October Forum:
ow Private Equity Makes Us Sicker

Tuesday, October 18, 7:30-9:00 PM via Zoom

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A recording will be distributed to all registrants following the forum.

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RSVP to join us on October 18 at 7:30PM for our free virtual educational forum: How Private Equity Makes Us Sicker. This forum will address the increasing role and implications of Wall Street investors -- Private Equity – in the healthcare industry. Private equity has become a troubling menace as it seeks to extract outsized profits by buying up healthcare providers. Our speakers will address what private equity is, how it makes money, and what are its results. These corporate owners focus on cutting costs, increasing prices, and stripping assets to maximize short-term profits — at the expense of providers, patients, workers, communities, and taxpayers.

These Wall Street actors also pose an increasing threat to the passage of single-payer healthcare, which has seen a dramatic surge in popularity among patients, healthcare professionals, and the American public more generally. The increased penetration by Wall Street investors into every sector of healthcare has shifted incentives further away from actual care of patients. And, as financial actors increase their control of healthcare services, their political influence against single payer grows too.

Our speakers will discuss their decades of research that has demonstrated how Wall Street and corporate ownership of healthcare has led to worse healthcare outcomes, more inequitable access for patients, and in moral harm to physicians and other healthcare workers.

As always we will have Q&A with our panel and Calls to Actions. RSVP to join us!


Rosemary Batt, Ph.D. is a Professor at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations. In ongoing collaboration with Eileen Appelbaum (co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research) she has been researching and writing about the increasing role of private equity in healthcare (and in other sectors of our economy) for over a decade and has a book on the subject pending. She received her BA from Cornell University and her Ph.D. from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Robert McNamara, M.D., MAAEM is a leader of TakeMedicineBack, organizing to take medicine back from corporate interests that exploit patients and physicians alike. He currently serves as Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Temple University Hospital, and is a founding member and Past President of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) which seeks to preserve physician-owned practices in emergency medicine.

Richard Mollot, J.D. is the executive director of the Long Term Care Community Coalition (LTCCC), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving care for individuals in nursing homes and other residential care settings through legal and policy research, advocacy, and education.  Richard has researched and published on a variety of long-term care issues, including: dementia care; nursing home and assisted living standards; and nursing home financing.

Forum Co-sponsors:

Long Term Care Community Coalition
Center for Economic and Policy Research
Private Equity Stakeholder Project



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  • February 2022: Privatizing Medicare Part II: How it Really Works
  • January 2022: Privatizing Medicare: Impacts on Patients and Doctors
  • November 2021: Single Payer: Everyone Has a Role to Play
  • September 2021: Activism as a Health Professional Student: Finding Ways to Join Local Efforts
  • June 2021: NYC Plans for Medicare Advantage
  • May 2021: Substance Use and Single Payer: Connecting the Dots
  • April 2021: Why Hospitals & the People They Serve Should Support Single Payer & the NY Health Act
  • March 2021: Achieving Healthcare for All: The NY Health Act for a Just COVID Recovery
  • February 2021: Invest In Our New York: Education, Housing, Food, Jobs, & Health
  • January 2021: Unequal Treatment: The Unjust Death of Dr. Susan Moore
  • November 2020: COVID-19, Long-Term Care, Single-Payer & the Elections
  • June 2020: COVID Capitalism and the Fight for Health Care Justice and Societal Transformation
  • May 2020: Combatting COVID & Building Resilience: Health, Jobs, & Homes
  • April 2020: The Roles of Racism & For-Profit Healthcare in Pandemic Response Failures

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Since 1987, we've advocated for reform in the U.S. health care system. We educate physicians and other health professionals about the benefits of a single-payer system--including fewer administrative costs and affording health insurance for the 30 million Americans who have none.

Our members and physician activists work toward a single-payer national health program in their communities. PNHP performs ground breaking research on the health crisis and the need for fundamental reform, coordinates speakers and forums, participates in town hall meetings and debates, contributes scholarly articles to peer-reviewed medical journals, and appears regularly on national television and news programs advocating for a single-payer system.

PNHP is the only national physician organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to implementing a single-payer national health program.