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, November 17, 2017
    Medicare beneficiaries are sicker and face more financial barriers to care than do the elderly in other wealthy nations. Further, the U.S. spends far less proportionately on social services. Clearly we need to do more.

  • Posted on Thursday, November 16, 2017
    The Republicans want to cap Medicaid spending. Some of their proposals for doing so already apply to Puerto Rico. As this report indicates, it has been a disaster.

  • Posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2017
    "The issue of universal coverage is not a matter of economics. Little more than 1 percent of GDP assigned to health could cover it all. It is a matter of soul."

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 14, 2017
    There are many problems in our health care system. There are many problems in our nation. And they inevitably interact.

  • Posted on Monday, November 13, 2017
    Narrow networks are a tool of private insurance companies designed to enhance their business model rather than to improve patient service. They add to the administrative waste that characterizes the private insurance model of health care financing.

  • Posted on Friday, November 10, 2017
    All health care systems have problems, including the Veterans Health Administration. It is not difficult to come to the conclusion that when problems exist you try to fix them.

  • Posted on Thursday, November 9, 2017
    Elliott Fisher developed the concept of “accountable care organization,” proposing that health care providers across a continuum could improve quality and more effectively control costs by sharing accountability for patient care.

  • Posted on Wednesday, November 8, 2017
    There is much discussion today about the right to health care. Adam Gaffney provides us with a thoroughly researched history of the sociological and economic considerations of the concept right up to the present day.

  • Posted on Tuesday, November 7, 2017
    This paper is important because it demonstrates the counter-intuitive inefficiencies and inequities of means-testing federal health benefits, particularly for Medicare Part B premiums and for premium tax credits under the Affordable Care Act.

  • Posted on Monday, November 6, 2017
    Last month Richard Thaler received the Nobel Prize for his work in behavioral economics, showing that people are “predictably irrational, consistently behaving in ways that defy economic theory” (NYT, Oct 9).

  • Posted on Friday, November 3, 2017
    It is often stated that 30 percent of health care could be eliminated without impairing medical outcomes. An effort to reduce low-value care - sometimes referred to as “medical waste” - is what the Choosing Wisely Campaign is all about.

  • Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2017
    A friend of mine from Switzerland explained to me the reason that the voters rejected single payer for their country. She said that most Swiss were quite satisfied with their current plans and did not want to risk replacing them with a single plan run by the government.

  • Posted on Wednesday, November 1, 2017
    The mission of the Learning & Action Network (LAN) is to “accelerate the health care system's transition to alternative payment models.” In endorsing this concept CMS Administrator Seema Verma uses the rhetoric of “rewarding quality instead of volume” and advancing her vision of “a market driven health care system.”

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017
    “Medicare Advantage is where the big money is,” and Former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist are going for it. Our trusted public servants have led us down the path of privatization of Medicare by way of the private, for-profit Medicare Advantage plans.

  • Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017
    This video provides a pleasant break from our somber reform activities since it demonstrates the passion of the people of a nation who really care about their health care system and are so pleased to see that someone south of their border cares as well: Bernie “Tommy Douglas” Sanders.

  • Posted on Friday, October 27, 2017
    A quick look at the nine domains of regulatory overload is all you need to be reminded of the nightmare created by these evolving requirements. Inefficiencies, wasted resources, and provider burnout ensue, which negatively impact the primary mission of the health care system: patient care.

  • Posted on Thursday, October 26, 2017
    Read the article and then share it with others.

  • Posted on Wednesday, October 25, 2017
    This Select Committee of the California State Assembly was formed to take a comprehensive look at health care reform options in response to a decision to hold in committee the single payer bill that had already passed in the State Senate, SB 562 - The Healthy California Act.

  • Posted on Tuesday, October 24, 2017
    Although we have by far the world’s highest health care costs we continue to rely on competition between private health insurers to bring costs down. But the AMA shows us once again that private health insurance markets are not competitive while per capita costs remain twice the average of other wealthy nations.

  • Posted on Monday, October 23, 2017
    The uninsured rate of U.S. adults, at the end of last year, was 10.9%. Since then it has increased to 12.3%, representing a net of nearly 3.5 million Americans who have entered the ranks of the uninsured.