Obamacare 2.0: How to cover another 15 million without blowing up the whole system (Part II)
For the past few weeks, I've been pointing out some of the reasons why a wholesale replacement of the entire U.S. healthcare system with a universal, comprehensive, single payer system in one shot (or even a short-term series of shots) would be absurdly improbable to happen even if Bernie Sanders not only won the Presidency (which, unlike some people, I do think could happen), but also somehow managed to along solidly progressive majorities in both the House and Senate (which, I'm sorry, I just don't). I then took a closer look at the ideas which Hillary Clinton has proposed so far, and found them to be important but mostly minor improvements.
This led me to ask the question, "If Bernie is promising too much, too quickly...is Hillary not promising enough, ever?"
Well, since then, Hillary has been emphasizing that while she doesn't see Bernie's single payer plan ever happening, she absolutely does want "universal" coverage, which isn't necessarily the same thing at all. I therefore decided to try and lay out the steps I would try to push through if the goal was to a) expand coverage as far as possible while b) keeping within the current general healthcare system structure. That is to say, how much could things be improved without completely scrapping the current system?
I posted my first part of this here at ACA Signups last Tuesday, though that was pretty much just an overview of my thinking.
How close can we get to zero percent uninsured?
Hillary Clinton says she wants to get the 'last 10 percent insured.' Here's what I'd do to get the U.S. closer to universal coverage.
Take a look, and feel free to post thoughts either there or here. And please keep in mind: This would still only be the next phase, not the final one.
I hope to post the remaining 3-4 pieces in the near future, though I don't know how many will appear at this site or over at healthinsurance.org.