The 2016 U.S. presidential campaign reopened an old debate about the single-payer health care reform. After describing what single payer health care reform is, panelists will share their views on some of the important questions in this debate: Single payer vs. universal coverage-is one more feasible than the other? Would single payer reform affect access to medical care for any group of individuals? Would it be affordable? Who supports it? Who is against it? What are their reasons? What do U.S. physicians prefer and why? How does the structure of healthcare industry play a role in this? How do state proposals (New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, Colorado…) differ from each other? Why did they fail? Is the case of California different? Is the single payer healthcare reform a realistic option for the United States or a political impossibility?
University of Massachusetts-Amherst & National Academy of Social Insurance