California Information

Contact Information

PNHP California
Website: www.pnhpcalifornia.org
Email: pnhpca@pnhp.org
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 460537, San Francisco, CA 94146
Steering Committee: Henry L. Abrons, MD, MPH; Danielle Alexander, MD, MSc; Bill Bronston, MD; Jeff Gee, MD; Scott Goldberg, MD; Don McCanne, MD; Paul Song, MD; Irma Strantz, DrPH

To contact our existing local chapters in the San Francisco Bay Area or Sacramento, use the email above with "Attention [Chapter Name]" in the subject line. To follow the Bay Area chapter on Facebook, visit facebook.com/sanfranpnhp.

If you would like to participate in forming a new local PNHP chapter in California, please contact organizer@pnhp.org.

Healthy California Campaign

Visit www.healthyCA.org to learn more about California's single-payer legislation, SB 562, and to get involved in the fight for health justice locally.

Single Payer Toolbox

Google Drive
We have posted materials related to single payer to Google Drive. You may find these materials helpful in recruiting fellow physicians, reaching out to media outlets, planning lobby days, and generally making the case for single payer. Please click here to access this publicly available toolbox.

Media Contacts

Don McCanne, MD
(949) 493.3714 | don@mccanne.org

(PNHP Senior Health Policy Fellow) Dr. McCanne is a family physician in San Clemente, California. For three decades, Dr. McCanne has allotted one-half of his practice hours to indigent patients. He has written extensively in the lay press on single payer and patient-oriented health care, often using the concept of “Universal Medicare” as a model for single payer that the public can understand and support.

Paul Y. Song, MD
(310) 310-1992 | paulysong@yahoo.com

Dr. Paul Song is a board-certified radiation oncologist, biotech executive, and health care reform activist.
He is a national board member of Physicians for a National Health Program, president of PNHP-CA, and co-chair of the Campaign for a Healthy California. He served as executive chairman of the 1.2 million-member Courage Campaign from 2013 to March 2016. He also served as the very first visiting fellow on health care policy in the California Department of Insurance for 2013.
Dr. Song is the chief medical officer of ATGen Global and Cynvenio Biosystems. He recently left the faculty at the Samuel Oschin Cancer Center at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and currently volunteers his time seeing Medicaid and uninsured patients at California Hospital.
He attended the University of Chicago where he graduated with honors and received his medical degree from George Washington University. He completed his residency in radiation oncology at University of Chicago Medical Center.
Dr. Song serves on the boards of People for the American Way, The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, Liberty in North Korea, and The Eisner Pediatric and Family Medical Center.

Ana Malinow, MD, MSHCPM, FAAP
(713) 417-6381 | anamalinow@gmail.com

Dr. Ana Malinow is a professor of pediatrics at the University of California-San Francisco. She was previously associate residency program director at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh, Dr. Malinow was associate professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and attending physician in the pediatric emergency and ambulatory center at Ben Taub General Hospital, where most of her patients were uninsured. Dr. Malinow is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including for grand rounds presentations on health care. She was named one of Houston’s top female physicians by Health and Fitness Sports Magazine.

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dr. Malinow earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Davis and a master’s degree in creative writing before completing her medical education at Case Western Reserve University. She completed residency in pediatrics at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. She also holds a master’s degree in health care policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr. Malinow is a past president of Physicians for a National Health Program and co-founder of Health Care for all Texas, a grassroots organization that promotes single-payer national health insurance. She is also co-founder of Doctors for Change, an organization of health care professionals that organize for improved access to health care in Houston and Harris county.

Henry Abrons, MD, MPH
(510) 848-5765 | habrons@gmail.com

Dr. Abrons is a national board adviser to Physicians for a National Health Program and a past president of PNHP California. He is a retired physician specializing in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He has trained and worked in public hospitals in New York City, Chicago, West Virginia, and Oakland.

