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 Thursday, January 23, 2014
    By Michael Binder, M.D. | The Enquirer (Cincinnati)
    Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhuman.” Sadly, the problem of massive inequality in health care persists to the present day. I saw a patient in clinic in the past week who is going through personal financial bankruptcy due to overwhelming medical bills. This is someone who actually has health coverage, but it was not enough to prevent him from going into tens of thousands of dollars in debt.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014
    By Winthrop Dillaway, M.D. | The New York Times
    The American health care system fails irrefutably and unacceptably with its economics and its ethics. How is it acceptable that the other leading countries of the world provide universal health care at half the cost and generally with higher quality?

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
    By Louis Balizet, M.D. | Health Policy Solutions (Denver)
    The Affordable Care Act, while providing some short-term benefits, is, on the whole, unworkable. Quite apart from website failures, its approach to health care is fundamentally flawed.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
    By Jessica Schorr Saxe, M.D. | The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer
    Are we a nation of people waiting to have medical insurance so that we can spend our time seeking unnecessary medical care? Really?

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
    By Bruce Japsen | Forbes
    As the Obama administration touts the need for uninsured Americans to sign up for private coverage via exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, the insurance industry sees growth in an expanded Medicaid program for the poor under the health law.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
    By George Erickson | Duluth (Minn.) News Tribune
    U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone, known as the “conscience of the Senate,” wrote that he spent 85 percent of his time fighting Republican attacks on working families. Were he still alive, Wellstone would be fighting for the thousands who die or are driven into bankruptcy every year because they lack health coverage.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
    By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
    Love it or hate it, even if ObamaCare never fully achieves its intended benefits, it has already had some unintended ones.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
    By Deanna Pogorelc | MedCity News
    The latest outcry for a single-payer healthcare system comes from a duo of prominent cancer doctors who call on their fellow oncologists to support what they call “an improved Medicare for all” resembling Canada’s healthcare system.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
    By Froma Harrop | The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.)
    In the beginning, Massachusetts opened the gates to same-sex marriage and universal health coverage. California started to liberalize drug laws by legalizing medical marijuana. The sky didn’t fall on any of these efforts, initially regarded as dangerous social experiments by many conservatives.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
    By K.W. Hillis | The Lawton (Okla.) Constitution
    LAWTON, Okla. -- Affordable Care Act reforms address some problems with health care in the U.S., but it doesn’t solve core issues, said Dr. Ed Weisbart, chair of the Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) -- Missouri Chapter.

  • Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014
    By Daniel Schaffer M.D. | The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.)
    By now, almost everyone has developed an opinion about the status of health care in our country, and it usually divides along ideological lines, with the word “Obamacare” in the middle. This is unfortunate if it ends the discussion, because both advocates and opponents agree that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is not the final solution to our current health care dilemma.

  • Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014
    By Laura Berger | Wisconsin State Journal
    What is undermining health care is not government, but corporate profits and inefficiencies. Instead of government's impossible and complex attempts to walk a line between public need and corporate profit, let's acknowledge there's another way.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014
    By Froma Harrop | The Leaf Chronicle (Clarksville, Tenn.) and Gannett
    The prospects for single-payer health care – adored by many liberals, despised by private health insurers and looking better all the time to others – did not die in the Affordable Care Act. It was thrown a lifeline through a little-known provision tucked in the famously long legislation. Single-payer groups in several states are now lining up to make use of Section 1332.

  • Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014
    By Joshua Freeman, M.D. | Medicine and Social Justice blog
    That is not what our national health policy should be doing. A health system that did not permit gaming but straightforwardly paid for health care, and eliminated the profit motive, would solve these problems.

  • Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014
    By James Besante | Albuquerque Journal
    America can win the War on Poverty. We can fix our health care system. A streamlined, publicly financed program, like “Improved Medicare for All,” is the answer.

  • Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014
    By Anna Zelivianskaia | Chicago Medicine
    Our health care system allows for high numbers of uninsured and underinsured, which prevents us from achieving the degree of care we are capable of. Medical decisions are no longer between the patient and doctor. Instead, every therapy and test must be approved by insurance companies, which operate with the goal of making a profit. Fortunately, many passionate medical students in Chicago are stepping up to advocate for changes.

  • Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014
    By Alanna Durkin | The Associated Press
    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A government-run health care system in Maine would provide universal coverage to residents, cut down on administrative costs and free businesses from the complexities of providing insurance for their employees, supporters of a single-payer model said Thursday.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014
    By Peter Hirschfeld | Vermont Public Radio
    In an extraordinarily rare appearance by a sitting governor before a legislative committee, Gov. Peter Shumlin Tuesday took responsibility for problems on the new health insurance exchange, but said the shortcomings only reinforce his case for a publicly financed, universal health care system.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014
    By C.V. Allen, M.D. | The Modesto Bee
    They are one American in six. They range in age from newborn to 65. They might be anyone – even your neighbor. They are America’s problem and America’s shame. They are America’s 47 million medically uninsured.

  • Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014
    By David Cay Johnston | Newsweek
    We don't have a free market for health-care services. If we did, we would see a narrow range of prices for the same service.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 2, 2014
    By Pearl Korn | The Huffington Post
    It is rare that any member of Congress is honored on any level these days, but one truly worthy exception is Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), who early in December was honored with a breakfast celebration attended by some 40 union representatives at a restaurant on East 29th Street in New York City.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014
    By Michael Moore | The New York Times
    I believe Obamacare’s rocky start — clueless planning, a lousy website, insurance companies raising rates, and the president’s telling people they could keep their coverage when, in fact, not all could — is a result of one fatal flaw: The Affordable Care Act is a pro-insurance-industry plan implemented by a president who knew in his heart that a single-payer, Medicare-for-all model was the true way to go.

  • Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013
    By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor Daily News
    Americans now spend close to $3 trillion a year for health care, around 18 percent of our GDP. That works out to almost $9,000 per person in Maine, almost twice as much per person as the average for other wealthy nations that provide health care for all their people. ... As one Canadian conference participant put it, “It breaks my heart to see Americans destroying your schools, libraries and public safety to pay for health care.” It breaks my heart, too. We can do a lot better.

  • Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013
    By Jon Queally | Common Dreams
    As the political uproar surrounding the Affordable Care Act has played out over recent months, one single fact remains: the private insurance model—on which the law widely known as Obamacare is based—is more complicated, more expensive, and provides less coverage than a simple, "everybody in/nobody out," single-payer model that almost every other advanced country in the world enjoys.

  • Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013
    By Rochelle Dworet, M.D. | Health Policy Solutions
    So the Affordable Care Act is finally being implemented, even online. Our state has its own exchange, which seems to run better than the national model. The people in the states that implemented their own exchanges are all busy heaping accolades on each other. However, the real question is, “Where is the single-payer solution that would save hundreds of millions of dollars and lives?”

  • Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013
    By Diane Snyder | The Guardian
    I'm not a Tea Party member, and I want Obamacare to work, but the ACA has actually made healthcare less affordable for me.

  • Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013
    By Bob Herman | Beckers Hospital Review
    This week, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced Senate Bill 1782, which would establish a single-payer healthcare system in the U.S.

  • Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013
    By Jessica Desvarieux | Real News Network
    Dr. David Himmelstein: The goal would be to expand Medicare to all, considering private insurance costs seven times as much to administer compared to Medicare.

  • Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013
    By Marc Bussanich | Labor Press
    “It took 15 years before Congress joined with me to make Dr. King’s birthday a national legal holiday. So I’m in this for the long run,” said Congressman Conyers.

  • Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013
    By Sam Cholke | DNAinfo Chicago
    HYDE PARK, CHICAGO — At 90, Chicago’s most outspoken and progressive physician, Dr. Quentin Young, is finally starting to slow down and reflect on the neighborhood that gave him his politics.

  • Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013
    By Chesley Yellott, M.D., and Lynn Moses Yellott | The Journal (Martinsburg, W.Va.)
    We applaud Sen. Rockefeller's legacy of improving health care for West Virginians and others throughout the country. His legacy can be stellar if he stands up for replacing the system that leaves so many unable to afford health care with improved Medicare for all.

  • Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013
    By Jonathan Walker, M.D. | The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
    The rollout of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, has been anything but auspicious. And, depending on one’s politics, reactions have ranged from despair to vindictive glee. But if you are stuck on the superficial level – watching the president backpedal while wondering about the problems with the online exchanges – you are being misdirected from the real drama.

  • Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013
    By Alex Lazar | ABC News
    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has waded into the health care debate with a broad endorsement of the kind of universal health plan found in Europe, Canada and South Korea.

  • Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013
    By David Freedlander | The Daily Beast
    As the rollout of Obamacare clunks forward, activists who opposed the law from the beginning say it is time to seize the moment, to tear down the current health-care edifice and start anew, especially now as frustration with the law’s implementation is reaching a peak.

  • Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013
    By William Greider | The Nation
    I turned to the Seattle congressman for a candid assessment because he’s the third-ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee and has been an advocate of single-payer healthcare for decades. Plus, he’s a doctor.

  • Posted on Friday, December 6, 2013
    By Todd Neal, Senior Staff Writer | MedPage Today
    What's the biggest barrier to practicing medicine today? That's just the first of 10 questions the MedPage Today staff is asking leading clinicians and researchers to get their personal views on their chosen profession. In this series we share their uncensored responses. Here, answers from Steven Nissen, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic.

  • Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013
    By Stephen B. Kemble, M.D. | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
    I attended the recent Hawaii 2013 Healthcare Summit, on how Hawaii is implementing the Affordable Care Act and transforming health care. The keynote address by Dr. Abraham Verghese was inspiring — all about the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship and how health care should be focused on the living patient, not the “iPatient” in the computer.

  • Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013
    By Pamela Peters, MS1 | Pritzker News, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
    Six students from Pritzker explored the option of single-payer health care reform by attending the annual meeting for the advocacy group Physicians for a National Program (PNHP) on November 2, 2013 in Boston.

  • Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013
    By Evan Soltas | Bloomberg
    For an industry that's supposed to be burdened by the launch of Obamacare, the health-care business is doing pretty well. Stocks of health-care companies are up almost 40 percent this year, the strongest performance of any sector in the S&P 500.

  • Posted on Monday, December 2, 2013
    By RoseAnn DeMoro | The Guardian (U.K.)
    There's no reason to rollback the progress the ACA has made. But we should go all the way and dump the for-profit system

  • Posted on Wednesday, November 27, 2013
    By Nancy Folbre | The New York Times
    A single-payer insurance system, whether based on an extension of Medicare or on the Canadian model, promises many profoundly important benefits. Right off the mark, it promises simplicity.

  • Posted on Friday, November 22, 2013
    By Jeffrey Young | Huffington Post
    The botched implementation of Obamacare has created a bittersweet moment for advocates of a universal, single-payer health care system: They saw this coming, but they can't gloat about it.

  • Posted on Friday, November 22, 2013
    By the Editorial Board | San Francisco Bay Guardian
    We're sorry to see all the problems surrounding President Obama's Affordable Care Act, which has made some important improvements to the country's healthcare system, such as helping those with preexisting conditions get coverage and preventing those who do have coverage from being arbitrarily dropped. Given a break from being exploited by the insurance industry, there's no way this country's citizens will want to go back to how things were.

  • Posted on Friday, November 22, 2013
    By Ralph Nader | The Nader Page
    Costly complexity is baked into Obamacare. No health insurance system is without problems but Canadian style single-payer full Medicare for all is simple, affordable, comprehensive and universal.

