David Himmelstein

David Himmelstein

Dr. David Himmelstein is a co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program. He is a professor of public health at the City University of New York and visiting professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. He has served as the chief of the division of social and community medicine at Cambridge Hospital where he practices primary care internal medicine, and co-founded the Center for a National Health Program Studies at Harvard.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016
This Attack on Sanders' Medicare-for-All Plan is Ridiculous
The Urban Institute and the Tax Policy Center today released analyses of the costs of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ domestic policy proposals, including single-payer national health insurance. They claim that Sanders’ proposals would raise the federal deficit by $18 trillion over the next decade. We won’t...
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Saturday, January 10, 2015
What Happened in Vermont: Implications of the Pullback from Single Payer
Gov. Peter Shumlin’s Dec. 17, 2014, announcement that he would not press forward with Vermont’s Green Mountain Care (GMC) reform arose from political calculus rather than fiscal necessity. GMC had veered away from a true single payer design over the past three years, forfeiting some potential cost...
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Thursday, October 16, 2014
US Hospitals Lead Global Pack on Costly Paperwork
In some countries, bereaved families get condolence cards and flowers. In ours, the survivors are also deluged with hospital bills and insurance paperwork. That paperwork isn’t merely an insult. It costs our society a fortune. Take hospitals, for instance. According to research we recently...
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Saturday, June 08, 2013
Message to Congress: Immigrants Pay More Than Their 'Fair Share' of Medicare
Immigrants don’t just pick our fruit, deliver our take-out food and design our computers — they pay for our medical care. As Congress debates immigration reform, some would have us believe that immigrants are draining the Treasury. But it turns out that closing the borders would deplete Medicare’s trust fund.
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Friday, July 20, 2012
Health Law's Flaws Will Spur Drive for Single-Payer Reform
It’s good the Supreme Court decided to follow the Constitution rather than play politics. But, from a medical point of view, there’s little to celebrate in its upholding of the Affordable Care Act.
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Obama Health Law Unlikely to Stem Medical Bankruptcies
When President Obama kicked off his health reform push, he highlighted our research finding that 2 million Americans suffer medical bankruptcy each year, promising to end this disgrace. Our latest figures warn that his reform won’t stanch the flow of medical debtors. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed by Congress in March 2010 was modeled after Massachusetts’ 2006 health reform plan – a plan that’s now been up and running for more than three years. So Massachusetts offers a preview of what to expect when the ACA is fully implemented in 2014.
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Monday, October 29, 2007
Say Yes to National Health Care
Michael Moore's film Sicko gave a big boost to the movement for single-payer national health insurance this year. But even those turned off by Mr. Moore's less-than-subtle style will find many reasons to support a single-payer system. As the number of uninsured and underinsured Americans continues...
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