Missouri Information

Contact Information

PNHP – Missouri
Website: www.pnhpmo.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PNHPMO?fref=ts
E-mail: pnhpmo@gmail.com

Chair: Ed Weisbart, MD, 314-265-3412, edweisbart@gmail.com

State Organizations Endorsing HR676

  • University City, MO

Local Unions Endorsing HR676

  • CWA Local 6355, Missouri State Workers Union
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 36, St. Louis, MO
  • Building & Construction Trades Council of St Louis, AFL-CIO
  • Southeast Missouri Building & Construction Trades Council, Cape Girardeau, MO
  • Greater St. Louis Labor Council, AFL-CIO, St. Louis, MO
  • Central Trades & Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Cape Girardeau, MO
  • Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR), Chapter 11-3, St. Louis, MO.
  • Missouri AFL-CIO
  • District 3, Missouri Nurses Association (MONA), St. Louis City and County

Missouri State News


Posted on Monday, October 16, 2017

By Pamella Gronemeyer, M.D. | St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 16, 2017
Now that President Trump has found ways to destroy Obamacare without the need for Congressional approval or our democracy, we must open our eyes and push for the Improved Medicare for All plans supported by Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., and a majority of congressional Democrats and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and numerous Democratic senators.

Posted on Wednesday, August 2, 2017

By Judy Dasovich, M.D. | The Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, Aug. 2, 2017
Americans know we need affordable, accessible, quality health care. Our current system relies on private insurance which provides none of these things. Improved and expanded Medicare for all can give us the tools we need to move towards these goals.

Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017

By Andrew Quint, M.D. | Columbia (MO) Daily Tribune, May 30, 2017
I would like to respond to Luke Davis’ recent commentary in the Tribune. Having worked as a primary care physician at Family Health Center, a federally qualified community health center, serving medically underserved patients in Columbia since 1997, I have experienced firsthand the inequality, inefficiency and warped incentives of our healthcare system.

Posted on Saturday, May 27, 2017

By Marie Shieh, M.D. | The Kansas City Star, May 27, 2017
President Donald Trump, I heartily agree with you when you told Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, “You have better health care than we do.”

Posted on Friday, May 26, 2017

By Robert Blake, M.D. | The Missourian, May 26, 2017
Pharmaceutical companies are among the most profitable companies in the world, and their executives are among the highest paid. In recent years, drug prices have markedly increased, rendering more and more Americans unable to afford essential medications.

Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2017

By Ed Weisbart, M.D. | The Kansas City Star, May 17, 2017
I applaud The Kansas City Star for addressing complex health policy issues through many recent columns, including one on May 10 by U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder among others. Unfortunately, these authors are misinformed in critical ways.

Posted on Sunday, May 14, 2017

By Jan Swaney, M.D. and Ed Weisbart, M.D. | Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune, May 14, 2017
Leave it to an independent businessman to get so fed-up with the rising costs of his employee health plan that he hired a documentary film crew to get to the bottom of things. The result is “Big Pharma: Market Failure,” a new documentary that takes a deep dive into profiteering by the pharmaceutical industry.

Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017

By Jonathan Mizrahi, M.D. | St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Feb. 15, 2017
I hope many people were able to watch the debate that CNN hosted last week between U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz. They spent over an hour fielding questions from spectators and moderators about the present and future of health care in the United States. Sen. Cruz provided a couple misleading answers and suggestions that I believe are worth clarifying.

Posted on Friday, December 16, 2016

By Suzanne Hagan, O.D. | St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Letters, Dec. 16, 2016
I don’t know what was said between Donald Trump and the head of the Taiwanese government, President Tsai Ing-wen. But since this is the season for wishing, my hope is that they discussed how medical care is delivered and paid for in our two countries.

Posted on Tuesday, December 6, 2016

By Robert R. Stuber, M.D. | St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press, Letters, Dec. 6, 2016
Medicare for all is nondiscriminatory, fair, and would help to contain the rising cost of health care in this country. The free market competitive climate that has been the bedrock of our current health care system has failed miserably in cost containment and in providing access to care for all Americans.

