Articles of Interest Archives

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

  • Posted on Monday, 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.

  • Posted on Friday, December 1, 2006
    By Amy Bentley-Smith | Long Beach News | Published November 30, 2006 A longtime Long Beach resident, (Dr. Robert) Gumbiner founded what would become one of the largest pre-paid Health Management Organizations (HMO) practices in the United States, FHP, in 1961. FHP would lead the way in establishing prepaid health care for the state’s Medi-Cal/Medicaid program for the low-income individuals and families, and received the first contract for federal Medicare service on the west coast. In "Curing Our Health Care System," Gumbiner argues that the country needs a single payer, Medicare-type system that is available to all.

  • Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2006
    by KIP SULLIVAN | Pulse of the Twin Cities
    The last election affected (Minnesota) Governor Tim Pawlenty the way Marley's ghost affected Scrooge. Pawlenty--the governor who cut 38,000 people from MinnesotaCare in 2003, who early in 2005 referred to MinnesotaCare as "welfare health care" and demanded that 40,000 more Minnesotans be kicked off it, and who shut down the state in the summer of 2005 to enforce that demand--that governor announced one week after his narrow re-election that he wanted to "chart a path toward universal health insurance."

  • Posted on Wednesday, November 29, 2006
    Two labor councils in northern New Jersey, and one in central Indiana, have endorsed HR 676, national single payer healthcare legislation, introduced by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI). Fifty-three central labor councils, including six in New Jersey, have now endorsed HR 676.

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 28, 2006
    Rep. Dennis Kucinich speaks with Truthdig contributor Joshua Scheer about the state of health care in America, his bill with Rep. John Conyers to provide universal coverage and why progress is inevitable.

  • Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2006
    by Sol Littman | Arizona Daily Star
    Ever since my wife and I chose to leave Canada and settle in Tucson, we have been amazed and angered by the distortions and misrepresentations in the American media of Canada's government-funded, one-payer medical system.

  • Posted on Thursday, November 16, 2006
    By Bridget Carey | The Miami Herald | Published Nov. 10, 2006
    Insurers do not market their products to the majority of the uninsured since most of them are not able to pay the premiums and many of them have preexisting disorders which would have an adverse effect on their risk pools and result in an upward pressure on their premiums. A small minority of the uninsured have above average incomes and are healthy. Insurers are interested in mining this population to select out these few who are healthy and can afford insurance.

  • Posted on Thursday, November 16, 2006
    By ANTHONY SALAMONE | The New Jersey Express-Times | Friday, October 20, 2006
    The slide showed excerpts from a 2005 story about Toyota hiring automotive workers in Ontario, with the company citing the quality of the Canadian province's work force. "Everyone knows it's crap," said Dr. Walter Tsou. "The reason why they chose Ontario is because they don't have to deal with the enormous health-care burden (compared with costs in the U.S.)"

  • Posted on Thursday, November 16, 2006
    By DR. COSIMO STORNIOLO | Gazette-Times | November 13, 2006
    I witness this crisis on a weekly basis while working at Community Outreach's free medical clinic for the uninsured. At every clinic, I see examples of acute and chronic illnesses left unattended by patients who cannot afford or access the health care system. This leads to unnecessary and costly complications.

  • Posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2006
    Courtesy of Dr. Johnathon Ross

  • Posted on Thursday, November 9, 2006
    By Timothy Noah | | Posted Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006, at 4:33 PM ET
    The last big attempt to reform the health-care system is widely believed to have lost the House for the Democrats back in 1994, and many would say it's perverse to bring up the subject mere hours after the Democrats finally got it back. The conviction that the United States government is capable of achieving anything has surely been hit hard by the Iraq war.

  • Posted on Wednesday, November 8, 2006
    By Christine Tierney | The Detroit News | Wednesday, November 08, 2006
    Detroit's automakers are not the only ones grappling with soaring health-care costs. They are becoming an issue for Toyota Motor Corp., as well, as the Japanese giant expands its U.S. manufacturing operations and work force.

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 7, 2006
    By JOHN R. BATTISTA AND JUSTINE MCCABE | Op-Ed | Hartford Courant | October 31 2006
    Last April, a government-sponsored task force came to Hartford to hear citizens' views on how to improve our distressed health care system. As in nearly all states visited, Connecticut citizens overwhelmingly said they wanted high-quality, cost-effective health care funded through a national health program - single payer health insurance. Yet, such a recommendation would threaten the profits of powerful interests - insurance and drug companies known more for their political contributions than for their consideration of public interest. So in its final report of Sept. 27, the Citizens' Health Care Working Group simply ignored the citizens.

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 7, 2006
    The North Carolina AFL-CIO became the fifteenth state labor federation to support HR 676, single payer healthcare legislation introduced by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI). The state federation represents 200 local unions from 39 different international unions and 8 central labor councils.

