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

  • Posted on Friday, January 27, 2012
    By Allyson M. Pollock, et al. | The Lancet
    The National Health Service (NHS) in England has been a leading international model of tax-financed, universal health care. Legal analysis shows that the Health and Social Care Bill currently making its way through the UK Parliament would abolish that model and pave the way for the introduction of a US-style health system by eroding entitlement to equality of healthcare provision.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2012
    By Thomas Walkom | The Guelph Mercury (Canada)
    Don Drummond, the Ontario government’s adviser-on-everything, is still a few days away from officially revealing details of his proposed spending cutbacks. But critics are already weighing in.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2012
    By Chris Goeser, M.D., and Samuel Metz, M.D. | Statesman Journal (Salem, Ore.)
    Without reform, American businesses can survive only by shifting escalating health care costs to someone else. A "defined contribution" plan allows just that — it moves increasing costs away from businesses and onto employees. These plans do nothing, of course, for those without benefits or without a job.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2012
    By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay Reporter | U.S. News and World Report
    People without jobs who have health insurance are less likely to get medical care or prescription drugs than people with jobs who have such coverage, U.S. health officials reported Tuesday.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2012
    By Stephen Kemble, M.D. | OpEd News
    Large health care savings become possible if competing plans are consolidated into a universal program with a single risk pool. This will eliminate insurance costs of underwriting, adverse selection, multiple private bureaucracies, brokers, lobbying, and marketing and advertising. Health plan incentives to avoid covering the sick and to “cherry pick” healthier subscribers and risk pools will be eliminated. There will be no pre-existing condition exclusions, cost-shifting, and disputes over who is responsible for paying for care.

  • Posted on Monday, January 23, 2012
    By Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | The Huffington Post
    As partisans wrangle over fiscal matters like entitlements and taxes, what is getting overlooked is the more real and basic need to reform a huge and inefficient driver of America's economy: our health care delivery system. We spend far more than any other country on health care. Yet our citizens don't live as long as people in many other countries. Many of our health outcomes lag far behind other developed nations. The disparities in even basic care are too great between rich and poor. And too many Americans lack basic health insurance coverage.

  • Posted on Monday, January 23, 2012
    By Robert Remington | Calgary Herald
    With the family of deceased Canadian skier Sarah Burke facing a U.S. medical bill topping the value of an average Calgary home, I was reminded Friday of a quote by the late Justice Emmett Hall, a crusader for Canada’s public health-care system.

  • Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012
    By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor Daily News
    For more than a month, the Legislature has been focused on the governor’s proposal to cut $221 million from the Department of Health and Human Services budget by revoking Medicaid eligibility for about 65,000 low-income and disabled Mainers. His proposal has generated controversy, including marathon hearings, state house rallies, articles in many of Maine’s papers as well as a petition that garnered more than 8,000 signatures in less than two weeks, all opposing the cuts.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2012
    From the office of California State Senator Mark Leno
    The Senate Appropriations Committee today approved the California Universal Health Care Act, authored by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco). Senate Bill 810 guarantees all Californians comprehensive, universal health care while reducing the state’s ballooning health care costs and improving the quality of care and delivery of health services statewide.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2012
    By Jessica Marcy | Kaiser Health News
    Vermont lawmakers are taking steps to move the state toward a publicly-financed insurance program and craft a state health exchange, which is required by the 2010 federal health law and which state officials hope to use as the groundwork for their eventual move to a unique single-payer system.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2012
    By Susan Leigh Deppe, M.D. | Vtdigger.org
    Opponents of Vermont’s new single-payer health law are fear-mongering about the supposed consequences of lack of “robust choice” in the health insurance marketplace. What they ignore is that health care doesn’t work like other “products.” It is better seen as a public good, like electricity. A publicly financed, single-payer system will actually give us more choice.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2012
    By Jessica Schorr Saxe, M.D. | The Charlotte Observer
    In the exam room, the patient recounted her complicated illness. When she described symptoms related to her surgery, I suggested she see her surgeon.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2012
    By Arnold Relman | The American Prospect
    Most people assume that insurance is an essential part of the health-care system. Some think it should be provided through public programs like Medicare, while others prefer to see it purchased from private insurance companies, but the majority believe that insurance is needed to help pay the unpredictable and often catastrophic expenses of medical care.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012
    Various sources
    What follows is a partial listing of the media coverage given to parallel marches and rallies held on Monday, Jan. 9, in Sacramento and Los Angeles protesting the continuing injustices in U.S. health care and calling for universal, single-payer health reform. The protests were sponsored by the California Health Professional Student Alliance (CaHPSA), the Campaign for a Healthy California, Occupy LA, Occupy Sacramento, PNHP California and other groups. In Sacramento, the rally was immediately followed by student lobbying efforts in the state Capitol.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012
    By Samuel Metz and Charlotte Maloney | The Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.)
    Modern mythology recounts James Carville giving candidate Bill Clinton memorable advice regarding his upcoming presidential campaign: “It’s the economy, stupid.” Those of us wrestling with health care reform might take similar advice: “It’s the financing, stupid.”

