As criticisms of “Obamacare” and its many shortfalls mount – seemingly from all points along the ideological spectrum (loyal supporters of the president excepted, of course) – one can’t help wondering if we’re not witnessing at last the beginnings of a movement toward a single-payer system.
Just about everyone seems agreed on the following: Our current “system” (because one may only call it a system euphemistically) is broken. The Affordable Care Act is a patchwork of partial solutions at best, and an unworkable disaster at worst. It is both economically foolish and morally reprehensible that millions of Americans (many of them our most vulnerable brothers and sisters) should go without health care altogether, go bankrupt trying to pay for it, or depend on hospital emergency rooms to get it. Constantly rising health care costs are unsustainable and must be checked.
What we don’t agree on is what to do. My own view – It’s time to look seriously at a single-payer system, starting with universal availability of the “public option” that was excised from early versions of the Affordable Care Act, aka “Medicare for all.”