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JB: The corporate media seem bent on distorting the costs of this program, which is disappointing but not surprising. Has your recent piece gotten any press attention? And if so, how was it received?

SW: Our piece appeared in the Huffington Post, and a slightly modified version appeared on CNBC (online). Our previous piece on single payer costs (which was a critique of Ken Thorpe's estimates) got excellent pickup on the Huffington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer and particularly on social media.

JB: Glad to hear that. Anything you'd like to add before we wrap this up?

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SW: For more information on single payer health care, please take a look at the PNHP website,

JB: Thanks for talking with me again, Steffie, and setting the record straight.

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Physicians for a National Health Program website


My prior interviews with Dr. Woolhandler:

Exclusive Interview with Dr. Steffie Woolhandler 9.20.2009

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Re-examining the New Health Care Legislation with Dr. Steffie Woolhandler 4.19.2010

Harvard study: Personal medical bankruptcies not controlled by Mass. health plan 3.8.2011


some of my coverage on PNHP as well as student-run action:

TenOne: Medicare-For-All National Day Of Action On 10/1/15 9.13.2015

White Coat "Die-Ins" by Medical Students Highlight Police Brutality12.10.2014

AMA Med Students Back State Laws to Achieve Universal Health Care 11.18.2014

Thousands will Die from 25 States' Medicaid Opt-Out, Research Shows 2.13.2014

Dr. Margaret Flowers on the Upcoming Supreme Court Decision and the Future of American Health Care 4.2.2012

Update on Single Payer from Dr. Margaret Flowers 1.16.2011


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