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012
    By Stephen Kemble, M.D.
    Consider H.R.676, the House single-payer bill kept "off the table" during health reform negotiations. It proposes public financing of universal health care, but leaves care delivery (doctors and hospitals) private and independent.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012
    The Hawaii Health Authority, which was established by the Hawaii Legislature as part of the state’s Department of Budget and Finance and tasked with being “responsible for overall health planning for the state,” issued a report to Gov. Neil Abercrombie and the Legislature on Dec. 23, 2011. It consists of a 1999 report by the Health Futures Task Force and a 2011 Update. A few of the members of the 1999 Health Futures Task Force are now members of the HHA.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012
    By Mary O’Brien, M.D. | CommonDreams
    After wincing a bit from the free flu shot, my young patient turned to me and said, “What you’re doing here is awesome – it’s so hard get health care!”

  • Posted on Monday, January 9, 2012
    By Arthur J. Sutherland III, M.D. | The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.)
    I would agree that Medicare is not perfect. It has been manipulated by the medical industries' influence over Congress and needs to be fixed to function correctly. We need a national health program like all other capitalistic nations already have in one fashion or another that is suitable to them.

  • Posted on Monday, January 9, 2012
    By John Benziger, M.D. | Letters, Kennebec Journal (Augusta, Maine)
    Last year, people woke up to the fact that corporate greed and injustice are hurting Americans. We have a broken for-profit health care system. More than 50 million Americans are uninsured. Medicare and hospitals, along with other public programs like Medicaid, are under constant threat of new cuts by lawmakers. Meanwhile, last year, the nation's five largest for-profit health insurers netted $11.7 billion in profits, and their CEOs took $54.4 million in pay.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 5, 2012
    By Julia Sisler | CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal)
    With medical expenses the leading cause of personal bankruptcies in the United States, an increasing number of desperate Americans are turning to websites to raise money to pay for medical bills of relatives and friends.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 3, 2012
    WCHL Your Health Radio
    The following text is an unofficial transcript of a radio broadcast titled “Demystifying the Canadian Health System” that appeared on “Your Health Radio with Dr. Adam Goldstein and Dr. Cristy Page” on WCHL 1360 AM on Nov. 16. The program is produced weekly by the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina.

  • Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2011
    By Wendell Potter | iWatch News
    I'm sitting by the hospital bed of a grateful Medicare beneficiary — my mother. She seems to be making progress in her battle against pneumonia, and she doesn't have the worry that many other patients here have about how they are going to pay their medical bills. Because private insurance companies and employers have shifted so many Americans into high-deductible plans, many of the younger patients here will soon find out that they are terribly underinsured and thus will be on the hook for thousands of dollars not covered by their policies.

  • Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011
    By Andy Metzger | WWLP News, Channel 22 NBC
    BOSTON - Five years after redrawing the lines in the national health care debate, Beacon Hill is looking at new reforms, closely studying payment system plans to lower costs and examining a government controlled single-payer model.

  • Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011
    By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor Daily News
    Do Americans need health insurance? The short answer is no — at least not in the form it currently exists in America.

  • Posted on Thursday, December 15, 2011
    By Jason Motlagh | TIME
    A family physician, Dr. Arthur Chen, 60, was an unusual addition to the counter-culture of the Occupy Oakland movement. But the Connecticut-born Oakland resident who works in the city's Chinatown had a cause — health care reform — and the protests gave him a forum. He spoke to TIME's Jason Motlagh.

  • Posted on Thursday, December 15, 2011
    By Dominic Rushe | The Guardian
    Pity Wall Street's bankers. Once the highest-paid bosses in the land, they are now also-rans. The real money is in healthcare and drugs, according to the latest survey of executive pay.

  • Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2011
    By Josh Moniz | The Journal (New Ulm, Minn.)
    Physicians for a National Health Program-Minnesota hosted an informational presentation for business owners on single-payer health care Friday at the New Ulm Country Club.

  • Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2011
    by Daniel Fireside | YES! Magazine
    Deb Richter resolved to fix the health care system almost as soon as she began practicing medicine more than two decades ago in inner-city Buffalo. “I was very naive, I guess,” recalls Richter. “A lot of my patients didn’t have insurance. I would prescribe medicines for patients but they wouldn’t be able to afford them, and then they would just get sicker. I was mortified.”

  • Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2011
    Lynne Milnes | Letters, The New Yorker
    Twenty-two years ago, when our daughter was born three months early, weighing one and a half pounds S.F.D. (small for date), I was in the hospital for months and had two operations. Emma’s twin had aborted a month earlier, but Emma held on to twenty-eight weeks’ gestation. She was in the I.C.U. for eighty-one days, saw every type of specialist, and needed to have nine blood transfusions. When all was said and done, we paid five dollars for the birth of our daughter — to cover the parking. She is currently finishing her university undergraduate degree, and I am very grateful that she was born in Canada.

  • Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2011
    By Brad Cotton, M.D. | Circleville (Ohio) Herald
    Many of us were shocked and disgusted that for the second time in recent years Tennessee firefighters allowed a families’ home to burn to the ground. Seems the monthly premium for fire service had not been paid. I wonder if this family, like so many families today, was struggling deciding what bills to pay that month, choosing among their children’s prescription meds, school fees, car payments, certainly the chance of a fire seemed remote.

  • Posted on Monday, December 12, 2011
    By J. Mark Ryan, M.D. | Letters, The Newport (R.I.) Daily News
    Hospitals like Newport provide free care because so many in the community lack health insurance. More than 50 million people nationally and 10 percent of all Rhode Islanders are uninsured, and a larger number are “underinsured,” meaning that because of the high deductibles, co-pays and caps on their insurance policies, a single critical illness such as cancer will bankrupt them.

  • Posted on Monday, December 12, 2011
    By Wendell Potter | iWatch News
    The money that patients’ rights advocates have to spend trying to convince the Obama administration that Americans should have decent health care benefits pales in comparison to the boatloads of cash insurers and their corporate allies have on hand to do largely the opposite. But at least the advocates are now in the game.

  • Posted on Friday, December 9, 2011
    By Stephen Kemble, M.D. | OpEdNews
    With or without with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the total national cost of U.S. health care is rising unsustainably, with an increasingly unaffordable share pushed onto patients.

  • Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2011
    By Danielle Alexander | AMSA On Call blog
    I met a patient last week who stopped taking her antidepressant medications because she had been denied long-term health insurance and thought it would improve her chances of eligibility. Unfortunately this obviously wasn’t in the best interest of her health.

  • Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2011
    By Jordan Green | Yes! Weekly (Greensboro, N.C.)
    The Cone Health Family Medicine Center on North Church Street in Greensboro might seem an unlikely place for a revolt to stir, but that’s exactly what was happening as Health Care for All North Carolina gathered for its annual meeting on a recent Saturday afternoon.

  • Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011
    British Medical Association | Press release
    Chaotic and poorly coordinated structural change currently taking place throughout the National Health Service in England before the Health and Social Care Bill is even law continues to threaten service stability, the British Medical Association said Wednesday in its latest briefing for peers currently debating the legislation.

  • Posted on Tuesday, December 6, 2011
    By Jeanne Lenzer | BMJ
    A national doctors’ organization says that most of the authors of a federally sponsored report on recommended health insurance coverage have financial ties to insurers and drug companies and that the insurance scheme will leave many U.S. citizens without access to health care.

  • Posted on Tuesday, December 6, 2011
    By MARY ELLEN SCHNEIDER | The Oncology Report
    Physicians who support a single-payer health system are urging the federal government to reject the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations for designing the benefits package to be offered in the state-based health insurance exchanges.

  • Posted on Monday, December 5, 2011
    By Roger Bybee | In These Times
    Health care reform in the shape of the 2010 Affordable Care Act was supposed to relieve working Americans of the burdens of rising health care costs as they struggle to survive the jobless recovery.

