Bernie Sanders: Let’s Test Single Payer Health Care

By Ben Cohen

Bernie Sanders, an advocate of single payer health care, has come up with an intelligent compromise. In an interview with Ezra Klein, he suggest the following:

I am sure that there are some single payer advocates who think the

only thing worth fighting for is single payer. What I have also

introduced, which we will be fighting for, is a five-state option. That

would mean five states would have the option of running pilot programs

in universal health care but one would have to be single payer.

I think it’s possible this will never happen in DC, but that this

country will join the rest of the industrialized world when a state,

maybe like Vermont, implements single payer and does it well. And then

New Hampshire will be looking over our shoulders, and they will adopt

that, and so on through the country. That’s in fact how national health

care came to Canada, it started in the Saskatchewan province.

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.

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