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Media Contacts

Greg Silver, M.D.
(727) 712-3280
drsilver@drsilver.net

Dr. Silver is a solo, practicing family physician in Clearwater, Florida. He has been an active lecturer and consultant in the areas of healthcare reform, electronic medical records and the adoption of new medical technologies.


Howard A. Green, M.D., FACP, FAAD | 561-659-1510 | hag2@comcast.net
Dr Green received his education at George Washington University and The Boston University of Medicine. He did his post doctoral work at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and at Harvard Medical School.

Local Unions Endorsing HR676

  • United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 630, West Palm Beach, FL
  • North Central Florida Central Labor Council, Gainesville, FL
  • Steelworker Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR) Chapter 9-36 F 5, Cape Coral, FL
  • North Florida Central Labor Council, Jacksonville, FL
  • District Lodge 112, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers(IAM), Jacksonville, FL
  • Florida State Alliance for Retired Americans
  • Lodge 721, IAM, Jacksonville, FL
  • Local Union 295, United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry (UA), Daytona Beach, FL
  • Florida AFL-CIO
  • West Central Florida Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, Tampa, FL
  • Local 2779, American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
  • Palm Beach-Treasure Coast AFL-CIO

Florida State News


Posted on Friday, May 19, 2017

By F. Douglas Stephenson, LCSW | Ocala Star Banner, May 18, 2017
I’m a retired clinical social work psychotherapist and have seen many patients worried about the future of health/mental health care. Congressman Ted Yoho’s recent vote for the GOP’s American Healthcare Act (AHCA) that repeals much of the Affordable Care Act (the ACA or Obamacare) gravely threatens the health of thousands of his District 3 constituents.


Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017

By Ray Bellamy, M.D. and John Clay | Tallahassee Democrat, April 28, 2017
The basic idea of insurance is that the risk of unexpected troublesome expense is spread through the broadest possible number of beneficiaries. That would be all of us. Unfortunately, for-profit insurers have learned to game the system to maximize their profits. They sell coverage to those who are well and avoid the sick.


Posted on Friday, March 10, 2017

By F. Douglas Stephenson, LCSW | The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, March 10, 2017
President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress seek to protect profits by replacing Obamacare. They propose to dismantle core aspects of Obamacare, including its subsidies to help people buy coverage, its expansion of Medicaid, its taxes and its mandates for people to have insurance.


Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2017

By F. Douglas Stephenson, LCSW | Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, Jan. 11, 2017
The Republicans want to repeal much of the ACA and replace it with something similar. The Democrats want to preserve ACA pretty much as it is. From the global perspective, we'll still be left with a highly dysfunctional health care financing system that will not cover everyone while perpetuating inadequate coverage for many of those who are insured.


Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2016

By F. Douglas Stephenson, LCSW, LMFT, BCD | The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, Sept. 18, 2016
Just like large health insurance corporations, BigPharma has the inherent tendency to invent new needs, disregard all boundaries and turn everything into an object for sale and big profit.


Posted on Tuesday, August 2, 2016

By Jack Bernard | The Florida Times-Union (jacksonville.com), Aug. 2, 2016
Single payer really does a much better job than an inefficient multi-payer system like ours. And, before his candidacy, the Donald knew that fact. Per Trump’s own words (his 2000 book, “The America We Deserve”): “The Canadian Plan also helps Canadians live longer and healthier than Americans. We need, as a nation, to reexamine the single-payer plan.”


Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2016

By Morton Tavel, M.D. | The News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.)
Although the Affordable Care Act has been a step forward, it fails to address the problem of waste and complexity in the system. A single payer system would eliminate the entire commercial insurance industry... For all practices, administrative costs would plummet because there would be only one set of payment rules and forms, with the result that prior authorizations, narrow networks, and out-of-pocket payments could be eliminated.


Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2016

By Ken Brummel-Smith, M.D. | Tallahassee Democrat
So the question Americans need to answer is: Do you want to keep the “reality” of our current system, which doesn’t work and empties your wallet, or do you want a system that saves money, is easier to use and is fairer. Which one is realistic?


