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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, September 20, 2018
    Previously much of our access to data on health care spending has been through government programs - Medicare and Medicaid. Data on commercial insurance spending, especially employer-sponsored plans, were hidden in a cloud of secrecy as proprietary information.

  • Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2018
    Not only do Americans object to the high prices of prescription drugs, they also feel that the President and members of Congress have failed us in not doing more about it.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2018
    In the quest to change from volume to value in health care financing, gimmicky models such as accountable care organizations are being implemented, but the lack of alignment between payers and providers has not achieved the goal of value-based care.

  • Posted on Monday, September 17, 2018
    In the big picture of health care in America, the following anecdote is quite trivial, but, as I'll explain, the implications are of great consequence.

  • Posted on Friday, September 14, 2018
    Although this question asks about providing Medicare insurance coverage for all U.S. adults without mentioning children, nevertheless it still shows strong support for Medicare for all, including close to one-half of Republicans.

  • Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2018
    This definitive report on the health insurance status of U.S. residents provides an extensive breakdown of the statistics on insurance coverage, but the one highlight above pretty well summarizes the status.

  • Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2018
    FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb represents the view of current and previous administrations when he says that we need to promote competition, as if the market will take care of it.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2018
    Because much of our social spending is not transparent, most people do not realize just how much they benefit from these government social policies.

  • Posted on Monday, September 10, 2018
    Sometimes you simply do not need extensive health policy research to understand what impact various policy proposals would have. As an example, to understand what a work requirement to qualify for Medicaid would mean for the low-income, target population, just ask them.

  • Posted on Friday, September 7, 2018
    For those who want to see that all of us receive the health care that we should have, each of us approaches the deficiencies in our own way. Stan Brock's high-profile efforts were quite unique. Besides serving people in need, he continued to provide us with an unambiguous visual image of how great the unmet need is.

  • Posted on Thursday, September 6, 2018
    Imagine having an improved version of Medicare wherein you receive the medical care you need, when you need it, and wherever you need it, and payment is taken care of automatically through a public system of health care financing. Instead we have a system in which even the most innovative insurers, like Oscar, restrict your choices and burden you with further debt.

  • Posted on Wednesday, September 5, 2018
    California has had a very long history of attempting to achieve universal health insurance, but the goal has remained elusive. Even though the state has been very successful in implementing the Affordable Care Act, it still falls far short on most important goals of reform.

  • Posted on Tuesday, September 4, 2018
    The tragic, premature death of 26 year old Alec Raeshawn Smith would have never happened with a well designed, single payer, improved Medicare for All. You can read through his story and pick out each of the policy defects that should be completely unacceptable in the most expensive health care financing system in the world.

  • Posted on Monday, September 3, 2018
    There is a reason why we celebrate Labor Day rather than Capitalism Day. Although there was no Labor Day in 1861, President Lincoln's astute and prescient words remind us why it is natural for our nation to celebrate labor.

  • Posted on Friday, August 31, 2018
    Kaiser Family Foundation has summarized in twelve Power Point slides the public opinion on single payer, national health plans, and expanding access to Medicare coverage.

  • Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018
    This sterile report from A.M. Best suggests that there are uncertainties for the health insurance industry in its participation in government programs, but the important message is that their government-related health insurance business is growing.

  • Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2018
    This annual NHIS study of the uninsured done by the National Center for Health Statistics gives us the most accurate status of health insurance coverage in the United States.

  • Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2018
    The coalition, “Californians against the costly disruption of our health care,” is basically a group of vested interests and their agents, with power and money, that intends to wipe out the single payer movement in California.

  • Posted on Monday, August 27, 2018
    Anthem has an opportunity to demonstrate to the Justice Department that they have not been cheating the taxpayers out of hundreds of millions of dollars by upcoding diagnoses of their Medicare Advantage patients.

  • Posted on Friday, August 24, 2018
    Since enactment and implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) we have heard stories about how tough it has been for the insurance industry.