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Getting a State Medical Society to Support Medicare for All

Getting a State Medical Society to Support Medicare for All

April 15, 2021

This is episode 54, “Getting a State Medical Society to Support Medicare for All.” 

My guest, Jane Katz Field, MD, is a retired pediatrician. She has been a Clinical Instructor in pediatrics at the University of Vermont School of Medicine and a clinical instructor or professor at other medical schools. In addition, Dr. Katz Field has worked for the New Jersey State Health Department.  

Do not miss this episode as Dr. Katz Field discusses her successful effort to get the Vermont Medical Society to pass a resolution supporting Medicare for All. 

Note, information about the resolution can be found here, and the submitted resolution can be found here

Health Disparities in the US Before And After the Pandemic

Health Disparities in the US Before And After the Pandemic

March 31, 2021

This is episode 53, "Health Disparities in the US Before And After the Pandemic."

My guest, Monica Maalouf, MD, is a primary care internist and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine. She went to medical school at the University of Minnesota and completed her residency training at New York University School of Medicine in New York City. Her medical interests include HIV care and women's health, with a particular focus on marginalized communities. Dr. Maalouf is Co-president of Physicians for a National Health Plan (PNHP) Illinois and an active member of the Illinois Single-Payer Coalition.

Do not miss this episode as Dr. Maalouf discusses disparities in the U.S. health care system. 

How We Can Meet the Mental Health Needs of Children and Adolescents

How We Can Meet the Mental Health Needs of Children and Adolescents

March 15, 2021

This is episode 52, “How We Can Meet the Mental Health Needs of Children and Adolescents.”

My guest, Claire Cohen, MD, is an African-American psychiatrist who specializes in children and adolescents, and has practiced in Pittsburgh since 1984. She did her General Psychiatry Residency at the University of Chicago. Dr. Cohen then moved to Pittsburgh to do her Child and Adolescent Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh’s Western Psychiatric Institute, fell in love with Western Pennsylvania, and has practiced there ever since. She has worked in a variety of settings, including community mental health clinics, partial hospitals, school-based settings, and she currently works in an inpatient hospital setting. 

Dr. Cohen has always been active in her community and in fighting for Medicare For All as a member of Physicians For A National Health Program and the Western PA Coalition for Single Payer Healthcare.

Do not miss this episode as Dr. Cohen explains why our current health care system is not meeting the needs of people who need mental health treatment and how Medicare for All could fix many of the problems. 

 

Public Option, Unions, Obligation, Part 2

Public Option, Unions, Obligation, Part 2

February 28, 2021

This is episode 51, “Public Option, Unions, Obligation, Part 2.“

My guest, James McGee, has spent his career in and around collectively bargained benefit plans, especially health care plans. He has primarily worked on union benefit plans, which are technically known as Taft-Hartley plans. 

Mr. McGee recently retired after 17 years working for the Transit Employees' Health & Welfare Fund as its Executive Director. The Fund provides the health care benefits for the active and retired members of ATU Local 689 employed by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). In this role, he become acutely aware of the deficiencies of our current health care system and began to take an active role in organizations advocating for reform, especially a single-payer solution.

Mr. McGee is on the Steering Committee of the Labor Campaign for Single-Payer, the Montgomery County Chapter of Healthcare-NOW, and on the Board of Directors of Universal Health Care Action Network (UHCAN).

In Part 1, we discussed problems with the public option. Part 2 discusses how unions would benefit from Medicare for All and why health care is an obligation. 

Do not miss this episode as Mr. McGee discusses how unions would benefit from Medicare for All and why health care is an obligation. 

Public Option, Unions, Obligation, Part 1

Public Option, Unions, Obligation, Part 1

February 15, 2021

This is episode 50, “Public Option, Unions, Obligation, Part 1.“

My guest, James McGee, has spent his career in and around collectively bargained benefit plans, especially health care plans. He has primarily worked on union benefit plans, which are technically known as Taft-Hartley plans. 

Mr. McGee recently retired after 17 years working for the Transit Employees' Health & Welfare Fund as its Executive Director. The Fund provides the health care benefits for the active and retired members of ATU Local 689 employed by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). In this role, he become acutely aware of the deficiencies of our current health care system and began to take an active role in organizations advocating for reform, especially a single-payer solution.

