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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, March 24, 2017
    It is quite appropriate that this article was published in the Harvard Business Review since it finds solutions to the deficiencies of both the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA) in the private health care insurance marketplace.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2017
    A very common theme is that we can design insurance products to provide only the coverage that we need. By not covering everything, the premiums would be much lower and thus affordable to everyone. Problem solved. (Not so quick.)

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2017
    There are at least three important concepts in this AJPH editorial by PNHP co-founders David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2017
    You do not have to be an economist to understand an important conclusion of this technical paper. Our complex multi-payer financing system results in persistently high administrative expenses.

  • Posted on Monday, March 20, 2017
    The mission of our health care delivery system should be to provide everyone with the highest quality care possible within the limits of the finite resources available. That is an opinion not shared by all.

  • Posted on Friday, March 17, 2017
    Our health care system is designed to serve first the market stakeholders and only secondarily the patients. John Geyman explains to us the history and flawed policy decisions that brought this about.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 16, 2017
    Go Carol!

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 14, 2017
    Since the CBO release yesterday of their analysis of the Republican replacement legislation - the American Health Care Act - major impacts have been widely reported. By 2026, an additional 24 million people would be uninsured compared to the projected uninsured under present law, whereas the federal budget deficit would be reduced by $337 billion.

  • Posted on Monday, March 13, 2017
    In the past most conservatives have agreed that the government must provide assistance to low-income individuals for them to be able to obtain the health care that they need, that you can’t simply just cut them loose in the health care marketplace to fend for themselves.

  • Posted on Friday, March 10, 2017
    Nobel laureate Angus Deaton’s primary message is that we need to tackle rent-seeking (where “talent is devoted to stealing things, instead of making things”) to build a “fairer, more equal society without compromising innovation or entrepreneurship.”

  • Posted on Thursday, March 9, 2017
    President Trump was not well informed on health policy when he took office. He has been too busy with other things. He did know that serious problems persisted in spite of Obamacare - too many uninsured, insurance plans that left people with excess medical debt, too many had impaired access to the health care they needed, and health care costs were too high.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 8, 2017
    Although the Republican leadership has made feeble attempts at crafting rhetoric to sell their American Health Care Act (AHCA) - their legislation intended to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) - nobody is fooled into thinking that they are proposing an improvement over ACA.

  • Posted on Tuesday, March 7, 2017
    That's enough. Single payer.

  • Posted on Monday, March 6, 2017
    In a system already tremendously overburdened with administrative excesses, we now have an escalating need for “financial counselors” because of the explosion in medical debt due to the expansion in the use of high deductibles.

  • Posted on Friday, March 3, 2017
    Dr. Roger Marshall, freshman congressman from Kansas, has already exposed his compromised sense of medical ethics by participating in the establishment of a for-profit, physician-owned private hospital - a prime example of the perversities of the medical-industrial complex. But then he had to bring Jesus into it.

  • Posted on Thursday, March 2, 2017
    At first blush this looks like just another one of those reports that shows that our health care financing system is not working as well as we would like it to. In fact, this is horrendous news. Let’s look at what this means.

  • Posted on Wednesday, March 1, 2017
    Although President Trump has previously offered no specifics on his proposals for health care reform, he has said that his plan would provide “insurance for everybody…much less expensive and much better” (Washington Post, January 15, 2017).

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017
    The theme of this article is somewhat astonishing. The authors recommend that we modify the most unpopular element of the Affordable Care Act - the mandate to purchase private health insurance or face penalties - by increasing the severity of the penalties to a degree that they will drive people to purchase plans, thereby forcibly achieving near universal coverage.

  • Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017
    It seems that our goal should be to remove financial barriers to health care for all of us so we can get the health care we need when we need it.

  • Posted on Friday, February 24, 2017
    These focus groups were uniquely composed of Trump supporters in battleground states who also received health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act. Were they, like many conservatives, supporting the repeal of ACA - a leading issue for Donald Trump in his campaign? If they were not satisfied with ACA, then what did they want?