Health Care Coverage in the Courier-Journal

The current state of America’s health care system has received some coverage recently in the Louisville Courier-Journal.

On January 30th, The Louisville Courier-Journal published an article by Laura Ungur entitled ‘Support swells for universal health care’. Here’s an excerpt:

A possible groundswell

A 2002 report by the Institute of Medicine, which advises the federal government on health issues, said 18,000 adults die each year because they lack health insurance. Overall, the United States has a lower life expectancy than several countries, including Canada and the United Kingdom, that have national systems.

“The health-care system is in a deepening crisis,” said Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard University and co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program. “The public is quite fed up.”

There are signs that the idea of a national system has increasing support here:

A poll last year by the Pew Research Center found that 65 percent of Americans favor national health insurance, even if it means higher taxes.

Read the whole article here.

On February 17th, The Courier-Journal also published an editorial letter by Dr. Garrett Adams, Kentucky Coordinator for Physicians for a National Health Program, entitled ‘Health care: the single payer vision’. You can read the editorial in full either on the Courier-Journal’s site or on our Voices page.