By Mark Kreidler
Still, progress toward establishing such a program has been tortuous. The country’s health care industry behemoths have been tremendously effective at using well funded lobbying efforts to blunt single-payer legislation at the national level, and presidential candidates like U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have seen their Medicare for All plans beaten into the ground.
In any discussion like this, it’s useful to define terms. Let’s do that now: What Americans like, overwhelmingly, is their public health insurance. What they find inefficient and costly — and what the health care giants are desperate to keep propping up — is a megabillion dollar private insurance industry that consistently ranks below every public option available to consumers.