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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, May 29, 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 Thursday, May 24, 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 Tuesday, May 22, 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 Tuesday, May 22, 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 Tuesday, May 22, 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 Tuesday, May 22, 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 Tuesday, May 22, 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 Monday, May 21, 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 Friday, May 18, 2007
  • Posted on Friday, May 18, 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 Thursday, May 17, 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 Wednesday, May 16, 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 Wednesday, May 16, 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 Tuesday, May 15, 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.

  • Posted on Monday, May 14, 2007
  • Posted on Friday, May 11, 2007
    Marketplace | NPR
    Some Fortune 500 CEOs this week announced a coalition to push for health care reform. But commentator Jamie Court says what they're really seeking is a government bailout of insurers and drug companies.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2007
    Kevin Collins | Normal, Ill | The Pantagraph | Letter to the Editor
    Access to comprehensive health care is a human right. Pursuits of corporate profit and personal fortune have no place in care-giving and create enormous waste. The United States already spends enough to provide comprehensive health care to all Americans with no increase in total costs.

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2007
  • Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2007
    By DR. ANNE COURTRIGHT | The Pueblo Chieftan, Colorado
    We spend twice as much as any other advanced country on health care yet we rank 37th in the world on health outcomes. Catastrophic medical bills bring on bankruptcy while insurance companies spend 30 percent or their money on administration, marketing and profit. Medicare For All would mean we all contribute and we all get necessary health care. Doctors remain independent and hospital remain private and non-profit.

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2007
    By CORPORATE CRIME REPORTER
    The Corporate Democratic Party is into snuff politics. The target this month--single payer, Medicare for all. The motive--protect the corporate health insurance industry.

  • Posted on Monday, May 7, 2007
    By Kristen Hannum | Rocky Mountain News
    Dr. Rocky White of Alamosa was seeing a growing number of patients who were without adequate insurance. The conservative rancher and physician knew many people weren't coming in at all for the preventive care that would keep them healthy. After studying the problem, White decided "Everybody in, nobody out," was the answer to the U.S. health-care crisis. Universal health care, via single-payer financing, brings quality care for far less money per capita in other industrialized countries. Why not here?

  • Posted on Monday, May 7, 2007
    By W.J. Coggins | The Tuscaloosa News
    The steadily rising costs of health care is a worldwide problem. In the other industrial nations where costs are rationally managed, the total burden on the economy is half as much as ours because they have a single-payer system either managed by the government or smaller governmental units. The overall quality of care in these countries, measured by life expectancy, infant mortality rates, patient satisfaction and other parameters, is better than ours.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2007
    By DR. JOHN DALEY | Union Leader | Commentary
    As a family physician on the front lines of medicine I daily see the difficulties patients face due to lack of insurance or under-insurance. Generally these patients ration their own care, disappearing for a year or two when they lose their job and insurance, only to return with sky-high blood pressures or out- of-control diabetes, effectively taking years off their lives.

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2007
    By Dr. Richard G. Younge | The Journal News
    How could the health-care system change to improve care? For a start, we could make the treatment and preventive services of modern health care available to everyone. A national health insurance program that replaced our current system based on private insurers would improve access to care for the 47 million uninsured people in the United States.

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2007
    BY NICHOLAS SKALA AND QUENTIN YOUNG, M.D. | The Chicago Sun Times
    Rod Blagojevich wants to be remembered as Illinois' "health care governor," and his focus on our state's millions of uninsured and underinsured is commendable. Unfortunately, he has come up with the wrong prescription. Blagojevich would hike taxes to pay insurance companies for meager benefits. But eliminating private insurers altogether would save enough to provide health care for all Illinoisans for no more than we're spending now.

  • Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2007
    By MILES WEINBURGER | Des Moines Register
    We have in America outstanding health-care facilities, excellent doctors and world-class research. What we lack is the universal health-care coverage present in all other industrial nations that provides assurance that health care will be available to us when we need it. Many of you reading this may say, "I've got good insurance that my employer provides." Let's hope your insurer stays in business and that you never have to change jobs or go into business for yourself.

  • Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2007
    By LAURA GILCREST | UPI Health Business Editor
    Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, a Democratic presidential contender, tells United Press International about his plan for national healthcare reform, which is centered on covering all Americans by taking the profit factor out of the equation.

  • Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2007
    By Ezra Klein | The American Prospect Here's how Canada, France, Britain, Germany, and our own Veterans Health Administration manage to cover everybody at less cost and with better care than we do.

  • Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2007
    By Don Hazen | AlterNet
    To state that controversy and Michael Moore go hand and hand is to utter the obvious, and Moore's latest film Sicko will clearly be no exception. Sicko, which will be premiering at the Cannes Film Festival in May, is a comic broadside against the state of American health care, including the mental health system. The film targets drug companies and the HMOS in the richest country in the world -- where the most money is spent on health care, but where the U.S. ranks 21st in life expectancy among the 30 most developed nations, obviously in part due to the fact that 47 million people are without health insurance.

  • Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2007
    California's 2007 healthcare debate moved in to high gear today as the state Senate Health Committee approved two key bills to guarantee healthcare for all Californians before hundreds of people in a packed chamber that filled two rooms. SB 840, Sen. Sheila Kuehl's Universal Healthcare Act, and its companion financing bill, SB 1014, passed by 6-4 votes Wednesday night following an impassioned call by Kuehl earlier during the committee hearing for action on the state's healthcare crisis. There were also statements of support by representatives of dozens of community organizations.

  • Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2007
    Some states, like Vermont, are considering expanding access to care with savings from "disease management." Unfortunately, the CBO found that there is no evidence that disease management saves money. After taking into account the cost of running the program (often subcontracted to a drug company spin-off) disease management may actually raise costs, as it did in the Florida Medicaid program.

  • Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2007
    By Tom Raithel | Evansville Courier & Press
    An Evansville native who is now a physician campaigning for a national single-payer universal health plan will bring his message home May 3 in a speech at Central Library's Browning Events Room. Dr. Rob Stone, an emergency room doctor in Bloomington, Ind., is a leader in Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan, an Indiana affiliate of Physicians for a National Health Plan.

  • Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2007
    By PAUL KRUGMAN | Op-Ed Columnist | The New York Times The plot against Social Security failed: President Bush's attempt to privatize the system crashed and burned when the public realized what he was up to. But the plot against Medicare is faring better: the stealth privatization embedded in the Medicare Modernization Act, which Congress literally passed in the dead of night back in 2003, is proceeding apace.

  • Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2007
    Saul Friedman | Newsday
    As we've discussed, "Medicare for All" may seem the simplest and most logical path to universal health care. But the nation's conservative traditions and the entrenched multizillion-dollar for-profit health care establishment will be formidable obstacles on that path.

  • Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2007
    by Rose Ann DeMoro | The Huffington Post
    Listening to the purveyors of conventional wisdom, you might think only an incremental approach on healthcare reform is possible. The most comprehensive reform, HR 676 in Congress, (and its state versions, such as SB 840 in California), providing guaranteed healthcare as an expanded and improved Medicare for all, is not politically feasible. So, the pundits insist, settle for what we can get.

  • Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2007
    Jaime Torres | El Diario
    En toda la nación el tema de la crisis en nuestro sistema de salud está candente y la gente está demando a los políticos que la resuelvan. Hay 47 millones de personas sin cobertura médica -- 14 millones son hispanos -- y más de 50 millones con seguros inadecuados. El Instituto de Medicina reportó que cada año 18,000 personas mueren por falta de cobertura médica.

  • Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2007
    By ROBERT PEAR | The New York Times
    When the new coverage becomes available next year, AARP will be the largest provider of private insurance to Medicare recipients. In addition to the new H.M.O., AARP will continue providing prescription drug coverage and policies to supplement Medicare, known as Medigap coverage.

  • Posted on Monday, April 16, 2007
    Oliver Fein, M.D. and Leonard Rodberg | Letter to the Editor | New York Times Magazine
    Is this what our country has come to? Leading C.E.O.’s, despairing of their ability to limit rising health-care costs and unwilling to bear these costs themselves any longer, will now back legislation that would place every individual and family at the mercy of private insurance companies like UnitedHealth, Wellpoint and the other insurance giants. Do they think John and Jane Doe can achieve what Safeway and General Motors cannot, namely, affordable health care for all of us?

