Articles of Interest Archives

These articles highlight many of the health care related stories in the news–ranging from single-payer op-eds by PNHP members to reports by newspapers on corporate health care.

  • Posted on Wednesday, 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
    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 |
    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.

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2007
    David U. Himmelstein, M.D. and Steffie Woolhandler, M.D. | Letter to the Editor | New York Times
    Paul Krugman lauds former Senator John Edwards's health care proposal, claiming that it would trim insurance bureaucracy. But Mr. Edwards’s plan forgoes at least 90 percent of the $350 billion in potential administrative savings available through single-payer reform.

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2007
    Supporters of a single-payer health-care system that would cover all Ohio residents say they hope it is adopted here and becomes a model for a national health-care system.

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2007
    By David Lazarus | San Francisco Chronicle | Friday, February 9, 2007
    It caused quite a stir when some of the biggest names in the business world came together this week to declare that they want nothing less than" a new American health care system by 2012."

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2007
    Larry Thompson | Letter to the Editor | The Gainsville Sun
    It is time to dispel the myth that only the uninsured have problems with our health care system. My wife and I worked for over 25 years and had medical insurance all that time. We retired recently and sought health insurance coverage with two major companies. We were both in good health but, much to our dismay, were denied coverage on the pretext of "pre-existing medical conditions."

  • Posted on Monday, February 12, 2007
    By Marie Cocco | Columnist | Sacramento Bee
    John Edwards is trying to get ahead of the political curve, but he would send us back to the future. To 1993, to be exact. Edwards would repeat the mistake that was at the heart of Hillary Rodham Clinton's misadventure in trying to fix a health insurance system that was then, and is now, so out of whack that it manages to cover fewer and fewer Americans at higher and higher cost.

  • Posted on Monday, February 12, 2007
    Portsmouth Herald Editorial | Sunday, February 11, 2007
    Major health-care reform has become an urgent political and economic issue that, along with energy policy, likely will dominate the domestic agenda battle in the 2008 electoral campaign.

  • Posted on Monday, February 12, 2007
    by Carissa Wyant | Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal | Monday, February 12, 2007
    A new study by the University of Minnesota has found that most of the state's physicians surveyed prefer a single-payer universal health insurance system.

  • Posted on Friday, February 9, 2007
    By ALAN BENJAMIN | Unity & Independence
    As we go to press, Stern and Wal-Mart have just announced a healthcare partnership "aimed at attaining universal healthcare coverage." The partnership also includes Intel Corp., AT&T Inc. and Kelly Services Inc., a temporary staffing agency. According to the Associated Press release of Feb. 7, "no specific policies were proposed to achieve this goal. Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott said that Wal-Mart is not committed to spending more on healthcare or making any immediate promises to provide health coverage to more workers."

  • Posted on Friday, February 9, 2007
    By Rose Ann Demoro | Huffington Post | 02.07.2007
    In his latest campaign, John Edwards has taken promising steps in an effort to burnish his credentials as an "economic populist" - as the New York Times put it - from his opening announcement in New Orleans' devastated 9th Ward to his regular visits to picket lines to his timetable for pulling our troops out of Iraq. But his disappointing and shortsighted healthcare proposal shows he still has a long ways to go.

  • Posted on Monday, February 5, 2007
    by Jeff Cohen
    Yet the dividing-line issue in the upcoming primaries may turn out to be not Iraq, but healthcare. And just like on Iraq, the Democratic base is in no mood for timidity and half-way measures and vague rhetoric. Most rank-and-file Democrats support government-provided national health insurance: enhanced Medicare for All.

  • Posted on Monday, February 5, 2007
    Bill Falzett | American Chronicle | February 2, 2007
    California Governor Schwarzenegger's health insurance proposal is a bad one. I suspect that it might get passed but it shouldn't. It puts the load on providers, hospitals, small businesses, and the consumers once again. Guess who gets off the hook? That one is easy -- the health insurance industry.

