Physicians for a National Health Program

Physicians for a National Health Program Single-payer, national health insurance advocacy organization with more than 20,000 physician members. Physicians for a National Health Program is a single-payer, national health insurance advocacy organization made up of more than 20,000 physicians, medical students and health professionals.

Operating as usual

Drs. Don Berwick (former CMS administrator) and Richard Gilfillan (former head of CMMI) sound the alarm about “Medicare ...
09/30/2021
Medicare Advantage, Direct Contracting, And The Medicare ‘Money Machine,’ Part 1: The Risk-Score Game | Health Affairs Blog

Drs. Don Berwick (former CMS administrator) and Richard Gilfillan (former head of CMMI) sound the alarm about “Medicare Advantage, Direct Contracting, and the Medicare ‘Money Machine’.”

Part 1: bit.ly/2Y4G2vA

Part 2: bit.ly/3mcdN6S

Sign our petition: pnhp.org/DCEPetition

While the COVID-19 pandemic rages, the past two years have seen another epidemic of a far different type—in financing and acquisitions of firms focused on serving Medicare beneficiaries.

“Direct Contracting Entities allow insurance companies and investor-owned entities to put the entire Medicare fee-for-se...
09/29/2021
Direct Contracting Entities: The Latest Scam to Privatize Medicare | naked capitalism

“Direct Contracting Entities allow insurance companies and investor-owned entities to put the entire Medicare fee-for-service system in their crosshairs, capturing 67% of the existing traditional Medicare population, most of them without informed consent, using them as human fodder for upcoding fraud, and all without congressional authorization or review of any kind.

If that’s not privatization I don’t know what is.”

Sign our petition: https://pnhp.org/DCEPetition

Direct Contracting Entities are another scam from the usual suspects. Please sign the petition at the end.

Join Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal TONIGHT for an important webinar on building broad-based support, and unstoppable mom...
09/29/2021

Join Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal TONIGHT for an important webinar on building broad-based support, and unstoppable momentum, for #MedicareForAll.

RSVP here: https://bit.ly/2yNeoa4

Join Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal TONIGHT for an important webinar on building broad-based support, and unstoppable momentum, for #MedicareForAll.

RSVP here: https://bit.ly/2yNeoa4

09/28/2021
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Dr. Jane Katz Field: Medicare Advantage plans “tempt enrollees with low monthly premiums and certain [limited] benefits...but these low upfront premiums mask the hidden costs that appear when you actually need care.”

“It’s interesting how often the [vaccine] messaging is: talk to your doctor, talk to someone you trust. Yet, we don’t re...
09/28/2021
How the US vaccine effort derailed and why we shouldn’t be surprised

“It’s interesting how often the [vaccine] messaging is: talk to your doctor, talk to someone you trust. Yet, we don’t really acknowledge how many people don’t have a doctor, or a doctor they have a trust-based relationship with.”

Low vaccine rates may be the predictable outcome subject to entrenched social forces that have diminished American health and life expectancy since the 1980s, health researchers say

How it started (before PNHP-CA president Dr. Paul Song made the case for #SinglePayer #MedicareForAll)How it's going (af...
09/24/2021

How it started (before PNHP-CA president Dr. Paul Song made the case for #SinglePayer #MedicareForAll)

How it's going (after medical students at Keck School of Medicine of USC heard from Dr. Song and his “free market” opponent)

Commercial health insurers and other for-profit entities should play *no role* in health care.But the U.S. Department of...
09/24/2021

Commercial health insurers and other for-profit entities should play *no role* in health care.

But the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services keeps inviting them to mess with the Medicare program, with disastrous results.

Sign our anti-privatization petition at pnhp.org/DCEPetition.

Commercial health insurers and other for-profit entities should play *no role* in health care.

But the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services keeps inviting them to mess with the Medicare program, with disastrous results.

Sign our anti-privatization petition at pnhp.org/DCEPetition.

We're excited to welcome Rep. Katie Porter as our featured speaker for tonight's webinar on Direct Contracting Entities....
09/23/2021

We're excited to welcome Rep. Katie Porter as our featured speaker for tonight's webinar on Direct Contracting Entities.

Learn more about this latest threat to traditional Medicare, and what can be done to stop it.

Registration still open at https://pnhp.org/DCEWebinar.

Dr. Ana Malinow sounds the alarm about the latest Medicare privatization threat: Direct Contracting Entities.To learn mo...
09/22/2021
Is There a New Plot To Privatize Medicare Afoot?

Dr. Ana Malinow sounds the alarm about the latest Medicare privatization threat: Direct Contracting Entities.

To learn more about this Trump-era program, and what can be done to stop it, register for our 9/23 webinar at https://pnhp.org/DCEWebinar.

