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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 Tuesday, September 4, 2007
    Excerpt from Forbes.com
    Dr. Ana Malinow | President, Physicians for a National Health Care Program
    We already outspend every industrialized country by almost twice as much per person, but our outcomes are nowhere near twice as good as everybody else's. The problem with the way our system is funded is that 30% off the top automatically goes to administration and profit.

  • Posted on Monday, September 3, 2007
    By Arian Campo-Flores | Newsweek.com
    It's a familiar story: America's emergency rooms are in crisis. But it's far worse than you think. How does the ER prepare for a terrorist attack when its medics can barely cope with the routine flow of mayhem on a Saturday night? A worried doctor traveled to Washington to sound the alarms

  • Posted on Monday, September 3, 2007
    Ray Clasen | The News Press | Fort Myers, Florida
    Forget the hodgepodge of ideas that have been floated in different states on this issue; the only solution to this problem that makes sense is a single-payer universal health system administered by the federal government, a sort of Medicare for everyone. The argument that the government cannot be trusted to efficiently administer such a plan is ludicrous. The government already effectively runs Social Security and Medicare. Other large governments, for example Canada and Great Britain, administer universal health care programs, and do so quite efficiently.

  • Posted on Monday, September 3, 2007
    George Monbiot | The Guardian
    There is one set of costs the hospital cannot cut: the money it must pay every year to the private financiers. In September 1997 the government declared that these payments would be legally guaranteed: beds, doctors, nurses and managers could be sacrificed, but not the annual donation to the Fat Cats Protection League. The great free market experiment looks more like a corporate welfare scheme.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2007
    By Benjamin Day | The Boston Globe
    There is little evidence that eroding safety net programs actually helps improve participation in the labor market or the healthcare market. This does, however, succeed in punishing the poor, throwing low-income communities back on their own resources, and increasing the stigma upon safety net recipients. In the case of the new [Massachusetts] health law, this is a particularly meaningless and insulting exercise, as the law itself provides stiff financial penalties for any who are deemed able to afford health insurance but fail to enroll in a public or a private plan.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2007
    Tom Chorneau | San Francisco Chronicle | Sacramento Bureau
    As voter dissatisfaction with the state's health care system grows, increasing interest is emerging in moving to a state-run, single-payer program, according to a Field Poll released today.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2007
    By David Karwacki | The Salt Lake Tribune
    For more than 40 years Canada's Medicare has improved the quality of life for tens of millions of people, liberated them from the threat of unaffordable medical bills and made it easier for them to pursue their own definition of happiness.

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2007
    By Derrick Z. Jackson | Boston Globe Columnist
    With poll numbers at 1 or 2 percent, the Ohio congressman is the nudge kicking at the knees of the Democratic Party to offer more than incremental change. He deserves more attention than he gets. On healthcare, he says what Americans believe, even as his rivals rake in contributions from the industry.

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2007
    Terry Gossard | The Charleston Gazette
    The pursuit of profit has always been the principal motivating driver that sustains the American economy. Few would argue this because it strives to provide an economic lifestyle essential to America’s work force, small businesses and large corporations and the overall viability of local, state and federal government. However, the delivery of basic health care to all Americans should be removed from the "profit equation" at least as we relate it to the corporate bottom line.

  • Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2007
    By David Lazarus | LA Times Staff Writer
    "It's a flawed plan because it's the most expensive way that we could extend health coverage to everyone," said Don McCanne, a senior health policy fellow with Physicians for a National Health Program, a group of 14,000 doctors who advocate a government-run insurance system similar to programs found in all other industrialized democracies.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 23, 2007
    By Kenneth Brummel-Smith | Tallahassee Democrat
    Michael Moore's recent documentary, "Sicko," has increased the heat on the discussion of health care. It's high time Americans and their representatives took a hard look. If we did a physical on our health care system, we'd have to say it is not doing too well. And the prognosis is grim.

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 21, 2007
    BY JAMES C. MITCHINER | The Ann Arbor News
    The one approach we haven't tried - because of fear, complacency, politics, apathy, or all of the above - is to wring out the inefficiencies in financing, while maintaining our basic fee-for-service delivery model. This is the basic premise behind single-payer national health insurance.

