Don’t be lulled into complacency by polls purporting to show that single payer is popular—forcing people to move into a new system is all but guaranteed to result in tons of resistance. And that’s not even considering the inevitable attacks from a conservative message machine that turned a little bit of money for voluntary end-of-life counseling into “death panels.” Public opinion is dubious given that nobody’s talking about the difficulties inherent in making such a transition.
Many good parts in this piece, all of which come down to the idea that it is completely unrealistic to move everyone to a single-payer system in a year, as some Democrats are proposing.
Beyond that, universal coverage can be achieved with a mix of private and public insurance, as is the case in many EU nations. This is especially true in a country where health care costs haven’t been controlled for years.
Via Jackie Bender, VP of Policy at the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems.
Even if Democrats were to win every single 2018 House and Senate race for seats representing places that Hillary Clinton won or that Trump won by less than 3 percentage points — a pretty good midterm by historical standards — they could still fall short of the House majority and lose five Senate seats.
“There are a handful of rich regions, with London pre-eminent, but much of the country is surprisingly poor. Nine of Northern Europe’s 10 poorest regions — including West Wales, Cornwall and Lancashire — are in Britain.”