  • Posted on Friday, April 13, 2007
  • Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007
    By Matt Smith | SF Weekly
    Note from PNHP: The AFL-CIO endorsed a Medicare for All approach to health reform in March, 2007, but some splinter unions, most prominently SEIU, have kept silent on single payer and instead had high profile press conferences with groups like the pro-market National Business Roundtable. This article sheds some light on SEIU president Andy Stern's corporate alliances and the internal battle at SEIU that will determine the fate of hundreds of thousands of health care workers - and impact the future of health care reform in the US.

  • Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007
    Michael Ozer | Special to the San Antonio Express-News
    At this point, none of the major contenders has made bold proposals that would threaten the dominant role the private insurers have in our system. Most would create mandates for employers to purchase health insurance for their employees and provide tax credits for those too rich to qualify for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program. Unfortunately, such approaches won't adequately address the problem. Decent coverage would increasingly become more unaffordable for more and more Americans as medical costs continue to rise.

  • Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007
    DAVE PARKS | The Birmingham News | News staff writer
    A newly reinvigorated chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program - an organization that has been pushing since the 1980s for universal health care - has formed in the Birmingham area.

  • Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007
    We are individuals and members of several different Washington State organizations that are committed to the creation of a high quality American health care system that is affordable and accessible to all. We came together over a year ago as an Ad Hoc Coalition in support of the Citizens Health Care Working Group (CHCWG) and its public hearing held in Seattle in February 2006. We submitted a critique and recommendations for improvement of the Interim Report last summer. We now testify before the Senate Finance Committee about the CHCWG report "Health Care That Works for All Americans", and make further comments about implementation of reform of the American health care system.

  • Posted on Thursday, April 5, 2007
    By Deborah McDermott | Portsmouth Herald
    Clif Horrigan wanted answers. The Portsmouth resident came to hear Illinois Sen. Barack Obama for her children, all of whom have faced unemployment, all of whom have been without health insurance. She wants a single-payer, "prenatal to death" health care system, and she said that she was a tough customer before Obama even strode in the room at Seacoast Media Group on Tuesday . "I haven't heard what he stands for. I need details," she said.

  • Posted on Wednesday, April 4, 2007
    By Lindsey Tanner | Associated Press
    Dr. Perry Klaassen lived to tell about his frightening ordeal with colon cancer. His patient did not. Same age, same state, same disease. Striking similarities, Klaassen thought when Shirley Searcy came to his clinic in Oklahoma City. It was July 2002, a year after his own diagnosis. But there was one huge difference: Klaassen had health insurance, Searcy did not.

  • Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2007
    By Shir Haberman | Portsmouth Herald
    The two approaches are:
    Build on the employer-based system with a provision for a government-sponsored program that would act as a safety net for those who could not get insurance through their employers.
    Develop a single-payer approach, funded publicly, but delivered privately.

  • Posted on Monday, April 2, 2007
    Michelle Garcia | The Advocate
    One of the groups involved with organizing the campaign was the Metro New York Physicians for a National Health Program, or PNHP. Oliver Fein, chairman of PNHP, said the partnering of these two groups is crucial to furthering the cause of health care and affordable housing for HIV patients and all Americans.

  • Posted on Monday, April 2, 2007
    Ann Troy, M.D., FAAP | San Rafael, Calif. | AAP News
    In his State of the Union address, President Bush acknowledged that we have a health care crisis in the United States. His plan for fixing it would keep the insurance industry in health care -- to the detriment of us all.

  • Posted on Monday, April 2, 2007
    By Saul Friedman | Newsday
    How can we preserve what's best in the nation's current system and move as smoothly as possible to medicine that's publicly financed? One popular answer, which we reported on nearly 10 years ago, came from Dr. Marcia Angell, in the New England Journal of Medicine, which she edited. We called it "Medicare For All." Now a senior lecturer at Harvard Medical School, she repeated her suggestion recently in the Boston Globe.

