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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, January 12, 2018
    So now the U.S. health care system has passed manufacturing and retail as the largest employment sector. And the majority of the newer jobs are administrative and management, according to Derek Thompson (senior editor at The Atlantic).

  • Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2018
    Medicaid is a program designed to help low-income individuals obtain the health care that they need. Section 1115 waivers are a process established to allow states to facilitate the goal of furnishing medical assistance to people who need it (the purpose as stated in law).

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2018
    With encouragement oƒ CMS Administrator Seema Verma, many states are now applying for Medicaid Section 1115 waivers that would allow them to establish work requirements as a condition for enrollment in the Medicaid program.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 9, 2018
    The nature of the dispute between California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and the California Nurses Association on the status of SB-562, The Healthy California Act, a single payer bill for California, can be gleaned from the reports above.

  • Posted on Monday, January 8, 2018
    Single payer advocates can be encouraged by the improved understanding and greater support of the single payer Medicare for All concept engendered by the campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders. The Republican politicians continue to reject the concept, but just how much support is there amongst the Democrats in office?

  • Posted on Friday, January 5, 2018
    The excerpts from David Blumenthal's article speak for themselves. Life expectancy in the United States is declining, partly due to the opioid epidemic, but deficiencies in our health care system and how we pay for it certainly contribute to the poor performance.

  • Posted on Thursday, January 4, 2018
    It is expected to be a bad year for influenza, and the United Kingdom is already experiencing an overload of its health care delivery system. Because of the overload, 50,000 nonemergency surgeries are being postponed. What lessons are there for the United States?

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 3, 2018
    The private Medicare Advantage plans have continued to be overpaid deliberately. Each year the administration, whether Democratic or Republican, uses quirky arcane rules to ensure an adequate revenue buffer so that private insurers can compete favorably with the traditional Medicare program.

  • Posted on Tuesday, January 2, 2018
    Our very high per capita health care spending certainly has been associated with high prices. So why hasn't market competition (competing private health plans) or government price controls (Medicare and Medicaid) controlled prices?

  • Posted on Friday, December 29, 2017
    When Ronald Reagan became president the Dow Jones Industrial average was about 800. Now the Reagan era has brought it to almost 25,000. So the nation's optimism is resting on a bubble; you can bet your bitcoins on that.

  • Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017
    It is imperative that all caring Americans join together in a social movement for Democracy. In "Democracy in America?" Benjamin Page and Martin Gilens explain why and how.

  • Posted on Wednesday, December 27, 2017
    Over four-fifths of those enrolling in plans offered though the ACA exchanges come from states that supported Donald Trump in the presidential election after he campaigned on repealing Obamacare.

  • Posted on Tuesday, December 26, 2017
    This poll was taken in the first week of December - a time when there was intense coverage of tax legislation.

  • Posted on Friday, December 22, 2017
    This is yet one more study that shows that the taxpayers are paying the private Medicare Advantage plans too much - as the authors state, more than they would be paid if this were a truly competitive market.

  • Posted on Thursday, December 21, 2017
    What role should evidence-based health policy play in the design of our system of health care financing? Before answering that, we need to decide what the goals are. Then we need to survey various policies that might achieve those goals.

  • Posted on Wednesday, December 20, 2017
    When President Obama rejected the single payer model of reform, he said that he did not want to disrupt the part of our system that was working well, especially the most prevalent coverage - private health plans.

  • Posted on Tuesday, December 19, 2017
    What can we learn from Europe about health care? That's simple - solidarity, equity, and social responsibility.

  • Posted on Monday, December 18, 2017
    What does this message to my congressman have to do with single payer? We already have a major budget deficit. The congressional leadership has already indicated that spending on social programs, including Medicare, will have to be modified to reduce the deficit.

  • Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017
    You know that there is something wrong with our health care financing system when you may have to pay more for your prescriptions when you use your insurance than you would if you simply paid cash.

  • Posted on Thursday, December 14, 2017
    By comparing states that expanded the use of Medicaid with those that did not, it was possible to examine the merits in Medicaid versus ACA exchange plans for low-income adults.