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Posted on Thursday, July 23, 2015

By James Ronayne, M.D. | Chicago Sun-Times
Medicare has become one of our nation’s most beloved social programs. Today it’s part of the U.S. tradition, as American as apple pie.

Posted on Monday, July 6, 2015

By Pamella Gronemeyer, M.D. | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
As a physician, I felt compelled to write a letter concerning the King v. Burwell case decision announced last week. The Supreme Court upheld the right for citizens of all states to benefit from the federal subsidies.

Posted on Monday, May 4, 2015

Single Payer News, April 29, 2015
At its regular meeting on April 15, 2015, the Champaign County AFL-CIO unanimously endorsed H.R. 676, national single-payer health care legislation sponsored by Congressman John Conyers (D-Mich.).

Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015

By Anna Zelivianskaia, MS3 | AMSA On Call blog
I am currently on the general medicine wards — the bread and butter of a medical student’s training. As I started the roller coaster of inpatient care, I expected long hours, difficult patients, and even spending a substantial amount of time documenting my every move. What I did not expect was talking about medical insurance ten times a day.

Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2015

By Rick Miller | Olean (N.Y.) Times Herald
OLEAN — The U.S. health care system is more costly and less effective than many other developed nations, a Chicago physician told members of the Cattaraugus County Healthy Liveable Communities Consortium on Thursday.

Posted on Tuesday, February 3, 2015

By Anne Scheetz, M.D. | Illinois Single Payer Coalition
On Jan. 14, 2015, Representative Mary Flowers of Chicago introduced the Illinois Universal Health Care Act in the 99th Illinois General Assembly as House Bill 108.

Posted on Monday, December 29, 2014

By Scott Goldberg | Chicago Sun-Times
On December 10, medical students at more than 70 schools across the country held “white coat die-ins” in response to the lack of indictments in the police killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York.

Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2014

By Anne Scheetz, M.D. | Chicago Tribune
Some of the newly insured have joined the ranks of those who can't afford to use their health coverage because their out-of-pocket costs are so high. This is an inevitable problem in a system in which people's total costs -- premiums plus deductibles, co-pays, co-insurance and non-covered expenses -- are related poorly if at all to what they have left after paying for food, housing, utilities, transportation and other necessities.

Posted on Tuesday, August 5, 2014

By Pamella Gronemeyer, M.D. | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
We are thrilled to help celebrate Medicare's 49th anniversary this week. Medicare, which was passed into law in 1965 under President Lyndon B. Johnson, provides the elderly and disabled health care benefits that would not be available to them in our profit-driven (and -ridden) fragmented insurance market.

Posted on Monday, August 4, 2014

By Anne Scheetz, M.D. | State Journal-Register (Springfield, Ill.)
Forty-nine years ago, on July 30, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law. ... The contrast between the ways in which people become eligible for Medicare and Medicaid is instructive for the next transformation that American health care needs so urgently: expanded and improved Medicare for all.

Posted on Monday, June 23, 2014

Single Payer News, June 22, 2014
The Chicago chapter of Jobs with Justice has endorsed H.R. 676, national single-payer legislation sponsored by Congressman John Conyers of Michigan. H.R. 676 is also called “Expanded and Improved Medicare for All.”

Posted on Thursday, May 29, 2014

By Pat Barcas | Fox Valley Labor News
CHICAGO — Discussion about single payer, universal health care has been ongoing for the last 100 years. Now, Dr. Andrew Coates says the fight is about to come to an impasse — this country needs universal health care to move forward.

Posted on Wednesday, May 28, 2014

By Scott Goldberg | Chicago Tribune
Nominally nonprofit health insurers are reaping huge financial gains by employing the same practices as for-profit insurers (claim denials, restrictive networks) and paying for as little actual health care as possible.

Posted on Wednesday, May 7, 2014

By Pat Barcas | Fox Valley Labor News
CHICAGO — Single-payer health care, or universal health care, is care paid for by the government through taxation. The United States does not offer this, falling woefully behind other industrialized nations in health care, and advocates want to change that through legislation.

Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014

By Carol Krohm and Scott K. Summers | Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, Ill.)
Health care for the poor is another dimension warranting comment. Fortunately, the new Affordable Care Act will help some of our neighbors in need. Under the ACA, community clinics are expanding. Medicaid eligibility has been broadened.

Posted on Friday, October 25, 2013

By Bill Knight | Pekin (Ill.) Times
Americans for years have been annoyed and angered by escalating health-care costs, declining insurance coverage and millions of neighbors who haven’t been able to get health insurance, and the Affordable Care Act has started to cope with the latter problem.

Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2013

By Brandon Sandine | Rockford Register Star
The Illinois General Assembly agreed to accept federal monies to expand Medicaid in our state beginning in 2014.