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 7, 2006
    By Matthew Holt | Spot On Blog | San Francisco | Nov 6, 2006
    Back in the day when there was some vague interest from Democrats in fixing our health care system, a kindly millionaire gave a pile of money to a lobbying pressure group that had quite some influence behind the ill-fated Clinton Health Plan. Not too much has been heard since from Families USA and its leader Ron Pollack. Sadly, those of us of a certain age felt that its day in the sun had come and gone.

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 7, 2006
    By David R. Francis | The Christian Science Monitor | November 6, 2006
    The healthcare system in the United States is eroding. Costs are rising too fast. More and more people lack health insurance. Companies are dumping or shrinking employee health plans. Deductibles and copayments on medical services are rising. That's the widely agreed-upon scene.

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2006
    A new poll by Pace University/New York Magazine/WCBS 2 News/WNYC asked New Yorkers to compare single-payer health insurance with an individual mandate to purchase private insurance, along the lines of the Massachusetts plan.

  • Posted on Monday, October 30, 2006
    The Louisville Metro Council adopted a resolution in Support of HR 676.

  • Posted on Monday, October 30, 2006
    By Dr. Michael Hochman and Dr. Steffie Woolhandler | The Boston Globe | October 28, 2006
    Massachusetts is in the midst of yet another healthcare experiment. By July, all residents will be legally required to have health insurance -- a so-called "individual mandate." As doctors in an urban hospital, we are not optimistic about this proposal. We care for uninsured and underinsured patients who often lack the resources to eat well or find proper child care, much less to buy insurance. The individual mandate is another ill-fated Band-Aid.

  • Posted on Friday, October 27, 2006
    By DR. RICHARD PROPP | Times Union | Sunday, October 22, 2006
    Every day across New York, doctors, their employees and hospital workers spend much valuable time anxiously dealing with health insurance company employees. And every day, businesses begin the multimonth process of evaluating old and new insurance plans, investing more and more to provide decent health insurance in an attempt to retain good employees and keep them healthy. Increasingly, businesses give up providing health insurance because they can't afford it.

  • Posted on Friday, October 27, 2006
    By Adam Gilden Tsai | Op-Ed | Philadelphia Inquirer | Oct. 27, 2006
    Imagine if Congress passed a bill requiring national public discussions regarding the state of health care in America. Then imagine that these discussions actually happened across our country, and that across the country there was actually a consensus that we need national health insurance to ensure that everyone has access to care. Finally, imagine that when the final report, to be presented to the President and Congress, is drafted, the report makes no mention of this consensus.

  • Posted on Thursday, October 26, 2006
    By California State Sen. Sheila Kuehl | Tikkun Magazine | November 2006
    The facts are chilling. In California, nearly one of every five persons lives without any health care coverage at all. Over 80 percent of these uninsured are employed. Even though various solutions to the crisis have been brought to the Legislature or proposed by initiative over the last few years, we (like the rest of the country) find it easier to agree about the extent of the problem than about a solution.

  • Posted on Wednesday, October 25, 2006
    By Ron French | The San Jose Mercury News | Published Sunday, Oct. 01, 2006
    The world's largest automaker is being driven deep into financial trouble not only by the cars of its competitors, but also by the medical bills of its own workers and retirees.

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 24, 2006
    By LEONARD RODBERG | Clarion | October 2006
    Americans spend more on health care than anyone else on earth. We are first in spending, but, according to recent surveys, 14th in public satisfaction with our health system. Per person, our government spending alone is more than government plus private spending on health care in any other country. And yet our health statistics are comparatively poor, with life expectancy 24th in the world, infant mortality 27th, and more than 45 million people without any health insurance at all.

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 24, 2006
    By Julie Appleby | USA TODAY | Published October 16, 2006
    Universal health insurance -- the idea that every resident would have medical coverage from birth to death -- has been labeled everything from a communist plot to the only thing that will solve America's growing problem of the uninsured.

  • Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2006
    Vic Kamber, a prominent figure in many Democratic and labor-led campaigns, has posted a commentary on Congressman John Conyers' single payer legislation, HR 676, and the outlook for real healthcare reform on his blog:

  • Posted on Thursday, October 5, 2006
    The group created by Congress to listen to Americans' ideas for improving the health system has ignored their overwhelming advice to create a national health insurance program. Although a national health program was by far the most favored option at 86 percent (25 of 29) of the meetings of the Citizens' Health Care Working Group (CHCWG), the group's recommendations avoid the clear public preference for government-guaranteed health coverage.

  • Posted on Monday, October 2, 2006
    By David Lazarus | San Francisco Chronicle | October 1, 2006
    "The bottom line here is that health care costs are increasing dramatically faster than wages, and that's why people are feeling pain," said Drew Altman, president of the Kaiser Family Foundation. "We're seeing a slow unraveling of the employment-based health insurance system."

  • Posted on Monday, October 2, 2006
    By Joseph Menn | Los Angeles Times | Published September 25, 2006
    Although the most typical of the millions of identity theft cases in the U.S. each year involve credit cards, a 2003 federal report estimated that at least 200,000 instances involved medical identity fraud. Experts believe that the rising cost of healthcare is driving more identity theft, and that many people are unaware they have become victims unless they receive a hospital bill or query from their insurer.