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Bruce Trigg, MD

Dr. Trigg is a pediatrician who worked 23 years with the New Mexico Department of Health until his retirement in 2011. He served as medical director of the Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Program and worked in correctional health care and with harm reduction approaches to injecting drug use.

Dr. Trigg is currently a clinician providing methadone and buprenorphine treatment for people who are addicted to opiates. He also has recently worked as an international consultant in addiction treatment in several Southeast Asian countries.

A long time advocate for a single-payer, national health program for the US, he is an active member of Physicians for a National Health Program and is the C0-Chair of the New Mexico chapter; the New Mexico Network of Health Professionals for a National Health Program (NHP Squared).

Dr. Trigg is Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Pediatrics and Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.

He graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine in 1981 and did his residency training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NYC and the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. From 1983 to 1986 he worked as a general medical officer with the Indian Health Service of the US Public Health Service in Native American communities in New Mexico and Arizona.

Local Unions Endorsing HR676

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Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2018

By Jack Bernard | Las Cruces (N.M.) News, May 2, 2018
In 2017 op-eds, I described the mess that Congress made of health reform. They were taking a flawed program, Obamacare, and modifying it to be much worse via Trumpcare...which I believe Donald Trump still has never given up on enacting.

Posted on Saturday, August 5, 2017

By John Benziger, M.D. | Santa Fe New Mexican, August 5, 2017
Republicans vehemently opposed the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, for seven years while irresponsibly offering no alternative option of their own.

Posted on Monday, March 21, 2016

By Bryce Zedalis | Albuquerque Journal, March 20, 2016
Debates about policy approaches to health care continue. With the rise to prominence of Sen. Bernie Sanders as a candidate for president, politicos and citizens alike have rekindled discussions concerning the adoption of a “Medicare-for-all,” single-payer health system. Among the goals of such a system, the most salient is guaranteed health care for everyone.

Posted on Sunday, March 20, 2016

By John Benzinger, M.D. | Santa Fe New Mexican, March 19, 2016
The truth is that an improved, Medicare-for-all, single-payer system would cut costs drastically and provide coverage for everybody. Virtually every other developed country has an affordable universal system that proves the point.

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016

By Nick Estes | Albuquerque Journal
Health care is thus like police and fire protection: We try to supply good quality service to everyone without charging people at the time of the service or requiring them to sign up and pay for a personal protection plan. We all pay for this protection through our taxes.

Posted on Monday, October 5, 2015

By Katie Myers | The Albuquerque Journal
When I decided that I was going to be a doctor, I had many preconceived notions about what that meant.

Posted on Wednesday, July 8, 2015

By William Ulwelling, M.D. | Albuquerque Journal
The New Mexico chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program has adopted Sister Blandina Segale as our patron saint for universal health care.

Posted on Wednesday, April 15, 2015

By Laurence S. Jacobs, M.D. | Santa Fe New Mexican
Bipartisanship can work. The old flawed formula for physician reimbursement in Medicare (SGR) will finally be permanently canceled and replaced, so that physicians will no longer be looking at roughly 20 percent cuts in reimbursement every year, absent one-year congressional fixes.

Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014

By William Ulwelling, M.D. | Albuquerque Journal
How affordable is the American health care system? And are matters getting better or worse? One factor is the cost-effectiveness of our hospitals. A major study published recently in Health Affairs revealed a big problem, and proposed an answer.

Posted on Thursday, August 14, 2014

By Sandra F. Penn, M.D. | Albuquerque Journal
Remember when Sen. Domenici became an advocate for mental health parity? It came as no surprise to some of us that he had a “close relative” with mental health challenges.

Posted on Tuesday, June 10, 2014

By James Besante | Albuquerque Journal
BCBSNM plays the same games as their for-profit counterparts and the endless pursuit of profits hurts all of us, but especially sick New Mexicans.

Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014

By James Besante | Albuquerque Journal
America can win the War on Poverty. We can fix our health care system. A streamlined, publicly financed program, like “Improved Medicare for All,” is the answer.

Posted on Friday, October 25, 2013

By Kay Tillow | Single Payer News
On October 17, 2013, the Executive Council of the New Mexico Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, endorsed H.R. 676, national single-payer health care legislation sponsored by Congressman John Conyers (D-Mich.), reports Jon Hendry, president.

Posted on Monday, July 29, 2013

By Laurence S. Jacobs, M.D. | Santa Fe New Mexican
An improved Medicare for all would make terrific sense. Low overhead, a single set of approved forms (not a separate one for each insurer, as is now the case), no outrageous CEO salaries, no marketing or advertising costs, first dollar coverage without copayments or deductibles, no restrictions on choice of doctor or hospital. All medically approved tests and treatments would be covered, and there would be no issue of physicians refusing to see certain classes of patients because of poorly paying insurance.

Posted on Thursday, November 29, 2012

UNM Today (Albuquerque, N.M.)
James Besante, a second-year student at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, was recently given the Nicholas Skala Student Activist Award by Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) for his health care reform advocacy efforts in New Mexico.

Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012

By James Besante | Albuquerque Journal
Winthrop Quigley, “Health Care Landscape Changing” published on Nov. 13, is quite correct that the chaos and disruption being experienced by thousands of New Mexicans who must choose between their medical care provider — doctor or nurse practitioner — and their Lovelace Health Plan insurer is a very strong argument for a single-payer, improved-Medicare-for-all health system.

Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012

By Winthrop Quigley | Albuquerque Journal
The question is asked with regularity at legislative and congressional hearings, medical and public health conferences, political rallies and policy think tanks: Is health care a right, or a privilege?

Posted on Monday, May 2, 2011

McClatchy-Tribune Information Services
Congress caved into corporate interests last year to enact a health care policy that will leave millions of Americans without insurance, do nothing to rein in rising costs and put everyone at the mercy of an unfair, for-profit system, a national advocate for a single-payer health system said in Albuquerque.

Posted on Tuesday, March 8, 2011

By Dr. Bruce Trigg | Albuquerque Journal
Today is Human Rights Day at the State Capitol. And today Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino will present Senate Joint Resolution 5 for a state constitutional amendment that will recognize health care as a human right to the first legislative committee to which it has been assigned.

Posted on Wednesday, January 6, 2010

BRUCE TRIGG, M.D. | Letter to the editor, Albuquerque Journal
H. EDWARD HANWAY, the chairman and CEO of Cigna Corporation, one of the largest private insurance companies, has a great deal to be thankful for this holiday season. Cigna, which had a profit of over $1 billion in 2007 and paid Hanway $30.16 million in 2008, has fared quite well in both the House and Senate health reform plans.

Posted on Tuesday, November 17, 2009

By Howard Waitzkin | Taos News
A single-payer health program basically would extend Medicare to the entire population. Although Medicare is not without problems, people over 65 years of age widely support the system and express satisfaction with it.

Posted on Monday, November 16, 2009

By Carol Miller | Albuquerque Journal
A very complex, mandatory private insurance scheme recently passed the U.S. House. The public is being overwhelmed by sound bites on one hand about how great it is, on the other, how terrible. We are hearing few of the details that are actually in the bill. Having read the bill, it is clear now that what started as health reform has emerged from the political process as health "deform," building on the worst, not the best of the current system.

Posted on Monday, March 24, 2008

By Winthrop Quigley | Journal Staff Writer | Albuquerque Journal
Testifying before the Health Coverage for New Mexicans Committee, a team of consultants said a state-funded single-payer system would be the least expensive way to cover all of the state's 400,000 uninsured residents.