Health Policy for Activists Category

Ten of the 25 largest health systems in the U.S. are now Catholic-sponsored. As many Bishops interpret Ethical and Religious Directives (ERDs) for Catholic Health Care Services more rigorously, health professionals often are unable to provide evidence-based reproductive and end-of-life care based on religious grounds. This blog summarizes some of the problems and harms to patients.

“Premium support” or voucher proposals for Medicare are a mainstay of conservative health policy. They have been defeated for over three decades, starting with President Reagan’s FY 1981 budget proposal. They are a key feature of “managed competition” — type reform proposals. Although President Clinton embraced managed competition in his ill-fated health reform bill, he vetoed the 1995 Balanced Budget Act which would have turned Medicare into a voucher program. Premium support proposals were defeated again in 1997 and 2003.

As the Occupy Wall Street protest continues and spreads, a health care system that meets human needs is increasingly one of the demands.

There is a growing movement to stop the privatization and corporate-takeover of health care in the U.K. and internationally. PNHP member Dr. Matt Anderson from Montefiore medical center in the Bronx spoke recently at the International Association of Health Policy meeting in Ankara, Turkey, along with New Mexico PNHP member Dr. Howard Waitzkin. Save our NHS’s Dr. Jacqueline Davis will be a featured speaker at the upcoming PNHP meeting in Washington, DC on Saturday October 29.

Live or Die: Do We Care Anymore?

In: Health Policy for Activists

We saw in our last post how the intensifying class war in America over the last 30 years has hollowed out the middle class and led to the widest gap between the haves and have nots in our country’s history. In this Second Gilded Age, the right has been winning the war by its promotion […]

As the Great Recession rolls on after three years, without signs of relief on the horizon, a growing army of many millions of Americans is finding it impossible to gain access to necessary health care that is affordable. Meanwhile, class warfare is gaining intensity with a widening gulf between the left and right over the […]

Dr. Clare Gerada, president of the Royal College of General Practitioners, visited Chicago recently on a study tour to see how a market-based system works for society’s most vulnerable first hand. I was fortunate to be able to accompany her on several of her stops.

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