Quote of the Day

PNHP's Senior Health Policy Fellow Don McCanne, M.D. writes a daily health policy update, taking an excerpt or quote from a health care news story or analysis on the Internet and commenting on its significance to the single-payer health care reform movement. PNHP posts Dr. McCanne's listserv here; to subscribe to the listserv, please visit the Quote of the Day the mailing list website.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2018
    In this article, Donald Light and Arthur Caplan help to dispel some of the excuses given for outrageous drug pricing in the United States, especially the myth that our drug prices are higher because of other nations' free riding on our drug research.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018
    Prior authorization is unique to our dysfunctional health care financing system here in the United States. It is the requirement that permission be obtained from private insurers to provide certain procedures and services or to prescribe certain medications for the patients.

  • Posted on Monday, March 19, 2018
    Joseph Stiglitz defines rent seeking as "getting income not as a reward to creating wealth but by trapping a larger share of the wealth that would otherwise have been produced without their effort."

  • Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018
    It is reassuring to see what Slavitt's candid views are in this Q&A before a meeting heavily attended by members of the medical-industrial complex.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2018
    This consequential study confirms, once again, that the most important contributors to our greater health care spending are high prices and wasteful administrative excesses.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2018
    Those following the latest single payer effort in California know that SB 562 passed the Senate but has been held back in the Assembly, substituting in its place a series of hearings by the Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage to be followed by a report of its findings.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2018
    Should wealthy patients have a right to buy their way to the front of a queue? Or instead should we ask if we've optimized our health care resources to ensure appropriate capacity and queue management to prevent excessive queues for everyone?

  • Posted on Monday, March 12, 2018
    This Covered California analysis of the individual insurance market in each state reveals that, in the absence of any federal policy action, premiums could increase between 35 and 90 percent over the next three years, on average more than twice the rate of medical inflation.

  • Posted on Friday, March 9, 2018
    Yesterday's message discussed the failure of our conservative government stewards, past and present, to move forward with an effective plan that would establish much needed interoperability of the health care IT system throughout the nation. More needs to be said now.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2018
    If we were to fulfill the dream of having immediate Internet access to any prior medical records throughout the nation, it was important that IT systems be interoperable.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2018
    This brief memo from the White House seems to be authentic. It lists three policies that the administration says must be included as part of "Obamacare relief provisions" that Congress should pursue.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2018
    Without waiting for Congress to act, the Trump administration is moving forward with policies to shift government health programs to the private sector. The conservatives have long desired to privatize Medicare through premium support (vouchers), and it appears that they have devised a deceptive means of sneaking it in through this Request for Information.

  • Posted on Monday, March 5, 2018
    Section 1115 Medicaid waivers allow states, with the approval of CMS, to establish demonstration projects that waive certain requirements of the Medicaid program as long as the objectives of the program are met. At the end of the waiver period, the results are to be formally evaluated.

  • Posted on Friday, March 2, 2018
    It has often been said that we cannot enact single payer Medicare for all until Americans agree that health care is a right. This survey shows that 94 percent of adults under 65 already agree that "all Americans should have the right to affordable health care."

  • Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2018
    There was some good news following the release of the Kerner Commission report half a century ago and that was that the nation made gains in addressing some of the social injustices described in the report. The bad news is that we have since regressed and in some ways are worse off.

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018
    We should have learned something from the history of health care reform in this nation since we now have by far the most expensive system but the least efficient considering our deficiencies in coverage, access, equity and affordability. So where are we headed?

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2018
    This Urban Institute analysis demonstrates once again that the Trump administration has been effective in reducing both the adequacy and prevalence of health insurance coverage.

  • Posted on Monday, February 26, 2018
    This two part series on Canada's health system, published in The Lancet, provides an excellent overview and update on their system. It is closest to the model that single payer advocates in the United States support.

  • Posted on Friday, February 23, 2018
    Today's Quote of the Day Extra requires no explanation to single payer supporters who understand and support social justice for all. Frank Ticheli's "An American Elegy" provides us with eleven minutes of contemplation that helps to fine tune our values.

  • Posted on Friday, February 23, 2018
    It seems that these days almost every forum or treatise or journal article on health care financing reform begins with the admonition that we must start to pay for the value of health care delivered rather than for the volume, or the quality instead of the quantity.