Physicians for a National Health Program

Physicians for a National Health Program is a single issue organization advocating a universal, comprehensive single-payer national health program. PNHP has more than 21,000 members and chapters across the United States.

Releases by this organization

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Single-payer Movement Suffers Loss of Another Advocate
We at Physicians for a National Health Program are terribly saddened to report the sudden and unexpected loss of one of our staff members, Nicholas Skala, who died over the weekend in his Chicago home at the age of 27 of unknown causes. Nick was one of our nation’s most gifted and dedicated advocates for single-payer national health insurance — for truly universal, comprehensive and quality care for all. His incisive mind, wide-ranging knowledge and formidable skills of argument were devoted entirely to bringing about a better world for everyone.
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Wednesday, August 05, 2009
House Vote on Single Payer Will Be Historic First, Doctors' Group Says
Hailing last week's pledge by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to hold a floor debate and vote on single-payer health reform this fall, a group of 16,000 physicians is launching an intensified campaign to educate lawmakers about the urgency of a "Medicare-for-All" solution to the nation's health care crisis. Leaders of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) say their campaign includes a stepped-up program of visits by doctors to House members in their home districts during the August recess.
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Thursday, July 23, 2009
Founder of National Doctors' Group to Testify Before House Judiciary Comittee on Increasing Role of Medical Bills in Personal Bankruptcy
Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, a founder of Physicians for a National Health Program and co-author of the first nationwide study on medical causes of bankruptcy, will testify next week before a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee, convened by Rep. John Conyers, on the alarming rise in medically related bankruptcies.
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Friday, July 17, 2009
Doctors' Group Backs Single-Payer Amendment to House Health Care Bill
Calling the health reform bill released by House Democrats a “proven failure,” an organization of 16,000 doctors called today for the passage of an amendment to the bill that would essentially overturn it and implement a single-payer, Medicare-for-all system. The single-payer amendment to H.R. 3200, the House tri-committee bill unveiled two days ago by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), is scheduled to be offered by Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) next Monday at the Energy and Commerce Committee, although it could be introduced as early as tomorrow.
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Friday, June 19, 2009
Single-Payer Advocate Speaks to Blue Dogs on Health Reform
Dr. Robert Stone, a leader of Physicians for a National Health Program, an organization of 16,000 physicians who advocate for single-payer national health insurance, spoke to the Health Care Task Force of the Democratic Blue Dog Coalition on Capitol Hill Thursday. In his remarks, Stone emphasized how single-payer health reform, as embodied in the U.S. National Health Care Act, H.R. 676, is the most fiscally responsible way of addressing the nation's health care woes.
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Thursday, May 28, 2009
New Report Casts Exclusion of Single Payer Option as a Question of Democracy and Human Rights
At a critical moment for health care reform in the United States, The National Economic & Social Rights Initiative has published an in-depth assessment of single payer proposals , finding that a single payer system goes further towards meeting key human rights principles than market-based plans.
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Thursday, March 26, 2009
Single-Payer Health Reform Bill Introduced in Senate
Challenging head-on the powerful private insurance and pharmaceutical industries, Vermont's Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced a single-payer health reform bill, the American Health Security Act of 2009, in the U.S. Senate Wednesday. The bill is the first to directly take on the powerful lobbies blocking universal health reform in the Senate since Sen. Paul Wellstone's tragic death.
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Monday, March 16, 2009
Protest Set for White House Health Forum Tomorrow in Vermont
One of five regional forums on health care reform arranged by the Obama administration will be held at the University of Vermont's Davis Center on Tuesday, March 17, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick are hosting the event.
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Urgent Message to Single Payer Supporters of New England
Vermont Governor Jim Douglas and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick have been asked by President Obama to host a regional New England health care summit at the University of Vermont on March 17th. We do not expect to be invited not do we expect single payer to be considered. At the recent White House summit on health reform the first person to speak at the close of the forum was the head of the American Health Insurers Plans. The rest of those in attendance were mostly lobbyists from special interest groups. The single payer view was all but excluded.
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Thursday, March 05, 2009
Single-Payer Advocates Win Seats at White House Health Summit
Two leading advocates of single-payer health reform, sometimes characterized as an improved Medicare for All, received last-minute invitations to attend the White House health care summit being held today. The invitations were greeted as a victory by single-payer supporters. Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), chief sponsor of the single-payer U.S. National Health Care Act, H.R. 676, was invited to attend the meeting late in the day on Tuesday, and Dr. Oliver Fein, president of Physicians for a National Health Program, was invited on Wednesday afternoon.
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