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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Monday, March 22, 2010
A False Promise of Reform
The following statement was released today by leaders of Physicians for a National Health Program, www.pnhp.org . Their signatures appear below. As much as we would like to join the celebration of the House's passage of the health bill last night, in good conscience we cannot. We take no comfort in seeing aspirin dispensed for the treatment of cancer.
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Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Doctors' Group: Obama Plan Leaves Millions Uninsured, Boosts Private Insurers
President Obama's health care proposal, preserving as it does a central role for the for-profit, private health insurance industry, is incapable of achieving the kind of universal, comprehensive and affordable reform the country needs, a spokesman for a national doctors' group said Wednesday.
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Friday, January 29, 2010
Medicare-for-All Doctors Arrested Outside Obama-GOP Meeting
Rising to President Obama's challenge in his State of the Union address that others come up with a better approach to health care reform than his own, two Maryland physicians who advocate for a single-payer program stood on the sidewalk this morning outside the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, where the president was meeting with House Republicans, and held a large banner reading, “Letting you know: Medicare for all.”
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Newswire article
Thursday, January 28, 2010
'There IS a Better Health Plan, Mr. President'
Rising to President Obama's challenge to others in his State of the Union address that they come up with a better approach to health care reform than his own, physicians who advocate for a single-payer program stepped forward this morning to again make the case for their alternative, which they say has solid public support.
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Friday, January 22, 2010
Obama Should Seize Moment to Push for Medicare for All, Doctors' Group Says
A spokesman for a national physicians' group says it would be a mistake for President Obama to conclude from Tuesday's vote in Massachusetts that he needs to "tack more toward the right," as some pundits have advised, or to aim for a scaled-back set of piecemeal reforms. Instead, the spokesman says, the president and Congress should immediately move to expand the popular Medicare program to cover everyone.
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Friday, January 08, 2010
As Probation Ends for 'Baucus 8,' Group Vows to Press for Single-Payer Health Reform
Members of the “Baucus 8,” a group of doctors and health advocates who were arrested at a Senate Finance Committee meeting last May for standing up and asking why single-payer proponents were not being allowed to testify, appeared at the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse today for their final hearing following six months of probation and, for three of them, 40 hours of community service.
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Pro-Single-Payer Physicians Call for Defeat of Senate Health Bill
A national organization of 17,000 physicians who favor a single-payer health care system called on the U.S. Senate today to defeat the health care legislation presently before it and to immediately consider the adoption of an expanded and improved Medicare-for-All program. While noting that the Senate bill includes some “salutary provisions” like an expansion of Medicaid, increased funding for community clinics and the curbing of some of the worst practices of the private insurance industry, the group says the negatives in the bill outweigh the positives.
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Newswire article
Friday, December 11, 2009
‘Medicare Buy-In’ Is Really a Subsidy to Private Insurers: Harvard Professor
The Senate proposal to allow uninsured people over age 55 an opportunity to buy into Medicare constitutes yet another government subsidy to the private health insurance industry, a leading health policy analyst and single-payer advocate says.
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Friday, November 20, 2009
Projections of Savings from Health IT are Baseless, Harvard Researchers Say
The increased computerization in U.S. hospitals hasn't made them cheaper or more efficient, Harvard researchers say, although it may have modestly improved the quality of care for heart attacks. The findings, published in today's [Friday's] online edition of The American Journal of Medicine, contradict claims by President Obama and many lawmakers that health information technology (health IT), including electronic medical records, will save billions and help make reform affordable.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Massachusetts Physicians say Reform in Their State is No Model for The Nation
In a half-page advertisement appearing in Wednesday's (tomorrow's) Boston Globe, 196 Massachusetts physicians and physicians-in-training call the state's 2006 health reform plan "bad medicine" and warn against adopting the state's plan nationwide. The health bill recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives is closely modeled after the Massachusetts reform.
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