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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, July 20, 2018
    For a couple of decades the concept of association health plans (AHPs) has been vigorously promoted by organizations such as the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

  • Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2018
    This Altarum study shows that half of the growth in spending in Medicaid and Medicare has been due to the increased enrollment in each of these programs.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    It's obvious that massive amounts of data are being collected on each one of us, and this data is being purchased by the private health insurance companies.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2018
    It is refreshing to see The New York Times publish an article accurately describing the profound administrative waste that uniquely characterizes the health care financing system in the United States.

  • Posted on Monday, July 16, 2018
    For a health care system that is overpriced and underperforming, it seems that reform should be based on improving our allocation of higher quality essential health care services.

  • Posted on Friday, July 13, 2018
    A decade ago the individual health insurance market was in total disarray and thus was one of the primary motivators to enact the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

  • Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2018
    You can access on the PNHP website a multitude of articles on why competing private Medicare Advantage plans and the financing of them through premium support are terrible ideas.

  • Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2018
    Three quotes from these two articles say it all.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2018
    One of the most serious policy defects of the U.S. health care financing system is that it is uniquely characterized by interruptions in health care coverage, yet we seem to take that for granted.

  • Posted on Monday, July 9, 2018
    It is almost beyond belief that United States delegates at the World Health Assembly of WHO opposed a resolution to “protect, promote and support breast-feeding."

  • Posted on Friday, July 6, 2018
    Although this article was published a year ago it is even more pertinent today considering the ever-deteriorating political milieu.

  • Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2018
    "Medicare for all...would mean allowing individuals and employers to buy into Medicare – basically a big public option." Who says? Well Paul Krugman and many others.

  • Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2018
    Ten years ago the Tallinn Charter established principles for building sustainable people-centered European health systems. Unfortunately the Great Recession prompted governments to implement austerity measures.

  • Posted on Monday, July 2, 2018
    When our very high national health care costs are discussed, almost invariably the subject of wasteful spending at the end of life is brought up. This important study of predictive modeling shows that spending at what proves to be near the end of life is not obviously wasteful.

  • Posted on Friday, June 29, 2018
    Our number one imperative is to enact and implement a health care financing system that will bring health care justice to every single person in the nation - a well designed, single payer, improved Medicare for all - and we should not allow anything to distract us from that goal...with one major caveat.

  • Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2018
    We know how to craft a health care financing system that is truly universal, accessible, comprehensive and equitably funded making it affordable for everyone. No state in our nation has achieved those goals, but some, such as Iowa, are far worse off than others, largely for ideological and parsimonious reasons.

  • Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2018
    Jeanne Lambrew has considerable political experience in health reform, having worked for President Obama as deputy assistant for health policy. She has studied health care reform proposals in prior presidential elections. What does she predict for 2020?

  • Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2018
    John Arensmeyer is one of the most credible voices in the small business community. We should listen to him when he discusses the association health plans (AHPs) that are now being advanced by the Trump administration, supposedly to benefit small business owners.

  • Posted on Monday, June 25, 2018
    Normally we should celebrate the fact that Congress and the Trump administration have decided to expand Medicare benefits for people with multiple chronic illnesses - essential benefits such as nutrition, transportation and housing that extend beyond the usual health care benefits.

  • Posted on Friday, June 22, 2018
    Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos and Jamie Dimon are receiving praise for having selected Atul Gawande as the CEO of their joint effort to improve employee health care in the United States.