  • Posted on Monday, August 20, 2007
    By Kevin Friedl | National Journal Group Inc.
    A new ad campaign running in Iowa seeks to put universal health care back in the spotlight and into the speeches of the three leading Democratic contenders. The National Nurses Organizing Committee, a group representing some 45,000 nurses nationwide, and Physicians for a National Health Program launched the series of minute-long ads last week in a buy that included two airings during the Democratic debate in Des Moines on Sunday.

  • Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2007
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the BC Health Coalition. | Press Release
    Why Wait? Public Solutions to Cure Surgical Waitlists looks at groundbreaking projects in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario that have significantly reduced wait times for procedures such as hip and knee replacements, cataract surgery and others.

  • Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2007
    By Rose Ann DeMoro | South Florida Sun-Sentinel
    News that some doctors in South Florida will now be charging patients annual "administrative fees" like credit card companies or banks is a sober reminder of how out of control our increasingly dysfunctional healthcare system has become, and in need of genuine, comprehensive reform.

  • Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2007
    Editorial | Des Moines Register
    What's needed: a president with the vision and passion to reform this country's health-care system the way Johnson and Congress eventually did. It's up to Iowans - who are in the unique position of being visited by droves of presidential candidates - to demand that kind of vision and passion from our visitors.

  • Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2007
    By CINDY PURVIS | GoErie.com
    In 2004, General Motors announced that liabilities for employee health care topped $60 billion. In November 2005, GM laid off 30,000 employees. In January 2006, Ford cut 25,000 jobs. In February, Chrysler announced that it faces $21.1 billion in future retiree health-care liabilities. The majority of the obligation is not funded.

  • Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2007
    Editorial | New York Times
    Many Americans are under the delusion that we have “the best health care system in the world,” as President Bush sees it, or provide the “best medical care in the world,” as Rudolph Giuliani declared last week. That may be true at many top medical centers. But the disturbing truth is that this country lags well behind other advanced nations in delivering timely and effective care.

  • Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2007
    by Johnathon S. Ross, M.D. | Toledo City Paper
    Every day in the St. V's clinic, I see a near miss. Every week I see a wounding. Every month or so I see a death due to a sickness care non-system that leaves 50,000 Lucas County citizens, more than a million Ohioans, more than 45 million Americans uninsured, and all of us unsure if healthcare will be there for us if we need it.

  • Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2007
    By Robert Gumbiner | South Florida Sun-Sentinel
    Michael Moore's film, Sicko, begins to expose the problem -- the lack of available health care insurance in the U.S. -- but does he go far enough? The number of people in the U.S. who lack health insurance is part of the problem. This number includes people who have no health insurance, people who are under insured and people who may be covered but don't have access to health care because of the lack of available health care providers or providers who refuse to cooperate with government plans such as Medicare or Medicaid.

  • Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2007
    By Danielle Martin | The Toronto Star
    It's as if the CMA were embarrassed about this aspect of its policy and decided not to highlight it in public statements and surveys. And embarrassed it should be. There is a compelling body of evidence against parallel private insurance in the Canadian context. There is also an inherent conflict of interest for physicians working in dual practice since, as the public would understandably perceive, these physicians could have an interest in promoting longer wait times in the public system to increase use of the more lucrative private system.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2007
    CBS
    One thing we found interesting: when we asked the two men our first question -- to name the one thing they'd change about the health care system -- they both began with the exact same words: The financing. And then they diverged.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2007
  • Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2007
    Dr. Laurence Jacobs | Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Guest essayist
    The movie Sicko has stimulated discussion of health care costs and access in the United States. Our patchwork nonsystem of competing health care insurances, with its profit motive driving denial of care and of physician choice, is clearly failing. It needs to be replaced by a more rational and humane method of assuring universal coverage and care for all our citizens.

  • Posted on Saturday, August 11, 2007
    By Hedda Haning | The Charleston Gazette
    Co-payments and deductibles raise consumers' out-of-pocket costs substantially higher. Claims are denied. Many insured do not get the care they need, and the uninsured are totally out in the cold, but often invisible to the community.

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 7, 2007
    by Paul Sorum, MD | Daily Gazette
    You should see Michael Moore's SICKO. You will both laugh and cry. You will feel disgusted both with our health care system and with Moore. It is, in Moore's typical style, outrageous, one-sided, and contrived. But its fundamental message--that the private health insurance industry is dangerous to our health--will resonate loudly with patients and physicians.