  • Posted on Monday, February 5, 2007
    By Rose Ann DeMoro | South Florida Sun-Sentinel | February 5, 2007
    Americans expecting relief from the meltdown of our health care system should watch out for the political mugging now unfolding in the current debate on health care reform. From President Bush's proposals to proposals in Washington and state capitols, to a recent procession of groups. there is a lot of talk about a new "consensus" on the need for action on what everyone agrees is a crisis careening out of control.

  • Posted on Monday, February 5, 2007
    BY JOSH GERSTEIN | The New York Sun | February 5, 2007
    A former North Carolina senator making a second bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, John Edwards, has chosen not to embrace a single-payer health insurance plan, disappointing activists who contend that only a radical overhaul of the health care system can ensure that all Americans are insured.

  • Posted on Monday, February 5, 2007
    By Michael Corcoran |
    In September, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill that would have resulted in a single-payer health care system in California saying that he " cannot support a government-run health care system." While the recently re-elected executive is running from the right on several issues, most notably Climate Change, it appears signing off on something that could be described as a single-payer plan was just too much for this GOP moderate.

  • Posted on Monday, February 5, 2007
    By Dr. Joseph E. Birnbaum | Times Herald-Record | February 05, 2007
    I write as a health-care provider and user of the broken system of health-care delivery that has evolved in America, driven not by our medical needs but by the insidious influence of powerful, profit-driven corporate forces that influence our elected representatives on both sides of the aisle.

  • Posted on Monday, February 5, 2007
    The Nation | Editorial | February 19, 2007 issue
    The Democrats should counter [Bush's health care plan] with a plan that's already backed by seventy-eight House members, HR 676, the National Health Insurance Act, introduced by Representatives John Conyers and Dennis Kucinich. Some 225 labor unions back the bill, which would expand Medicare to every US resident.

  • Posted on Monday, February 5, 2007
    by George Lauer | California HealthCare Foundation | January 29, 2007
    As costs continue to rise -- and there's no reason to expect they won't -- employers, as well as individuals, are being priced out of the health insurance market, mandate or no mandate. The main alternative to such a scenario is a single-payer system, a notion already adopted in almost every other nation in the industrialized world.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2007
    Tom Linnell, EdD | The Coloradoan
    Health-care reform. Everyone is jumping on the bandwagon, from Hillary Rodham Clinton to Arnold Schwarzenegger. The president highlighted it in his State of the Union speech.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2007
    Don McCanne, M.D. | Comment on USA Today Editorial
    Everyone agrees that the regressive tax policies and job-lock of employer-sponsored coverage should be replaced. The divide is over what would be a better system. President Bush advances his ownership society ideology by using tax policy to encourage individual purchase of affordable (stripped down) health plans.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2007
    By Peter Schrag | Sacramento Bee | Published Wednesday, January 31, 2007
    Schwarzenegger and Bush got polite applause for touching on two subjects that not long ago had been unmentionable. Even last week, the closest Bush got to global warming was "global climate change," no comfort to dispossessed polar bears, but at least getting warmer. His version of improved health care boiled down to getting 3 million off the rolls of the nation's 47 million uninsured: the 6 percent solution.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2007
    By Eve Conant | Newsweek | Jan 29, 2007
    But it wasn't just folks in Washington who were upset. Nathan J. Wilkes of Greenwood Village, Colo., was so worried about the possible effects of Bush's proposal on his ability to provide coverage for his chronically ill son that he decided to travel to the capital to make some noise.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2007
    By Pete Stark | USA Today | January 29, 2007
    Bush's proposal would destroy the very system through which the vast majority of people get their coverage today and fail to replace it with an alternative means of obtaining quality care. It doesn't deserve Congress' consideration.

  • Posted on Monday, January 29, 2007
    Minneapolis/St.Paul Star Tribune Editorial | Published: January 28, 2007
    [T]he closer you look at these ambitious plans, the more you see they are mere patchworks. In Massachusetts, which will require most residents to buy private insurance, policies are coming on the market with higher prices and less coverage than experts hoped. Economist and columnist Paul Krugman points out that the Schwarzenegger plan will require big new state bureaucracies to regulate insurance companies and police individual behavior. As for the president's plan, even the White House admits it will cover only 5 million of the nation's 46 million uninsured; that's because it relies on tax deductions, which aren't much use to low-income families who represent the bulk of the uninsured population.

