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Joseph Q. Jarvis, M.D., MSPH

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Posted on Thursday, April 6, 2017

By Jed Maker, M.D. | The Salt Lake Tribune, April 6, 2017
I am a physician, recently retired, who took care of hundreds of Medicare patients in my 40 years of practice. I heard very few complaints about Medicare. Most people, like me, are happy and relieved to be of Medicare age.

Posted on Monday, July 25, 2016

By Samuel Dickman, M.D., and Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H. | Salt Lake Tribune, July 23, 2016
Americans spend twice as much for health care as Europeans or Canadians. Although our cost growth slowed recently, it's too soon to celebrate: The slowdown has made health care much less equal.

Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2016

By the Editorial Board | Salt Lake Tribune, April 4, 2016
Functioning free markets do not — and never will — exist in health care because the sellers so often hold all the cards. Unlike someone in the market for a car, a television or a cell phone, people who need a particular medication cannot just decide not to buy a product until the price comes down, or just to do without it altogether. Unless they are interested in dying, or watching a family member die.

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, October 7, 2013

By Joseph Jarvis, M.D. | Deseret News (Salt Lake City)
I agree with Dan Liljenquist that the cost of Obamacare has been grossly underestimated ("Obamacare will lead to single-payer health care," Sept. 26). It is also likely that many more employees than originally predicted by the smoke and mirrors estimates offered at the time of passage of the Affordable Care Act will lose their employment-based health benefits, thus the now increasingly strident opposition of organized labor to the implementation of this legislation.

Posted on Monday, April 1, 2013

It is already clear that the structure of the private health insurance market that is perpetuated by the Affordable Care Act will continue to fail us - providing us only care that is too expensive and leaves too many out. Not even a competing "robust public option" can alter that. Now is the time to enact a single payer plan - an improved Medicare for all.

Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2012

By Joseph Jarvis, M.D. | City Weekly (Salt Lake City)
This year on Valentine’s Day, I joined 49 other physicians from across America in signing an Amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Among these 50 physicians, I was the only one with a conservative political leaning. Despite the others’ more liberal/progressive leaning, they agreed with me that the individual mandate is unconstitutional. More importantly, we agree that Obamacare does not address the central problem with the American health-care system, which is its extraordinary cost. We also agree that the only way to really reform our sick health-care system is to radically change the way we Americans do health-care business.

Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2012

By John D. Schirack, M.D. | The Salt Lake Tribune
The current health care law continues an inefficient, wasteful private insurance-based model of financing health care — a rickety structure that denies millions care, bankrupts patients, ratchets up costs and frustrates efforts to improve quality.

Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012

By Joe Jarvis | Utah Healthcare Initiative blog
It's clear from his comments that Dr. Krauthammer wishes that Obamacare would be repealed and that the nation would not go down the pathway towards single-payer health system reform. However, he directly states that given a choice between Obamacare and single payer, he would choose single payer, because "at least it would be rational."

Posted on Monday, November 28, 2011

By Kirsten Stewart | The Salt Lake Tribune
Joseph Jarvis' decades-long push for a statewide health cooperative — a publicly funded, nonprofit health insurance trust to cover every Utahn for all medically necessary care — has been a non-starter in conservative Utah. Chances of it gaining traction grew slimmer with passage of President Barack Obama’s health overhaul, which Jarvis says “sucked all the oxygen out of the room.”

Posted on Thursday, January 13, 2011

Clark Newhall, M.D., J.D. | Letters | Ogden Standard-Examiner
Your Editorial Board has the right idea--'grab control of medicare'--but the exactly wrong method. Instead of raising the age for eligibility for Medicare to 67 as your editorial suggests, we should lower it--to 0. That's right--0. Everyone should be covered by Medicare from birth.

Posted on Monday, April 5, 2010

By Joseph Jarvis | Salt Lake City Tribune
Not so long ago, a number of Democratic members of the U.S. House were running a bill entitled "The States' Right to Innovate in Healthcare Act." I loved that bill. It laid out mechanisms for any state to negotiate its way out of federal rules and regulations en route to formulating its own comprehensive reform of health care delivery and financing. Now that Obamacare is the law of the land, states that can do better need the right more than ever to innovate in health care.

Posted on Tuesday, January 26, 2010

By Clark Newhall | Salt Lake Tribune It has long been apparent that there was no consensus among progressives on the best way to achieve universal health care. From the very beginning, MoveOn and the labor movement gave lip service (sometimes) to single-payer ideas, but put their money behind whatever the president proposed.