  • Posted on Monday, April 2, 2007
    By Dr. Susanne King | Berkshire Eagle
    IT IS now common knowledge that 47 million people are uninsured in the United States, an increase of 5 million during the time President Bush has been in office. This health care issue is already a focus for the upcoming national election, as well as the impetus for health care reform in individual states. Massachusetts is currently implementing legislation to reduce the number of uninsured in our state, and to mandate universal health care coverage.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2007
    The Center for American Progress held a forum on health care with Sen. Hillary Clinton, Sen. Chris Dodd, Sen. John Edwards, Sen. Mike Gravel, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Sen. Barack Obama, and Gov. Bill Richardson. Click here for the full transcript

  • Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2007
    By Shir Haberman | Portsmouth Herald
    "It's very exciting," said Portsmouth physician Thomas Clairmont, who was the impetus for the resolution. "It will open up the debate, because now when these (presidential candidates) come to speak before the Legislature, they will know where that body stands on health care.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2007
    By Kay McVay, RN | San Jose Mercury News
    Anyone worried about the cost and availability of health care should be very wary of some of what's being said about health care reform in California. SB840, state Sen. Sheila Kuehl's bill providing guaranteed health care as an expanded and improved version of Medicare for all Californians, is the gold standard reform. It's the most comprehensive - and the only plan that controls costs by eliminating administrative waste rather than limiting care and shifting costs to families.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007
    By Ron Forthofer | The Rocky Mountain News
    Although health care is the top domestic concern of Americans, neither the Bush administration nor congressional leaders are willing to provide the leadership necessary to solve the crises confronting uninsured and underinsured Americans and U.S. businesses. Leading politicians continue to put campaign contributions from the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries ahead of the interests of other businesses and the American public. However, as U.S. businesses are faced with ever increasing health insurance premiums, more are willing to tackle the crisis and become a part of the solution.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007
    By Milton Fisk | The Journal Gazette
    Suddenly, the most unlikely bunch has turned altruistic. Conservative businesses and politicians want health coverage for the uninsured. Schemes are multiplying about how to do it. Why the change of heart? Beware of those bearing gifts -- this altruism is but poorly disguised self-interest.

  • Posted on Monday, March 26, 2007
    By Saul Friedman | Family & Relationships | Newsday
    Each new subscriber to a Medicare Advantage plan means another of the thousands of cuts that are bleeding Medicare to death, which explains why Medicare advocates in the Congress want to reduce the subsidy. You'd help by staying with Medicare.

  • Posted on Monday, March 26, 2007
    By ROBERT PEAR | The New York Times
    Seven Democratic candidates for president promised Saturday to guarantee health insurance for all, but they disagreed over how to pay for it and how fast it could be achieved.

  • Posted on Friday, March 23, 2007
    Lance Dickie | Seattle Times | Editorial Columnist
    Here is an unadorned fact of political life: An anxious middle class makes things happen, which explains the persistent drum beat of national interest in universal health-insurance coverage. People are uneasy. The exact shape of the change to come is not clear, but more and more Americans are eager to listen to the options. One of the most straight-forward, and familiar, is national single-payer health insurance.

  • Posted on Friday, March 23, 2007
    By Gregory Lopes | Washington Times
    America's largest organized labor union is setting the stage for a campaign to reform the country's health care system. The AFL-CIO's Working America, an affiliate of the union, this week set up the Web site: "Health Care Hustle."

  • Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007
  • Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007
    By Linda Hunt Beckman | Philadelphia Inquirer
    We in the United States are unfamiliar with the single-payer option because tremendous amounts of money are spent by the medical-insurance and pharmaceutical industries to keep us in the dark. They would lose big bucks if we chose to go this route.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2007
    By Alex Gerber | Washington Times | Commentary
    The answer to our outmoded, multipayer, profit-oriented health-care industry is its replacement by a nonprofit, single-payer government agency. In short, universal health insurance (UHI) through Medicare for our entire population.

  • Posted on Monday, March 19, 2007
    By Sandy Miller | Times-News writer
    "Five years ago, if you mentioned national health care to a roomful of doctors, they would have booed," said Bobbie Dennett, a disability hearing officer for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and the co-chair of the Outreach Committee of Idaho Health Care For All. They're not booing so much anymore.

  • Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007
    By Julie Creek | The Journal Gazette
    Fears about cost, quality and lack of access have pushed health care reform to center stage in American domestic politics. In the 13 years since the Clinton health care plan went down in flames, the problems that plan was designed to address have become more severe, and reform promises to be a major issue in next year's presidential race. Among solutions under discussion is the "single-payer" system, which proponents argue is the best way to provide health insurance and control costs.

  • Posted on Friday, March 16, 2007
    By ROBERT H. FRANK | New York Times | Economic Scene
    In health care, for example, the private insurance system employed in the United States delivers worse outcomes at substantially higher cost than the single-payer system employed in virtually every other industrial country. But switching to the single-payer system would require higher taxes and increased benefits for low-income citizens, steps that would violate the two commandments. So for now, we remain saddled with a system that everyone agrees is dysfunctional.

  • Posted on Friday, March 16, 2007
    By DOMENICK BUSCEMI | The Morning Call
    The obvious solution to the problem is to stop making a profit from the sickness and misery of human beings. Facts point to a single-payer, universal health care system where everyone pays his or her fair share and everyone receives equal access.

  • Posted on Friday, March 16, 2007
    California Nurses Association | Press Release
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's health plan could cost the typical California household from 25% to 36 percent of their family income, according to data released today by the California Nurses Association.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2007
    Lisa Nilles | Star Tribune | Opinion
    The universal health insurance plan introduced last week by Healthy Minnesota (a coalition of providers, legislators and insurers) is nothing more than a band-aid on a system in need of a much bigger fix.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2007
    By DIANE LEVICK | Hartford Courant Staff Writer
    A bill to create a single health insurer in Connecticut - an anathema to the industry - won half-hearted approval Tuesday from a legislative panel, which also passed a reform bill the industry favors. The Insurance and Real Estate Committee, in a 12-7 vote, approved a bill aimed at creating a "single-payer" system to ensure coverage for all Connecticut residents not on Medicare.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007
    The Nation | Editorial | March 26, 2007 issue
    There's no mystery about the fix Americans want: Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed in a recent New York Times/CBS poll say the government should guarantee health coverage for all Americans. Half said they'd willingly pay as much as $500 a year more in taxes to pay for universal coverage. To do that, this country needs to establish a single-payer system--one inspired by Canada and other developed countries but distinctly American in approach.

  • Posted on Friday, March 9, 2007
    by David Moberg | In These Times
    Like the creature from the Black Lagoon, the health insurance monster has returned, creeping back onto the public stage. After President Clinton's jury-rigged pen to contain the monster collapsed in 1994, it never really went away. Political leaders tried to ignore the beast or deal piecemeal with its ravages, but it pushed more unsuspecting civilians into the uninsured pit, devoured more family budgets, squeezed even giant corporations' ability to compete globally, and raised fear and insecurity among the populace.

  • Posted on Friday, March 9, 2007
    The California Nurses Association, and its national arm, the National Nurses Organizing Committee was granted a charter Thursday to join the AFL-CIO, uniting 325,000 registered nurses into the leading voice of America's working people. CNA/NNOC represents 75,000 RNs in all 50 states. Significantly, the affiliation came two days after the Federation adopted a sweeping new healthcare policy statement endorsing a single-payer type system premised on "updating and expanding Medicare benefits" to all Americans.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2007
    By Jennifer L. Boen | Fort Wayne News-Sentinel
    The stories told by the uninsured and underinsured reverberate in the mind of emergency room doctor Robert Stone, who works in Bloomington: People delay care because they don't have health insurance or skip or stop taking medications because they can't afford them. A less serious medical problem becomes catastrophic because of the delays or lack of medication.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2007
    Reviewed by Danielle Ofri, M.D., Ph.D. | New York University School of Medicine | For the New England Journal of Medicine
    Pamela Behan has something of an outsider's view of America. The title of her book, Solving the Health Care Problem, assumes that the lack of national health insurance is the biggest problem in U.S. health care, which is what you learn once you read the book

