Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has announced his candidacy for President of the United States in 2020. His policy agenda includes a single payer healthcare system, “Medicare for All.” Under this plan, the current system, including Medicare and Medicaid, would go away, with some exceptions for elective procedures. This proposal has been controversial because of the high costs of implementing such a government program that covers all Americans. But could a national health insurance program work for the United States? Host Dan Loney talks with Mark Pauly, a Professor of Health Care Management and Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the Wharton School, and Rob Field, a Professor of Law and Professor of Health Management and Policy at Drexel University and lecturer in Wharton’s Healthcare Management Department, to find out more about the possibilities of shaking up US health care systems on Knowledge at Wharton.
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