Mr. McGee is on the Steering Committee of the Labor Campaign for Single-Payer, the Montgomery County Chapter of Healthcare-NOW, and on the Board of Directors of Universal Health Care Action Network (UHCAN).

My interview with Mr. McGee covers two episodes 50 and 51. This episode discusses problems with the public option. Part 2, available on March 1st, discusses how unions would benefit from Medicare for All and why health care is an obligation. 

Do not miss this episode as Mr. McGee explains why the public option is bad for the public. 

A Local Resolution Supporting Medicare For All

A Local Resolution Supporting Medicare For All

January 31, 2021

This is episode 49, “A Local Resolution Supporting Medicare For All.”

My guest, Holly Hatcher, is a registered nurse in Madison, Wisconsin, and is a Dane County Board Supervisor. She is a mother, grandmother, activist, and Medicare for All Advocate. 

Ms. Hatcher was instrumental in passing a local resolution in Dane County that supported Medicare for All and was approved on January 7, 2021

Do not miss the episode as Ms. Hatcher describes why we need Medicare for All and why she wanted a local resolution supporting it. 

 

Covid and Racial Inequities

Covid and Racial Inequities

January 14, 2021

This is episode 48, “Covid and Racial Inequities.”

My guest, Susan Rogers, MD, FACP, is the president of Physicians for a National Health Program. She is recently retired, but continues helping people as a volunteer attending hospitalist and internist at the John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Illinois. She is an assistant professor of medicine at Rush University, and previously was the co-director of medical student programs for the Department of Medicine at Stroger Hospital.  She has received numerous teaching awards from Stroger Hospital and Rush University.

Dr. Rogers is a member and Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP), a member of the Society of General Internal Medicine and the National Medical Association.

Do not miss this episode as Dr. Rogers describes the racial inequities revealed by the pandemic in our current healthcare system and what can be done to address them.  

The U.S. Pandemic Response and How to Improve It

The U.S. Pandemic Response and How to Improve It

December 14, 2020

This is episode 47,  “The U.S. Pandemic Response and How to Improve It.” 

My guest, James G. Kahn, MD, MPH, is Emeritus Professor in the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, the Institute for Global Health Sciences, and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco. He has published widely on the cost and cost-effectiveness of HIV prevention and treatment in the developing world, as well as on other health conditions. 

Dr. Kahn researches and educates on the costs and financing of single payer / Medicare-for-All. In 2005, he quantified that U.S. health care administration costs funded through private insurance account for nearly 25% of the costs of physician and hospital care. In 2014, he led a team that estimated potential savings of at least $400 billion per year from simplifying insurance-related administration in the U.S. 

Dr. Kahn also served for two years as President of the California chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program.

Do not miss the episode as Dr. Kahn discusses our response to the pandemic and how we can improve our response in the future.

Medicaid Is Helpful; Medicare for All Would Be Better

Medicaid Is Helpful; Medicare for All Would Be Better

November 14, 2020

This is episode 46, “Medicaid Is Helpful; Medicare for All Would Be Better.” 

My guest, Emily Leonard, is a Health Policy Analyst for Medicaid for the state of Maryland. Her work focuses on developing and implementing Medicaid programs to meet the unique needs of the state’s residents. She received her Master’s degree in Public Health Practice and Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park. Ms. Leonard grew up in a rural town on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and is passionate about rural health advocacy and Medicare for All. 

Do not miss the episode as Ms. Leonard discusses why Medicaid is helpful and Medicare for All would be better. 

Falling Back in Love With Clinical Practice

Falling Back in Love With Clinical Practice

November 1, 2020

This is episode 45, “Falling Back in Love With Clinical Practice.” 

My guest, Anna Stratis, MD, is a Canadian-trained family physician with a passion for working with people in communities and improving healthcare and quality of life. She has a broad spectrum of experience in adult and pediatric primary care. Dr. Stratis has practiced in Canada and the United States. She volunteered at a New York City hospital during the COVID-19 crisis in the spring. She recently went back to Canada for some clinical work and shares her experience practicing medicine in Canada and the U.S.  

Do not miss this episode as Dr. Stratis discusses why a single-payer Medicare for All system is better for physicians and patients.

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