Quote of the Day Category

AAFP Board promoting Medicare Advantage buy-in

In: Quote of the Day

The inadequacies of the Affordable Care Act, followed by the failure of the Republicans to advance any semblance of a better health care system that they promised us, led a majority of Americans to support single payer reform.

  • Comments Off on AAFP Board promoting Medicare Advantage buy-in

In this highly credible review of public opinion on health care reform, one crucial finding really stands out above all else: “the most important change over time was not the increase in public approval of the ACA, but rather the increase in overall support for universal coverage… that the federal government should ensure coverage for them.”

  • Comments Off on The most important change in our opinion on health reform

The comment period for the proposed rule for CMS’s Quality Payment Program closes Monday, August 21. Thus you have this weekend to provide your input, or live with the consequences.

  • Comments Off on Last chance to comment on MACRA Quality Payment Program rule

Since Joshua Holland has had both the first and last word, this addendum is appropriate.

  • Comments Off on Himmelstein & Woolhandler, and Hellander respond to The Nation’s Holland on single payer

KHN: Doctors Warm To Single-Payer Health Care

In: Quote of the Day

As people learned about single payer and seemed to think it was a good idea, opponents started dragging out the old discredited arguments against the concept. More recently, health reform advocates who claim to be single payer supporters “in an ideal world” have been pushing pablum – incremental measures that fall far short of reform goals.

  • Comments Off on KHN: Doctors Warm To Single-Payer Health Care

This Merritt Hawkins survey adds to the accumulated data that shows that a majority of physicians support a single payer system – 56 percent in this survey, with a 42 percent plurality strongly so.

  • Comments Off on Physicians support single payer, but how strongly?

Wading through this technical 56 page paper, the following understated observation may be the most important: “our results point to substantial challenges in getting to universal coverage via partially subsidized insurance programs like the ACA’s exchanges.”

  • Comments Off on Subsidizing health insurance cannot ever get us to universal coverage

Health care professionals who are health reform activists can certainly identify with the plight of radiation oncologist Fumiko Chino. Not only did she face the almost unbearable tragedy of her husband’s lethal cancer, she has been left with overwhelming medical debt in spite of insurance coverage.

  • Comments Off on Radiation oncologist Fumiko Chino gives us a lesson on medical debt

Medi-Cal violates civil rights

In: Quote of the Day

Many proclaim that the greatest success of the Affordable Care Act was the 30 percent increase in Medicaid enrollment – now 74 million individuals. But Medicaid is a chronically underfunded welfare program, critically so in states like California.

  • Comments Off on Medi-Cal violates civil rights

Imagine the satisfaction it must bring to health care professionals to practice in an environment wherein you know that you are providing health care access to less fortunate individuals who might otherwise go without care.

  • Comments Off on Staff burnout in federally qualified health centers

About this blog

Physicians for a National Health Program's blog serves to facilitate communication among physicians and the public. The views presented on this blog are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily represent the views of PNHP.

News from activists

PNHP Chapters and Activists are invited to post news of their recent speaking engagements, events, Congressional visits and other activities on PNHP’s blog in the “News from Activists” section.