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Unpublished Paper
Will Americans Embrace Single-Payer health Insurance: The Intractable Barriers of Inertia, Free Market, and Culture
ExpressO (2009)
  • Susan A. Channick, California Western School of Law
Abstract

This article posits that the adoption of single-payer health insurance is effectively impossible in the United States. In spite of evidence that a single-payer system might be substantially more efficient and inexpensive than the complex, administratively-burdened multi-payer system we currently have, the probability that it will be part of health care reform is remote at best. The article identifies a number of reasons that a single-payer health insurance system cannot succeed ranging from inertia, path dependence, the expense of Medicare, the American belief in looking to the private sector for solutions to even large social problems, the fear of big government coupled with the belief that government is the problem and therefore cannot be the solution, the political preference for incrementalism over fundamental change, and cultural beliefs such as the belief that while all Americans should enjoy equality of opportunity, that equality should be earned as to a basic need such as health care.

Keywords
  • Health Insurance,
  • Health Care Reform,
  • Universal Coverage
Disciplines
Publication Date
April 20, 2009
Citation Information
Susan A. Channick. "Will Americans Embrace Single-Payer health Insurance: The Intractable Barriers of Inertia, Free Market, and Culture" ExpressO (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/susan_channick/4/