  • Posted on Monday, December 5, 2011
    By Helen Redmond | Healthcare-Now blog
    Evidence of how bad the U.S. health care crisis has gotten continues to pile up. And with the federal government preparing to impose automatic cuts in the Medicare health program for the elderly and Medicaid health program for the poor, it will only grow worse – unless something is done to change the direction.

  • Posted on Monday, December 5, 2011
    By Zack Rubin | The Daily Tar Heel (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
    Dr. Steve Auerbach has shared his vision for a single-payer health system with Occupy movements nationwide, and on Friday he brought it to Chapel Hill.

  • Posted on Friday, December 2, 2011
    By Chelsea Conaboy | Boston Globe, White Coat Notes
    More than 2,400 health care providers and advocates sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius today objecting to recommendations made by a panel of the Institute of Medicine regarding what benefits must be covered in state health insurance marketplaces developed under the Affordable Care Act.

  • Posted on Friday, December 2, 2011
    By Andis Robeznieks | Modern Healthcare
    More than 2,400 people have signed an open letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius protesting the Institute of Medicine's recommendations for defining "essential benefits," which the signers said give more weight to "cost rather than medical need."

  • Posted on Friday, December 2, 2011
    By Wendell Potter | Firedoglake
    Just last week, the 34-nation Organization for Economic Cooperation Development (OECD) released the results of its most recent study of the health care systems in the 40 counties considered to be “developed.” It came as no surprise to see that the U.S. health care system — if we can even call it a system — is still by far the most expensive on the planet.

  • Posted on Thursday, December 1, 2011
    By Wendell Potter | CommonDreams.org
    A little more than a year ago, on the day after the GOP regained control of the House of Representatives, Speaker-to-be John Boehner said one of the first orders of business after he took charge would be the repeal of health care reform.

  • Posted on Thursday, December 1, 2011
    By CHRIS GAROFOLO | Brattleboro Reformer
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced on Tuesday Vermont will receive more than $18 million to fund the design and development of a larger health benefits exchange to serve as the foundation for the state's future single-payer plan.

  • Posted on Thursday, December 1, 2011
    By Kay Tillow | All Unions Committee For Single Payer Health Care--HR 676
    Paula Friedman, Chair of the Retiree Committee of the Bergen County Central Trades and Labor Council in New Jersey, reports that their latest victory is the successful passage of a resolution by the Township of Teaneck calling for the “immediate enactment” of HR 676, national single payer health care legislation introduced by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI).

  • Posted on Thursday, December 1, 2011
    By Deborah Stone | Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics
    In most other nations, insurance for medical care is called sickness insurance, and it covers sick people. In the United States, we have “health insurance,” and its major carriers — commercial insurers, large employers, and increasingly government programs — strive to avoid sick people and cover only the healthy. This perverse logic at the heart of the American health insurance system is the key to reform debates.

  • Posted on Thursday, December 1, 2011
    By Wendell Potter | PRWatch
    Members of Congress and the Obama administration have assured us that on January 1, 2014, junk health insurance plans -- which offer only the illusion of adequate coverage to the millions of Americans enrolled in them -- will become a thing of the past.

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2011
    By Ed Grystar, Chuck Pennacchio and Tony Buba | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    The current contract disagreement between Highmark and UPMC provides a clear example of why the free-market health care system has failed. When profit is the primary motive, patient needs get short shrift.

  • Posted on Monday, November 28, 2011
    By Kirsten Stewart | The Salt Lake Tribune
    Joseph Jarvis' decades-long push for a statewide health cooperative — a publicly funded, nonprofit health insurance trust to cover every Utahn for all medically necessary care — has been a non-starter in conservative Utah. Chances of it gaining traction grew slimmer with passage of President Barack Obama’s health overhaul, which Jarvis says “sucked all the oxygen out of the room.”

  • Posted on Monday, November 21, 2011
    By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor Daily News
    America is the only wealthy country in the world that does not guarantee its people access to health care as a fundamental right. More than 15 percent of Americans are uninsured and many more are seriously underinsured. That was the bottom line message of T.R. Reid, author of the best-selling book “The Healing of America” and the television documentary based on it, “Sick Around The World.”

  • Posted on Monday, November 21, 2011
    By KAREN HOWLETT | Globe and Mail
    Canada should remain committed to publicly funded health care, and not open the door to two-tier medicine, says a new report by a top economist.