Is There a New Plot To Privatize Medicare Afoot?Dr. Ana Malinow explains how DCE's are the new way to privatize Medicare. DCEs, Direct Contracting Entities ...

“Dr. David Eisenberg, a board certified obstetrician-gynecologist who provides abortions in Missouri and Illinois, estim...
09/22/2021
Texas’ Abortion Law Could Worsen the State’s Maternal Mortality Rate

“Dr. David Eisenberg, a board certified obstetrician-gynecologist who provides abortions in Missouri and Illinois, estimates that with [#SB8] in effect, [Texas] could see increases in maternal mortality of up to 15% overall, and up to 33% for Black women next year.”

Researchers suggest that Texas' controversial abortion law may lead to an increase in maternal death in the state

Join us *one month from today* for our virtual annual meeting.Winning #SinglePayer #MedicareForAll will be a heavy lift,...
09/22/2021

Join us *one month from today* for our virtual annual meeting.

Winning #SinglePayer #MedicareForAll will be a heavy lift, but together we can do it!

Meeting info: https://pnhp.org/meeting

Registration: https://bit.ly/3nYW8lw

Join us *one month from today* for our virtual annual meeting.

Winning #SinglePayer #MedicareForAll will be a heavy lift, but together we can do it!

Meeting info: https://pnhp.org/meeting

Registration: https://bit.ly/3nYW8lw

In the latest #MedicareForAll Explained podcast, host Joe Sparks reviews some highlights from the first 64 (!) episodes,...
09/21/2021
Highlights, Volume 2

In the latest #MedicareForAll Explained podcast, host Joe Sparks reviews some highlights from the first 64 (!) episodes, including the unlikely connection between fire departments and #SinglePayer.

This is episode 64, "Highlights, Volume 2." In this episode, I take clips that highlight important points about Medicare for All. I highlight:  Why single-payer healthcare was a revelation for Stephanie Nakajima. How fire departments provide a good example...

Ever since Medicare was enacted, corporate America has tried to either destroy the program or privatize it for their own...
09/20/2021

Ever since Medicare was enacted, corporate America has tried to either destroy the program or privatize it for their own gains.

Learn about the latest scheme to wreck Traditional Medicare during our 9/23 webinar on Direct Contracting Entities.

Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LBsMiObRSMiFUKJZIjJeng

Ever since Medicare was enacted, corporate America has tried to either destroy the program or privatize it for their own gains.

Learn about the latest scheme to wreck Traditional Medicare during our 9/23 webinar on Direct Contracting Entities.

Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LBsMiObRSMiFUKJZIjJeng

“The [U.S. health care] system is complex and secretive and cruel, and the more it remains in the dark the longer it can...
09/19/2021
Radcliffe fellow’s project demystifies health care system

“The [U.S. health care] system is complex and secretive and cruel, and the more it remains in the dark the longer it can operate.”

Article on a new comic that seeks to illuminate matters: https://bit.ly/3tP3E3n

Download “Health and Wealth” comic: https://bit.ly/2VX6R4s

James Sturm used his skills as a comic book artist, and the help of several Harvard undergrads, to create a comic book that breaks down the health care industry.

Future physicians meet in the Chicago area to push for #SinglePayer #MedicareForAll.Medical students want to work in a h...
09/17/2021

Future physicians meet in the Chicago area to push for #SinglePayer #MedicareForAll.

Medical students want to work in a health system that puts patients over profits; that's why Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP) is growing by leaps and bounds!

Join today: https://pnhp.salsalabs.org/JoinSNaHP/index.html

Dr. Jay D. Brock: “We have a health insurance system where you can buy only the health care you can afford. What we need...
09/17/2021
Opinion | Hospitals and Health Care Workers, Overwhelmed by Covid

Dr. Jay D. Brock: “We have a health insurance system where you can buy only the health care you can afford. What we need is a health insurance system where you can get all the care you need need to get better: #MedicareForAll.”

Burned-out health professionals and overwhelmed hospitals. Also: The child tax credit; counterterrorism; Democrats and taxes; "Medicare for all."

Considering the billions in profits they rake in every year, it's amazing how little #BigPharma had to spend to secure t...
09/16/2021

Considering the billions in profits they rake in every year, it's amazing how little #BigPharma had to spend to secure these three votes.

Thankfully, no amount of industry $$$ could stop an energized, outraged, broad-based movement demanding #SinglePayer #MedicareForAll.

Considering the billions in profits they rake in every year, it's amazing how little #BigPharma had to spend to secure these three votes.

Thankfully, no amount of industry $$$ could stop an energized, outraged, broad-based movement demanding #SinglePayer #MedicareForAll.

