Peterson Foundation Proposals From the Roosevelt Institute, CAP and EPI Abandon Progressive Policy

By: Monday June 6, 2011 9:43 am

On an international level I would go so far as to say these three liberal health care plans are all significantly to the right of basically even center-right party in the rest of the industrialized world on health care. “Tort reform” gets more play than single payer. If these constitute the “left flank” of the political discussion around the pressing issue of health care costs in America, we as a country are screwed.

Obama Again Flirting with Empty GOP Medical Malpractice Proposal

By: Wednesday January 26, 2011 2:30 pm

During Tuesday’s State of the Union, President Obama once again attempted to show how “bipartisan” he can be by claiming to still be “willing to look at other ideas to bring down costs, including one that Republicans suggested last year: medical malpractice reform to rein in frivolous lawsuits.” While this might make Obama look open [...]

Single Payer: There Really Is a Simple Way to Eliminate the Deficit

By: Friday January 21, 2011 10:02 am

One of the worst problems with the deficit hysteria that has swept Washington, DC is that it is also accompanied by deficit solution blinders–blinders so powerful they allow the “serious people” to pretend the simplest solutions to our deficit problem literally don’t exist. The latest example is David Leonhardt of the New York Times: We [...]

Vermont’s Potential Public Option Proposal Lacks Potential

By: Friday January 21, 2011 6:50 am

In addition to two different single-payer designs presented to the Vermont legislature by Dr. William Hsiao, his group of policy experts also included Option 2 – The Public Option. The “public option” proposal is very unimpressive and uncreative. It seems like it didn’t get very serious attention from a commission clearly more focused single payer. [...]

A Close Look at Vermont’s Potential Single Payer Health Care System

By: Friday January 21, 2011 6:00 am

Yesterday, Dr. William Hsiao presented a draft proposal by health care policy analysts to the Vermont legislature about the creation of a single payer health care system in the state. According to the report, adopting single payer would result in roughly 25 percent savings on health care between 2015 and 2024. The report contained two [...]

Vermont Releases Draft Proposal for Single Payer and Other Health Systems

By: Wednesday January 19, 2011 2:26 pm

Today, Dr. William Hsiao presented to the Vermont legislature a draft proposal for three different health care systems for the state. They include: Option 1 – government-run single payer Option 2 -  public option Option 3 – public/private single-payer (You can find the full report, presentations, and the statement from Hsiao here at the Vermont [...]