We may finally learn which path works best in this nation. In this state we have mandatory coverage with subsidies for those who can not afford the going rate(although by offering lesser care for the lower cost). In Vermont they are moving towards Single Payer. This is being done with consultation from Dr. William Hsaio. He is a Harvard economist who has successfully implemented health insurance schemes in many countries around the globe. The citizens of Vermont have elected a governor and legislature who have committed to making this a reality.
Who knows what they will come up with in NY, AL, MS, or CA, NJ, PA, AK etc? So let the social labs get busy and maybe we can swap ideas after a while.
Indeed this is how the Canadian system evolved. It first started in Saskatchewan under the governorship of Tommy Douglas(voted recently Canada’s most honored citizen) and it was so successful it spread to every Province. The National Law provides the outline of what must be included and its expense. Providers remain private entities who can even bargain for their income. The system has an 85% satisfactory rating compared to one in the 70s in the US. Even more impressive is a 100% support from the Canadian Medical System that includes 85% of physicians in that country.
Thank you again Sen Brown