PNHP leaders weigh in on Rep. Ro Khanna’s legislation and the push for state-based single payer

POINT: Medicare for None: A Response to the State-Based Universal Health Care Act of 2021

Proponents of a state-based universal healthcare approach believe states can be incubators for change, and that ultimately, once one state shows the way, all states will follow—but we have yet to see any evidence of this.

By Ana Malinow, M.D. and Kay Tillow
Common Dreams, May 29, 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has laid bare the inequities, inefficiencies, and ineffectiveness of our healthcare system. If there was ever a time for healthcare reform, this is it. But some healthcare activists and their progressive allies, suffering from the frustration and disillusion brought on by the refusal of President Joe Biden and Congress to consider structural reform, have accepted this defeat and turned to state-based reform,….

COUNTERPOINT: Let’s Go All Out for Universal Health Care in the U.S.

We should continue to vigorously advocate for a universal publicly funded privately delivered health care system at every level throughout America—state as well as national.

By Philip Caper, M.D.
Common Dreams, June 3, 2021

…There is no doubt that a uniform national program of Improved Medicare for All would be the best way to go, on the grounds of simplicity, efficiency, effectiveness and political sustainability. But so far I see no evidence that the Congress, as it is now constituted, has any appetite to enact anything close to Improved Medicare for All on a national scale anytime soon….

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Point / Counterpoint: The State-Based Universal Health Care Act of 2021