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 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.

  • Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2006
    Excerpted from the Citizens' Health Care Working Groups's final recommendations, Dr. Andrew Pollack of Maimonides Hospital notes that even though the CHCWG own report cites the overwhelming public public for national health insurance (see excepts in bold), the group ignored the public's recommendations.

  • Posted on Friday, September 22, 2006
    By MILT FREUDENHEIM | New York Times, business section
    The $7 billion that Medicare will pay private industry this year to provide this fee-for-service coverage is at least $770 million higher than the government would spend covering those patients itself.

  • Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2006
    By BARBARA MARTINEZ | Wall Street Journal | Published September 18, 2006
    When Kevin Grady took over as an employee-benefits consultant for the Columbus Public Schools District in 2001, he signed a contract promising to act "in the best interest" of the schools. The Ohio district agreed to pay him $35,000 a year to help it choose a health insurer. Officials thought that was all Mr. Grady was getting out of the deal.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2006
    By Laura Ungar | The Courier-Journal | Published Sept. 16, 2006
    Dr. Stephanie J. Woolhandler, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program, said America is morally bound to care for the uninsured. According to the Institute of Medicine, a nonprofit organization that advises the government on medical issues, about 18,000 Americans die each year because they lack insurance.

  • Posted on Monday, September 18, 2006
    The Business Review (Albany) | September 8, 2006
    As chief executive officer of Albany Medical Center, James Barba has a unique perspective on the health care industry both regionally and nationally. What he sees is a broken system in which costs are rising and competition is increasing, with no cure in sight.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2006
    Editorial | Sacramento Bee | Published September 10, 2006
    Careful, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Your ghostwriter seems to have just made you an opponent of Medicare.

  • Posted on Monday, September 11, 2006
    By ROBERT PEAR | New York Times | Published September 11, 2006
    Higher-income people will have to pay higher Medicare premiums than other beneficiaries next year, as the government takes a small but significant step to help the financially ailing program remain viable over the long term.

  • Posted on Sunday, September 10, 2006
    By Aaron E. Carroll, M.D. | The Indianapolis Star
    The new uninsured statistics released recently by the U.S. Census provide a sobering reminder of the failures of the U.S. health-care system. In Indiana the number of uninsured has risen to 871,000: Nearly one of every seven residents lacks coverage. Even for those lucky enough to be insured, ever-skimpier private policies helped push an estimated 28,000 Indiana families into medical bankruptcy in 2001.

  • Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2006
    Montpelier, VT The Washington-Orange-Lamoille Labor Council became the first in Vermont to endorse HR 676, single payer universal health care legislation introduced by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI). Representative Bernie Sanders, that state's only member of the US House of Representatives, is among the 75 co-sponsors of HR 676.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 5, 2006
    By Susanne L. King, M.D. | Berkshire Eagle | Thursday, August 31
    Powerful forces have been shaping the new mandated health care insurance bill being developed in the Statehouse in Massachusetts. I was reading a news article this week about health care lobbying in our state legislature, and was astounded by the sums of money being spent by special interest groups to ensure that the new bill will protect their specific interests; i.e. their profits.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 5, 2006
    Editorial | Rutland Herald, VT | September 3, 2006
    A single-payer health care system would save the state $51 million a year, according to a new study carried out for the Legislature and released last week. It would achieve these savings by reducing the wasteful administrative costs that burden the present system.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 5, 2006
    By Drs. David Iverson and Elinor Christiansen | Rocky Mountain News | September 4, 2006
    The new uninsured statistics released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau provide a sobering reminder of the failures of the U.S. health-care system. Here in Colorado the number of uninsured has risen to 788,000: nearly 1 of every 5 residents lacks coverage. Even for those lucky enough to be insured, ever-skimpier private policies helped push an estimated 14,000 Colorado families into medical bankruptcy in 2001. As physicians who face our state's health-care crisis day in and day out, we support a single-payer "Medicare for All" system for Colorado and for the nation.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 5, 2006
    By PAUL KRUGMAN | Op-Ed Columnist | New York Times | Published: September 4, 2006
    Let me tell you about two government-financed health care programs. One, the Veterans Health Administration, is a stunning success -- but the administration and Republicans in Congress refuse to build on that success, because it doesn't fit their conservative agenda. The other, Medicare Advantage, is a clear failure, but it's expanding rapidly thanks to large subsidies the administration rammed through Congress in 2003.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 5, 2006
    At state conventions in August, the North Dakota, Delaware, and Washington State AFL-CIOs have all endorsed HR 676, single payer national healthcare legislation introduced by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI). This brings to seven the number of state labor federations that have endorsed the Conyers legislation.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 5, 2006
    Vermont News - | August 30, 2006
    Vermont could offer health coverage to all its residents and spend $51 million less a year on health care under a single-payer system, according to a legislative consultant's report released Tuesday.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 5, 2006
    By George H. Lesser | The Washington Times | Published August 16, 2006
    I have problems with our health insurance "provider," as I suppose some of you reading this do as well.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 5, 2006
    By Louis Porter | Vermont Press Bureau | August 30, 2006
    A Legislative study released Tuesday concludes that Vermont could save money by adopting a single-payer health care system.