  • Posted on Monday, January 29, 2007
    By DAVID DYSSEGAARD KALLICK | The Buffalo News | 1/29/2007
    The best solution would be a national single-payer plan. But if Washington doesn't move, New York should look into a state-based single-payer system.

  • Posted on Monday, January 29, 2007
    By Marcia Angell | Guest Columnist | Boston Globe
    THE GREATEST source of insecurity for many Americans is the soaring cost of health care. Leaving jobs can mean losing health insurance, and even when insurance is offered, many workers turn it down because they can't afford their growing share of the premiums.

  • Posted on Monday, January 29, 2007
    By Mark Gruenberg | PAI Staff Writer | 1/29/2007
    The advocates, led by Deborah Burger, President of the California Nurses Association, and Dr. Oliver Fein of the Physicians for a National Health Plan, contend a government-run single-payer plan would cut costs, eliminate the health insurance companies and their paperwork, denial of coverage and high overhead, and cover everyone, including the uninsured and underinsured. Bush wouldn’t do that, they added.

  • Posted on Friday, January 26, 2007
    By THOMAS J. SHEERAN | Associated Press Writer
    U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, whose anti-war views have gained wider acceptance since he ran for president in 2004, hopes a similar public opinion shift will boost chances for enacting universal health care.

  • Posted on Friday, January 26, 2007
    By Paul Heise | Lebanon Daily News
    The only part of the American health-care system that seems to be working is Medicare and Medicaid. Our employment-based, managed-care system is clearly collapsing from inefficiency, rising costs and loss of the industrial base that paid for it.

  • Posted on Friday, January 26, 2007
    By PAUL KRUGMAN | New York Times | January 26, 2007
    American politics is ugly these days, and many people wish things were different. For example, Barack Obama recently lamented the fact that "politics has become so bitter and partisan" -- which it certainly has.

  • Posted on Friday, January 26, 2007
  • Posted on Friday, January 26, 2007
    by Megan Tady | The New Standard
    Members of a panel charged with implementing the Massachusetts "universal" healthcare plan redirected some insurers this week to make their premiums more affordable. But critics of the plan say it’s the government that needs to go back to the drawing board.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2007
    By Amy B. Monahan | Associate Professor of Law
    [T]he Bush plan doesn't cure distortions in health insurance purchasing decisions, it just creates new ones. Bush's proposal would encourage individuals to purchase the lowest cost insurance available.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2007
    By Alice Dembner | Boston Globe | 1/25/2007
    An advocacy group urged the state Wednesday to delay a key part of the new universal health insurance law, saying that a survey shows that many families cannot afford even subsidized insurance.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2007
    By Amanda Gardner | HealthDay Reporter | Wednesday, January 24, 2007
    President George Bush's proposals on fixing the nation's health insurance woes, outlined in Tuesday's State of the Union speech, just don't go far enough to solve the problem, many observers said. "It's just totally inadequate at addressing any of the fundamental issues," said Dr. Oliver Fein, professor of medicine and public health at Cornell University and director of Physicians for a National Health Program. "Let's deal with the question of does this have anything to do with universal coverage."

  • Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2007
    Dr. Ann Troy | Marin Independent Journal | Article Launched: 01/12/2007
    If we get the insurance industry out of health care, we will have more than enough money to provide health care for all and to pay doctors and hospitals fairly for their services. No longer will people have to change doctors every time they change jobs or their employer finds a cheaper health plan. Nor will they have to worry about losing their access to health care if they lose their job or develop a chronic condition. No longer will families struggle to pay astronomical insurance premiums nor worry about paying for prescription drugs. No longer will 50 percent of bankruptcies be due to medical debt.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2007
    By MERTON C. BERNSTEIN | Special to The Kansas City Star | Published on Wed, Jan. 24, 2007
    We have reached a national consensus on health insurance -- it costs too much and covers too few. Most "reform" proposals, like California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's and the health insurance industry's, camouflage their real costs with tax breaks and other subsidies.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2007
    Physicians, registered nurses and patients will join together in a Washington press conference Wednesday to respond to President Bushs State of the Union healthcare proposals and to promote legislation for the only healthcare reform that would assure universal coverage, control cost, and end insurance industry interference with care.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2007
    By PAUL KRUGMAN | New York Times | January 22, 2007
    President Bush's Saturday radio address was devoted to health care, and officials have put out the word that the subject will be a major theme in tomorrow's State of the Union address. Mr. Bush's proposal won't go anywhere. But it's still worth looking at his remarks, because of what they say about him and his advisers.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2007
    By Workday staff | Workday Minnesota | 22 January 2007
    The Minnesota Association of Professional Employees, representing more than 11,000 professional state government employees, has endorsed a national single-payer health-care system.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2007
  • Posted on Monday, January 22, 2007
    Don McCanne, M.D. | Saturday, January 6, 2007 | Orange County Register
    The Register's editorial, "A healthy dose of free-market forces"[Jan. 2], makes a case for controlling health care spending by reducing government insurance programs and encouraging lower-cost private coverage options that shift more of the spending responsibility to the individual. Such changes theoretically would reduce the "perverse incentives" to obtain too much care if the individual had to pay for it directly. The problem with this theory is that most of us need very little care, and the marginal services that we would decline are only a very small fraction of our nation's total health care bill.

  • Posted on Monday, January 22, 2007
    By Alice Dembner | Boston Globe Staff | January 20, 2007
    A state panel yesterday outlined for the first time the minimum requirements for coverage under the state's new health insurance law, a package estimated to cost $380 a month on average for an individual, more than $100 above recent estimates.

  • Posted on Monday, January 22, 2007
    WILLIAM CONNOLLY | The Evansville Courier & Press | Sunday, January 21, 2007
    According to a recent Parade Magazine article by David Wallechinsky, patriotic sentiments notwithstanding, while the United States is still No. 1 in some respects - Nobel prize winners, billionaires and armed forces stationed in other countries - we lag far behind in other categories that more accurately assess social well-being. We lag behind other countries when it comes to health care. Thirty-three countries, including Cuba, have lower infant death rates; 43 have more physicians per capita, including France, Switzerland, Mongolia and Lebanon; and 49 have more hospital beds per capita, including England, Italy and Ireland.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2007
    by Lorna Benson | Minnesota Public Radio | January 15, 2007
    Single-payer health insurance advocates recalled the words of Dr. Martin Luther King on Monday as they made their case for health care reform during an annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day march in St. Paul.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2007
    By TERRY HAVENER | The Tribune-Democrat | January 16, 2007
    As a citizen of this great nation, my health care should not be a privilege. It should be a right -- not a handout but a true entitlement.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2007
    Increasingly, three local hospitals -- Halifax Medical Center, Florida Hospital DeLand and Florida Hospital Fish Memorial -- are recording liens against patients with the Volusia County Clerk of Court when there's been an accident, even when the patient has health insurance.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2007
    By Chris Outcalt | Portsmouth Herald | Thursday, January 18, 2007
    Thomas Clairmont, a doctor at Portsmouth Regional Hospital, envisions a health care system without co-pays, deductibles or "pre-existing conditions." The program would be tier-free and provide health care coverage for everyone in the country. The way he sees it, having access to health care is not an option; it's a right.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2007
    By Guy T. Saperstein | AlterNet | Posted January 16, 2007
    We all know that America's healthcare system is collapsing. Andy Stern has written that America's employer-based health insurance system is "dead." Auto executives troop to the White House complaining that they are not competitive with foreign automakers because they pay $1,500 per car for health insurance. Some of the biggest laughs in movies come when America's healthcare system is ridiculed.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2007
    Rose Ann DeMoro | | January 16, 2007
    Like the Massachusetts law before it, on which it is largely modeled, the Schwarzenegger plan has produced fawning editorials across the country and calls from some politicians in state capitals and on Capitol Hill to use it as a blueprint for other states and Washington.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2007
    By Joe Conason | | Jan. 12, 2007
    My friend, a consultant for progressive causes, may have died at 52 because she lacked health insurance. The Democrats she worked so hard to return to power owe her one.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2007
    By JANICE PODSADA | Hartford Courant Staff Writer | January 13, 2007
    The Connecticut AFL-CIO launched its lobbying effort Friday for a single-payer system for universal health care, which the labor group said would provide affordable health care to the 300,000 to 400,000 state residents currently without health coverage.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2007
    Malcolm Berko | Copley News Service
    It's not the doctors nor the government but rather the insurers themselves. Their pockets are so heavily lined with our premium dollars that paying a huge hospital bill is no more meaningful to them than would be the advent of another fly to a slaughterhouse.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2007
    The recent Associated Press series correctly identified rising health-care costs as a cause of the looming state-pension crisis but left the impression that our only choice is to raise taxes or cut pension benefits. If the cost of health care is the problem, isn't reducing those costs the obvious solution?

