Tag Archives: single payer

Unpacking The Sanders Medicare-For-All Bill

On September 13, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)—with 16 Democratic cosponsors—released the Medicare-For-All Act of 2017, intended to create a single-payer system. Once the Act’s Universal Medicare Program went into effect, most benefits would no longer be available under public and private coverage.

September 14, 2017

New Graham-Cassidy Bill: A Last GOP Shot At ACA Repeal And Replace Through Reconciliation

The fundamental idea of a new ACA repeal and replace bill by Senators Graham and Cassidy and colleagues is to terminate the ACA’s Medicaid expansions, premium tax credits, cost-sharing reduction payments, and Basic Health Program and redistribute the money funding those programs to the states.

September 13, 2017

Universal Health Coverage? Why?

Forcing health care into a simplistic left-right straitjacket misleads the nation. It is time to recast the issue properly.

July 25, 2017

The Bipartisan ‘Single Payer’ Solution: Medicare Advantage Premium Support For All

By combining two shots of conservative orthodoxy with one overflowing progressive one, and stirring slowly, it is not at all far-fetched to envision an endgame cocktail for our health care system that covers everyone, decreases costs, and can pass Congress.

May 11, 2017

Interrogating The Dream: What Does Single Payer Really Mean?

If a single-payer solution is to be argued as anything but a pipe dream, advocates must map out a clear and realistic path forward. This includes addressing a number of factors that single-payer dreamers have long been loath to acknowledge.

May 2, 2017

Today’s Medicare Is Built On 50 Years Of Robust Compromise. Now What?

Our system of government, with its divided powers, cannot function without “compromise” among competing interests and philosophies. But can we “compromise” without being “compromised”?

March 8, 2016

Affordability: The Most Urgent Health Reform Issue For Ordinary Americans

While the Affordable Care Act has made health insurance more affordable for the uninsured, premiums and cost-sharing are still too high for many Americans. This post offers suggestions for tackling the affordability problem that combine approaches in the ACA with proposals by the law’s detractors.

February 29, 2016