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  • Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015
    By Chris Kardish | Governing (Washington, D.C.)
    There is perhaps no state lawmaker in the country who has pushed for single-payer health care with as much fidelity as New York state Assemblyman Richard Gottfried. Since 1992, he has introduced single-payer legislation every year, only to see his efforts fail to gain much traction. This year, Gottfried, a Manhattan Democrat and head of the Assembly’s health committee, is hopeful, though he may be the only legislator in the country making a full push.

  • Posted on Monday, February 23, 2015
    By Marcia Angell, M.D.
    PNHP note: The following text contains the prepared remarks of Dr. Angell at a panel titled “Persistent Barriers to Reform of the American Health Care System” at the 27th Annual Policy Research Conference of the National Academy of Social Insurance in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 28, 2015.

  • Posted on Monday, February 23, 2015
    By Deborah Schumann, M.D. | The Washington Post
    The Feb. 17 front-page article “Faces of the subsidies case” was right when it said that health insurance “payments, which are referred to as tax credits, go directly from the federal government to the insurance companies.” That is how the Affordable Care Act was designed, by the insurance industry.

  • Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015
    If the Medicaid recipient’s doctor were paid the same as my doctor, this wouldn’t be a problem. And if we were all in the same health plan, the wealthy and well-connected would see to it that their doctors were paid fairly, and the rest of us (and our doctors) would share the benefit. If we’re all in the same boat, we’ll all do better.
  • Posted on Thursday, February 26, 2015
    This report from Gartner is instructive in that it demonstrates the profound increase in administrative complexity in health care, much of which is directly attributable to a dependency on markets as opposed what we would have under a publicly administered single payer system. Administrative functions in health care are essential, but it is the private sector that has created a bureaucratic quagmire.
  • Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2015
    So far, 52 percent of those receiving a tax credit last year to help pay their premiums for the ACA exchange plans are having to pay back an average of $530 - certainly an unpleasant surprise for individuals subsisting on modest budgets.