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2007
    By Rose Ann DeMoro | Sacramento Bee | Published Saturday, December 30, 2006As Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recovers from his fractured leg, he has access to the finest medical care California has to offer, as he should. But don't all Californians deserve the same degree of medical attention and health care security?

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2007
    By Marcia Angell | Boston Globe | December 31, 2006
    IN SEPTEMBER, an ABC News/Kaiser Family Foundation/USA Today survey found that 56 percent of Americans preferreda government-run universal health system "like Medicare" to our current employment-based system run by private insurers. That is, they want a single-payer system. Among the causes of rising costs, respondents were most likely to name private insurance and drug company profits.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2007
    Jonathan Tasini | January 02, 2007
    Single-payer will increase our individual personal wealth far more than a minimum wage increase.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2007
    By Jerry Ortiz y Pino | Alibi | V.15 No.50 | December 14 - 20, 2006
    [I]n the midst of the general optimism over the prospects for hammering out important reforms in the states and nationally, the topic of health care financing stood out as an island of realism, stolidly withstanding all attempts at significant change.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2007
    By Mark Gruenberg | PAI Staff Writer | A PAI news analysis
    The debate over health care has been relatively dormant ever since the insurers' lies and a business-backed Senate GOP filibuster doomed President Clinton's health care plan. Debate started to rise during the campaign and took a recent heated turn with Wyden's proposed Healthy Americans Act. Stern, backing Wyden, warned "the perfect should not be the enemy of the good," but PNHP says the Wyden plan is far from good.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2007
  • Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2007
    By Deborah Burger, RN
    With Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger unwrapping his long-anticipated healthcare package Monday and talk about reform building in Sacramento, Californians may well be wonder if our long healthcare nightmare is finally coming to an end.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2007
    The best way to analyze the Governor's plan is to compare it to SB 840.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2007
    By Don McCanne | USA Today
    Americans need more than affordable insurance; they need affordable health care. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to copy the Massachusetts reform in shrinking the numbers of uninsured people by forcing them to buy stripped down, bare-bones policies.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2007
    By PAUL KRUGMAN | Published: January 12, 2007 | New York Times
    To understand both what's right and what's wrong with Mr. Schwarzenegger's plan, let's compare what he's proposing with the plan he rejected. Last summer, the California Legislature passed a bill that would have created a single-payer health insurance system for the state - that is, a system similar to Medicare, under which residents would have paid fees into a state fund, which would then have provided insurance to everyone.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2007
    By Deborah Burger | San Francisco Chronicle | Thursday, January 11, 2007
    While Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger deserves credit for finally responding to the state's imploding health-care crisis, his plan as designed has major flaws, most notably forcing the uninsured to buy what for many will mostly likely be substandard, unaffordable health plans that primarily serve to further enrich big insurers.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2007
    By State Sen. Sheila James Kuehl | LA Times | January 9, 2007
    Four healthcare proposals are now before the Legislature, including one crafted by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, which will be spotlighted in his State of the State address tonight.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2007
    Column by Kevin Eigelbach | Cincinnati Post | January 01, 2007
    Dr. Donald L. Rucknagel has a very unscientific theory about why people - other than those with a vested interest in the present system - oppose government-funded health insurance: In addition to the 12 already discovered, there are two cranial nerves in the human brain. Mention the words government or taxes, and the two nerves shut the brain down. It's the only explanation. The arguments for single-payer, universal health care are just too compelling.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2007
    By Katrina Vanden Heuvel | The Nation
    1. Healthcare for All

