About those deadly Canadian wait times Andrew D. Coates, MD “Pursuit of corporate profit and personal fortune have no place in caregiving. They create enormous waste and too often warp clinical decision making.” Proposal of the Physicians’ Working Group for Single-Payer National Health Insurance (JAMA 2003; 290:798-805) In 2005 the Supreme Court of Canada ruled […]
Do Not Resuscitate: Why the Health Insurance Industry is Dying, and How We Must Replace It By John Geyman, M.D. Common Courage Press, 2008 Softcover, 251 pp., $18.95 (Special price of $10 from PNHP Store) Book review by A.R. Strobeck Jr. Dr. John Geyman, a longtime physician and professor emeritus of family medicine at the […]
A Health Care Home Run by Lisa Nilles, M.D. April 26, 2009 It’s the bottom of the ninth inning in the 2009 Health Care World Series. Two outs. Team Single-Payer is down by three runs, and at bat. Their fans – the uninsured, the underinsured, the sick and the bankrupt – are cheering wildly. A […]
Originally published in the Berkshire Eagle. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont Independent, has just introduced a single-payer health care reform bill into the United States Senate. This legislation stands in sharp contrast to the reform models offered by the White House and Sen. Max Baucus, which are similar to our current Massachusetts reform. Unlike Massachusetts, […]
“Sick Around America,” a Frontline documentary about the dysfunctional U.S. health care system, aired March 31 on PBS. Billed as a sequel to the widely hailed “Sick Around the World,” a 2008 Frontline production featuring veteran Washington Post correspondent T.R. Reid, the new documentary was eagerly awaited by U.S. supporters of fundamental health reform. In […]
A health care reform bill out of Congress by the end of the summer? An end to our national nightmare within five months? The health insurance industry is banking on an Obama-Kennedy-Baucus bailout – “universal” health care, with taxpayer subsidies for those who can’t afford the unaffordable premiums. Right now the insurance gang is controlling […]
The following is the speech that Dr. Ronald Lind intended to deliver at the March 23 White House-sponsored health forum in Des Moines, Iowa. Although he was not called upon (only one PNHP leader was able to speak from the floor), the force of his message is undiminished. Don’t let special interests block single payer […]
In Des Moines today, at the third White House Regional Forum on Health Reform: Greetings everybody and thanks for hosting this. I’m delighted that we’re talking about these issues. My name is Jess Fiedorowicz. I’m a physician and faculty member at the University of Iowa. And I’m here representing Physicians for a National Health Program. […]
Dr. Nilles handed this statement to Nancy-Ann DeParle at the forum in Des Moines today: White House Regional Health Care Forum Des Moines, Iowa March 23, 2009 Statement of Lisa Nilles, M.D. Member of the Minnesota Universal Health Care Coalition and Physicians for a National Health Program Hello. My name is Lisa Nilles, and I […]
The White House Press Secretary, late last week, had this exchange with a venerable member of the press corps: Helen Thomas: Why is the President against single-payer? Robert Gibbs: The President doesn’t believe that’s the best way to achieve the goal of cutting costs and increasing access. Early this week President Obama, in remarks on […]
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