America's maternal mortality crisis is unique among wealthy nations...and it's getting worse.PNHP's latest Kitchen Table...
09/16/2021

America's maternal mortality crisis is unique among wealthy nations...and it's getting worse.

PNHP's latest Kitchen Table Campaign covers this intolerable crisis, and shows how #MedicareForAll could make a significant impact.

Full toolkit at https://pnhp.org/kitchen-table-campaign-maternal-mortality/.

America's maternal mortality crisis is unique among wealthy nations...and it's getting worse.

PNHP's latest Kitchen Table Campaign covers this intolerable crisis, and shows how #MedicareForAll could make a significant impact.

Full toolkit at https://pnhp.org/kitchen-table-campaign-maternal-mortality/.

In the latest #MedicareForAll Explained podcast, Prof. Jerome Katz notes that “for small businesses, trying to manage he...
09/16/2021
Entrepreneurs and Medicare For All

In the latest #MedicareForAll Explained podcast, Prof. Jerome Katz notes that “for small businesses, trying to manage health insurance for employees is enormously difficult, very time consuming, and fairly costly.”

This is episode 63, “Entrepreneurs and Medicare For All. My guest, Prof. Jerome Katz, is an internationally recognized expert on entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education. He currently is the Director of Saint Louis University’s highly ranked entrepr...

09/15/2021
oversight.house.gov

“The 14 largest drugmakers spent $577 billion on stock buybacks and dividends from 2016 through 2020, which was $56 billion more than was spent on R&D during the same time.”

#BigPharma #SinglePayer #MedicareForAll

FACTUAL FRIDAY: Enrolling in Medicare at 65 = 27% reduction in out-of-pocket health spending and a 35% reduction in the ...
09/10/2021
Out-of-Pocket and Catastrophic Health Care Expenditures Associated With Medicare Eligibility

FACTUAL FRIDAY: Enrolling in Medicare at 65 = 27% reduction in out-of-pocket health spending and a 35% reduction in the risk of catastrophic health care expenditures (costs exceeding 40% of annual income). Medicare works. Let's expand it to everyone! https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama-health-forum/fullarticle/2784105

This study examines whether becoming eligible for Medicare is associated with less out-of-pocket health care spending and lower catastrophic health care expenditure risk.

We love studies that confirm what our patients already know: 25% of insured adults postponed or skipped necessary care d...
09/09/2021
Patient administrative burden in the US health care system

We love studies that confirm what our patients already know: 25% of insured adults postponed or skipped necessary care due to administrative obstacles. Nearly 1/2 of patients who had problems paying premium delayed or skipped care. With Medicare for All, you'd never see another letter from your insurance company, or spend hours on the phone begging them to cover necessary care. What would you do with all that free time? https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1475-6773.13861

Objective To assess the prevalence of patient administrative tasks and whether they are associated with delayed and/or foregone care. Data Source March 2019 Health Reform Monitoring Survey. Stud...

We couldn't agree more with the American College of Physicians (ACP) that the profit motive in medicine contributes to a...
09/08/2021
Financial Profit in Medicine: A Position Paper From the American College of Physicians | Annals of Internal Medicine

We couldn't agree more with the American College of Physicians (ACP) that the profit motive in medicine contributes to a "bloated, complex, and fragmented health care system." Our prescription: Fully nonprofit Medicare for All.
https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/10.7326/M21-1178

The steady growth of corporate interest and influence in the health care sector over the past few decades has created a more business-oriented health care system in the United States, helping to spur for-profit and private equity investment. Proponents say that this trend makes the health care syste...

Yesterday, the Supreme Court upheld a Texas law (SB8) that would ban abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy — in ef...
09/02/2021

Yesterday, the Supreme Court upheld a Texas law (SB8) that would ban abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy — in effect, a total ban on abortion care in the second-biggest state in the U.S.

SB8 is a public health emergency.

#ReproductiveJustice #AbortionIsHealthCare

Yesterday, the Supreme Court upheld a Texas law (SB8) that would ban abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy — in effect, a total ban on abortion care in the second-biggest state in the U.S.

SB8 is a public health emergency.

#ReproductiveJustice #AbortionIsHealthCare

Only in America do early January babies come with a financial penalty (compared to late December babies).#SinglePayer #M...
08/30/2021
Don't have your baby in January

Only in America do early January babies come with a financial penalty (compared to late December babies).

#SinglePayer #MedicareForAll #ZERODeductibles

When deductibles screw over new parents.

Dr. Kathleen Healey: “With the big money on the side of the status quo, popular demand is needed to convince [elected of...
08/27/2021
Single-payer is much better system

Dr. Kathleen Healey: “With the big money on the side of the status quo, popular demand is needed to convince [elected officials] that we want health care to be considered a common good.”

#SinglePayer #MedicareForAll

Letters: California continues to study single-payer health care actively.