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 7, 2007
    Consumer Reports | Summary of Key Findings
    Our principal finding is that the underinsured represent a large segment of the American population between the ages of 18 to 64: 29% of all persons with health plans, and 24% of the population as a whole. Although the travails of the uninsured have been widely-documented, our observation is that the uninsured represent only one segment of those lacking adequate health insurance. When we add together the uninsured (16%) with the underinsured (24%), we find two-fifths of a nation burdened by health care jitters.

  • Posted on Monday, August 6, 2007
    Roger Bybee | The American Prospect
    The American Prospect talks to the co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program about why a single-payer system remains not only the most desirable reform goal in the United States, but an achievable one.

  • Posted on Monday, August 6, 2007
    Drew Richardson | The News Leader | Columnist
    Although many plans on the table boast of universal health care, some merely have all citizens having some form of mandated health insurance. Only one piece of currently proposed federal legislation advocates universal and unrestricted access to health care. There is a big difference between having health insurance and having universal access to health care. The latter is what is referred to as a single-payer health care system and is essentially what Canada, Great Britain, France and Cuba (depicted in Moore's film) have.

  • Posted on Sunday, August 5, 2007
    Saul Friedman | Gray Matters | Newsday
    In addition, while surveying the possibilities for universal health coverage, most of the press and even the authoritative Kaiser Family Foundation's new health care Web site, have failed to mention the only legislative proposal, endorsed by Kucinich and Moore, for a single-payer universal health plan: H.R. 676, the National Health Insurance Act, or "the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act."

  • Posted on Sunday, August 5, 2007
    Judy Dasovich, M.D | The Springfield News-Leader | Ozarks Opinions
    Here is the typical scenario: People get sick, then they can't work so they lose their jobs and their medical insurance. They have a hard time paying their bills. Under these circumstances, $30 per visit for only the basics becomes prohibitive. These are the patients who come to us after finding that the Jordan Valley safety net is full of large holes. They may not have money but they're still sick.

  • Posted on Sunday, August 5, 2007
    By Stephen J. Bergman | The Boston Globe
    SOON AFTER HMO/managed care came to Massachusetts in the late '80s, I got a call from a patient I had admitted to the 28-day alcohol unit at the hospital. He said that he was being discharged after three days because that was all that the HMO would now pay for alcoholism. He said the HMO representative told him to go out and get drunk again and they would readmit him.

  • Posted on Sunday, August 5, 2007
    “Clearly there has been progress, and we can see many areas where jurisdictions are doing more and reporting in more accessible ways to citizens,” said Dr. Jeanne Besner, Chair, Health Council of Canada. “Reporting wait time information to citizens on the Internet has been no small task. These information systems have considerable potential to improve patients’ experiences with waits for care.”

  • Posted on Thursday, August 2, 2007
    My name is Johnathon Ross. I am an internist. I practice and teach internal medicine at St Vincent Mercy Medical Center and have done so for the past 27 years. I am the medical director for the outpatient adult clinic which serves a center city population that includes a substantial number of poor and uninsured individuals. Every day I see a near miss. Every week I see a wounding. Every month or so I see a death due to our sickness care non-system that leaves 50,000 Lucas County citizens, over a million Ohioans and over 45 million Americans uninsured.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 2, 2007
    David Felix, economist | Bangor Daily News
    This charge prompted me, an economist, to see the documentary. My conclusion? Moore is far less guilty of flawed economics and disregard of relevant facts than is Goodman. Moore is also straightforward about his values and ideology, whereas Goodman masks his as scientific economics. This impels me to defend my profession by exposing the falsity of his claims, and some of the salient facts that he ignores.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 2, 2007
    Members of UAW local unions and regions across the country are working hard to win health care for all -- from passing resolutions and working with local coalitions to win statewide single-payer systems to getting state legislatures to endorse a proposed congressional bill that would extend Medicare coverage to all Americans.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2007
    Naomi Lakritz | Calgary Herald
    It is patently obvious they are standing up for their bank accounts, not their patients. That they are so eager to place patients at the mercy of insurance companies, whose subterfuges for skipping out on claims are well-documented in the U.S., shows their patients' best interests are the last priority.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2007
    By Prof. Gordon Guyatt | The Globe and Mail
    Investing in not-for-profit provision has a major advantage. For-profit providers need to earn a return -- typically 15 to 20% - for their investors. Non-profits can devote that money to patient care. That explains the findings from systematic studies comparing for-profit versus non-profit hospital and dialysis care in the U.S. Higher death rates from cutting corners in for-profit hospitals and dialysis facilities, higher charges to third-party payers in for-profit hospitals.

  • Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2007
    By Robert Restuccia and Lydia Vaias | San Francisco Chronicle
    Drug companies care about what your doctor prescribes just as much as you do - and they're paying big money to find out. They are paying so much, in fact, that even though the vast majority of physicians disapprove of the sale of their personal prescribing data for marketing purposes, the American Medical Association persists in selling detailed physician information to the pharmaceutical industry. This data must be used for legitimate public health research - not brand promotion.

  • Posted on Monday, July 23, 2007
    HENRY S. KAHN | Letter to the Editor | Atlanta Journal Constitution
    Don't be fooled by all the politicians claiming to support "universal" health care. If you read the fine print, most of their proposals dictate that everyone should buy a private health care card. What good is your card if it commits you to a $5,000 deductible and 50 percent co-pay before you receive any of your (limited) benefits?

  • Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2007
    By LEO Weekly
    The red that progressive doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals are seeing over the roughly 47 million uninsured Americans probably looks a lot like the blood-colored, "Sicko"-branded scrubs they wore Friday morning as they shouted, "I get sick!" in unison outside Baxter Avenue Theatres.

  • Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2007
    By Jane Bryant Quinn | Newsweek
    Prepare to be terrorized, shocked, scared out of your wits. No, not by jihadists or dementors (you do read "Harry Potter," right?), but by the evil threat of ... universal health insurance! The more the presidential candidates talk it up, the wilder the warnings against it. Cover everyone? Wreck America? Do you know what care would cost?

  • Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2007
    By Kathryn Bourgoin | Bangor Daily News
    Our country has had publicly funded education since 1643, when the first public school was started in Dedham, Massachusetts. Most people think education is a basic right, so why isn’t healthcare?

  • Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2007
    Sau Friedman | Newsday
    Beware the front groups that claim they would help save Medicare or promote health care reform. More than likely they're saving or promoting themselves - at the expense of Medicare and your health.

  • Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2007
    By USW International President Leo W. Gerard
    Michael Moore, the activist author and filmmaker, has given every union member in the United States a great tool of advocacy for our health care agenda with his new movie, "SiCKO."

  • Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2007
    By Doug Trapp | AMNews staff
    Michael Moore's latest film, "SiCKO," has energized single-payer supporters and drawn attention to their cause. But what, if any, long-term effect the movie will have on the national debate on universal health care system reform is up for debate.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2007
    Fran Korten | Publisher, YES! Magazine
    Michael Moore's new movie Sicko hit me hard. I found heartbreaking the unnecessary suffering our heath care system causes so many Americans. But I also felt this powerful film could change public opinion about U.S. health care the way An Inconvenient Truth changed the public view on global warming.

  • Posted on Monday, July 16, 2007
    by Leonard Rodberg & Don McCanne
    Private health insurance was an idea that worked during part of the last century; it will not succeed through the 21st Century. With jobs increasingly service-based and short-term, the large employment-based risk pools that made this insurance system possible no longer exist. Medical care has become more effective and more essential to the ordinary person, but also more costly and capital-intensive. The multiple private insurance carriers that emerged during the last century can no longer provide a sound basis for financing our modern health care system.

  • Posted on Monday, July 16, 2007
    By Jack E. Lohman | COMMENTARY
    Health care is looming as a major issue in the 2008 elections, but a root cause of soaring health care costs is being ignored both by the public and the press, at least until now. I’m referring to a very conflicted system of political campaign financing.

  • Posted on Monday, July 16, 2007
    By PAUL KRUGMAN | New York Times
    The opponents of universal health care appear to have run out of honest arguments.

