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Oliver Fein, M.D. on the Need for Single-Payer National Health Insurance in the U.S.


Dr. Oliver Fein

Dr. Oliver Fein

Can the United States ever have national health insurance for all citizens when private insurance companies have so much power? Today’s guest is Oliver Fein, M.D., a general internist with experience in health policy and a commitment to access to care for vulnerable populations, health system reform and global health education.
Dr. Fein is currently Professor of Clinical Medicine and Clinical Public Health and Associate Dean at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.

In this interview, Dr. Fein talks about his role as President of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), and outlines their proposal for a “one-payer” system for health care in the United States. Dr. Caldicott contrasts the state of health care in the U.S. with the successful national health care program offered by the Australian government.

Read Dr. Fein’s report on his attendance at the March 5 White House Health Care Summit, where President Obama spoke, and on House Resolution (H.R.) 676, The United States National Health Insurance Act, here. H.R. 676 has over 90 sponsors in the House. A group supporting the measure, The Citizens Alliance for National Health Insurance, has more information on their Web site.

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