Waldman: Dems Must Bolster Single-Payer Strategy

from tHEORetically Speaking: The HealthEconomics.Com Blog at http://bit.ly/2tpmVL3 on July 7, 2017 at 04:36PM

Citing an abysmal 16 percent approval rating (according to a Quinnipiac University poll which can be read here) of the Republican’s Affordable Care Act repeal and replace plan, writer Paul Waldman said it’s time for liberals to “make the case for an expansion of government’s role in health care” by pushing for a single-payer model.

However, Waldman writes single payer was not long ago a politically radical concept — one pushed by “fringe figures” and Democrats floating the idea if the country “were starting from scratch.”

Waldman says the tides are turning.

“Elizabeth Warren, for instance, has moved from the maybe-someday-but-not-right-now position on single-payer to saying, ‘Now it’s time for the next step. And the next step is single-payer.’,” Waldman writes. “Kirsten Gillibrand is on board, too. Other potential 2020 candidates like Cory Booker and Kamala Harris seem to be edging in that direction, though they’re (not quite there yet).”

But Democrats will always face opposition from certain groups, Waldman says, citing an article which targets Bernie Sanders for shifting his focus from being a staunch advocate of a single-payer system to tackling the Republican-led health care effort.

Click here to read Waldman’s full write up on The American Prospect.