  • Posted on Sunday, July 15, 2007
    BY MARTIN GROSS | Miami Herald
    Denial is normal when faced with the sad state of American healthcare. Who wants to hear that roughly one in six of us are uninsured and can't get access to care? Who cares that we have the 37th-best medical system in the world? Who needs to know that 18,000 American citizens may be dying each year because this country's system is not comprehensive or universal? This data came from the World Health Organization and the Institute of Medicine? Well, who are they to judge?

  • Posted on Sunday, July 15, 2007
    By Susanne L. King | Berkshire Eagle
    The people around me cried as we watched a middle-aged couple move into a small room in their daughter's house after declaring medical bankruptcy. The husband had survived three heart attacks and his wife had developed cancer. Even though both had been gainfully employed and had insurance, they went bankrupt in their retirement years because of "cost-sharing," the term insurance companies use for sticking patients with high deductibles and co-payments.

  • Posted on Sunday, July 15, 2007
    By Judith Graham | Tribune staff reporter
    In 1980, Dr. Arnold Relman penned a famous article in the New England Journal of Medicine warning of the rise of a new, powerful "medical-industrial complex" in the U.S. The commercialization of medicine, he argued, was not in patients' or society's best interest and undercut the ethics of the profession. A longtime editor of the New England Journal and professor at Harvard Medical School, Relman tackles the issue again in his new book, "A Second Opinion," published by PublicAffairs.

  • Posted on Sunday, July 15, 2007
  • Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2007
    By Thomas L. Fisher | Washington Post
    I sympathize with those who are unhappy about the quality of their insured care, but I'm more worried about those with no insurance at all. The bigger problem is that we all want the finest of health care, and as a result, many of us -- largely black and brown -- are left with nothing.

  • Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2007
    By ANDREW D. COATES | NY Times Union
    But mainstream politicians recoil from the suggestion that private health insurance has no legitimate role in society, though they repeat the word 'universal' as if in a delirium. Recent state legislation, with the exception of California's single-payer bill, has aimed to rescue private health insurance from a crisis of its own making (instead of the people hurt by the crisis.)

  • Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2007
    By Britney Tabor | The Courier-Journal
    Dr. Garrett Adams, a member of the physicians' group and former chief of pediatric infectious diseases at Kosair Children's Hospital who presented yesterday's speakers, said he felt it was his moral obligation to be a part of this campaign. "Once you understand this, you can't turn your back on it," Adams said.

  • Posted on Monday, July 9, 2007
    Danielle Martin | Board Chair | Canadian Doctors for Medicare
    The introduction of private insurance or private-for-profit health care for medically necessary services is not the answer to challenges in the Canadian health-care system. In a systematic review of 38 studies published in Open Medicine in May, 17 leading Canadian and U.S. researchers confirmed the Canadian system leads to health outcomes as good, or better, than the U.S. private system, at less than 50% of the cost.

  • Posted on Monday, July 9, 2007
    Deborah Burger | SF Chronicle
    What country endures such long waits for medical care that even one of its top insurers has admitted that care is "not timely" and people "initially diagnosed with cancer are waiting over a month, which is intolerable?" If you guessed Canada, guess again. The answer is the United States.

  • Posted on Monday, July 9, 2007
    By PAUL KRUGMAN | Op-Ed Columnist | New York Times
    What outrages people who see "Sicko" is the sheer cruelty and injustice of the American health care system -- sick people who can't pay their hospital bills literally dumped on the sidewalk, a child who dies because an emergency room that isn't a participant in her mother's health plan won't treat her, hard-working Americans driven into humiliating poverty by medical bills.

  • Posted on Sunday, July 8, 2007
    [The following memo was written by Barclay Fitzpatrick, VP of Corporate Communications for Capital BlueCross]
    You would have to be dead to be unaffected by Moore's movie, he is an effective storyteller.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 4, 2007
    Waiting times in U.S. hospitals and clinics are becoming so lengthy that even one of the nation's biggest insurers, Aetna, has admitted to its investors that the U.S. healthcare system is "not timely" and patients diagnosed with cancer wait "over a month" for needed medical care, said two leading organizations of doctors and nurses today.