Posted on Wednesday, November 4, 2015

By F. Douglas Stephenson | The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun
Florida citizens should demand that private corporate HMOs be removed and banned from the administration of our public programs in Florida. Privatization of Florida's Medicaid increases costs, without any corresponding increase in quality or access to care.


Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2015

By Suzanne Potter | Public News Service (Florida edition)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Thursday is the 50th anniversary of Medicare, and the program's advocates are using the occasion to push for a major expansion.


Posted on Monday, July 20, 2015

By Ray Bellamy, M.D. | Tallahassee Democrat
In 1963 or so, a group of us UF second year medical students tramped upstairs to listen to some of a spirited discussion among Gainesville-area physicians along with UF faculty regarding providing nearly universal health coverage to seniors. I remember little of the discussion other than some inflammatory rhetoric about “government overreach and what it would do to or for Granny.”


Posted on Monday, June 29, 2015

By Frederick W. "Rick" Ford | Palm Beach Post
I applaud the Wednesday Point of View, “Single-payer system would beat ACA.” He is correct that a Medicare-for-all plan — which would replace the more than 1,300 insurance companies (with their profit-driven motives to deny care and $400 billion in overhead costs) with a single, national health-insurance plan administered by Medicare offering expanded coverage and benefits — is a better alternative to the Affordable Care Act.


Posted on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

By Alan Shay | Palm Beach Post
I am growing in favor of abolishing the Affordable Care Act. In a recent letter, “Obamacare doesn’t set insurance costs,” the writer discussed the structure and costs associated with medical insurance policies. He is correct when he states that the insurance companies are responsible for the development and pricing of the current offerings of policies through the marketplace.


Posted on Thursday, May 7, 2015

By F. Douglas Stephenson | The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun
Privatization by predatory corporations and the local and state authorities that cooperate with them use state underfunding to sabotage public mental health and social services, “proving” that government is incompetent and unable to deliver services.


Posted on Monday, March 23, 2015

By F. Douglas Stephenson, LCSW, BCD | The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun
Using manufactured scare tactics, the U.S. health insurance industry successfully lobbied Congress to enact a requirement that most non-elderly Americans become compulsory customers of the insurance industry and approve taxpayer financing of massive subsidies for the private insurance industry.


Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2015

By W.T. Whitney Jr., M.D. | CounterPunch
The U.S. split between a wealthy elite and the majority poor is old news. Yet as revelations surface as to who siphons off money for themselves and what happens to the impoverished many, the story continues. It gets into how governments deal with health care. In that regard, health care for children may serve as a marker for when government programs leave off serving the common good. The state of children’s health is like the proverbial “yellow canary” in a mine shaft whose death warned of toxic gas accumulation.


Posted on Tuesday, September 9, 2014

By F. Douglas Stephenson | Health News Florida
One reliable indicator of health care quality in any nation is life expectancy. Unfortunately, life expectancy in the United States ranks in the bottom quartile of a list of 229 industrialized nations, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.


Posted on Monday, September 8, 2014

By Miranda Rosenberg, MS2 | Palm Beach Post
In 2004, only about 5.3 million Medicare enrollees participated in a Medicare Advantage plan. Now, that number has nearly tripled to 15.7 million. Payments to Medicare Advantage plans account for nearly a third of total Medicare spending today.


Posted on Thursday, July 17, 2014

By Austin Curry | Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Medicare, the most successful health care program ever to come out of Congress, will begin its 50th year of service to millions of older Americans this month, with an overhead rate of only 1.4 percent. Yet some are calling for a voucher system. Why?


Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014

By Jack Bernard | The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville)
Even if all 8 million had been uninsured, tens of millions are still without insurance and will be for the near future. This fact is especially true in red states like ours that have inexplicably chosen to turn back federal money to expand Medicaid, a purely political decision.


