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Our Transition from PNHP California to the California Physicians Alliance

Dear California colleagues and supporters, The California Physicians Alliance (CaPA) was founded in 1987 to work on progressive health care reform and single payer. CaPA is our legal corporate name but you know us best as Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) – California. I am writing to let you know that on July 20, 2016, the national board of PNHP voted to […]


Covered California Health Plan Rates To Jump 13.2 Percent In 2017

California’s Obamacare premiums will jump 13.2 percent on average next year, a sharp increase that is likely to reverberate nationwide in an election year. The increase, announced by the Covered California exchange Tuesday, ends the state’s two-year respite from double-digit rate hikes. The announcement comes as major insurers around the country seek even bigger rate increases […]


Democrats Unite, But What Happened To ‘Medicare For All’?

After a raucous debate lasting nearly a year, the Democrats are united on health care. But that unity does not include a call for a single-payer “Medicare for all” health system. “This campaign is about moving the United States toward universal health care and reducing the number of people who are uninsured or under-insured,” Sen. […]


Obama Offers Ways to Improve His Health Care Law

WASHINGTON — After defending the Affordable Care Act in all its intricacies for six years, President Obama proposed ways to improve it on Monday, saying that Congress should provide larger subsidies for private health insurance and create a public plan like Medicare to compete with private insurers in some states. At the same time, he […]


Celebrating Medicare’s 51st Birthday

Join us for a Garden Party to celebrate Medicare’s 51st birthday and to raise funds for Physicians for a National Health Program/California and the Allcare Alliance, on Sunday, July 24, 2016, from 2:00 to 5:00pm in Santa Monica. Featured speakers will be Dr. David M. Carlisle, President and Chief Executive Officer of Charles R. Drew University, and Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.


Gov. Brown Signs Bill Seeking OK For Exchange To Sell To Immigrants Without Documents

Gov. Jerry Brown Friday signed first-in-the-nation legislation requesting federal approval for the state’s health insurance exchange to sell policies to immigrants living in California illegally.
By Ana B. Ibarra, California Healthline
June 10, 2016


Why Do Health Costs Keep Rising? These People Know

The Geisinger Health Plan, run by one of the nation’s top-rated health care organizations, foresees medical costs increasing next year by 7.5 percent for people buying insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
By Robert Pear , The New York Times
JUNE 9, 2016


New Report Shows Medi-Cal’s Expanded Reach

California’s Medi-Cal program has expanded in recent years from health coverage for the poor to regular insurance for millions of working adults, improving their health and boosting their productivity, according to a new report released Friday.
By Anna Gorman, California Healthline
June 3, 2016


Why Do We Pay So Much for Health Care—But Get Such Poor Results?

As a primary care physician practicing for three decades in the same location, I have had the privilege of seeing patients regularly across a span of many years. I have celebrated my patients’ joys and triumphs, but also mourned with them in their deepest tragedies and sorrows. I have shared and continue to share in their trials and vulnerabilities, and often as more than their doctor; patients sometimes confide in me things they do not even share with their families.
By N.F. Hanna, M.D., Observer
April 5, 2016


Statement in memory of Dr. Quentin Young, 1923 – 2016

I write to announce with great sadness the death at age 92 of Quentin Young, M.D., PNHP’s national coordinator from 1992-2014, a physician beloved by his patients, colleagues and students, and a lifelong fighter for social justice.


Licking Wounds, Insurers Accelerate Moves To Limit Health-Law Enrollment

Stung by losses under the federal health law, major insurers are seeking to sharply limit how policies are sold to individuals in ways that consumer advocates say seem to discriminate against the sickest and could hold down future enrollment.
By Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News
February 4, 2016


Even Insured Can Face Crushing Medical Debt, Study Finds

Here is the surest way to enjoy the peace of mind that comes with having health insurance: Don’t get sick.
By Margot Sanger-Katz, The New York Times
January 5, 2016


Kaiser Poll: 58% of Americans support Medicare for all

The ACA’s third open enrollment will come to a close at the end of January and the December Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds that, at this point, only 7 percent of the uninsured correctly identify this as the deadline to enroll in coverage and 20 percent say they have been contacted by someone about signing up for coverage. When asked why they have not personally obtained health insurance this year, nearly half of the uninsured (46 percent) say they have tried to get coverage but that it was too expensive. However, slightly over half of the uninsured (55 percent) say they plan to get health insurance in the next few months.
By Bianca DiJulio, Jamie Firth, and Mollyann Brodie
Kaiser Family Foundation, December 17, 2015