  • Posted on Friday, September 1, 2006
    By DOUGLAS WALLER | Time Magazine | Sunday, Aug. 27, 2006
    Until the early 1990s, care at VA hospitals was so substandard that Congress considered shutting down the entire system and giving ex-G.I.s vouchers for treatment at private facilities. Today it's a very different story. The VA runs the largest integrated health-care system in the country, with more than 1,400 hospitals, clinics and nursing homes employing 14,800 doctors and 61,000 nurses.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2006
    Responding to newly-released data from the U.S. Census Bureau showing that the number of uninsured Americans increased by 1.3 million in 2005, members of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) condemned the sharp increase in the number of uninsured and called for a national health insurance program to provide comprehensive coverage to all Americans.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2006
    By Nancy Remsen | Burlington Free Press | August 30, 2006
    Supporters of a single-payer plan for all Vermonters have long argued it would produce significant administrative savings. This new analysis suggested reduced paperwork and processing at hospitals might shrink administrative expenses from 23.5 percent to 17 percent of total spending. Administrative expenses for doctors could drop from 27 percent of gross spending to 20 percent.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2006
    By Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein | USA Today Op-Ed
    Nearly 47 million Americans are uninsured, and millions more have coverage so skimpy that a major illness would bankrupt them. Yet President Bush apparently thinks Americans are too well-insured.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2006
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    by MALCOLM GLADWELL | The New Yorker | Issue of 2006-08-28
    America’s private pension system is now in crisis. Over the past few years, American taxpayers have been put at risk of assuming tens of billions of dollars of pension liabilities from once profitable companies. Hundreds of thousands of retired steelworkers and airline employees have seen health-care benefits that were promised to them by their employers vanish. General Motors, the country’s largest automaker, is between forty and fifty billion dollars behind in the money it needs to fulfill its health-care and pension promises.

  • Posted on Monday, August 28, 2006
    By Maggie Mahar | The American Prospect
    While some progressives applaud efforts to force employers like Wal-Mart to take on greater responsibility for health care, others argue that our employer-based health care system is a failing relic of the past and that such gambits are actually counterproductive. Rather than trying to shore up our employer-based system, they say, we should seek to capitalize on that system's mounting woes to build support for replacing it with national health insurance.

  • Posted on Monday, August 28, 2006
    By Bob Lodato | Bangor Daily News | Friday, August 25, 2006
    The Institute of Medicine considers the VHA's integrated health information system, which includes performance measures to improve quality, one of the best in the nation. Thus the quality issue is answered: a single-payer system, with good management, can provide quality care that beats the best private institutions.