  • Posted on Thursday, November 21, 2013
    By Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., and David Himmelstein, M.D.
    Virtually all single-payer supporters aspire to a nationwide reform. Absent a national solution, many regions with the gravest problems in access to care will lag further and further behind. Living in New York or Massachusetts doesn’t lessen our sense of responsibility for millions in the Deep South and other “red state” areas for whom national legislation is the only realistic option for health care progress.

  • Posted on Monday, November 18, 2013
    Here are three items of special interest to single-payer supporters who were involved with, or followed, the Occupy Wall Street movement.

  • Posted on Monday, November 18, 2013
    By Miranda Rosenberg | The Hartford Courant
    While most Americans have been focusing on the recent problems surrounding the rollout of the new website, another health insurance story has been largely overlooked. Last month, just as Medicare's open enrollment period was set to begin, UnitedHealthcare dropped thousands of physicians nation-wide, including thousands in Connecticut, from its Medicare Advantage programs without an explanation.

  • Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013
    By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
    Serious problems with the websites created by the Affordable Care Act continue, and probably will for a long time. Although frantic efforts at incrementally improving them are being made by the Obama administration, and some sites are working better than others, they are a long way from working well.

  • Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013
    By Caroline Poplin, M.D. | Newsday
    The Obama administration has once again snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. After successfully holding off Republican efforts to destroy Obamacare by shutting down the government and threatening default, the administration badly bungled the rollout of the crown jewel of health reform: the insurance exchanges.

  • Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013
    By John Nichols | The Nation
    Gene Farley and I shared a deep affection for Tommy Douglas, the Baptist preacher-turned-statesman who as the leader of Saskatchewan’s Cooperative Commonwealth Federation established the framework for what would become Canada’s single-payer national health care system.

  • Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013
    By Donald Broder, M.D. | The New York Times
    Nicholas D. Kristof points out that without universal health care, many of us die prematurely. But before we solve this terrible problem, we have to grapple with our confusion and ambivalence as to what, if any, responsibilities we have for one another.

  • Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013
    By Stacey Singer | Palm Beach Post
    As consumers begin to comparison shop “Obamacare” health plans, a new problem has emerged: The cheapest plans may have such limited provider panels that the nearest in-network hospital could be about 30 miles away for people living in northern and western Palm Beach County.

  • Posted on Friday, November 1, 2013
    By David Sirota | Salon
    Whenever scandal arises in Washington, D.C., the fight between the two parties typically ends up being a competition to identify a concise message in the chaos — or, as scientists might say, a signal in all the noise. This week confirms that truism, as glitches plagued the new Obamacare website and as insurance companies canceled policies for many customers on the individual market.

  • Posted on Friday, November 1, 2013
    By Ralph Nader | The Nader Page
    With the Tea Partiers relentless attacks on each of the troubles besetting Obamacare since its complicated, computer glitch-ridden startup on October 1, 2013, the compelling question is: Why aren’t the Congressional sponsors of H.R. 676 – full Medicare for all with free choice of physician and hospital – speaking out as strongly on behalf of this far superior universal health care coverage?

  • Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013
    By Margaret Flowers, M.D. | Talk Nation Radio
    The following is an unofficial transcript of an interview given by Dr. Margaret Flowers to David Swanson of Talk Nation Radio on the Pacifica Network on Oct. 30. An audio version is also available.

  • Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013
    By Margaret Flowers, M.D. | The Indypendent (New York City)
    The battle lines have been drawn and the Inside-the-Beltway media circus is underway.

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013
    By Michael Lind | Salon
    If Obamacare — built on means-testing, privatizing and decentralization to the states — is treated by progressives as the greatest liberal public policy success in the last half-century, then how will progressives be able to argue against proposals by conservative Republicans and center-right neoliberal Democrats to means-test, privatize and decentralize Social Security and Medicare in the years ahead?

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013
    By Leigh Dolin, M.D. | The Lund Report (Portland, Ore.)
    If competition is so wonderful, why don’t we have competing police departments, fire departments and armed services? Clearly, the business model -- competition and making a profit -- is not always appropriate.