  • Posted on Sunday, July 1, 2007
    By John J. Frey III, M.D. | Annals of Family Medicine
    Each generation has an obligation to remind succeeding ones about the people, ideas, and events that have gotten us to this point. This essay and an accompanying oral history trace the origins of family medicine through the life of someone who helped found it—John P. Geyman, M.D. He is one of the most published family physicians in the United States. In addition to being a rural family physician, he was one of the first residency directors in family medicine and the first editor of the discipline’s first academic journal.

  • Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2007
  • Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2007
    By Daniel Lee and John Russell | The Indianapolis Star
    "For our point of view, the timing is terrific," said Dr. Christopher Stack, a retired Indianapolis surgeon who co-founded Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan, a group that advocates for government-run health care. "It will get people talking."

  • Posted on Monday, June 25, 2007
    By RALPH NADER
    But Michael Moore is no Paris Hilton from any dimension you wish to choose. He is a heavyweight reformer, pitching his film toward full Medicare for everyone. This also means displacing the health insurance industry the way Medicare partially did in the mid-Sixties for the elderly.

  • Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2007
    By Christopher Lee | Washington Post Staff Writer
    The ranks of uninsured veterans have increased by 290,000 since 2000, said Stephanie J. Woolhandler, the Harvard Medical School professor who presented her findings yesterday before the House Committee on Veterans Affairs.

  • Posted on Sunday, June 17, 2007
    By PAUL KRUGMAN | New York Times
    A broader explanation would be that contemporary America is a society that, in a variety of ways, doesn't take very good care of its children. Recently, Unicef issued a report comparing a number of measures of child well-being in 21 rich countries, including health and safety, family and peer relationships and such things as whether children eat fruit and are physically active. The report put the Netherlands at the top; sure enough, the Dutch are now the world's tallest people, almost 3 inches taller, on average, than non-Hispanic American whites. The U.S. ended up in 20th place, below Poland, Portugal and Hungary, but ahead of Britain.

  • Posted on Sunday, June 17, 2007
    Healthcare providers to attend "SiCKO" premiere, speak out for a national health insurance plan New York, N.Y. -- June 15, 2007 -- Registered nurses, doctors, and other healthcare providers will be out in force Monday evening, June 18, when Michael Moore’s new film, SiCKO, premieres in New York City at the Ziegfeld Theatre.

  • Posted on Sunday, June 17, 2007
    By David R. Francis | Columnist | The Christian Science Monitor
    Advocates of a single-payer national healthcare system welcome Moore's movie. With millions of viewers likely to see the film, it's "unquestionably" helpful, says a spokesman for Physicians for a National Health Program. PNHP, with a membership of 14,000 physicians, has been campaigning for a national system for 20 years.

  • Posted on Sunday, June 17, 2007
  • Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2007
    By SARAH BAKER and KATIE ESCHERICH | ABCNews | Nightline
    Moore hopes that people who see "Sicko" will realize that the current health care system needs an overhaul and will start a "political movement" of change, but he also said that fixing the health care system isn't strictly a political issue.

  • Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2007
    By Roger Ray | Springfield News-Leader
    In the mid 1970s, the then-largest insurance company in the world, Prudential, added auto and homeowners insurance to its product offerings. The reason given for this move was, are you ready?.... because there was about to be a national health program in the United States that would end the need for health insurance! Prudential wanted to give its agents another product to sell to make up for what they would lose in commissions on health insurance. However, the Carter administration failed to overcome the objections of health care providers and insurance companies and abandoned health care reform.

  • Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2007
    Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Staff Writer | San Francisco Chronicle
    As Michael Moore stood on the west steps of the Capitol on Tuesday and led 1,000 activists in chanting "It's time for them to go" -- health insurance companies, that is -- he looked less like a Hollywood director promoting his new takedown of the health care industry and more like the frontman of a national political campaign.

  • Posted on Monday, June 11, 2007
    By Mark Fischenich | The Free Press
    Uninsured people are often the focus of debates about America's troubled health care system, but even those with insurance are struggling with issues of cost and access.

  • Posted on Sunday, June 10, 2007
    Thomas Walkom | The Star
    But Moore is not making a film for Canadians or the Brits or the French. He doesn't delve into Canada's debate over two-tier medicine. He ignores British controversies about public-private partnerships in health and pays absolutely no attention to French complaints that upfront user charges subvert that country's medicare system. He doesn't care about any of this. Nor should he. Moore is making a film for Americans. And what he is telling his compatriots is very simple and very true: that America's refusal to embrace some kind of universal health care system makes absolutely no sense.

