Quote of the Day

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 Wednesday, June 20, 2018
    Plenty of polls confirm the concern of Americans over high health care costs. This new Reuters/Ipsos poll provides some specifics that should be seriously considered as we address our health care cost concerns.

  • Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2018
    There is a lot to not like about private insurance companies: high premiums, excessive deductibles and coinsurance, narrow provider networks, prior authorization requirements, tiering of benefits, and the like.

  • Posted on Monday, June 18, 2018
    When concerns are expressed about the high costs of health care, frequently the excess use of low-value health care is cited as a major contributor to these high costs.

  • Posted on Friday, June 15, 2018
    The Medical Student Section of the American Medical Association is to be commended for advancing the consideration of single payer health care reform. Until now, the AMA has been consistently opposed to single payer.

  • Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2018
    Finally, a government bureaucrat - Joseph Grogan, associate director for health programs for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) - acknowledges that the volume-to-value programs such as accountable care organizations (ACOs) are "a big sprawling complicated series of byzantine programs that few people understand."

  • Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2018
    Employer-sponsored plans were the sector of health care financing that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was designed to protect. Although the rate of increase in health care spending has declined from double digits since the enactment of ACA, spending is still increasing at 6 percent - twice the rate of inflation.

  • Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2018
    It is not surprising that the stresses of the Great Recession resulted in worsened blood pressure and blood glucose levels in American adults. But when looking at the subgroups, this study reinforces the importance of our social insurance programs - Medicare and Social Security.

  • Posted on Monday, June 11, 2018
    Amongst the more important provisions of the Affordable Care Act were the requirements for guaranteed issue and community rating. For individuals with preexisting conditions, insurers could not deny them coverage nor could they charge them higher premiums than are charged for others in the same age group.

  • Posted on Friday, June 8, 2018
    The destiny of health care lies in the hands of our nation's present and future medical students. We are very proud of the student members of the board of Physicians for a National Health Program who authored this inspiring article.

  • Posted on Thursday, June 7, 2018
    It is difficult to understand why Amy Finkelstein and her colleagues are fixated on discrediting the landmark study on medical bankruptcy when they concede the "considerable economic costs of illness and injury."

  • Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2018
    Every year the Medicare trustees project the year in which the funds for Part A of Medicare will be inadequate to pay the full costs for that year, based on anticipated revenue and spending.

  • Posted on Tuesday, June 5, 2018
    Although we desperately need to improve our health care financing system because of its high costs and mediocre performance, leaving too many out, we need to intensify efforts at improving public health and prevention.

  • Posted on Monday, June 4, 2018
    Probably the most significant finding in this OIG study is that the unit costs (prices paid) for brand-name drugs in Medicare Part D rose six times faster than the rate of inflation.

  • Posted on Friday, June 1, 2018
    The insistence on charging prisoners who have essentially no income a co-pay for health care services is an example of how fixated our policymakers are on designing health care financing systems based on existing policies, no matter how flawed.

  • Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2018
    It is an outrage that Trump administration officials contend that taking away health benefits from individuals who are unable to find qualifying employment is a policy that "may improve health outcomes."

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2018
    Donald Trump, Alex Azar and Seema Verma just don't get it. Everyone, expect for a few ideologues, agrees that the administration is mismanaging our nation's health care policies. Obviously we need to change course.

  • Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2018
    CMS is fixated on pushing the health care delivery system into accountable alternative payment models. The Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative is a study that has been going on for four years, and yet the improvements are negligible.

  • Posted on Friday, May 25, 2018
    A single payer, improved Medicare for all program would be vastly superior to our current method of financing health care (even with the Affordable Care Act), and 64 percent of California adults favor "a single state government health plan."

  • Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2018
    This report confirms that the industry shifted over half of generic drugs out of the lowest tier into higher tiers wherein patient cost sharing is higher.

  • Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2018
    The Affordable Care Act was supposed to make health care affordable for all Americans while protecting the segment of health care coverage that seemed to be working well - employer-sponsored health plans.