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2007
    Bay Area BusinessWoman
    Rose Ann DeMoro, executive director of the California Nurses Association (CNA), has been hailed as the "The Woman who met the Terminator's match." For the last 13 years, she has run the boisterous, nearly all female 70,000-member union that neutralizes its opponents, including actor-turned governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, with creative direct action, alliance building and media manipulation.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2007
    AFL-CIO Executive Council statement
    As a nation, we need to exert the political will to enact comprehensive health care reform nationwide. There is strong evidence the crisis can be solved with tools at hand and at a cost that pales in comparison to the toll in human lives the current system exacts. It is time to mobilize America behind a concrete plan to enact universal health care and the AFL-CIO commits its full resources to asserting leadership in this historic effort.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2007
    By Mark Gruenberg | PAI Staff Writer
    Armed with universal denunciation of the failing, creaky, expensive present employer-based insurance-company-run health care system, the AFL-CIO Executive Council unanimously voted March 6 to campaign for a massive change: Expanding Medicare to the entire country.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2007
    Business First of Buffalo
    The New York State Academy of Family Physicians has called on Gov. Eliot Spitzer and the state Legislature to create a single payer health-care system.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2007
    By CORPORATE CRIME REPORTER
    Edwards' plan is a complex brew of health markets, public incentives and private mandates. Dr. Don McCanne of Physicians for a National Health Program has one word for Edwards' plan--"lousy." "The idea of setting up a public plan to compete with private plans has been thoroughly discredited," McCanne told Corporate Crime Reporter. "No matter what regulations are established, private plans will continue to select the healthy--especially the healthy workforce and their healthy families. The private plans cover the majority of us who are healthy and cost very little, while as taxpayers we pay most of the costs for health care for those with medical needs."

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2007
    By Robert Manor | Chicago Tribune staff reporter
    Although details of the proposal won't be known until later this week, interest groups are already starting to take positions for or against [Illinois] Gov. Rod Blagojevich's plans to expand health insurance to hundreds of thousands of people without medical coverage.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2007
    The Capital Times
    But Americans do not need to borrow a plan from Canada or elsewhere. As supporters of HR 676 remind us: America already has a great single-payer system, Medicare. It simply needs to be expanded.

  • Posted on Friday, March 2, 2007
    By ROBIN TONER and JANET ELDER | New York Times | March 1, 2007
    A majority of Americans say the federal government should guarantee health insurance to every American, especially children, and are willing to pay higher taxes to do it, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll.

  • Posted on Friday, March 2, 2007
    By Harry Kelber | The Labor Educator
    When the AFL-CIO Executive Council meets March 6-8 in Las Vegas, it will be deciding what to do about the nation's most important domestic problem, health insurance for all Americans. It should recognize the wishes of millions of union members and endorse and campaign for the United States National Health Insurance Act (H.R. 676) that would establish a single-payer health insurance system with guaranteed coverage for all Americans.

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007
    Tim Carpenter | PDA Executive Director
    There are times in American history -- "perfect storms," if you will -- when forces are in alignment for the passage of a momentous reform that makes our country qualitatively better. In the 1930s, we won union rights and Social Security. In the 1960s, civil rights and Medicare. Is this our moment to finally win Universal Health Coverage -- improved and expanded Medicare for All? Or at least wage a campaign so powerful that victory will be just around the corner?

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007
    Greg M. Silver, M.D. | Letter to the Editor | St. Petersburg Times
    As a practicing family doctor in Clearwater, I see the increasing problems of our system every day. More of my patients have lost their insurance coverage and struggle to pay for even basic care. For the lucky ones who have coverage, insurers shift more cost to my patients, maintaining their profits while forcing people into difficult choices that can adversely affect their health.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007
    by Marcia Angell | Boston Globe
    It's time to take the Food and Drug Administration back from the drug companies.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007
    Rose Ann DeMoro | Labor Notes | 02/23/07
    Union members have a huge stake in the present debate on health care reform. At a time when employers routinely slash or eliminate health benefits for workers and their families or force union members on strike to preserve those benefits, when insurance plans routinely restrict workers' choice of doctors and prescription drugs, and when more working families declare bankruptcy due to medical debt, only one reform can provide the health care security working people need: single-payer.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007
    In his speech at the National Press Club yesterday emphasizing his health care proposals and "bipartisanship," California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said: "Whether you're Republican or Democrat, you don't have to give up your principles at all. But isn't the ultimate principle to serve the people? To do the things that are good for the people?" When asked about the role of big insurance and pharmaceutical companies, Schwarzenegger replied: "You must let everyone make their profits."