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016

By Ed Weisbart, M.D. | Minnesota Physician, November 2016
You wouldn’t know it by looking at the health care debate in America today, but one of our nation’s foundational pillars used to be political collaboration. Although the 2009 passage of the Affordable Care Act was intensely partisan, we have a proud, centuries-old legacy of collaboratively solving our problems despite our differences.

Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2016

By William M. Fogarty Jr., M.D. | St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Sept. 8, 2016
The best way to stop this gouging is for Medicare to negotiate drug prices for its beneficiaries and have private insurers use that fee schedule as a basis for their own schedules. At this time the government is precluded by law from such negotiations. This makes no sense and could be changed by members of Congress, if they weren't beholden to the pharmaceutical industry.

Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2016

By Ed Weisbart, M.D. | St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Letters, Aug. 26, 2016
When I read that Aetna was pulling out of the Missouri health insurance marketplace, I immediately reached for my wallet to see which insurance company I have this year.

Posted on Monday, April 18, 2016

By Mark Krasnoff, M.D. | PNHP Missouri
I’ve practiced general internal medicine for over 20 years, and I’ve personally witnessed the average American’s health care burdens descend into a national financial crisis. Yes, crisis.

Posted on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

By Ed Weisbart, M.D. | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Any candidate who isn’t forthcoming with these details is ignoring our current dire reality. Our health care system has a literal death grip on this nation. It is the new “giant sucking sound” of money being vacuumed from our entire economy and into health care’s deep, private-profit pockets.

Posted on Monday, January 11, 2016

By Mark S. Krasnoff, M.D. | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
There is no chance for affordability while insurance companies are calling the shots. There is no chance to rein in drug prices without being able to negotiate with suppliers en masse as other countries do. Our entire health care system is out of control.

Posted on Wednesday, November 4, 2015

By Mary Sturdevant, F.N.P., et al. | Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader
We know the limitations of charity health care firsthand. Because of this, we have supported improved Medicare for all (single payer health care financing) for many years. It provides economy, simplicity and security. U.S. House of Representatives bill H.R. 676 and Senate Bill 1782 are based on this. What would it look like?

Posted on Monday, October 12, 2015

By Ed Weisbart, M.D. | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Patriot Coal’s latest bankruptcy success once again draws attention to the desperate measures some employers take to unburden themselves from the financial burdens of employee health.

Posted on Tuesday, October 6, 2015

By William M. Fogarty Jr., M.D. | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
In his article ("Again? Health Care Debate Expands for 2016," online Oct. 2) Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar outlines the three approaches that the various candidates for the presidential nomination offer on health care. They range from the single-payer approach espoused by Bernie Sanders, through the middle ground basically supporting the status quo offered by Hillary Clinton, to the "repeal and replace" position of the Republican contenders.

Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

By David Rosman | Missourian (Columbia, Mo.)
I am a fan of presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Not just because of his progressive and sometimes socialist political stance, but that he is promoting a single-payer system of health care in the United States. Unfortunately, Sanders does not say how he is going to get there from the orb known as Obamacare.

Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2015

By Ed Weisbart, M.D. | Deseret News (Salt Lake City)
We need to improve Medicare and provide that to all Americans. It’s the patriotic, prudent and medically vital thing to do.

Posted on Monday, August 3, 2015

By Joshua Freeman, M.D. | Medicine and Social Justice blog
On Thursday, July 30, Medicare and Medicaid turned 50 years old. The anniversary was marked by an event held at the Truman Library in Independence, Mo., which I attended.

Posted on Monday, July 20, 2015

By William M. Fogarty Jr., M.D. | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
On July 30, Medicare will celebrate its 50th birthday. This program has been a resounding success for the elderly and disabled of our country and is firmly embedded in our culture and medical care system. It has improved the health of the nation's elderly and removed the threat of medical impoverishment that loomed over them before its enactment.

