Ricardo Lara

The challenges in setting up a California single-payer system are daunting — but not insurmountable

The challenges in setting up a California single-payer system are daunting — but not insurmountable

Let’s start with what we can almost all agree on: single-payer healthcare is the most effective system for achieving universal health coverage in the U.S.

Single-payer would be cheaper and simpler than the ridiculous contraption we have now, a mishmash of employer, government and private plans all with different rules and standards. It’s favored by a clear majority of Americans in opinion polls, at least in theory, and it’s a linchpin of popular political movements like Bernie Sanders’.

It would work like the closest thing we have to a single-payer system...

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