The Republicans keep talking about coming up with a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But as this New York Times editorial explains, their criticisms of ACA are often not fact-based and the proposals they have telegraphed in net would leave us much worse off. Yet, as the Democrats tout the successes of ACA, it is clear that their model falls far short of the high performance system that we deserve.
The health policies that we need are straightforward and are found in a well designed, single payer Medicare for all program. It is the politics that has botched up our health care system.
In a recent Quote of the Day, Jonathan Oberlander’s NEJM article was cited as he explained why the political prospects for single payer are dismal. To change that, we need to listen to and act on his words: “Single-payer supporters have not articulated a convincing strategy for overcoming the formidable obstacles that stand in its way. Nor have they, despite substantial public support for single payer, succeeded in mobilizing a social movement that could potentially break down those barriers.”
The politicians will not lead on single payer; the people must.