Dr. Sanjeev K. Sriram

Republican attacks on the Social Security 2100 Act are an assault on public health

As a doctor, I’m an enthusiastic supporter of the Social Security 2100 Act, sponsored by Rep. John Larson (D-CT) and co-sponsored by 210 House Democrats. This legislation will go a long way toward preserving and improving public health.

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Are you sure you actually 'like' your private health insurance?

When I talk to friends, family, and colleagues about Medicare for All, sometimes someone asks, “but don’t people like their insurance?” It’s not hard to see where they got that idea. America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the leading lobbyist for the for-profit insurance industry, says 71 percent of Americans “like” their private health insurance. It’s important to scrutinize the messenger and the message here. If McDonald’s told us that 71 percent of their customers said their food was healthy and nutritious, we’d be reasonably skeptical at the very least.

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Why this doctor lost faith in insurance companies and realized they were 'machines of unappeasable greed'

When I talk to friends, family, and colleagues about Medicare for All, sometimes someone asks, “but don’t people like their insurance?” It’s not hard to see where they got that idea. America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the leading lobbyist for the for-profit insurance industry, says 71 percent of Americans “like” their private health insurance. It’s important to scrutinize the messenger and the message here. If McDonald’s told us that 71 percent of their customers said their food was healthy and nutritious, we’d be reasonably skeptical at the very least.

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Why does the American Medical Association have such a feeble response to our health care crisis?

In 1945, President Harry Truman campaigned for a national health insurance plan that was attacked as “socialized medicine” by the American Medical Association (AMA). Truman’s response was true then and resonates now:

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Why Medicare-for-All is an ideal discussion for Thanksgiving

“Auntie, y’know what would go great with this sweet potato pie I brought? Medicare for All.”

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The Midterm Elections Sparked the Light of Hope for Better Health Care

This year, the November 6 midterm elections happened to coincide with a special Hindu holiday: Diwali (also called Deepavali), the festival of light. We celebrate light standing for justice, kindness, and compassion over the darkness of cruelty and ignorance. As a Hindu-American, a doctor, and a voter, I am celebrating the victory of light over darkness in many ways this week.

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