We're doing it wrong.
UWSMPH Student Opinion
Oct. 10, 2014
Conservatives often view single payer health care as at odds with their ideals. However, the two are not incompatible. Here are 3 ways the vision of single payer and conservatism align:
1. Fiscal Responsibility
Government debt is a rising concern among conservatives. According to the World Bank, healthcare expenditures in the US make up about 18% of total GDP, and that number is expected to rise with the increasing cost of healthcare. By eliminating administrative inefficiencies, among other things, single payer can substantially cut down that debt.
2. Small Business Friendly
Employer-sponsored health insurance covered 55% of Americans in 2011, according to the US census. This burden is substantial for small businesses that often have less capital and resources than larger corporations. Again, as health care costs continue to rise, employers along with their employees will be forced to absorb those costs. By shifting the costs to the government, small business owners can focus on the growth their business and creating more jobs.