Local Governments Endorsing H.R. 676

  • Santa Cruz, CA
  • West Hollywood, CA
  • Santa Monica City Council

Local Unions Endorsing H.R. 676

More than 60 California labor organizations have endorsed H.R. 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act. A list of these organizations can be found here. For the latest updates on labor endorsements nationwide, click here.

California State News

Posted on Monday, August 27, 2018

By Ann Troy, M.D., F.A.A.P. | Marin (Calif.) Independent Journal, August 27, 2018
I am a physician and I advocate a single-payer system or Medicare for all. Under a single-payer system we would be healthier.

Posted on Sunday, August 12, 2018

By Laurence Lewin, M.D. | Marin Independent Journal, August 12, 2018
As a physician, I am convinced that we need a single-payer system or Medicare for All to provide cost-effective, quality health care to all Californians.

Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2018

By Paul Y. Song, M.D. | Medium, July 29, 2018
As the sun begins to set on California’s two-year legislative session, it will officially signal the death of the Healthy California Act better known as SB562.

Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2018

By Jake Johnson | Common Dreams, May 12, 2018
As momentum in the fight for Medicare for All continues to grow nationwide thanks to persistent grassroots organizing by nurses, democratic socialists, and progressive activists, a group of California doctors has placed an unprecedented eight-page ad in a major Sacramento newspaper.

Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2018

By Robert Vinetz, M.D. | Los Angeles Times, March 25, 2018
The healthcare bill itself, SB 562, may be dead in the water. But the issue of single-payer healthcare (not-for-profit, publicly financed, guaranteed, lifetime, health care for all) in California is not.

Posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2018

By Corinne Frugoni, M.D. and Wendy Ring, M.D. | North Coast Journal (Humboldt County, Calif.), January 10, 2018
Our current profit-driven health care system is closing physician practices and burning out doctors. The average American physician spends nearly nine hours a week wrangling with insurance companies and the average medical practice spends $72,000 per doctor per year just dealing with insurers.

Posted on Monday, December 18, 2017

By Henry Abrons, M.D. | San Francisco Chronicle, Letters, December 18, 2017
As a physician, I spent decades explaining complicated issues to patients, and financing health care is less complicated than the problems people discuss with their doctors and nurses every day.

Posted on Friday, October 6, 2017

By Bill Raden | Capital & Main, October 6, 2017
This autumn could prove decisive for the question of whether California may again be on track to enjoy what the rest of the industrialized world has long taken for granted — universal, government-provided health insurance, a dream that dates back to the Truman administration.

Posted on Friday, July 21, 2017

By Nancy Greep, M.D. | Los Angeles Times, July 21, 2017
This article overlooks the elephant in the room: private insurance companies that consume about 20% of every healthcare dollar.

Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017

By Natalie Shure | Pacific Standard, June 23, 2017
The California State Assembly will be busy this summer continuing to shape SB-562, a statewide universal health-care bill that passed the Senate last month. The legislation aims to create a so-called single-payer system: a unified public insurance pool that would cover all residents' health-care costs, thereby extending coverage to three million previously uninsured Californians.

Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017

By Paul Y. Song, M.D. | HuffPost, May 24, 2017
This week, the California State Senate Appropriations Committee released their fiscal analysis of SB562 sponsored by Senators Lara and Atkins. Opponents immediately screamed that #SB562 would cost $400 billion per year, more than three times California’s $124 billion general fund budget for next year.

Posted on Saturday, April 15, 2017

By Dr. C.V. Allen | The Modesto (Calif.) Bee, April 15, 2017
Every three months there appears in my mailbox a 50-page magazine entitled PNPH Newsletter, the official publication of the Physicians for a National Health Plan. The magazine is filled with comments and observations of America’s healthcare system.

Posted on Thursday, April 13, 2017

By J.P. Crumrine | Idyllwild (Calif.) Town Crier, April 13, 2017
Dr. Thomas Kluzak, a retired physician from Wichita and former head of the University of Kansas Medical School’s Pathology Department, spoke Saturday at the Idyllwild Library about a single-payer health insurance system.

