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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, February 22, 2018
    What is this "Medicare Extra for All" proposal by the Center for American Progress (CAP), and where does it or should it stand in the movement for health care for all?

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    This report further validates previous studies demonstrating administrative excesses in our health care system, especially in billing and insurance related activities. If anything, this new study shows that the administrative costs in time and funds may be even greater than previous studies suggest.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    The Trump administration has released a rule that will allow individuals to purchase a short-term, limited-duration insurance plan for a period less than twelve months, extending the current limit which is less than three months.

  • Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018
    Contrasting our presidents, past and present, it is easy to see why Robert Reich says that we are losing our sense of the common good. He writes, "Yet the common good seems to have disappeared. The phrase is rarely uttered today, not even by commencement speakers and politicians."

  • Posted on Friday, February 16, 2018
    In this article David Cutler reminds us of two problems with health care spending that demand our attention: Wasted dollars on health care could be better spent on the typical American family, and high medical costs along with stagnant incomes and limits on government funding lead to increased health and economic disparities.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2018
    The Office of the Actuary of CMS remains the best source of predictions for the future of our health care spending. Reasonable economic and demographic analyses indicate that growth of spending will continue to be driven especially by price increases and by growth in use and intensity of care related to demographic changes.

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2018
    It is difficult to discuss policy issues in the face of tragedies such as this. Heather Holland's husband, children and students come first. A moment of silent contemplation seems appropriate here.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2018
    Although this is an unusual selection for a blog on single payer it is very apropos since Stephen Miller is one of the most influential advisors to President Trump and is a primary source of his speeches and some of his inflammatory rhetoric.

  • Posted on Monday, February 12, 2018
    Medicaid was established to help low-income individuals receive the health care that they need. Section 1115 waivers were established to allow states to make modifications within the Medicaid program to better achieve that goal.

  • Posted on Friday, February 9, 2018
    This editorial states that lack of universal health insurance is one cause of declining health and life expectancy in the United States, especially when contrasted with the superior performance of other OECD nations. But it is only one cause.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 8, 2018
    CMS Administrator Seema Verma is critical of the Obama Administration because it used the Medicaid program to help low-income people receive the health care that they needed, just as the law requires.

  • Posted on Wednesday, February 7, 2018
    "The mission of United States of Care is to ensure that every single American has access to quality, affordable health care regardless of health status, social need, or income." That can be accomplished by enacting a well designed single payer national health program.

  • Posted on Tuesday, February 6, 2018
    Germany has a multi-payer system for health care composed of competing, not-for-profit, nongovernmental health insurance funds (“sickness funds”) in the compulsory statutory health insurance (SHI) system, and those with higher incomes can choose private health insurance (PHI).

  • Posted on Monday, February 5, 2018
    This report quantifies a well-known, important fact about health care spending. Consistently, year after year, three-fifths of the top 5 percent of health care spenders are new arrivals, with a median health care spending rise of 800 percent from the previous year.

  • Posted on Friday, February 2, 2018
    Much of the history of health policy in the United States involves the application of policy concepts based on ideology rather than solid policy science. Policies are dreamed up and then executed broadly on a wish about what would happen rather than reliable predictions of what really will happen.

  • Posted on Thursday, February 1, 2018
    Looking for technological advances to build on and tweak our current system will leave in place most of the flawed policies that result in very high costs with only mediocre performance.

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018
    We are living through the generation of health policy research. By applying health policy science we should be able to improve the quality of health care while controlling costs. But what we are seeing instead is the widespread implementation of schemes without adequate evidence of their effectiveness.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2018
    The headline in this morning's online edition of The New York Times: "Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Team Up to Disrupt Health Care." Disruption? Above is reproduced the actual full statement from Business Wire.

  • Posted on Monday, January 29, 2018
    Social Security and Medicare are intended to provide financial security for the elderly and individuals with major disabilities. Yet average out-of-pocket expenses for Medicare will soon consume half of the average per capita Social Security payments.

  • Posted on Friday, January 26, 2018
    Virtually everyone agrees that drug costs are too high, but the private sector's response has been to attempt to reshuffle the drug money wherein each stakeholder is trying to get a larger share, while collectively they are doing nothing of significance to control our global drug costs.