The Future of National Health Insurance: Debates During a U.S. Presidential Election Year
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, The Forum, January 13, 2020
The Democratic Presidential debates have surfaced two very different visions for the future of national insurance in the U.S. One is building on the Affordable Care Act enacted in 2010 by adding major changes, including allowing individuals to voluntarily purchase Medicare or another public option plan. The other is to enact a new, all-governmental health insurance program–Medicare for All.
What are the issues and implications for the U.S. of choosing either of these two paths? The Forum examined this critical question. As background, The Forum drew on results from a recent poll from The Commonwealth Fund, The New York Times, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. National experts examined the practical, economic and political challenges of health insurance proposals in 2020 and potential impacts on health care for millions of Americans.
PNHP president Dr. Adam Gaffney advocated single-payer reform, noting that “Medicare for All provides a unique set of tools to address the key problems that are facing Americans today.”