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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 Thursday, August 17, 2017
    Since Joshua Holland has had both the first and last word, this addendum is appropriate.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2017
    As people learned about single payer and seemed to think it was a good idea, opponents started dragging out the old discredited arguments against the concept. More recently, health reform advocates who claim to be single payer supporters "in an ideal world" have been pushing pablum - incremental measures that fall far short of reform goals.

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2017
    This Merritt Hawkins survey adds to the accumulated data that shows that a majority of physicians support a single payer system - 56 percent in this survey, with a 42 percent plurality strongly so.

  • Posted on Monday, August 14, 2017
    Wading through this technical 56 page paper, the following understated observation may be the most important: “our results point to substantial challenges in getting to universal coverage via partially subsidized insurance programs like the ACA’s exchanges.”

  • Posted on Friday, August 11, 2017
    Health care professionals who are health reform activists can certainly identify with the plight of radiation oncologist Fumiko Chino. Not only did she face the almost unbearable tragedy of her husband’s lethal cancer, she has been left with overwhelming medical debt in spite of insurance coverage.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017
    Many proclaim that the greatest success of the Affordable Care Act was the 30 percent increase in Medicaid enrollment - now 74 million individuals. But Medicaid is a chronically underfunded welfare program, critically so in states like California.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 9, 2017
    Imagine the satisfaction it must bring to health care professionals to practice in an environment wherein you know that you are providing health care access to less fortunate individuals who might otherwise go without care.

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 8, 2017
    What a bizarre policy this is. Anthem assigns to the patient the responsibility for deciding if a medical situation is an emergency. Anthem then assumes for itself the responsibility of deciding only after the care has been given whether or not it was an emergency after all.

  • Posted on Monday, August 7, 2017
    Perhaps the greatest fraud in health policy today is being perpetrated by the politicians - Republicans who say health care will be more affordable and accessible by taking away coverage, and Democrats who say that incremental additions to the Affordable Care Act are almost as good as enacting single payer - an improved Medicare for all.

  • Posted on Friday, August 4, 2017
    One of the great faults of the Affordable Care Act is that it was designed to make plans cheaper (lower premiums) by reducing the actuarial value of the plans (the percent of health care costs that the plans would cover) by requiring higher out-of-pocket costs, especially high deductibles.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 3, 2017
    Wow! These are the people who are in charge. They control the medical industrial complex. Based on this rhetoric they no longer have to be concerned about medical loss ratio minimums of 80 or 85 percent since their administrative functions have fused into health care delivery.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 2, 2017
    HHS Secretary Tom Price, an orthopedist and former Congressman from Georgia, has long supported measures that benefit physicians, often to the detriment of patients. His positions on MACRA and RUC exemplify this.

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 1, 2017
    Rather than being smart and actually improving our health care system by enacting a single payer program, the bureaucrats and policy community have fixated on magical solutions that supposedly would improve quality and reduce costs by paying for value instead of volume.

  • Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017
    The authors support public universal health coverage while rejecting single payer on the left and private insurance markets on the right as “two seemingly irreconcilable extremes, coverage versus budget control,” yet they advocate for competing integrated delivery systems - Alain Enthoven’s dream of “managed competition.”

  • Posted on Friday, July 28, 2017
    As soon as John McCain joined Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski and cast the vote that defeated the Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer repeated McCain’s earlier plea to return to regular order and reform health care on a bipartisan basis through the usual committee process.

  • Posted on Thursday, July 27, 2017
    In the Senate an amendment to the Republican repeal and replace legislation was introduced by Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) that would establish a single payer system in the United States - an expanded and improved Medicare for all - using the exact same language as in HR 676 introduced in the House by Rep. John Conyers.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2017
    Former President Jimmy Carter said he believed the U.S. would in time adopt a fully government-run health insurance system, or “Medicare for all,” in remarks ahead of his Sunday school class here.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 25, 2017
    How much incremental reform do we need before we are ready to enact a single payer system, whether at the state or federal level? Or are we ready now?

  • Posted on Monday, July 24, 2017
    The politicians would have us believe that the health care battle is between those who would protect the policies of the Affordable Care Act and those who would replace Obamacare with a system that places a greater duty on the health care consumer to be a responsible purchaser. In fact, supporters of both approaches tout consumer price sensitivity.

  • Posted on Friday, July 21, 2017
    In only four months support of the view that it is the responsibility of the federal government to make sure that all Americans have health care coverage has gone from a 5 percentage point spread to a 25 point spread.