Dropping the knowledge on single payer

Me talking Single Payer issues on C-Span, basically riffing from my VOX article here. That piece got a bit more attention than I expected, in part given the different approaches to health policy presented by Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

Why no. I didn’t spend thirty minutes walking through personal finance issues with the technician who helped me in the studio. Why would you even ask. I certainly didn’t print out various prescriptive financial materials and tips in their office, and thus miss my beach walk in Naples, Fla.

Author: Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack is Helen Ross Professor of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. He has served on three expert committees of the National Academies of Science. His recent research appears in such journals as Addiction, Journal of the American Medical Association, and American Journal of Public Health. He writes regularly on HIV prevention, crime and drug policy, health reform, and disability policy for American Prospect, tnr.com, and other news outlets. His essay, "Lessons from an Emergency Room Nightmare" was selected for the collection The Best American Medical Writing, 2009. He recently participated, with zero critical acclaim, in the University of Chicago's annual Latke-Hamentaschen debate.

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  1. I read the Vox piece. Interesting and depressing. Thing is, nothing good will happen for 4 or 8 years unless Congress changes. This is what makes me feel so confident about backing Sanders, even though he does cling to the dreaded S word. First, he's not a real socialist, and second, if he were, it wouldn't matter as we know nothing whatsoever will get done. Whether it's him or Hill makes no difference in that way, and it makes a big bleep of one in some important other contexts. Only thing that could make me change my mind now is if I found out he were somehow temperamentally unsuitable. Or, if maybe he yelped. (Still trying to get my head around that little incident. What does it say about us? Do I want to know what it says about us?)

    Here are a couple random questions. How much difference would it make to the difficulties you describe if the single payer program were voluntary? And what if entry were on a rolling basis? Those with last names beginning with A go first, f.e. If it takes 26 years, it will still be a vast improvement, as you admit. Or, whatever way you could slice it to make it doable. There *must* be one. I refuse to believe otherwise. We *can't* be terminally stupid.

    As to the "promise" that wasn't kept — that promise never gets kept, and it isn't now. Individuals are still at the mercy of big companies, and they are still going broke from medical bills. So what?

    Healthcare should be separated from pensions, and should never have been put together in the public's mind or anywhere else.

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