Posted on Friday, March 17, 2017

By Miles M. Weinberger, M.D. | The San Diego Union-Tribune, March 17, 2017
The position of House Speaker Paul Ryan and his colleagues is that people should have choice regarding medical care, and that the efficiencies of competition will make health insurance more affordable than government-controlled health services.

Posted on Thursday, March 9, 2017

By Jeff Jane, M.D. | The (Grass Valley, Calif.) Union, March 9, 2017
Rep. Doug LaMalfa wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. I agree with much of his position. His principal criticism is that insurance under the ACA is already too expensive and even rising.

Posted on Friday, February 17, 2017

By Emily Green | San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 17, 2017
President Donald Trump caused a stir when he suggested Sunday that the Republican quest to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act could continue through 2018. However, some Republicans think he's on to something. Some think it's more realistic to think that way.

Posted on Friday, February 3, 2017

By David Lazarus | Los Angeles Times, Feb. 3, 2017
Supporters of healthcare reform may feel disheartened as President Trump and Republican lawmakers prepare to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with … well, something. They can’t even agree among themselves on what the U.S. healthcare system should look like. But there’s reason for hope, albeit a long shot.

Posted on Saturday, December 3, 2016

By C.V. Allen, M.D. | The Modesto Bee, Dec. 3, 2016
Don’t look now, but our president-elect is on track to preside over the premature and preventable deaths of 16,000 Americans – each year. Sound extreme? Read on.

Posted on Monday, November 7, 2016

By RoseAnn DeMoro | Common Dreams, Nov. 2, 2016
While the world is watching the Presidential race Tuesday night, another election battle in California provides a window in the ability of voters to challenge corporate power – in this case one of the most abusive industries in the world, big pharma.

Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2016

By Paul Y. Song, M.D. | The Huffington Post, Oct. 14, 2016
In the run up to the Affordable Care Act, the pharmaceutical industry’s annual lobbying efforts steadily increased to a peak of $273 million in 2009. Along with private negotiations between then Pharmaceutical Industry President Billy Tauzin and the White House, the ACA was written without any consideration towards making prescription medications more affordable.

Posted on Saturday, October 1, 2016

By Aldebra Schroll, M.D. | KevinMD Blog, Oct. 1, 2016
The school year is back in session, and our student health center is busy. As a college health doctor, I have been able to watch the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) among this population. Since its passage, more of our students are now insured, but many unique challenges still persist for this population.

Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

By Ernest A. Canning | Ventura County (Calif.) Star
Per capita, the U.S. spends three times as much for health care than the U.K., whose taxpayer-funded National Health Service provides health care to citizens without additional charges or co-pays. In 2013, U.S. taxpayers footed the bill for 64.3 percent of U.S. health care - about $1.9 trillion. Yet in the U.S. nearly 30 million of our citizens still lack any form of insurance coverage.

Posted on Sunday, May 8, 2016

By Michael Jones | Los Angeles Times
A good friend of mine recently found herself between jobs, with a gap in her health insurance and a recurrence of her kidney stones. What she needed were fluids and pain relief, fast. I'm a gastroenterologist, and hoping to minimize the financial impact, I went with her to our local ER and had a conversation with the attending physician. Maybe we could pass on the CT scan and extraneous lab work?

Posted on Monday, April 25, 2016

By C.V. Allen, M.D. | The Modesto Bee
Medicaid currently has the ability to negotiate prices with drug companies. For similar medications, prices are approximately 40 percent less than what Medicare recipients pay. The Wall Street Journal cited studies suggesting that if Medicare was allowed to use its heft to negotiate in the marketplace, it would save about $16 billion annually.

Posted on Thursday, February 11, 2016

Seasonal agricultural workers do not fit into a neat slot in the dysfunctional, fragmented financing system that President Obama and Congress have selected for us.

