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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 Monday, July 16, 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 Monday, July 16, 2007
  • Posted on Friday, July 13, 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 Friday, July 13, 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 Friday, July 13, 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 Tuesday, July 10, 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 Tuesday, July 10, 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 Tuesday, July 10, 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 Monday, July 9, 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 Thursday, July 5, 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 Thursday, June 28, 2007
  • Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 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 Tuesday, June 26, 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 Thursday, June 21, 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 Monday, June 18, 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 Monday, June 18, 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 Monday, June 18, 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 Monday, June 18, 2007
  • Posted on Thursday, June 14, 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 Wednesday, June 13, 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 Wednesday, June 13, 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 Tuesday, June 12, 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 Monday, June 11, 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 Monday, June 11, 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 Monday, June 11, 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 Monday, June 11, 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 Monday, June 11, 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 Tuesday, June 5, 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 Tuesday, June 5, 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 Thursday, May 31, 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 Thursday, May 31, 2007
  • Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 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 Tuesday, May 29, 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 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.