Posted on Monday, July 13, 2015

By Ed Weisbart, M.D. | St. Louis Business Journal
Until 1971, the United States and Canada were spending roughly the same percentage of GDP on health care, and had been following the same cost trends. That year, President Richard Nixon signed the HMO Act into law, while Canada full implemented their national health program. In a sense, North America embarked upon an experiment proactively comparing the private insurance model with a single-payer structure.

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, February 9, 2015

By Ed Weisbart, M.D. | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Children should get vaccinated. The evidence is overwhelming that this is a safe and effective vital strategy for our nation’s health.

Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014

By Ed Weisbart, M.D. | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
If public policy decisions were driven by good business sense, the United States would long ago have stopped wasting so much of our health care dollar on the preservation of an irrational insurance industry. With millions remaining uninsured despite 17.6 percent of our gross domestic product being devoted to health care, we must restructure our economically unsustainable system.

Posted on Tuesday, September 2, 2014

By Gordon D. Fiedler Jr. | The Salina (Kan.) Journal
Affordable, accessible health care for all is not a dream but can be a reality, according to David Kingsley, who represents Physicians for a National Health Plan.

Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014

By Mimi Signor, R.N. | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Missouri hospitals believe mandatory commercial insurance will keep them in the black. However, the majority of people who face bankruptcy due to medical costs are those who have insurance. Commercial insurance companies enforce co-pays, deductibles and other high out-of-pocket costs as a disincentive to seeking care. Insurers often deny payment for care in advance or after care has been provided.

Posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

By Ed Weisbart, MD | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Medicare is today entering its 50th year, and the need to expand it to all Americans has never been greater.

Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
One of the major flaws in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is also one of the reasons it was able to pass: It accommodated, and in some ways enhanced, the role of for-profit insurance companies.

Posted on Friday, May 23, 2014

By Judy Dasovich, M.D. | Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader
Former Mercy President Robert Steele worried that “we’re spending money on health care that does not substantially increase the health of those we’re serving.” Employers tell him that it’s “breaking our bank.” Cox CEO Steve Edwards warns that Missouri hospitals are disadvantaged due to lack of Medicaid expansion.

Posted on Monday, March 10, 2014

By Henry J. Waters III | Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune
Recently a group of physicians sponsored a visit by a University of Massachusetts professor of economics who goes about the country touting the advantages of single-payer health care, using numbers as his forte. Gerald Friedman appeared at the University of Missouri School of Medicine at the behest of the Missouri chapter of the Physicians for a National Health Program.

Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014

By Henry J. Waters III | Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune
Much is being made by opponents of the Affordable Care Act of adverse selection, the tendency of younger, healthier Americans to avoid buying health insurance, thereby skewing the economics of the plan, which depends on premium income from people needing relatively little care to offset the cost of care for older, sicker patients.

Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013

By Ed Weisbart, M.D. | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
We should all celebrate the victory of the United Mine Workers of America in their struggle to retain their earned right to retiree health care ("Peabody strikes deal," Oct. 11).

Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2013

By Dr. Judith Dasovich | Springfield (MO) News-Leader
Employee-sponsored health insurance, or ESI, should be replaced with an affordable, efficient financing system.

Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013

By Toni Vafi | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
As promises of the Affordable Care Act continue to wither, the delay of the employer mandate is cause for more disappointment.

Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013

By Ian Swenson | St. Louis Beacon
The United Mine Workers of America were back in St. Louis Monday, rallying against Peabody Energy. The UMWA claims that Peabody created a spinoff company, Patriot Coal, that was designed to fail and saddled it with expenses including workers’ health insurance and pensions.

Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012

By Ed Weisbart, M.D. | St. Louis Beacon
As I sit in the waiting room for my 83-year-old mother-in-law’s cardiac MRI, I realize I’m not a good health-care consumer. I didn’t try to find the best deal; I didn’t ask any prices; I didn’t check to see if this were “in network.”