  • Posted on Monday, February 26, 2007
    By Robert G. Levitt, M.D. | Missouri Medicine
    Such wonderful advances have been made in medicine since the founding of our country that a twenty-first century America needs a twenty-eighth amendment.

  • Posted on Friday, February 23, 2007
    By Phil Mattera | Corporate Research Project
    Surely, it is a good thing to provide coverage to the uninsured, but it is remarkable that almost everyone assumes that coverage has to come from for-profit (or, in some cases, private non-profit) providers. Despite the overwhelming evidence from other industrial countries -- and even domestic programs such as Medicare -- that government-run health plans are much more efficient, the U.S. political class seems to be on a mission to save private insurance.

  • Posted on Friday, February 23, 2007
    By Daniel Connolly | Memphis Commercial Appeal
    Dr. Marcia Angell of Harvard Medical School was in Memphis on Thursday to continue her public criticism of big drug companies.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007
    CORPORATE CRIME REPORTER | February 21, 2007
    The majority of the American people want a single-payer health care system -- Medicare for all. The majority of doctors want it. A good chunk of hospital CEOs want it. But what they want doesn't appear to matter. Why?

  • Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007
    MarketWatch | Wednesday, February 21, 2007
    National health-care spending will double in the next 10 years, a study says. One out of every five dollars we spend will be for health care, and Uncle Sam will be footing more of the bill. Amy Scott reports.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007
    The Northwestern | February 22, 2007
    I was having lunch a few years ago with a long-time friend. He had worked many years for a small company in Oshkosh. That day he had some momentous news. He had been laid off. We talked about what employment options he had at the age of 54, but the most immediate concern was his health. My friend suffers from diabetes. He would get COBRA coverage for a while, but after that he absolutely had to have a job with health insurance. No way could he afford to buy the medications he needed on his own, and with his pre-condition he was uninsurable. He needed to find a job with a group plan, and at 54 that wasn't going to be easy. I looked across the table and asked what he was planning to do if he couldn't find a job with health benefits. His eyes caught mine as he said dryly, "Die, I guess."

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007
    By By Joel M. Albers, Pharm.D., Ph.D., Breanna Peterson Lathrop, Kirk C. Allison, Ph.D., Charles N. Oberg, M.D., and James F. Hart, M.D. | Minnesota Medicine
    Despite physicians' vital role in health care, few studies have assessed their preferences regarding health care financing systems. We surveyed a random sample of licensed Minnesota physicians to determine their preferences regarding health care financing systems. Of 390 physicians, 64% favored a single-payer system, 25% HSAs, and 12% managed care.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2007
    By Malinda Markowitz, RN | Mercury News, 2/16/07
    Then, as now in health care, the private market was touted as the solution, a fool's gold that became a nightmare. Let's not let it happen again. Instead, we should examine proposed legislation that will achieve universal care through a simple, single-payer system.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2007
    JACK E. LOHMAN | Capital Times, Madison, WI | February 16, 2007
    Of all of our health care needs, government protection of insurance company mega-profits should not be on the list of needed reforms.

  • Posted on Friday, February 16, 2007
    By PAUL KRUGMAN | Op-Ed Columnist | New York Times
    Is the health insurance business a racket? Yes, literally -- or so say two New York hospitals, which have filed a racketeering lawsuit against UnitedHealth Group and several of its affiliates.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2007
    By ROBERT H. FRANK | New York Times | Published: February 15, 2007
    Annual health spending in the United States currently exceeds $2 trillion. A single-payer system that did nothing more than reduce administrative expenses to the levels of other countries would save roughly $300 billion annually.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2007
    By Gary Passmore | Director, Congress of California Seniors | CaliforniaProgressReport.com
    At the instigation of our state political leadership, 2007 is shaping up to be the year of health reform in California. The central issue is how to provide quality, affordable coverage to more than six million Californians who are not covered by employer-based health insurance, public insurance programs (such as Medicare, Medi-Cal, or Healthy Families), or who purchase their own coverage.