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‘Sick Around America’ disappoints

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“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 […]

Time to play the single-payer card

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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 […]

Don't let special interests block single payer

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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 […]

For decisions based upon health policy science

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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 […]

The following report from the March 5 White House Health Care Summit was received today from Dr. Oliver Fein, president of Physicians for a National Health Program. The White House health care summit By Oliver Fein, M.D. Thanks to many grassroots activists and physicians who called the White House and threatened to demonstrate outside its […]


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Dear PNHP, To quote Dr. Quentin Young, “It’s entirely heartening to fight for a just cause and, with remarkable speed, win.” Only yesterday Dr. Ida Hellander sent out a PNHP Action Alert asking for calls to the White House to “Let Single Payer In” to tomorrow’s “forum” on health care. Then late today, Dr. Oliver […]

Massachusetts healthcare reform is failing us

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Originally published in the Boston Globe. Massachusetts has been lauded for its healthcare reform, but the program is a failure. Created solely to achieve universal insurance coverage, the plan does not even begin to address the other essential components of a successful healthcare system. What would such a system provide? The prestigious Institute of Medicine, […]

(The following aired as a commentary on Northeast Public Radio and was also distributed via email by the Unions for Single Payer Healthcare.) COBRA is a law that allows you to keep your employer-sponsored health insurance for 18 months if you lose or change jobs. To do so, you have to pay 102% of the […]

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