  • Posted on Monday, November 21, 2011
    STEFFIE WOOLHANDLER | Letter to the Editor | The New York Times
    Ezekiel J. Emanuel lowballs estimates of the current costs and potential savings on medical bureaucracy, and raises vain hope that health reforms short of a single-payer system will realize substantial savings

  • Posted on Monday, November 21, 2011
    By Merton Bernstein | Health Affairs Blog
    The McKinsey Global Institute reported in 2007 and 2008 that the United States spends twice as much for health care as for food. According to Census and Department of Agriculture data that pattern continues. Yet millions remain outside the protection of health insurance and many nominally within its bounds are seriously underinsured.

  • Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2011
    By OccupyWashingtonDC
    The following is an excerpt from a much longer report titled "The 99%’s Deficit Proposal: How to create jobs, reduce the wealth divide and control spending."

  • Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2011
    By Stephen Kemble | OpEd News
    Many still assume universal health care must mean higher costs, but other countries prove this assumption false. The US spends about twice as much per capita on health care as other industrialized countries, yet others are able to cover everyone and have better health outcomes.

  • Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2011
    By Joshua Freeman, M.D. | Medicine and Social Justice blog
    In Seeking a Cure for Troubled Hospitals in Brooklyn (New York Times, Nov. 10), Nina Bernstein reports on the challenges faced by not-for-profit hospitals in that part of New York City.

  • Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2011
    By Sam Levin | New York Daily News
    [In Zuccotti Park this weekend,] a huge phalanx of volunteer doctors and nurses dispensed free flu shots to protect the protesters with winter looming.

  • Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2011
    By Maureen Miller | Occupy, an OWS-inspired Gazette
    In 1970, Stephen Bergman, then a Harvard medical student, missed his renal block exam to protest Kent State. He was one of many medical students who were transformed by the antiwar movement, and he went on to ask if we could transform physician training.

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2011
    By Alan Panebaker | VTDigger
    In reaction to the Shumlin administration’s push for a single-payer style health care system, doctors have resuscitated a bargaining group that will represent the interests of physicians.

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2011
    By Think Progress
    Protesters disrupted a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event on health care today, interrupting speaker Scott Serota, the CEO of Blue Cross & Blue Shield. Chanting “we are the 99 percent.”

  • Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011
    By the Editorial Board | Newsday
    Imagine a health insurance system with runaway costs, millions left without coverage, administrative headaches galore and unhealthier people than in many other countries spending less. Actually, you don't have to bother imagining such a system. You're already living with it. And it's bankrupting our country.

  • Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011
    By Nicholas H. Anton | The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, Calif.)
    Occupy Wall Street emerged as a grass-roots campaign against excessive corporate wealth and political power. Having been bailed out by the U.S. government, large banks are making record profits and paying huge bonuses while lobbying for less regulation of the activities largely responsible for our country's financial collapse.

  • Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011
    By Pippa C. Abston, M.D. | Letters, The Huntsville Times
    Not only do uninsured people get denied care, but they die because of it. It is true that for a real emergency, the emergency rooms cannot turn people away. By the time a person's high blood pressure or cancer or diabetes gets that bad, it is often too late.

  • Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011
    By Paul Krugman | The New York Times
    American health care is remarkably diverse. In terms of how care is paid for and delivered, many of us effectively live in Canada, some live in Switzerland, some live in Britain, and some live in the unregulated market of conservative dreams. One result of this diversity is that we have plenty of home-grown evidence about what works and what doesn’t.

  • Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011
    By Dean Baker | Truthout
    Major news outlets like The Washington Post and National Public Radio constantly bombard us with news pieces on the budget deficit. Invariably these stories focus on the cost of “entitlements,” which most of us know as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. The story pounded home in these pieces -- often explicitly -- is that these programs, that primarily benefit the elderly, are creating the basis for a generational war between the young and the old.

  • Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011
    By Julie Matthaei and Neil Wollman | CommonDreams.org
    Recently, the Congressional Budget Office released a report on income inequality which found that the incomes of the top 1% nearly tripled between 1979 and 2007, whereas those of the middle class increased by less than forty percent. In his 2007 study, Jared Bernstein found that the after-tax income of the top 1% was 21 times higher than that of middle income families in 2005, compared to “only” 8 times higher in 1979. Indeed, inequality has been on the increase.

  • Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011
    By GLENN WILBURN | MyFoxNY.com
    Doctors and nurses from Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) provided free health care to the Occupy Wall Street protesters at Zuccotti Park on Sunday.

  • Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011
    By Joseph R. Barrie, M.D. | Letters, The Wall Street Journal
    I sympathize with Mr. Schindler's complaint about the cost of coverage but suggest that the balance sheet of his insurer ought to figure in his concerns. His letter is another reason for this country to consider a single-payer insurance system, and get the for-profit and not-for-profit vultures out of the loop. Pity that our current president lacks the guts to support this concept.

  • Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011
    By Claudia Fegan, M.D.
    The following remarks were delivered to the participants in this year’s PNHP Leadership Training Institute in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 28.

  • Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2011
    By Stephanie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein | Social Research

  • Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2011
    By Doug Trapp | amednews.com
    Health system reforms in Massachusetts may have reduced its uninsured population to the smallest of any state, but the effort has not controlled growth in health care costs -- at least not yet.

  • Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2011
    By SHARON TERLEP And MATTHEW DOLAN | The Wall Street Journal
    Retirement trust funds created to cover billions of dollars in medical costs for unionized workers and their families are running short, forcing the funds to cut costs, trim benefits, and ask retirees and companies to pony up more cash.

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2011
    By Joanne Boyer | OpEdNews
    In the mid 1990s, I worked with an individual in Minnesota who fought hard to enact legislation for universal health care. His passion and desire to see health care reform that included coverage for all was as heartfelt as any I've ever seen. In what seemed (at the time) like a never ending legislative battle to change a health care system failing its people, I heard him say that he was going to round-up every three-ring binder report that had been done on the need for health care reform in the last year and just dump them all on the legislators' desks and claim, "We don't need another report. We need health care for everyone."

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2011
    By Hoag Levins | The LDI Health Economist
    In the mid-1990s, Harvard health economist William Hsiao abandoned the U.S. health system as an area of study to focus his efforts on the health systems of other countries. The switch was motivated by frustration. "I gave up on the United States," said the 75-year-old China-born scholar who emigrated to this country as a teenager. "I did not do any more work on the U.S. because Washington politics were so driven by ideology, and money played such an important role in policy making, that I really couldn't contribute to it any more. The research I did just got pushed aside."

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2011
    By Bill Graves | The Oregonian
    A group of Oregon physicians who call themselves the Mad as Hell Doctors failed to put a single-payer option on the table in Congress' debate on health reform two years ago, but they did win a national award recently for trying.

  • Posted on Monday, November 7, 2011
    By Jacqueline Davis, M.D.
    The following remarks were delivered to the Annual Meeting of Physicians for a National Health Program in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 29.

  • Posted on Monday, November 7, 2011
    By H. Steven Moffic, MD | Psychiatric Times
    “Love and work are the cornerstones of our civilization.” This quote, rightly or wrongly attributed to Freud, simply and succinctly indicates the importance of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement.

  • Posted on Monday, November 7, 2011
    By Julie Rovner | NPR
    Congress' so-called deficit reduction "supercommittee" is down to the final weeks of deliberations in its efforts to come up with $1.2 trillion in budget savings. And one proposal that keeps cropping up is the idea of raising the eligibility age for Medicare.

  • Posted on Monday, November 7, 2011
    By Bill Roy | The Topeka Capital-Journal
    The president, Congress and their advisers forfeited any chance of writing satisfactory health insurance legislation when they refused to let a single-payer system be considered. The Democrats followed the advice of the Ezekiel and Rahm Emanuels of the party, and wrote a crummy law that does not cover everyone, and will not control costs.

  • Posted on Thursday, November 3, 2011
    Kay Tillow | All Unions Committee For Single Payer Health Care--HR 676
    The 38th convention of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) has endorsed single payer health as a solution to the nation's health care crisis.

  • Posted on Wednesday, November 2, 2011
    By DAVE ZWEIFEL | The Capital Times (Madison, Wis.)
    The answer to the nation’s health care crisis is staring everyone in the face, yet as a country we continue to refuse to come to grips with it.

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 1, 2011
    By Jonathan D. Walker, M.D. | The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
    When it comes to our health care system, sometimes the obvious thing is the wrong thing. For instance, it seems obvious that if Medicare is a big part of government spending, we simply need to reduce the number of people on Medicare to save money. Unfortunately, what seems obvious on the surface can backfire in practice.