Posted on Wednesday, January 9, 2013

By Philip A. Verhoef, M.D. | Chicago Sun-Times
I am glad that Sen. Mark Kirk has made such a successful recovery from the devastating stroke he suffered a year ago, and even more thrilled that he will be “much more focused on Medicaid and what [his] fellow citizens face.” However, his experience highlights some of the flaws in our current health-care system, many of which are exacerbated by ObamaCare.

Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012

By Anne Scheetz, M.D. | Chicago Tribune, Letters
If we get rid of health insurance companies with their bloated bureaucracies for marketing, underwriting and claims denial, as well as their profits and outrageous executive compensation, and instead enroll every person in the country in expanded and improved Medicare for all (also called single payer), we can cut our health care administrative costs in half. The $400 billion in savings generated is enough to pay for all necessary health care for everyone. We can have music and health care.

Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012

By Pamella Gronemeyer, M.D. | Edwardsville (Ill.) Intelligencer, Letters
Recently, I attended the Americans for Prosperity (AFP) event in Edwardsville entitled "Healthcare Freedom." I am a Medicare for All advocate and a physician. I went to see how and what the AFP (the not-truly-a-grassroots organization but more the tentacle of the Koch Brothers) was selling.

Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012

By Quentin Young, M.D. | Chicago Tribune, Letters
The Supreme Court decision on health care reform achieved several goals. It affirmed the constitutionality of the federal health care reform legislation and clearly gave President Barack Obama's re-election a big boost.

Posted on Friday, June 29, 2012

By Quentin Young, M.D. | Chicago Sun-Times, Letters
The Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s health reform leaves much to be done before the American people have a decent health system. Unfortunately, the reform won’t control costs but will leave 26 million people uninsured and everyone else with “unaffordable underinsurance,” or coverage so skimpy it doesn’t protect from financial ruin in the event of illness.

Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012

By Quentin Young, M.D. | Crain's Chicago, Letters
The proposal put forth by the safety-net hospitals in Illinois will cut as many as 300,000 people from Medicaid coverage ("Hospitals failing checkups," Crain's, Feb. 27). This reality places in stark relief the perpetuation of a broken health financing system. The toll will be exacted in preventable suffering, preventable death, in a word, the inhumanity of a health system that is the costliest in the world and yet leaves millions without financial protection.

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Dr. Thomas M. Duffy | Letter to the editor, Chicago Tribune
I would like to point out that the recent controversy over employers' religious views and employees' health coverage would never have happened if our country had a universal coverage, single-payer health care system.

Posted on Wednesday, February 9, 2011

By Claudia Fegan, M.D. | Hyde Park Herald (Chicago)
Many residents of Hyde Park work for large employers, the University of Chicago being just one example among several. In the wake of the new health law, what benefit changes can workers at these large companies expect to see?

Posted on Friday, January 28, 2011

By Claudia Fegan, M.D. | The Hyde Park Herald (Chicago)
Many of Hyde Park's small businesses are doing their budget and tax planning for the year ahead. For some, the issue of health care insurance looms large, either as a current expense or as something they'd like to begin offering their employees.

Posted on Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Anne Scheetz, MD, FACP, Chicago | Chicago Tribune
We need to get rid of insurance companies, not negotiate with them. Under a single-payer health care system, Improved and Expanded Medicare for All, everyone would have access to mental health care, as well as to all other necessary care.

Posted on Friday, August 13, 2010

Anne Scheetz, M.D. | Letter to the Editor | Chicago Tribune
Private insurance companies may, on paper, pay physicians substantially more than Medicare, but this must be taken in the context that Medicare actually pays the rates it publishes and pays on time, while private insurance companies subject physicians to a maze of voluntary and involuntary discounts, denials, delays and underpayments that make calculation of what physicians actually get impossible.

Posted on Thursday, July 8, 2010

Quentin D. Young, M.D. | Letter to the Editor | Chicago Sun-Times
The solution, favored by a solid majority of the American people and physicians, is an improved Medicare for all -- single-payer national health insurance. Such a program would cover everyone, without exception, and give us the cost-control tools we need to deliver high-quality care over the long haul.

Posted on Friday, April 2, 2010

By Donna Smith | Guaranteed Healthcare Blog
Just blocks from President Obama's Hyde Park home south of the Loop in Chicago, more than 70 activists gathered on Saturday, March 27, 2010, to plan strategy for advancing an improved and expanded Medicare for all system as the law of the land. Activists across the nation are undaunted by the passage of the current health reform bill as they know that mandating the purchase of private insurance is not the same as providing access to healthcare.

Posted on Monday, March 8, 2010

BY SANDRA GUY | Chicago Sun-Times
Individual health-insurance rates in Illinois will rise this year up to 60 percent, according to Michael McRaith, director of insurance for Illinois.

Posted on Monday, January 11, 2010

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Gov. Pat Quinn has named Dr. Quentin Young as the state's Public Health Advocate, according to a release from the governor's office Saturday. Dr. Young will develop wellness and education programs to help improve the health of the residents across Illinois.