27.9 million in total compensation in 2015.

  • Posted on Monday, August 22, 2016
    Interview with Dr. Steffie Woolhandler | The Real News Network, Aug. 19, 2016
    Aetna's decision to withdraw from ACA marketplaces shows that it's a very bad idea to try to get to universal coverage through private insurance companies. Private insurance companies are there to make a profit, and the minute they stop making profit, they want to pull out.

  • Posted on Monday, August 22, 2016
    By Steve Sebelius | Las Vegas Review-Journal, Aug. 20, 2016
    During the Democratic primary, as Bernie Sanders battled Hillary Clinton for the nomination, a strong disagreement emerged over health care. Sanders — who has supported a single-payer health care system similar to those in Canada and Great Britain — asked voters why America can’t do the same thing.

  • Posted on Monday, August 22, 2016
    By Ahmed Kutty, M.D. | Monadnock Ledger-Transcript (Peterborough, N.H.), Aug. 16, 2016
    In July 1965, President Lyndon Johnson had to settle for half a loaf, in lieu of the full loaf that three predecessors in The White House (Teddy Roosevelt in 1912, FDR in 1935 and Harry Truman in 1948) had proposed or attempted to legislate: a national health plan.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2016
    Interview with Ed ‘Flash’ Ferenc | America’s Work Force Radio, March 30, 2016
    In this segment of the interview, Dr. Coates talks about how a single-payer, improved-Medicare-for-All system would benefit everyone who lives in the United States.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2016
    By Laura Meckler | The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 16, 2016
    Sen. Bernie Sanders, who mounted a strong challenge for the Democratic presidential nomination, said Tuesday that news that a major health insurer was pulling back its participation in the Affordable Care Act exchanges affirms the need for his single-payer, government-run program. He promised to introduce legislation creating “Medicare for all” again next year.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2016
    By Robert Reich | Common Dreams, Aug. 17, 2016
    The best argument for a single-payer health plan is the recent decision by giant health insurer Aetna to bail out next year from 11 of the 15 states where it sells Obamacare plans.

  • Posted on Monday, August 15, 2016
    By Shefali Luthra | Kaiser Health News, Aug. 12, 2016
    One in five Americans is estimated to have a mental health condition at any given time. But getting treatment remains difficult — and it’s worse for children, especially those who identify as black or Hispanic.

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 9, 2016
    By Michelle Andrews | Kaiser Health News, Aug. 9, 2016
    In his new book, David Barton Smith takes us back to the mid-1960s, when a small band of civil rights activists-cum-government bureaucrats toiled to get the nascent Medicare program up and running. In the process, they profoundly changed the way health care is delivered in this country.

  • Posted on Monday, August 8, 2016
    By Rose Roach | Star Tribune (Minneapolis), Counterpoint, Aug. 5, 2016
    In “What is implied by calls of ‘Medicare for all?’ ” (Aug. 2), Bryan Dowd used over-the-top rhetoric in suggesting that proponents of “Medicare for all” don’t understand Medicare. Medicare was conceived as a universal social insurance program providing health coverage to seniors regardless of income or health status, with all beneficiaries paying into the program through mandatory contributions from employees and employers.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 4, 2016
    By Steffie Woolhandler and David U. Himmelstein | The Hill, Aug. 2, 2016
    In healthcare, as in the rest of American life, the gap between rich and poor is growing. That’s the take-home message from our analysis of 50 years of data on healthcare use and expenditures that appears in the July issue of the journal Health Affairs.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 3, 2016
    By Jeff Bendix | Medical Economics, July 29, 2016
    For Eve Shapiro, MD, MPH, being a delegate at this year’s Democratic National Convention is just the latest expression of her dedication to progressive causes. Shapiro, a Tucson, Arizona pediatrician, voted for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in her state’s Democratic primary because of his support for a single-payer health plan, as well as other liberal causes.

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 2, 2016
    By Jack Bernard | The Florida Times-Union (, Aug. 2, 2016
    Single payer really does a much better job than an inefficient multi-payer system like ours. And, before his candidacy, the Donald knew that fact. Per Trump’s own words (his 2000 book, “The America We Deserve”): “The Canadian Plan also helps Canadians live longer and healthier than Americans. We need, as a nation, to reexamine the single-payer plan.”

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 2, 2016
    By the Editorial Board | The Times-Tribune (Scranton, PA), July 29, 2016
    Health insurance companies made their pitch this week to state regulators for rate increases next year, and the prospects provide bad news for consumers. Insurers seek double-digit increases on individual health insurance policies, citing their own rising costs. Discouraging examples include a 17.2 percent increase proposed by Aetna Health Inc., 25.4 percent to 48 percent advances projected by Highmark and 19.9 percent to 22.5 percent sought by Independence Blue Cross.

  • Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | Jacobin, July 26, 2016
    "Obama on Obamacare” would have been a catchier title for “United States Health Care Reform,” the scholarly paper the president published in the Journal of the American Medical Association earlier this month. Garnering widespread coverage because of its novelty (“call him scholar-in-chief,” noted Fortune) and for its call for a “public option” to further improve the American health-care system, Obama’s article should interest us more for what it left out.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2016
    By Claudia Fegan, M.D. | Common Dreams, July 26, 2016
    As the chief medical officer of Chicago’s historic public hospital, I confront on a daily basis the reality of our country’s failure to provide universal access to health care: the steady flow of patients turned away from other hospitals because they are uninsured or have Medicaid, which pays too little; and the legion of insured patients who come to us too late because they couldn’t afford $50 co-payments or $3,500 deductibles.

  • Posted on Monday, July 25, 2016
    By Samuel Dickman, M.D., and Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H. | Salt Lake Tribune, July 23, 2016
    Americans spend twice as much for health care as Europeans or Canadians. Although our cost growth slowed recently, it's too soon to celebrate: The slowdown has made health care much less equal.

  • Posted on Monday, July 25, 2016
    By Richard Master | The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.), Letters, July 19, 2016
    Reflecting on the story, "New peak for U.S. health care spending," that annual U.S. health care cost has surpassed $10,000 per person: That's an astounding figure that should wake up readers, that our health care system is eating the rest of the U.S. economy alive. Clearly, other countries of the industrialized world deal with health care more effectively.

  • Posted on Friday, July 22, 2016
    By Suhas Gondi | in-Training, July 18, 2016
    In December of 2014, one week after the non-indictment in the case of Michael Brown, in-Training published an article entitled “A Lack of Care: Why Medical Students Should Focus on Ferguson.” In it, Jennifer Tsai argued that the systemic racism rampant in our law enforcement and criminal justice systems also permeates our health care system, affecting both access to care for black patients and the quality of care black patients receive. Lamenting that the medical community was largely absent from the Ferguson controversy, she cited startling statistics of disparities in health and health care as part of her call to action. In light of the events last week in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Texas, it’s time to revisit this message.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2016
    By Suzanne Gordon | The American Prospect, July 12, 2016
    As conservatives and congressional Republicans seek to dismantle the Veterans Health Administration, members of the commission called for giving veterans more private-sector options. After almost a year of meetings and hearings, the Commission on Care has finally issued its report on the future of the Veterans Health Administration.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2016
    By Michael Blecker | San Francisco Chronicle, July 15, 2016
    Now that we are in the final stretches of the presidential campaign, it is important to examine both Donald Trump’s and Hillary Clinton’s views on the Veterans Health Administration — particularly the hot-button issue of “expanding choice” — that is, privatizing veterans’ health care.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2016
    By Joyce Frieden | Medpage Today, July 15, 2016
    A single-payer healthcare system could work in the U.S., but only if doctors are involved with running it, according to James Burdick, MD. "When the Clinton health plan failed in late 90s, it started to bother me," said Burdick, a retired transplant surgeon. "Then I started thinking about how we could make it work. The idea of single-payer wasn't what I was thinking about -- I was thinking about how to make it work, and that meant doctors."

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2016
    By Jack Bernard | Ledger-Enquirer (Columbus, Ga.), July 16, 2016
    My party, the GOP, is once again running for election this year on the old slogan of “repeal and replace Obamacare.” I agree that the Affordable Care Act (ACA, Obamacare) has major issues, but the key question remains: What should be its replacement? We differ drastically on the answer.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2016
    By the editors |, AJMC TV, July 16, 2016
    The United States is closer than it has ever been to considering a single-payer health system. Patricia Salber, MD, MBA, of "The Doctor Weighs In," discusses how a single-payer system economically makes sense.

  • Posted on Monday, July 18, 2016
    By Alex Scott-Samuel | POGH blog (U.K.), July 17, 2016
    As you’ll know, the English NHS is in a bad way, with practically every part of the country in financial deficit. Many hospitals and many services are being closed down, cut back or rationed. At the same time, many long term contracts for the provision of NHS services are being awarded to private sector companies – though often people are unaware of this because the likes of Virgin, Carillion and SpecSavers are allowed to operate under the NHS logo.

  • Posted on Friday, July 15, 2016
    By Kay Tillow | Daily Kos, July 14, 2016
    Health care in the United States is the most costly in the world. The per capita the U.S. spends on health care is double the average of other industrialized countries, yet other nations have better outcomes in life expectancy, infant mortality, and most measures. In the U.S., we pay more but get less. About 40 percent of people in the U.S. forgo needed care because of cost.

  • Posted on Friday, July 15, 2016
    By Ameet Sachdev | Chicago Tribune, July 15, 2016
    Bill Kottmann, president and CEO of Edward Hospital in Naperville, said the current mix of private insurance and government insurance programs is "mind-boggling" for hospitals to figure out, let alone consumers. Moving to a health system fully funded by the government would be compassionate because it would be there for everyone...