  • Posted on Sunday, June 10, 2007
    By ROSE ANN DEMORO, CNA/NNOCC Executive Director | LA Daily News
    MICHAEL Moore's riveting new film provides a valuable lesson that we can solve the health care crisis without dumping more resources into a too-often heartless, private, insurance-based system. Lack of insurance is not the trouble in America. The insurance industry itself is the problem.

  • Posted on Sunday, June 10, 2007
    By David Lazarus | San Francisco Chronicle
    So I say this: Let the people decide. If our lawmakers can't or won't recognize the urgent need for universal coverage, then it's time to repackage SB840 as a ballot initiative and put it to a vote by those most directly impacted by our obscenely dysfunctional health care system -- us.

  • Posted on Sunday, June 10, 2007
    By EUGENE FARLEY and LINDA FARLEY | GUEST COLUMN | Coulee News
    We already know that selfish interests from the insurance and hospital industries are going to wage all-out war against any reform. So we might as well design a program to create the best possible health system, and let the defenders of the shameful status quo take their best shot.

  • Posted on Sunday, June 10, 2007
    By PAUL DEMARCO - Guest columnist | The State
    Imagine you were involved in a discussion about U.S. public schools when someone said: "Socialized education is ruining this country. Tuition should be provided by businesses to their employees or by the government to the very poor. Otherwise, you make your own way." That sounds quite strange. America is committed to a nationwide system of taxpayer-supported public schools. Only the staunchest libertarian would question that commitment. But substitute the word "medicine" for "education" in the quotation and change "tuition" to "health insurance" and you have an accurate description of the state of health care in our country.

  • Posted on Monday, June 4, 2007
    By Sheena Harrison | Crain's Detroit Business
    United Auto Workers International President Ron Gettelfinger and James Hoffa, general president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, both advocated creating a universal, single-payer health care system in separate speeches at the Detroit Regional Chamber's Mackinac Policy Conference.

  • Posted on Monday, June 4, 2007
    infoZine Staff | Kansas City infoZine
    National coordinator of Physicians for a National Health Program, Quentin Young, M.D. said yesterday: "It was ironic to hear Clinton talk about standing up to the the insurance companies. She'd tried to work them into her plan, which is a large part of why it failed. The biggest insurance companies actually backed her plan for a time while the smaller ones opposed it.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2007
    By Rose Ann DeMoro | The Huffington Post
    The first misconception in the health care debate is the portrait of all of us as "consumers" of health care. Sen. Barack Obama's healthcare plan, announced today, is yet the latest to perpetuate the present misguided system that sacrifices all of us to this concept.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2007
  • Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2007
    by PNHP Executive Director Dr. Ida Hellander with PNHP National Coordinator Dr. Quentin Young
    Obama's health plan, announced yesterday, is essentially the same as the Edwards' health plan, continuing reliance on the employer-based system of private health coverage that has failed America and brought the health system to the point of crisis.

  • Posted on Monday, May 28, 2007
    by David U. Himmelstein, M.D. | WBUR 90.0
    Every year, costs rise far faster than inflation, making health insurance less affordable for individuals, and tempting employers to stop offering coverage altogether. For city and town governments in the [Massachusetts] Commonwealth, health spending for public workers' benefits rose 85% between 2001 and 2006, eating up most new tax revenues. And state government spending for Medicaid and other state health programs continues to skyrocket.

  • Posted on Monday, May 28, 2007
    Victoria Colliver | Chronicle Staff Writer
    Michael Moore couldn't have scheduled the release of his movie "Sicko" -- an indictment of the U.S. health care system -- at a more opportune time. The film, which opens in theaters in the United States on June 29, arrives as many states, including California, have introduced health care reform proposals. In polls, health care routinely ranks among the public's top domestic concerns. Health care reform is also expected to be an important theme in the presidential campaign for 2008.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2007
    Quentin D. Young, M.D. | New York Times | Letter to the Editor
    Of course, it is pleasant to receive the recognition from Nicholas D. Kristof: “So bravo to the Physicians for a National Health Program,” which favors a single-payer system. Let me return the accolade by informing him that Massachusetts’ recent legislation, which he found promising, is certainly not “feasible” and is already dysfunctional. This is important because a bevy of states are responding to private health insurance pressures with Massachusetts-like panaceas.