  • Posted on Monday, August 28, 2006
    by Holly Dressel | Yes Magazine | Fall issue, 2006
    Should the United States implement a more inclusive, publicly funded health care system? That's a big debate throughout the country. But even as it rages, most Americans are unaware that the United States is the only country in the developed world that doesn't already have a fundamentally public--that is, tax-supported--health care system.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2006
    Nibbling around the edges with incremental change is not enough. We need courageous and thoughtful reform that provides what all Californians want -- affordable access to good-quality health care. This is what SB 840 achieves.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2006
    Carole Mikita Reporting | KSL | August 22nd, 2006
    Six community groups formed a coalition to bring awareness to what they call the healthcare crisis. The coalition called this event 'CHALK IT UP'; the chalk outlines of bodies are still on the sidewalk, each one representing a Utahn.

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2006
    The sad joke is that plans like this are being marketed as "consumer driven." Healthcare consumers (that is to say, everybody) please take note: any so-called 'consumer-driven' health plan is really an anti-consumer hit and run. California State Senator Sheila Kuehl is offering a real alternative. Her bold legislative initiative would bring truly affordable healthcare to all.

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2006
    The sad joke is that plans like this are being marketed as "consumer driven." Healthcare consumers (that is to say, everybody) please take note: any so-called 'consumer-driven' health plan is really an anti-consumer hit and run. California State Senator Sheila Kuehl is offering a real alternative. Her bold legislative initiative would bring truly affordable healthcare to all.

  • Posted on Monday, August 21, 2006
    The Salinas City Council this week endorsed a state Senate bill to provide universal health care for California residents.

  • Posted on Monday, August 14, 2006
    The United States will spend more than $2 trillion on health care this year, which is more than enough to pay for comprehensive health care for everyone.

  • Posted on Friday, August 11, 2006
    Poll after poll shows that's the way Americans want to go. Everybody knows the for-profit insurance companies will always try to squeeze out the biggest profit possible. It's the nature of the beast.

  • Posted on Friday, August 11, 2006
    The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees announced plans yesterday to spend $60 million more a year to campaign for universal health coverage, to unionize 70,000 workers annually and to register 280,000 union members to vote.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 9, 2006
    San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (D) on Monday signed into law a program to expand health care access to the estimated 82,000 uninsured city residents.

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 8, 2006
    The United States seems to be adept at alleviating the pain caused by the health-care system--taking just enough action to forestall a system-wide crisis, but not enough to provide long-term solutions. Two recent examples of this are the changes to the Medicare payment structure for physicians and proposed solutions for the growing number of Americans without health insurance.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 2, 2006
    Nobody likes to hear the health care horror stories: emergency rooms clogged with sick people who otherwise can't see doctors, patients skipping treatments to afford food for their children, deaths from easily curable diseases that weren't detected. We don't want this in America.

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  • Posted on Monday, July 31, 2006
    While we in the United States spend approximately twice as much of our gross domestic product as other developed nations on health care, we remain the only industrialized country without universal coverage. Our problem worsens each year as insurance costs increase and gradual solutions have failed to make a dent in the problem.

  • Posted on Monday, July 31, 2006
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    On Saturday morning, June 10, an estimated 140 people joined elected representatives, public health officials, and health care providers at Calvary Episcopal Church in downtown Louisville to hear the testimonials of individuals who understand the real costs of our national health care "meltdown."

  • Posted on Monday, July 24, 2006
    There is no way to make health care affordable and contain costs when the insurance and drug companies are siphoning off these kind of profits from the health care dollar, to say nothing of their "administrative costs" which include marketing and denying benefits in their "managed care plans." Health insurance company administrative costs are 10 times higher than the government-administered Medicare plan.

  • Posted on Friday, July 21, 2006
    Universal health coverage has become almost a universal goal across the political spectrum. There's a growing recognition that covering the uninsured – besides directly helping millions of people – would be good for business, the economy and the taxpayers and premium-payers who now pick up the tab.

  • Posted on Monday, July 17, 2006
    Like most states, Massachusetts has a serious health care crisis. The number of uninsured is rising (state estimates are as high as 750,000 people), costs are the highest in the country, and bargaining for contracts is often stalemated over employers' cost shifting demands.