Posted on Monday, January 11, 2016

By Nicholas H. Anton | The Press Democrat
Even with the lowest increase in health care inflation and premium costs over the past five years, more Americans, with or without insurance, are experiencing difficulty paying their medical bills. Insurance companies have increased co-pays and deductibles while narrowing the panel of doctors and hospitals patients are allowed to use.

Posted on Monday, September 28, 2015

By Paul Y. Song, M.D., and Wendell Potter | The Huffington Post
When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law in 2010, the individual health insurance market was highly concentrated, with little to no competition in most states. One or two insurers controlled the top 94 metropolitan markets in the United States. In 30 states and the District of Columbia, one major insurer had over 50% of the individual market and over 90% in Alabama alone.

Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2015

By Paul Y. Song, M.D. | Inheritance
In 1991 then United States Surgeon General C. Everett Koop asked me and my fellow graduating medical students to raise our right hands and repeat the Hippocratic Oath.

Posted on Monday, August 17, 2015

By Ann Troy, M.D. | Marin (Calif.) Independent Journal
Congress created Medicare 50 years ago to provide seniors with health care, giving them protection against financial ruin, and peace of mind.

Posted on Thursday, August 6, 2015

By Patsy Ouellette | The Bakersfield Californian
According to my friend, Bernice Bonillas, it’s only warm bodies that drive movements. And so it was that I found myself returning from Los Angeles July 30 on a bus filled with other Bakersfield citizen activists, returning from a rally celebrating the 50th anniversary of Medicare.

Posted on Thursday, August 6, 2015

By Robert Vinetz, M.D. | Los Angeles Times
My hope is that similar reporting, focus and resources will be directed to another, much larger deadly epidemic: that of the more than 30 million people in our nation still uninsured, even with Obamacare, and the Harvard Medical School's report in the American Journal of Public Health that 45,000 of them unnecessarily die every year for lack of insurance and access to high-quality healthcare.

Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015

By David Potter, M.D. | Chico (Calif.) News & Review
What computer were you using in 1966? Trick question. We didn’t have personal computers back then. Remarkably, during that year, without computers and 11 months after the Medicare bill became law, the government began paying medical bills for 18.9 million seniors.

Posted on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

By Nick Anton, M.D. | The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, Calif.)
Only 50 percent of individuals over 65 years old had health insurance in 1965. Now 98 percent do.

Posted on Friday, July 24, 2015

By Paul Y. Song, M.D. | The Huffington Post
When I graduated from medical school almost 25 years ago, I was asked by then U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. C. Everett Koop, to raise my right hand and recite the Hippocratic Oath. In it, I recall "I will abstain from that system which is deleterious and mischievous to my patients."

Posted on Thursday, July 23, 2015

By Evan Tuchinsky | Chico (Calif.) News and Review
Dr. Aldebra Schroll understands the workings of Medicare from the physician’s side of health care, but also as the daughter of policyholders. Her parents, ages 89 and 87, retired from New York to New Mexico 25 years ago and continue to live independently.

Posted on Wednesday, July 22, 2015

By C.V. Allen, M.D. | Modesto (Calif.) Bee
You were a long time coming. With the Great Depression of the 1930s came demand for both health insurance and old-age pensions. Conservatives and the American Medical Association raised the cry of “socialized medicine” – threatening to sink both efforts.

Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

By George Lauer | California Healthline
Undocumented immigrants pay billions more into Medicare every year than they use in health benefits, and in fact they subsidize care for other Americans, according to researchers.

Posted on Monday, June 29, 2015

By Aldebra Schroll, M.D. | Chico (Calif.) Enterprise-Record
We are quickly approaching the 50th anniversary of Medicare on July 30. Medicare is the federally funded health program for seniors 65 and over and those with permanent disabilities. It was developed to guarantee health care to the elderly population and prevent poverty as people age.

Posted on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

By David Chico, RN | Chico (Calif.) Enterprise-Record
As I approach a significant milestone in my life — age 65 and impending retirement after 34 years as a registered nurse — I become aware of a closely related milestone in our national life: the 50th anniversary of the Medicare program on July 30 of this year.