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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The COVID-19 Pandemic: Reactions and Resources

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted several Mainers to voice their insights on our healthcare system, using phrases such as “wake-up call”, “glaring deficiencies” and “major failing”.  Mainers have also been inspired by the leadership of Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  To quote Dr. Shah: “If you are feeling stressed in these times, reach out. People will be there...

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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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February 2020 News

Bangor City Council passes healthcare resolution Becomes first municipality in Maine since 2001 to support equitable healthcare At its February 10 meeting, the Bangor City Council unanimously approved a resolution urging the Maine Legislature to create an equitable healthcare system for the state and all its residents. “We appreciate the support of the Bangor City Council in our efforts, and we hope passage of the resolution will...

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Survey Suggests Majority of Mainers Consider Healthcare “Unaffordable”

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February 26, 2020 AUGUSTA, Maine — We hear a lot about healthcare and healthcare reform on the national stage these days. But what do Mainers experience with healthcare today, and what do they think about our current system? To try to answer these questions, Maine AllCare asked people from around the state about the accessibility and affordability of healthcare in a survey done in...

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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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Bangor City Council Passes Healthcare Resolution

BANGOR COUNCIL PASSES HEALTHCARE RESOLUTION: Becomes First Municipality in Maine since 2001 to Support Equitable Healthcare Bangor, Maine The Bangor City Council has approved unanimously a resolution urging  the Maine Legislature to create an equitable healthcare system for the state and all its residents. The passing of the resolution, initially presented by members of the Bangor chapter of Maine AllCare, makes Bangor the first municipality in Maine...

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