  • Posted on Thursday, July 13, 2006
    It was obvious that President Stern is as troubled about the out of control costs of health insurance as any American. It was also obvious President Stern has no constructive solution. He spoke of the health care crisis in America without offering a single constructive idea as to how this crisis can be addressed. Instead he blames politicians and business for their lack of leadership on this issue. He also belittles the concept of a single-payer system while complaining that American business can't compete with countries that have single-payer systems.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 12, 2006
    We believe there should be a universal, government-financed system of national health insurance that will make health care available to everyone. This country has the financial means to do this; in fact, many studies show that we can do this without spending any more than now.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 12, 2006
    [Rep.] Conyers cites a groundswell of grassroots support for national health care, mostly because carmakers and other large corporations say they just can no longer afford skyrocketing health care costs for their employees. "Collective bargaining is taking it on the chin" when it comes to health care benefits, Conyers said in an interview.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 12, 2006
    On Monday, July 10, the San Francisco Labor Council unanimously passed the following resolution in support of California Senate Bill 840, the California Health Insurance Reliability Act and House Resolution 676, the United States National Health Insurance Act.

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    Two thousand delegates to the 34th International Convention of the United Auto Workers (UAW), meeting in June, strongly endorsed a single payer health care system and called for passage of legislation introduced by Congressman John Conyers that would implement such a system.

  • Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2006
    The headlines read that rich Americans aren't as healthy as poor Brits, despite our spending twice as much money on health care as they do. Our newborns die at the highest rates of any rich country, even with our ever-advancing medical technologies.

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    America's health care system, despite the efforts of millions of dedicated health care professionals, is broken. Frankly, nothing but national health insurance makes sense.

  • Posted on Monday, June 26, 2006
    Among the blunt assessments offered by Wall Street analysts at the event: the commercial insurance industry has given up trying to control health costs; much of the enrollment growth in the private plan side of Medicare is in plans that do little if anything to actually try to manage care; Medicare drug plans are going to set premiums for 2007 with basically no clue about whether they are running profits or losses in 2006; and starting in 2008, those plans are likely to cover a much more limited range of drugs.

  • Posted on Friday, June 23, 2006
    "While there are many intricate details to be worked out, the fundamental vision behind national health insurance is simple: We want a system of health-care coverage that will enable every man, woman and child of the [British Virgin Islands] to get the health care that they need," Chief Minister Orlando Smith said.

  • Posted on Friday, June 23, 2006
    Psychiatrists need to "tirelessly advocate" for a single-payer, universal health care system so every American has access to care as a right, not a privilege.

  • Posted on Friday, June 23, 2006
    Like most discussions of medicine, the article was mostly about money. Americans who have medical insurance get it from private companies, often as a benefit of employment. The poor and the elderly are sometimes covered by government plans. About 15 per cent of the population — 45.8 million Americans — don’t have any coverage at all.

  • Posted on Friday, June 23, 2006
    The real culprits are our neighbors to the north: If only those stubborn Canadians would abandon their nationalized health system and migrate to the United States, the size and better health of their population could reduce our group rates for months or years to come.

  • Posted on Thursday, June 22, 2006
    So private payers, who already pay for Medicaid and Medicare through their tax dollars, have to pay again. Why not abandon the charade, put all the programs under one roof - the U.S. government's - and presumably save a lot with a single bureaucracy and economies of scale?

  • Posted on Thursday, June 22, 2006
    New York Times Editorial: "In an ideal world, America would join the overwhelming majority of developed countries and hammer out some kind of national health care system. Failing such a sudden and unlikely onset of sanity, creative solutions are needed."

  • Posted on Thursday, June 22, 2006
    Since 2000, employer-based health premiums have increased a staggering 73 percent, far outstripping increases in wages (15 percent) and inflation (14 percent). In 2004, this country spent $1.9 trillion on health costs, or 16 percent of the gross national product.

  • Posted on Thursday, June 22, 2006
    A look at the raw numbers shows there is the potential for huge savings. For example, a hip operation that costs $50,000 stateside checks in at $18,000 when performed in India – and that cost includes travel expenses for two people.

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