Tag: universal healthcare

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    How to Medicare for All

    Thoughts about how to transition from the current system to something like Medicare for All.

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    If Everyone had to Buy Their Own Roads

    The issue of healthcare continues to be politically potent, owing mostly to the fact that Republicans continue to politicize it while Democrats continue to push for universal healthcare. The current healthcare system has five main insurance components: Employer-provided insurance (including government employees) ~50% Private insurance (purchased by the consumer) ~7% Medicare ~14% Medicaid ~20% Uninsured…

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    Medicare for All Cometh

    Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has introduced his much-touted Medicare-for-All bill with a good slate of cosponsors joining the effort. And it sets the opposition out to pick at the draft with calls of calamity. There are those opposed on principle, but the most common criticism seems to have to do with cost, which is…

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    When an Experiment is Unneeded

    The Republican-championed laboratories of democracy, the states, could be used to figure out what’s needed for healthcare in the 21st century. Let the states tinker, find out what works, and then we’ll see it spread. But those experiments are not needed. We have scores of experiments conducted all over the world. We have all these…

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    Mandate Alternatives

    The Republicans probably can’t replace Obamacare without some form of mandate.

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    Scenarios for the Adoption of Single-Payer in the US

    Some have dismissed the idea of Medicare-for-all or a single-payer healthcare system in the United States as implausible (or even impossible). They see it as a bridge too far (or as one Brookings Institute reprint put it (Brookings: 26 January 2016: “The impossible (pipe) dream—single-payer health reform”), “‘You can’t get there from here.’”). I’m going…