“Health maintenance organizations, accountable care organizations, and other managed care ‘reforms’ have not just failed...
08/24/2021
Stop the failed accountable care organization experiment - STAT

“Health maintenance organizations, accountable care organizations, and other managed care ‘reforms’ have not just failed — they have backfired, aggravating the problem they were supposed to solve.”

#SinglePayer #MedicareForAll

Accountable care organizations have failed to save money because the diagnosis of the problem was wrong, as was the prescription for it.

New JAMA Pediatrics study finds that the number of uninsured and under-insured children *increased* between 2016-19.On t...
08/23/2021
Medical Uninsurance and Underinsurance Among US Children

New JAMA Pediatrics study finds that the number of uninsured and under-insured children *increased* between 2016-19.

On the eve of COVID, commercial health insurers were failing to protect an unconscionable 24.4 million U.S. children.

This cross-sectional study uses data from the 2016 to 2019 National Survey of Children’s Health to examine trends in both medical uninsurnace and underinsurance among US children.

New Commonwealth Foundation survey finds that “in the first half of 2020, 43.4% of U.S. adults ages 19-64 were inadequat...
08/20/2021
Health Coverage Affordability Crisis 2020 Biennial Survey | Commonwealth Fund

New Commonwealth Foundation survey finds that “in the first half of 2020, 43.4% of U.S. adults ages 19-64 were inadequately insured.”

At the worst possible time.

#SinglePayer #MedicareForAll would guarantee not just adequate, but excellent, coverage for ALL.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the U.S. had 30 million uninsured people and more than 40 million who were underinsured. According to the Commonwealth Fund’s latest Biennial Health Insurance Survey, more than 43 percent of working-age adults were inadequately insured in the first half of 2020.

Dr. Linda Rae Murray: Structural racism is obvious throughout U.S. medicine, but “goes far beyond the medical setting, f...
08/20/2021
Medicine's undeniable role in U.S. racism | Heal CA

Dr. Linda Rae Murray: Structural racism is obvious throughout U.S. medicine, but “goes far beyond the medical setting, far beyond the hospital or the exam room. It goes into all aspects of American life.”

  Featuring Dr. Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH, former Chief Medical Officer - Primary Care for the Cook County Bureau of Health Services &

In the latest #MedicareForAll Explained podcast, Dr. Ashley Duhon says “we are failing our patients in every aspect of [...
08/19/2021
To Be or Not to Be Health Insurance, That Is the Tricare Question

In the latest #MedicareForAll Explained podcast, Dr. Ashley Duhon says “we are failing our patients in every aspect of [reproductive justice], and a lot of that has to do with access to health care.”

This is episode 61, “To Be or Not to Be Health Insurance, That Is the Tricare Question.” My guest Miryam Weisberg is a mother of two and lives in the suburbs of Washington, DC. Disabled by a rare genetic disorder, her health relies on Tricare and the military medical system, to which she has acc...

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Call to demand that House Progressives Force a vote on Medicare for All: Mark Pocan, Progressive Caucus Co-chair: 202-225-2906 Pramila Jayapal, Progressive Caucus Co-chair: 202-225-3106
Great Webinar w/ Wendel Potter, Mark Dudzic and Dr. Walther Tsou:
isn't that congress' job to legislate national healthcare????? and what to do if career politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them?
On Tuesday, October 20th at 7:00pm Progressive Montco will be airing a webinar on Single-Payer Healthcare and discussing the future of the healthcare policy environment in the U.S.. We are honored to be joined by Wendell Potter, Dr. Walter Tsou and Mark Dudzic, three of the leading advocates for a single-payer healthcare system. We will broadcast via Zoom to Facebook and YouTube. You can register for the event at http://progressivemontco.org/m4a-webinar-register https://www.facebook.com/events/347991003016528
I believe the best way to create a single payer national healthcare system is for, we the American people to create our own health insurance company, it would be a non profit org. and the surplus of the revenue would be put back into the organization to provide the American people with healthcare services. We could set it up to where the members would pay and affordable premium and max out of pocket cost and since it would be a non profit the organization could solicit donations from the public. I believe that most upper income earners would welcome the opportunity to help deserving low income Americans to get access to affordable healthcare. We could start by making all 20,000 members of the PNHP in network medical providers and build on that. If you think this is a good idea please like this post and forward it to people you thin would support it and maybe we can get some momentum going
If not now.......when????? The time has arrived to create universal fair comprehensive healthcare for ALL US Citizens!!! It is time to erase racism and caste systems in healthcare......it is time for a one payer healthcare system in the US. It is time to grow up and have the best healthcare in the World. Not the most expensive healthcare..........the best fair affordable healthcare in the USA.
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