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2007
    By JOANNA GARRITANO | Guest Columnist | Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Modern medicine has morphed from a healing profession into a business where the primacy of profit takes precedence over greater human needs. Trusting relationships with medical professionals have taken a back seat to efficiency standards as patients are rushed through doctors' offices.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2007
    By ANA MALINOW | Guest Columnist | Houston Chronicle
    There is an alternative. Our current system allowing private insurers to cover the healthy and profitable while screening out everyone else allows one-third of our health spending to be diverted to needless bureaucracy and paperwork. Eliminating the private insurance companies and replacing them with a single public payer would save more than $350 billion per year, enough to provide coverage for all of the uninsured. Combined with what we're already paying for health care, this is sufficient to provide comprehensive coverage to everyone without any additional spending.

  • Posted on Monday, January 8, 2007
    By Daniel Gross | AARP Bulletin | January 2007
    As unlikely as it seems, big business may be the force that brings about universal health insurance.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 3, 2007
    By ANNA BERNASEK | New York Times | Economic View | December 31, 2006
    What is the most pressing problem facing the economy? A good case can be made for the developing health care crisis. Soaring costs, growing ranks of uninsured and a steady erosion of corporate health benefits add up to a giant drag on the nation's future prosperity.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 2, 2007
    By Mark Gottlieb |
    Could it be that a healthy workforce -- employees whose medical needs, both curative and preventive, are attended to with a minimum of fuss, stress and paperwork -- is a more productive, more conscientious and more intelligent workforce? And could it be that such a workforce does a better job than its counterparts in countries like, say, the United States?

  • Posted on Friday, December 8, 2006
    by Peter Freyne | Seven Days | Published 12.06.06 The modest, watered-down 2006 legislation that the Democrats defend as progress, and the guv won the big award and the big reelection for signing, "was a temporary solution for some folks. I wouldn't begrudge that," said Dr. Richter. "The point is, they had the opportunity to do something even bigger. The tragedy," she told "Inside Track," "is the fact that they stopped the conversation with this bill."

  • Posted on Wednesday, December 6, 2006
    By Kip Sullivan | Z Magazine
    Comedian Jon Lovitz used to do a skit for "Saturday Night Live" in which he played Tommy Flanagan, the pathological liar. Lovitz's character was always telling tall tales that made him look good. When a tale would become so outrageous even he suspected he was about to be exposed, Flanagan would stop for a moment, then, with a huge grin, he would blurt out a new fib and proclaim, "Yeah, that's the ticket." The health insurance industry is proving to be a master at the Jon Lovitz routine.

  • Posted on Tuesday, December 5, 2006
    By DANIEL GROSS | The New York Times | Published December 3, 2006
    While the administration may oppose government-run health care in principle, the government's role in the vast health industry has been expanding. By various measures, the United States is about halfway toward a system in which the government and taxpayers fully fund health care. And trends are pushing the government to become more involved each year.

  • Posted on Monday, December 4, 2006
    Hugh McVey, President of the Missouri AFL-CIO, reports that this state labor federation has endorsed HR 676, single payer health care legislation introduced by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI). Missouri is the sixteenth state AFL-CIO to take this action. The endorsement was made at the states recent convention when Resolution # 14, introduced by the Executive Board, passed.