Is Disunity Among Liberals a Massive Roadblock to Single Payer?

from tHEORetically Speaking: The HealthEconomics.Com Blog at on July 8, 2017 at 03:19PM

According to writer Paul Waldman, one of the bigger obstacles facing Democrats’ efforts to bring a single-payer health care system to the forefront is the party’s disjointed approach.

Waldman points to a recent bill in California which would have paved the way for a single-payer model, but was ultimately pulled by State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon.

“Democrats have a super-majority in the legislature, so why didn’t they go ahead?” Waldman writes.

Rendon, however, said the proposal would have created budget problems. California law currently requires the state to spend at least 40 percent of its budget on education, so “it would have had to come up with hundreds of billions of new dollars even beyond what it would spend on health care,” Waldman writes.

The reaction from Democrats spotlighted a chasm in the party as some blasted Rendon’s decision while others saw the bill as unrealistic.

“RoseAnn DeMoro, head of National Nurses United and a prominent Bernie Sanders supporter, tweeted out a picture of the California flag with a knife labeled ‘Rendon’ sticking out of thej bear’s back, and characterized anyone who objected to the bill as in the pocket of insurance companies,” Waldman writes.

Click here to read Waldman’s full write up on The Week’s website.