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.