Obamacare Is Just Like the Swiss Health System – minus all the good stuff

By: Tuesday September 30, 2014 9:09 am

Several reporters have compared the Swiss health care system to Obamacare after Switzerland’s recent vote to keep it, including the Washington Post: “Switzerland rejects single-payer, will keep its own version of Obamacare” and Vox: “Switzerland rejects single-payer in landslide, keeps its version of Obamacare.” The similarities between the two systems are mostly superficial, both mandate people buy [...]

A Flimsy Argument Against Single Payer

By: Thursday July 3, 2014 6:58 am

Over at Vox Ezra Klein is making one of the more logically flimsy arguments against single payer I have seen in a long time: “Hobby Lobby shows why single payer could hurt reproductive rights.” From Klein: A single-payer system heightens the stakes on this kind of decision. The assumption behind some of the Hobby Lobby-based [...]

Republican Bill Cassidy Ironically Makes the Perfect Argument for Single Payer

By: Thursday March 27, 2014 10:09 am

I’m disappointed with how some progressives are attacking Louisiana Senate candidate Bill Cassidy’s recent remarks on health care. They latched on to the fact Cassidy, a Republican,  describes some uninsured as “less sophisticated” and “illiterate” so he can score political points. Instead, progressives should kill him with praise by pointing out he has unknowingly adopted [...]

Uwe Reinhardt’s Truly Ridiculous Argument Against Single-Payer in the United States

By: Thursday January 16, 2014 9:05 am

I can’t tell if Princeton’s Uwe Reinhardt is purposely being stupid or is doing some Borat-like performance art piece about corruption, when he makes this incredibly bizarre argument against trying to adopt single-payer in the United States. From Wonkblog: “I have not advocated the single payer model here,” he said, “because our government is too [...]

How Would a Progressive Fix Obamacare?

By: Monday November 18, 2013 8:31 am

When people find out I was never a fan of Affordable Care Act, I’m often asked how I would fix it. In my ideal world I wouldn’t since I consider the structure inherently bad. If I were emperor I would completely replace it with a plan to steadily move the country to single payer. I [...]

Insurance Companies Are Monsters, So We Are Going to Force You to Use Them

By: Tuesday September 17, 2013 7:34 am

Some on the left have placed the blame for the Affordable Care Act’s continuing unpopularity on the steady opposition of Republicans. While there is no doubt Republican tactics have hurt support for the law, this doesn’t change the fact that the Obama administration has always done a horrific job selling it. The main problem is [...]

Larry Summers: It Is Good That America Didn’t Adopt Single-Payer in the 70′s

By: Monday April 15, 2013 7:01 am

In an op-ed about gridlock former Obama adviser Larry Summers actually said it was a good thing the United States didn’t adopt a universal single-payer health care system decades ago. From Summers’s op-ed: There were probably too few checks and balances as the United States entered the Vietnam and Iraq wars. There should have been [...]

We Are Still Radically Overcharged for Health Care

By: Tuesday March 26, 2013 12:36 pm

The International Federation of Health Plans is out with their new comparative price report for 2012 and it again shows the United States radically overpays for basically every health care service relative to any other first-world country. From the report: The report looks at a wide range of procedures, treatments and drugs, but those charts are essentially [...]

More Health Care Cost Control Nonsense From Jon Gruber

By: Wednesday May 30, 2012 10:53 am

M.I.T. Economist Jonathan Gruber continues to leave people radically less informed about the real health care cost issue in this country with public statements that frankly make no sense. The latest example is from a Washington Post article about Massachusetts’ attempts to control health care cost. “Cost control isn’t easy,” said M.I.T. economist Jon Gruber, [...]

Higher Prices, Not Increased Utilization, Are Driving Health Care Costs

By: Monday May 21, 2012 7:31 am

American health care continues to get more expensive, but the increase is driven by us getting overcharged more for the same services and not by us utilizing more health care. This is a key finding of a new Health Care Cost Institute report on 2010 health care costs. Rising prices for care were the chief [...]