At its Orlando, Florida meeting two days ago, the DNC platform committee voted down a proposed amendment to include single-payer health care in the Party Platform by a vote of 92 to 62, even though public support for single-payer includes 81 percent of Democrats and 58 percent of U.S. residents.
Conservatives have long held that U. S. health care should be based on the "free market," that the role of government should be minimal, and that a deregulated marketplace can resolve issues of access, costs, affordability and quality of care.
We can thank Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign for putting single-payer national health insurance (NHI) on the front burner of today's national political discussion. This is long overdue and especially timely as the two parties debate alternatives for future U. S. health care.
Despite what we are being told by politicians on both sides of the aisle, our deregulated health care marketplace is not sustainable, and there is no real fix short of single-payer financing reform coupled with a more accountable private delivery system.
Republicans have fought against Medicare from the very beginning. But in their strategy to kill health care reform, they are all of a sudden sounding like defenders of Medicare against the evils of big government.
Likely rewards to the hospital industry from health care reform? If events continue in direction they are now, hospitals will thrive, with more insured people and generous accommodations from government.
Despite some useful provisions, it is wishful thinking to believe that health care "reform", as projected by current proposals being considered in Congress, can actually make health insurance more affordable and make a real difference to people already burdened by their spiraling costs.