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 1, 2011
    By J. Wesley Boyd, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2011
    Statement from PNHP N.Y. Metro chapter

  • Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2011
    By John Buntin | Governing
    At a time when states are struggling to comply with the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Vermont's ambitious plan to create the nation's first single-payer health financing system might be hard to comprehend. Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin sees this initiative as common sense. I recently had a chance to talk with Shumlin, an experienced legislator and small business owner, about why he thinks such radical change in health care is a necessity. An edited transcript follows.

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2011
    E.J. Dionne | Seattle Times
    Abraham Lincoln was at heart a moderate, but he abandoned moderation on slavery when this proved to be morally and politically unsuited to the imperatives of his moment, writes E.J. Dionne Jr. By following Lincoln's example and acting against the injustices of our time, Obama could also come to occupy the high ground.

  • Posted on Monday, October 24, 2011
    By Erica Ferrari | NY1 News
    Nurses and doctors joined the Occupy Wall Street protesters Sunday to rally for health care reform, and tourists continued to funnel in and out of Zuccotti Park to witness the demonstrations for themselves.

  • Posted on Monday, October 24, 2011
    By Robert Reich | Nation of Change Op-ed
    Re­pub­li­cans are de­bat­ing again to­mor­row night. And once again, Amer­i­cans will hear the stan­dard re­gres­sive litany: gov­ern­ment is bad, Medicare and Med­ic­aid should be cut, “Oba­macare” is killing the econ­omy, un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants are tak­ing our jobs, the mil­i­tary should get more money, taxes should be low­ered on cor­po­ra­tions and the rich, and reg­u­la­tions should be gut­ted.

  • Posted on Monday, October 24, 2011
    By JESSICA FIRGER and SUMATHI REDDY | The Wall Street Journal
    As temperatures dip and the Occupy Wall Street protesters head into their sixth week of camping at Zuccotti Park, health professionals say they are treating activists for ailments ranging from hypothermia to skin infections, the effects of living outside in crowded conditions with little more than sleeping bags and tarps.

  • Posted on Monday, October 24, 2011
    By Philip Caper | OpEd, Bangor Daily News
    For the past several decades, America has been experimenting with applying the principles of business to our health care system. Many believed that by unleashing the power of markets, health care costs would be controlled and access and quality improved.

  • Posted on Friday, October 21, 2011
    By Cynthia Gordy | The Root
    He's done a lot, says the White House in a new report. Anti-poverty advocates weigh in on their progress. Anger and disillusionment over the widening wealth gap may have reached a national tipping point, as evidenced by the Occupy Wall Street movement. Yet leading politicians rarely mention poor folks.

  • Posted on Friday, October 21, 2011
    By Philip Caper, M.D. | The Ellsworth American (Maine)
    We need less, not more competition among health insurance companies. Competition does not work in medical care as it does in normal markets. The proof is in the fact that our current market-based system is failing.

  • Posted on Thursday, October 20, 2011
    By Sarah Kliff | The Washington Post
    For Democratic governors who want to push changes further, navigating the federal law is a much more complex and nuanced task. They want to implement the law, as well as be waived from key parts of it.

  • Posted on Thursday, October 20, 2011
    By Joan McCarter | Daily Kos
    Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, not willing to wait for the Affordable Care Act to kick in in two or three years, is challenging the federal government to start having a dialogue about real health care reform now by allowing Montana to set up a system modeled on "SaskCare," the Saskatchewan health system, the first universal health care system among the Canadian provinces.

  • Posted on Friday, October 14, 2011
    By BRUCE C. VLADECK and STEPHEN I. VLADECK | New York Times
    VIRTUALLY all of the debate over the health care legislation enacted last year has focused on the constitutionality of the individual mandate, the requirement that, by 2014, nearly all Americans either purchase health insurance or pay a fine if they fail to do so. The Supreme Court now seems likely to decide the fate of the mandate, perhaps as early as June.

  • Posted on Friday, October 14, 2011
    By Arnold Relman | New York Review of Books
    The US is facing a major crisis in the cost of health care. Corrected for inflation, health expenditures in the public sector are nearly doubling each decade, and those in the private sector are increasing even more rapidly. According to virtually all economists, this financial burden, which is now consuming about 17 percent of our entire economic output (far more than in any other country), cannot be sustained much longer. The federal share, including payments for Medicare and Medicaid, was 23 percent of the national budget in 2009 and is a prime cause of the deficit.

  • Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011
    By Kathleen Bartholomew | The Seattle Times
    Nurse Kathleen Bartholomew writes about the importance of making health care about wellness. She suggests health care might be a civil-rights movement of the 21st century.