Hospitals Know How to Protect Mothers. They Just Aren’t Doing It.

Hospitals Know How to Protect Mothers. They Just Aren't Doing It.
By Alison Young, USA Today. Photo: Marco Mention’s wife, YoLanda, died shortly after giving birth to their daughter Serenity in 2015. Jack Gruber/USA Today. In countries with publicly funded national health care systems, such as the U.K, it is easier to insist hospitals and health providers follow standard safety practices, said Dr. James Martin Jr., director ...

5 doctors and surgeons tell us what they really think about Medicare-for-all

5 doctors and surgeons tell us what they really think about Medicare-for-all
By Dylan Scott, Vox. Photo: Ronen Tivony/NurPhoto via Getty Images Some doctors support single-payer health care — even if that means a lower salary. The muscle of the health industry lobby — pharma, health plans, doctors, and hospitals — is gathering to stop single payer. The Hill’s Peter Sullivan had the report on Friday morning. The industry’s influence ...

Why the Latest Attack on Single-Payer Backfired

Why the Latest Attack on Single-Payer Backfired
By Michael Corcoran, Truthout. Photo by Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/Lightrocket via Getty Images. “If you find that you have to keep explaining what your proposal is, you haven’t done enough, and your opponents can and will destroy your efforts with a few soundbites.” —Dr. Don McCanne of Physicians for a National Health Program, 2016. Medicare for All costs $32.6 ...

Single Payer Is Actually a Huge Bargain

Single Payer Is Actually a Huge Bargain
By Drs. Steffie Woolhandler, David U. Himmelstein and Adam Gaffney, The Nation. It would save both dollars and lives compared to our current system. Last week, Charles Blahous at the Koch-fundedMercatus Center at George Mason University published a study suggesting that Bernie Sanders’s single-payer health-care plan would break the bank. But almost immediately, various observers—including Sanders himself—noted that according to Blahous’s own ...

Podcast: How to make National Improved Medicare for All Inevitable

Podcast: How to make National Improved Medicare for All Inevitable
[Featured photo from The Tennessean] A Conversation with Dr. Carol Paris The national movement for improved Medicare for All is gaining momentum, which means that we have the real potential to win a national universal public health insurance and means that our opponents will double down on preventing this. We speak with Dr. Carol Paris, outgoing ...

Improved Medicare for All means something. Don’t dilute it.

Improved Medicare for All means something.  Don’t dilute it.
By Kay Tillow, Health Over Profit for Everyone. On July 13, 2018, in an article1 on Vox, Tim Higginbotham and Chris Middleman of the Democratic Socialists of America’s (DSA) Medicare for All campaign condemned Paul Krugman, Adam Green, the Center for American Progress, and Andy Slavitt for their efforts to co-opt and water down the ...

New Threat To Immigrants’ Health

New Threat To Immigrants' Health
By Don McCanne, M.D., PNHP.org Numerous studies have shown that immigrants pay more into our health care financing systems, both public and private, than they take out in health care services. We should be welcoming their contributions to our health care. Yet the Trump administration is intending to put into place an expansion of the ...

Growing Trend For Bankruptcy For Seniors

Growing Trend For Bankruptcy For Seniors
By Don McCanne, M.D., PNHP.org The social safety net for older Americans built up during the last century is now showing alarming trends toward shifting greater financial risk to this population. In the past two and a half decades there has been a five-fold increase in the rate of bankruptcy filings for individuals over 65. ...

Reporting on Medicare for All Makes Media Forget How Math Works

Reporting on Medicare for All Makes Media Forget How Math Works
By Justin Anderson for FAIR “Medicare for All,” a federally funded universal healthcare plan championed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vermont–Ind.), has quickly become a key issue for progressive voters evaluating Democratic Party candidates for the 2018 midterm elections and the 2020 presidential race. The plan would provide coverage for the 40 million currently uninsured in ...

Letter: Single-payer health care is a national need

Letter: Single-payer health care is a national need
Letter to the Editor by Quinn Golden in Concord Monitor Our for-profit health care system is a national embarrassment. In health care, the same level of care should be provided to everyone regardless of income, social status, race, etc. Our current system of health care is not equitable. It is clear that our economically disadvantaged ...