Posted on Friday, April 18, 2014

By Rosalind L. Murray | Palm Beach Post
So much has been said about the Affordable Care Act — both bad and good. Most people, unless you are a professional, will have a difficult time fully understanding your insurance policy. Consumers (and politicians) say that no one should come between them and their doctor. However, unless a consumer pays out of pocket — there has always been someone between them and their doctor: the insurance company.


Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013

By Andrew Rock | Tampa Bay Times
All the recent hoopla about the Affordable Care Act has generated a lot of heat but not much light. In all the angry finger-pointing, both parties have missed the main point. Obamacare is flawed and cumbersome for the same reason that our existing "system" doesn't work: It is a health insurance system, not a health care system.


Posted on Monday, September 24, 2012

By Robin Williams Adams | The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.)
Sticking with the status quo won't solve the woes of the United States health care system, Adil Khan said Friday, but he's not convinced the changes now being implemented will either.


Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012

By Frederick W. “Rick” Ford | The Palm Beach Post
Although the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the law is not a remedy to our health care crisis, as it leaves at least 26 million uninsured, will not make health care affordable to Americans with insurance, because of high co-pays and gaps in coverage that leave patients vulnerable to financial ruin in the event of serious illness, and will not control costs.


Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012

By Howard Green, M.D. | The Palm Beach Post, Letters
On the first day of hurricane season, Gov. Scott suggested a national pool for windstorm insurance. The governor has proposed that a “public option” be made available for high-risk homeowners to purchase windstorm insurance if they cannot purchase private coverage.


Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012

RAY BELLAMY | The New York Times, Letters
Our health care administrative costs, previously pegged at 31 percent, must now surely approach 35 percent. Meanwhile, developed countries with a single-payer system report efficient management, and the citizens of those countries just need to swipe their smartcards to log in.


Posted on Thursday, September 8, 2011

By Rick Ford | Letters, The Palm Beach Post
Single-payer national health insurance based on Medicare would prevent this abuse of Florida's patients and small businesses by multi-level for-profit health insurance companies by providing publicly financed, privately delivered health care for all Floridians at lower cost.


Posted on Monday, May 16, 2011

By Dr. Howard Green | Palm Beach Post
All of the well-publicized political health care programs have one thing in common: They all seek to steer larger portions of Medicare and Medicaid through private insurance corporations. They differ only in their degrees of rationing, with President Obama's plan restricting rationing for profit and Rep. Paul Ryan's mandate allowing the most rationing by the health insurance industry.


Posted on Sunday, August 1, 2010

HOWARD A. GREEN, MD | Letters To The Editor | Palm Beach Post
Americans should celebrate this 45th anniversary of Medicare.


Posted on Monday, July 19, 2010

By Charles Mathews | Cap Scan, the journal of the Capital Medical Society (Tallahassee)
I was troubled and sleep-deprived by these past several years of frustrations and struggles to achieve a seemingly simple straightforward goal for this great Republic, namely health care for all, Medicare-type coverage, cradle to grave, such as all other advanced countries provide their citizens. Enacting legislation, single payer, has lain in the congressional hopper for years, where it is kept buried by the powerful lobbyists of the health care oligarchs.


Posted on Tuesday, June 15, 2010

By F. Douglas Stephenson | Citrus County (Fla.) Chronicle
Over 45 million US citizens now lack any kind of health insurance, and millions more have very inadequate coverage in the policies they now carry. Among these with incomes below the federal poverty line, a third had no health insurance. Statistics show that among Americans who are inadequately insured, a significant number are sicker and die younger than those who have insurance.


Posted on Friday, February 5, 2010

Today's message is not meant to be an "I told you so," even if I did tell you. The point of the message is that health policy science has advanced to a level that the consequences of policies in various reform proposals are fully predictable. "Well, let's try this and see how it goes" is no longer acceptable, especially for our entire $2.5 trillion health care industry.


Posted on Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Steffie Woolhandler & David U. Himmelstein | Letter to the Editor | Orlando Sentinel
Congressman Cliff Stearns in his My Word column Tuesday ("Use facts in health-care debate") repeats misinformation spread by a conservative think-tank about our study that found that nearly 45,000 Americans die annually because they lack health insurance.