American Health Care – The Illusion of Choice

“Choice” is a major buzzword in current discussions of healthcare. So let’s discuss our actual healthcare choices—as individuals and as a nation, starting with the argument made by politicians, pundits, and media that over 160 million Americans love their health insurance and do not want this choice forcibly taken away by the likes of Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren. As a physician and a health economist, we...

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Medicare for All: The Social Transformation of US Health Care

Medicare for All: The Social Transformation of US Health Care The destructive influence of profit-driven health care on patients and caregivers, especially when it is of the industrial scale found in the United States, is of fundamental importance to understanding much of the dysfunction of the American health care system.  It is too often ignored in the public discussions of health policy. by Peter Arno and Philip...

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Capitalism and Social Programs

In this letter to the editor published in seacoastonline.com, Dr. James Fieseher, a New Hampshire internist describes how a reliable health care system that covers everyone strengthens capitalism. “Bernie Sanders and many Republicans are both right on many aspects about the economy. A combination of their ideas would serve the country well….” https://www.seacoastonline.com/opinion/20200311/letter-capitalism-and-social-programs...

Maine Voices: Traditions of faith, science both encourage vaccination

The God of Christianity, Judaism and Islam has always cared about the health of the community. Love your neighbor and help them stay healthy! My 22 year old patient refused a flu shot during her yearly physical: “I don’t do shots,” she said. I let that one pass; as a primary care physician I need to choose my battles carefully, but I remembered that she is the...

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The View From Here: Unions shouldn’t fight health care reform

The View From Here: Unions shouldn’t fight health care reform A Nevada union’s self-interested campaign puts it on the side of an unworkable status quo. by GREG KESICH – EDITORIAL PAGE EDITOR OF THE PORTLAND PRESS HERALD https://www.pressherald.com/2020/02/16/the-view-from-here-unions-shouldnt-fight-health-care-reform/ I am a union member. I have health insurance provided by my employer. I fought for it at the bargaining table. And it stinks. I feel I need to...

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Maine Voices: Growing number of doctors coming out in favor of universal care

Growing number of doctors coming out in favor of universal care The nation’s second-largest physicians group backs single-payer or a public option, and the AMA has quit an anti-reform coalition. By Daniel C. Bryant, M.D.Special to the Press Herald CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine https://www.pressherald.com/…/maine-voices-growing-number-…/ During recent debates over health care reform, opponents of “Medicare for All” (“single-payer”) have often argued that physicians would suffer because, to pay for...

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Mainers deserve publicly funded health care

This letter was originally published in the Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinel January 24, 2020 To the Editor: A recent study by Maine Center for Economic Policy on behalf of Maine AllCare (available at maineallcare.org) showed that a universal, publicly funded health care system covering every Maine resident could save Maine $1.5 billion in total health care spending. This report went to our governor, legislators and the media —...

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‘Everyone covered, Nobody left out’

This letter to the editor by Beedy Parker of Camden, Maine was originally published in the PenBay Pilot. You can read the original letter HERE. January 25, 2020 To the Editor: A report came out recently, by the Maine Center for Economic Policy for Maine AllCare , that examines the current state of cost of health care in Maine. Maine AllCare’s  goal is “Everyone covered, Nobody left...

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Maine needs to create better health care

January 15, 2020 Originally published online in The County, e-news of the Aroostook Republican, the Houlton Pioneer Times, and the Star-Herald To the editor: I am a “consumer” of health care with a Medicare Advantage plan. I would much rather be a “patient” like I was in the late 1950s when I birthed my three babies in a four-day stay for each at a local hospital. With...

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Study Shows Universal Healthcare in Maine Could Cover Everyone — and Cost Less

Maine has waited long enough. For years now, America has famously had the world’s highest health care costs among developed nations — yet has the lowest health care quality. Why? Because the middleman in our healthcare system has been the private insurance industry, which by almost any sensible measure has failed the American people. The industry accepts massive taxpayer subsidies yet rations access to doctors and quality...

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