  • Posted on Monday, May 21, 2007
    Deborah Burger, R.N. | President, California Nurses Association
    Wall Street Journal | Letter to the Editor

    The simple fact is we could learn a thing or two about health care from Canada, France, Taiwan and every other developed nation in the world. They all manage to provide better health care at about half the cost. The difference? They don't have a bloated insurance bureaucracy wasting one-third of care dollars and propelling medical inflation.

  • Posted on Monday, May 21, 2007
    By Christopher Mims | Scientific American
    The study's authors highlight the fact that per capita spending on health care is 89 percent higher in the U.S. than in Canada. "One thing that people generally know is that the administration costs are much higher in the U.S.," Groome notes. Indeed, one study by Woolhandler published in The New England Journal of Medicine in 2003 found that 31 percent of spending on health care in the U.S. went to administrative costs, whereas Canada spent only 17 percent on the same functions.

  • Posted on Monday, May 21, 2007
    By BOB HERBERT | NY Times Op-Ed
    Fourteen-year-old Devante Johnson deserved better. He was a sweet kid, an honor student and athlete who should be enjoying music and sports and skylarking with his friends at school. Instead he’s buried in Houston’s Paradise North Cemetery. Devante died of kidney cancer in March. His mother, Tamika Scott, believes he would still be alive if bureaucrats in Texas hadn’t fouled up so badly that his health coverage was allowed to lapse and his cancer treatment had to be interrupted.

  • Posted on Monday, May 21, 2007
    Agnès Poirier | The Guardian
    [Michael Moore] has issues with the way of the world and wants to set records straight. His goal is simply to put universal healthcare back at the centre of the American debate. And while Moore's main objective is to reach his fellow Americans, his film should also make Europeans ponder on the system they too often take for granted.

  • Posted on Monday, May 21, 2007
    By Andrew O'Hehir | Salon.com
    Michael Moore's scathing, important look at the U.S. healthcare system has plenty to rile the far right -- and a lot more to enrage the larger American public.

  • Posted on Sunday, May 20, 2007
    By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF | New York Times | Op-Ed Columnist
    The U.S. now spends far more on medical care (more than $7,000 per person) than other nations, yet our infant mortality rate, maternal mortality rate and longevity are among the worst in the industrialized world. If we had as good a child mortality rate as France, Germany and Italy, we would save 12,000 children a year.

  • Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2007
  • Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2007
    By MERISSA MARR | The Wall Street Journal
    Filmmaker Michael Moore says on his Web site that his new documentary, "SiCKO," "will expose the health-care industry's greed and control over America's political processes."

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2007
    By Jeffrey Kluger | Time Magazine
    Michael Moore: This film does cut across party lines. Everybody gets sick; everybody has had a problem with insurance or the prescription drugs they’re supposed to be taking or an elderly parent who needs care. On the surface, it does seem that the only people who are going to be upset are the executives of insurance and pharmaceutical companies.

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2007
    by State Senator Leland Yee
    The single biggest issue that the State Legislature will address in 2007 is California’s healthcare system. The most significant problems with our current healthcare system are the exorbitant cost and the operational inefficiency. These factors work to exclude many average working people from having access to essential care. Without affordable healthcare, families are forced to depend on emergency rooms for basic health care and struggle with exorbitant bills, while our entire economy suffers. This has created a growing crisis for patients, healthcare providers, and taxpayers alike.

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2007
    Tom Chorneau | San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bureau
    The debate over health care reform in California has focused on proposals from the governor and legislative leaders aimed at expanding private insurance coverage to more residents. But there's another idea -- one with the support of legions of enthusiastic voters and a majority of the Legislature: Replace private insurance with a system managed by the state, the so-called single-payer system.

  • Posted on Monday, May 14, 2007
    Gov. Rod Blagojevich has proposed to raise taxes which Illinoisans would then pay to insurance companies - but private insurers are the problem, not the solution. Hence, the governor’s plan is long on costs to consumer, taxpayers and businesses, and is short on remedies. To simultaneously expand coverage while controlling costs for individuals and businesses, the only effective solution is a single-payer public insurance program.