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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, August 17, 2018
    Jonathan Chait is correct. The benefits of a well designed, single payer, improved Medicare for all are not in dispute. It is not the policies that are a problem, but rather it is the political obstacles that have prevented us from enacting and implementing such a system.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2018
    These days it seems that the policy community is deeply involved in issues related to quality, accountability, incentives, and the such, through value-based alternative payment models such as accountable care organizations or systems such as Medicare Advantage plans.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2018
    Which proposal is actual Medicare, or, for that matter, which is an "American" result? An improved version of the traditional Medicare program expanded to include everyone, or an expanded market of private Medicare Advantage health plans?

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2018
    Heath care financing programs should be designed to enable individuals to have affordable access to the health care that they need. Medicaid is specifically designed to assist low-income individuals in obtaining that care who otherwise do not have the resources to pay for it.

  • Posted on Monday, August 13, 2018
    It is an unequivocal fact that a well designed, single payer, Medicare for All system, as proposed by Physicians for a National Health Program, would provide first-dollar, comprehensive coverage to everyone in the nation while making health care forever affordable for each one of us.

  • Posted on Friday, August 10, 2018
    Today's Opinion Newsletter distributed by the New York Times provides a nice, concise statement on why America needs Medicare for All, along with links to references.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 9, 2018
    The news is that the government subsidies alone per individual enrolled in the ACA exchange plans ($6,300) are greater than the amount that the government is paying for complete care per individual enrolled in Medicaid ($4,230).

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 8, 2018
    Numerous studies have shown that immigrants pay more into our health care financing systems, both public and private, than they take out in health care services.

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 7, 2018
    In order to control the cost of employer-sponsored health insurance, employers have increasingly turned to high-deductible health plans. This makes the up-front, high out-of-pocket costs unaffordable for many employees.

  • Posted on Monday, August 6, 2018
    The social safety net for older Americans built up during the last century is now showing alarming trends toward shifting greater financial risk to this population.

  • Posted on Friday, August 3, 2018
    These articles express the views of two libertarians who recognize the benefits of the single payer model of health care financing, though both would maintain a role for private insurance.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 2, 2018
    Res ipsa loquitur.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2018
    David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler, distinguished professors of health policy at the City University of New York at Hunter College and co-founders of PNHP, have provided the following brief critique of the RAND study.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2018
    This RAND study provides us with yet one more credible analysis that shows that single payer is a valid concept demonstrating that we can expand coverage to include everyone while controlling health care spending.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2018
    In discussions of the disappointing results of experiments with alternative payment models, especially accountable care organizations, frequently advocates of these models recommend continuing to tweak them and study them further.

  • Posted on Monday, July 30, 2018
    This and other analyses of Senator Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All Act should not be considered definitive since the bill is not complete and there still is considerable disagreement on the specifics of the bill. The bill will certainly not become law in its present form.

  • Posted on Friday, July 27, 2018
    An important theme that runs throughout this article: "consumers could still incur a substantial amount of debt even under universal coverage, if such coverage required nontrivial cost sharing."

  • Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2018
    This speech was primarily the rhetorical spin that this administration has been spewing out - much conservative and libertarian ideology with a paucity of health policy recommendations that are largely ineffective and often detrimental.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2018
    In the Kaiser poll over three-fourths say that a single government plan or Medicare-for-all should be considered or is very important or the single most important factor in the upcoming election.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2018
    Although most individuals are relieved when they are finally eligible for Medicare, the traditional program leaves them exposed to excessive out-of-pocket costs and so they often seek additional coverage.