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013
    By David Freudberg | The Huffington Post
    I'm not sure which is more incomprehensible: the ham-handed launch of registration for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or the system's mind-numbing complexity. But the two are related.

  • Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013
    By Dave Gram | Modern Healthcare
    As states open insurance marketplaces amid uncertainty about whether they're a solution for healthcare, Vermont is eyeing a bigger goal, one that more fully embraces a government-funded model.

  • Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013
    By Jack Bernard | The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle
    With private insurance covering most of the employed and 48 million uninsured, the United States has seen health care costs skyrocket for many decades. Something had to be done, so Congress passed the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in 2010. Apparently, the House suddenly awakened to that fact and wanted to shut down the government to reverse history to when George W. Bush was president.

  • Posted on Friday, October 25, 2013
    By Kay Tillow | Single Payer News
    On October 17, 2013, the Executive Council of the New Mexico Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, endorsed H.R. 676, national single-payer health care legislation sponsored by Congressman John Conyers (D-Mich.), reports Jon Hendry, president.

  • Posted on Monday, October 21, 2013
    By Margaret Flowers, M.D. | Green Shadow Cabinet
    The foundation of the ACA, the mandate that uninsured individuals purchase private insurance if they do not qualify for public insurance, begins in 2014 and the state health insurance exchanges where people can purchase that insurance opened on October 1.

  • Posted on Monday, October 21, 2013
    By Antonia Maioni | The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    Despite the partisan war in Washington that shut down the federal government this week, President Barack Obama has succeeded in implementing the first major health reform in the United States in nearly 50 years, as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act goes into effect. Even though its most virulent critics raise the spectre of “Canadian-style” health care, “Obamacare” does little to change the enduring differences between the two health care system.

  • Posted on Friday, October 18, 2013
    By Phil Kadner | Southtown Star (Chicago)
    Obamacare became what it is today because of both political parties and pressure from the health insurance industry, the pharmaceutical manufacturers and the public.

  • Posted on Thursday, October 17, 2013
    By Dr. Philip Caper | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
    The lead story in the Oct. 13 New York Times details the ongoing problems of the Affordable Care Act’s websites intended to facilitate access by individuals to the law’s hallmark online health insurance marketplaces. Those problems continue.

  • Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013
    By Elizabeth R. Rosenthal, M.D. | The New York Times
    Your excellent article about the soaring costs of prescription drugs reveals how successful Big Pharma has been in protecting its bottom line even if it leaves millions gasping for breath because they cannot afford their asthma medicine. Through its tremendous lobbying power, this consistently profitable industry has punished American consumers with drug prices way above those of any other country.

  • Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013
    By Ben Joravsky | The Reader (Chicago)
    In his long and distinguished career as an activist and doctor, Quentin Young has fought to integrate the medical staff at Cook County Hospital, treated the wounds of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and infuriated Mayor Rahm Emanuel by thwarting his attempt to waste taxpayer dollars on Wrigley Field.

  • Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013
    By Ed Weisbart, M.D. | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    We should all celebrate the victory of the United Mine Workers of America in their struggle to retain their earned right to retiree health care ("Peabody strikes deal," Oct. 11).

  • Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013
    By Peter Frost | Chicago Tribune
    Adam Weldzius, a nurse practitioner, considers himself better informed than most when it comes to the inner workings of health insurance. But even he wasn't prepared for the pocketbook hit he'll face next year under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

  • Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013
    By Margaret Flowers, M.D. | Al-Jazeera
    I suspect this manufactured confusion may sort itself out over time as more people discover that having health insurance in the US doesn’t guarantee access to necessary care. In the meantime, I will try to cut through the spin and hyperbole to explain why the ACA is not a step in the right direction and what health care would look like if we implemented a publicly-financed “Medicare for All.”

  • Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013
    By the Editorial Board | Inside Tucson Business
    There is a solution out there that could be good for the country, good for Americans and good for American business.And that’s single payer insurance.

  • Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013
    By Adam Gaffney, M.D. | Salon
    The battle for universal healthcare is not over. This is not because of the reason you might suspect – that Republicans will obstinately endeavor to obstruct Obamacare in every way they can (though that seems to be the case).

  • Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013
    By Amy Goodman | Truthdig
    “We apologize for the inconvenience. The Marketplace is currently undergoing regularly scheduled maintenance and will be back up Monday 10/7/3013.” You read it right, 3013. That was the message on the homepage of the New York state health insurance exchange website this past weekend.

  • Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013
    By Garrett Adams, M.D., M.P.H. The United States has the greatest wealth gap of all industrialized countries and the gap is surging. We also have the worst health and societal outcomes.

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 8, 2013
    By Paige Lavender & Nick Wing | Huffington Post
    Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was grilled by Jon Stewart on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" on Monday, where she appeared to address glitches that have plagued the Obamacare website in its first week since going online.

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 8, 2013
    By Scott McLarty | CommonDreams
    Sure, the government shutdown and Republican demands regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are reprehensible, but let's not delude ourselves about the ACA itself.

  • Posted on Monday, October 7, 2013
    By Joseph Jarvis, M.D. | Deseret News (Salt Lake City)
    I agree with Dan Liljenquist that the cost of Obamacare has been grossly underestimated ("Obamacare will lead to single-payer health care," Sept. 26). It is also likely that many more employees than originally predicted by the smoke and mirrors estimates offered at the time of passage of the Affordable Care Act will lose their employment-based health benefits, thus the now increasingly strident opposition of organized labor to the implementation of this legislation.

  • Posted on Monday, October 7, 2013
  • Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013
    By Steffie Woolhandler, M.D. | "To the Point," KCRW – PRI radio
    Let’s be clear. The Affordable Care Act is going to leave 31 million people uninsured, and even if the Red state governors had never stepped in, even if the Supreme Court had never stepped in, Obamacare as written was designed to leave 25 million people uninsured.

  • Posted on Wednesday, October 2, 2013
    By Scott Tucker | Truthdig
    The right-wing assault on Obamacare is a distraction, but the “progressive” (or rather party line) defense of the Affordable Care Act is also a dead end. While the tea party and MoveOn descend to mud wrestling, Dr. Don McCanne of Physicians for a National Health Program is not just staking out the moral high ground in the debate on health care.

  • Posted on Friday, September 27, 2013
    By David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler | The New York Times, Room for Debate
    The Department of Health and Human Services' breathless report touts the 53 choices and low premiums available through the new health insurance exchanges. But citizens of other developed nations would laugh at this definition of choice, and the rosy rate quotes hide nasty news for those who aren’t forever young.

  • Posted on Friday, September 27, 2013
    By Trudy Lieberman | Columbia Journalism Review
    What journos need to tell the public about signing up.

  • Posted on Friday, September 27, 2013
    By Ralph Nader | Counterpunch
    Freshman Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who somehow got through Princeton and Harvard Law School, is the best news the defaulting Democratic Party has had in years.

  • Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013
    By Ed Weisbart, M.D.
    Some of my colleagues have asked me why a physician organization would be participating in a labor rally. Let me explain this.

  • Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013
    By Matt Miller | The Washington Post
    When you’re being forced to endure another rabid Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) soliloquy on Obamacare’s threat to human freedom, it’s easy to forget how absurd our health-care debate seems to the rest of the civilized world. That’s why it’s bracing to check in with red-blooded, high testosterone capitalists north of the border in Canada — business leaders who love Canada’s single-payer system (a regime far to the “left” of Obamacare) and see it as perfectly consistent with free market capitalism.

  • Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2013
    By Philip Caper, M.D. | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
    I have great admiration for the political courage of President Barack Obama and the congressional leaders who were willing to take on health care reform, justifiably called the “third rail” of American politics. Our system cries out for reform. But they made a fatal mistake in allowing the law to be drafted by Congress, which is composed of 535 members with vastly varying values, goals and interests.

  • Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013
    By Kay Tillow | Single Payer News
    The just-concluded AFL-CIO convention in Los Angeles reaffirmed its commitment to a single-payer health care system while demanding that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) be fixed to protect Taft-Hartley (multi-employer) plans, to end the excise tax, to make employers cover workers who average 20 hours a week, to require construction companies with five or more employees to provide health care, to penalize companies who dump their workers onto Medicaid, plus more.

  • Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2013
    By Sen. Bernie Sanders | The Hill
    It is simply unconscionable that the most advanced nation in the world has so many people who lack health insurance. It makes no sense that millions more are one diagnosis or car accident away from financial disaster. And, despite the trillions of dollars we spend on healthcare, the disparity in the quality of care between the rich and everyone else grows wider.

  • Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2013
    By Michael Hiltzik | Los Angeles Times
    "There isn't a popular groundswell yet" for a single-payer plan "because most people haven't seen the ACA at work in detail yet," says David Himmelstein, a professor of public health at the City University of New York and co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program, the leading advocacy group for single-payer healthcare. But he anticipates that discontent will start in October "and accelerate through the winter."

  • Posted on Monday, September 9, 2013
    By Sarah Kliff and Lena H. Sun | Washington Post
    Every month, a hundred or so people crowd the lobby of the Arlington Free Clinic, clutching blue tickets to enter a health-care lottery. Uninsured and ailing, they hope to be among the two dozen who hit the jackpot and are given free care.

  • Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013
    By Adam Gaffney. M.D. | Salon
    Conservatives like to trumpet 'consumer-driven' health care plans. Here’s what they’re not telling you about them.

  • Posted on Wednesday, September 4, 2013
    By Marc Landry | News and Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)
    With the imminent rollout of open enrollment under Obamacare, we are all going to read and hear a great deal about health care and health insurance in the weeks and months to come.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013
    By Steve Early | The Huffington Post
    Like many labor negotiators, I looked to health care reform for legislative relief from endless haggling with management over employee benefit costs. My own union and others worked hard for passage of President Obama's Affordable Care Act (ACA) three years ago. Despite its failure to take health insurance issues off the bargaining table, as a more preferable Medicare-for-All system would do, Obamacare was widely cheered by labor.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2013
    By Caroline Poplin, M.D. | McClatchy-Tribune News Service
    Any program as large and complex as Obamacare (not to mention one facing such entrenched opposition) is going to encounter some turbulence on its shakedown cruise. But the recent glitches are as important for what they tell us about reform, as for what they do.

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 27, 2013
    By Tricia Romano | The Daily Beast
    When Breaking Bad first aired on AMC in January 2008, the country wasn’t yet in a recession and Obamacare wasn’t a word, but the health-care debate was front and center.

  • Posted on Monday, August 26, 2013
    By Jay Hancock and Julie Appleby | Kaiser Health News
    Consumer Reports calls it “junk health insurance.” A California regulator described them as “skeleton policies.” To an expert from the American Cancer Society, they “are a perfect example of why health care reform is so crucial.”

  • Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013
    By Deborah Burger, R.N. | CommonDreams
    Let’s talk about healthcare. I don’t mean debating the Affordable Care Act. I mean healthcare, as in: If everyone needs healthcare, guarantee that everybody gets it.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013
    By Victoria Powell, MS3 | Short White Coat, Inc., blog
    The Surgery Center of Oklahoma has been in the spotlight recently because of its decision to post all of its prices for its procedures online. This has been heralded as increasing transparency in healthcare costs and implicitly demonizes other hospitals in the area that haven’t followed suit, like traditional academic centers.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013
    By Jack Bernard | The Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader
    While hospitals in Missouri are having their reimbursement cut under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), “red’’ leaning states are still trying to figure out whether or not to fully implement the law.