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2016
    By Chris Tomlinson | Houston Chronicle, July 12, 2016
    Money can't buy you love, but it can buy you health, according to a new study from Harvard Medical School. Add inequality in health care to the growing evidence that the United States is becoming a more class-based society, with a shrinking middle class, a greater economic gap between the rich and poor and growing social unrest.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2016
    By David Lazarus | Los Angeles Times, July 12, 2016
    Starbucks announced Monday that it will give its U.S. workers a raise that will boost compensation by 5% to 15%. That’s very cool. The coffee giant also said it will offer employees more affordable health insurance that will cut costs by being less comprehensive. That’s not so cool.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2016
    By Ewell G. Scott, M.D. | The Morehead (Ky.) News, July 8, 2016
    Despite the Affordable Care Act including the helpful Medicaid expansion, our health care financing system is badly in need of a genuine fix. Deductibles, copays, and escalating premiums are causing financial difficulty for the 95 percent. There is a solution: Medicare for All.

  • Posted on Monday, July 11, 2016
    By Jack Bernard | The Boston Globe, Letters, July 11, 2016
    There is only one long-range solution for the problem of access to mental health services: Medicare for all.

  • Posted on Friday, July 8, 2016
    By Dan Mangan | CNBC, July 6, 2016
    Health-care inequality is the new income inequality. The rich in the United States -- despite being healthier on average than the poor -- have become the biggest buyers of health care, a dramatic shift in spending patterns across income groups, according to a new Harvard study.

  • Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2016
    By Andrea Germanos, staff writer | Common Dreams, July 7, 2016
    Buoying single-payer advocates' call for system that covers everyone and underscoring the nation's inequality, a new study finds that the wealthiest Americans are the ones receiving the most healthcare.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 6, 2016
    By RoseAnn DeMoro | Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel, July 6, 2016
    When Democrats gather in Orlando on Friday to act on their party's platform, they should present a vision for the future beyond just defeating Donald Trump.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 5, 2016
    By Don Pfost, Ph.D. | The Pueblo (Colo.) Chieftan, July 1, 2016
    The broadcast and print media (including The Chieftain), opponents and, unfortunately, some supporters, erroneously claim that Amendment 69/ColoradoCare would create a “single-payer” health care system in Colorado. It would not. Here’s why.

  • Posted on Monday, June 27, 2016
    By Jack Bernard | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 24, 2016
    I have been amazed at the number of negative Medicare-for-all attack pieces printed in various respected papers over the last few months, making me wonder why primarily liberal economists would be attacking a program that progressives have been trying to enact since Truman.

  • Posted on Friday, June 24, 2016
    By Emily Kirchner | Common Dreams, June 24, 2016
    I am a fourth year medical student. I’ve dreamed about being a physician since I was in sixth grade. For a long time, my deepest hopes were to get into college, be accepted by a medical school, and maintain the grades and test scores needed to keep me there. My clinical rotations have taken me to hospitals across the state of Pennsylvania - from Pittsburgh’s North Side to North Philadelphia with stops in rural and suburban communities in between. Now I’m less than a year away from obtaining my medical degree.

  • Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2016
    News Release | Unions for Single Payer Health Care, June 20, 2016
    Over 5,000 miners rallied in Lexington, Ky. last Tuesday to protest health benefit cuts threatened to happen before the end of the year. Responding to the call of their union, United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), miners came from seven states to gather at the convention center.

  • Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2016
    By Mary Ellen McIntire | Morning Consult, June 20, 2016
    Democrats should push for universal health coverage ahead of the November election, several health care advocates urged the committee drafting the Democratic National Committee’s platform at a recent session focused on health policy.

  • Posted on Monday, June 20, 2016
    By Steffie Woolhandler M.D., M.P.H. | Democratic Platform Drafting Committee Hearing, June 17, 2016
    I am a primary care doctor and professor of medicine and health policy. In 1986, I co-founded the non-partisan organization Physicians for a National Health Program, whose 20,000 members advocate for single payer reform.

  • Posted on Thursday, June 16, 2016
    By Rebecca Mahn | The Doctor's Tablet Blog, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, June 16, 2016
    There’s a quote attributed to Albert Einstein: “We cannot solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Now in my fourth year at Einstein, I am inspired by this ideal to fight for healthcare reform, specifically a single-payer national healthcare program.

  • Posted on Friday, June 10, 2016
    By Michael Corcoran | Truthout, June 10, 2016
    The ACA needs to be analyzed on its own merit. Such an analysis shows that the law cannot credibly be sold as a long-term solution or as a path to universal health care. It is important the public has an honest discussion about these realities, even though we cannot expect this discussion to take place within the spectacle that is the 2016 presidential election.

  • Posted on Monday, June 6, 2016
    By Surabhi Dangi-Garimella, PhD | American Journal of Managed Care,, June 4, 2016
    On the first day of the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, being held June 3-7, 2016, in Chicago, Illinois, healthcare experts from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, compared and contrasted the care models that are widely adopted in each nation.

  • Posted on Monday, June 6, 2016
    By Michelle Chen | The Nation, June 3, 2016
    What happens to people’s health and well-being when whole continents suffer economic decline, and millions of people become exposed to the strains of poverty? For nearly a decade, the Great Recession has presented researchers with a disturbing natural experiment in public health, and emerging data shows that cancer’s death toll rose along with social hardship.