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 Friday, October 19, 2018
    "Medicare for All" means fixing Medicare and then expanding it to include everyone. It is a straightforward concept that has gained widespread support in the United States.

  • Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2018
    The findings of this review by CMS's Inspector General are shocking. Of the claim rejections by the private Medicare Advantage Organizations that were appealed, most of them were overturned, indicating that the claims were certainly legitimate.

  • Posted on Wednesday, October 17, 2018
    Some say that we need health insurance only for major illnesses and injuries, that we can take care of routine care out of our savings whether or not the funds are transmitted through a health savings account.

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2018
    The Trump administration has appointed Mary Mayhew as director of Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). She previously worked with Maine Governor Paul LePage to slash safety net programs in that state.

  • Posted on Monday, October 15, 2018
    The 1.1 percent administrative cost of traditional Medicare increases to 6 percent when only one-third of the Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in private Medicare Advantage plans.

  • Posted on Friday, October 12, 2018
    The enthusiasm for Medicare for All continues to increase so much so that it has now become part of our national parlance.

  • Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2018
    One of the most important reasons for enactment of the Affordable Care Act was the inadequacy of plans offered in the individual insurance market.

  • Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2018
    The good news about this op-ed by President Donald Trump is that the Medicare for All concept has gained so much public support that the president feels that he must attack it in his own inimitable style, that is by being untruthful about it.

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2018
    The goal of reducing volume is to control spending. Models designed specifically to do that either reduce beneficial health care services - an undesirable outcome - or they fail to have a significant impact on costs, as the disappointing results with ACOs demonstrate.

  • Posted on Monday, October 8, 2018
    At last week's meeting of the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) there was considerable interest in CMS's proposed rule in which accountable care organizations (ACOs) would be forced into downside risk after only two years instead of the previous six allowed.

  • Posted on Friday, October 5, 2018
    Yes, only in America. Nobel laureate Leon Lederman sold his Nobel medal in order to help pay for his pending medical bills.

  • Posted on Thursday, October 4, 2018
    The future of health care financing is all about value-based care (VBC) - paying based on value rather than volume - or so you would believe based on the proclamations of politicians and the policy community and the dissemination of that concept through the academic literature and lay media.

  • Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2018
    During the development of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it was interesting to watch Congress patch together policies to try to fill the voids in health care coverage. Although each patch helped, the patchwork model of reform still inevitably left many holes in the system.

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2018
    Immigrants who come to the United States to work are generally relatively young and healthy and thus have little need for health care services, yet they pay payroll taxes into the Medicare Trust Funds and thus are subsidizing health care for U.S. citizens on Medicare.

  • Posted on Monday, October 1, 2018
    Although the concept of a single payer, improved Medicare for all has become quite popular, many in the policy community and legislative bodies would prefer to continue with our existing health care financing system as modified by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

  • Posted on Friday, September 28, 2018
    Our overpriced but underperforming health care system is being made worse under Trump policies. It is extremely urgent that we change direction.

  • Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2018
    As we witness the consolidation of the health insurance industry and the medical-industrial complex into an amalgam that lays down the future health care infrastructure for America, it is instructive to hear the words of Matt Eyles, the CEO and thus the spokesperson for America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP).

  • Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2018
    Ban Ki-moon was Secretary-General of the United Nations from 2007 thru 2016. He knows something about the world. He says that the failure of the United States to provide health care coverage for everyone is “unethical” and “politically wrong, morally wrong.”

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2018
    In June of this year, the California Legislature passed and Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 1810 - a bill that, amongst other measures, would establish the Council on Health Care Delivery Systems with instructions to develop a plan that would provide coverage and access through a unified financing system for all Californians, whatever that means.

  • Posted on Monday, September 24, 2018
    According to this survey, unexpected medical bills such as the surprise bills from out-of-network providers are the number one health cost problem that people worry about.