Last Friday afternoon, as Republican senators began pushing toward a last-ditch vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and as Senator Bernie Sanders was making news with his proposed “Medicare for All” bill, a dozen health-care experts gathered at the Radcliffe Institute to discuss what one audience member called “this mess we’re in.”
Focused on the “policies and politics” of the American health system, the symposium, titled “It Depends on What State You’re In,” probed the successes and failures of Obamacare, the status of Medicare and Medicaid, international alternatives to the American system, and the myriad possible meanings of “single-payer” health coverage. “Single-payer has no single meaning,” said Freed professor of government Daniel Carpenter, who’d kicked off the symposium by noting a recent momentum shift toward universal, government-sponsored health insurance. “And exactly how it is designed, which means exactly how it is politically shaped, means everything.”
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