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, June 14, 2011
‘Medicare for All’ Supporters to Protest Outside Health Insurers’ Convention Thursday
Hundreds of activists are expected to rally outside the Moscone Convention Center West complex on June 16 to protest what they call the outmoded and harmful role of private insurance companies in U.S. health care and to offer an alternative solution: a publicly financed single-payer system, otherwise known as “an improved Medicare for all.”
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Rise of For-Profit Hospice Industry Raises Troubling Questions, New Study Says
A new survey of hospice care in the United States says that the rapidly growing role of for-profit companies in providing end-of-life care for terminally ill patients raises serious concerns about whose interests are being served under such a commercial arrangement: those of shareholders or those of dying patients and their loved ones.
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Doctors’ Group Greets Single-Payer Health Bill in Senate
A national doctors’ group welcomed the introduction in the Senate today of a single-payer health reform bill that it said moves in the direction of providing comprehensive care to everyone, reducing wasteful paperwork, reining in health costs, and delivering better medical outcomes. This morning Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., announced the introduction of the American Health Security Act of 2011, S. 915, in the U.S. Senate. Significantly, at Sanders’ side for the announcement was Arlene Holt Baker, executive vice president of the AFL-CIO, among others.
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Thursday, April 07, 2011
Vermont Health Bill Mislabeled ‘Single Payer’: Doctors’ Group
The following statement was released today by the national board of Physicians for a National Health Program. Health reform legislation initiated by Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin was recently passed by that state’s House of Representatives and awaits action in the Senate. Many journalists and commentators have portrayed this bill as fully embracing the single-payer approach to reform. We write to clarify the views of Physicians for a National Health Program on the Vermont legislation.
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Thursday, March 24, 2011
Med Students to Rally at Vermont Statehouse for Single-Payer Health System Saturday
Buses, vans and carloads filled with health-professional students from Vermont and neighboring states will roll into town this Saturday, March 26, for a 1 p.m. EDT rally at the Statehouse aimed at showing student support for a single-payer health system. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vt., both of whom have been outspoken advocates of single-payer reform, are scheduled to speak at the rally.
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011
More Than 200 Doctors Contemplate Moving to Vermont if it Adopts Single-Payer Health System
A local affiliate of a national physicians’ group says it has collected the names of more than 200 doctors from 39 states and the District of Columbia who say they would seriously consider moving to Vermont if it were to adopt a publicly financed, single-payer health care system. Many of the doctors are primary care physicians, who are in great demand in the state.
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Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Massachusetts Health Reform Hasn't Stopped Medical Bankruptcies: Harvard Study
The percentage of personal bankruptcies linked to medical bills or illness changed little, and the absolute number actually increased in Massachusetts after the implementation of its landmark 2006 law requiring people to buy health insurance, a Harvard study says.
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Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Doctors Group: ‘Wisconsin Battle Crucial for Health and Democracy’
Physicians for a National Health Program extends its deep and unwavering solidarity with the workers and people of Wisconsin who are fighting to preserve their collective bargaining rights, save BadgerCare and other safety-net programs, and put a stop to further encroachments by corporate interests on the public’s health and democracy.
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Doctors’ Group Hails Reintroduction of Medicare-for-All Bill
A nationwide physicians’ group today hailed the reintroduction of a popular federal bill that would quickly upgrade the Medicare program and expand it to cover the entire population.
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Friday, January 21, 2011
Vermont Single-Payer Proposals a ‘Major Step in Right Direction’: Doctors’ Group
Longtime reform advocate and Vermont family physician Dr. Deborah Richter hailed Wednesday’s report of health system expert William Hsiao to the Vermont Legislature, particularly Hsiao’s findings that a single-payer system would be the best remedy for what he called the state’s “broken” and “unsustainable” way of paying for care.
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