Two Theologies Have Blocked Medicare-For-All – Health Affairs Blog:
from the Yale Law School conference The Law of Medicare and Medicaid at Fifty
"In the 50 years since Medicare was enacted, Congress has never seriously considered extending Medicare to all Americans, nor even lowering Medicare’s eligibility age below 65. This pattern persisted even during those periods when national health insurance was at the top of the national agenda. This is not what the original advocates of Medicare anticipated when Medicare was enacted in 1965. They saw Medicare as the cornerstone of a national system of health insurance that would eventually cover all Americans.
Two Myths that Undercut Medicare-for-All: Managed Care and Competition
In the paper we presented at the Yale conference, we reviewed short- and long-term factors affecting the debate about Medicare over its lifetime, and then turned to a discussion of two long-term factors: the rise of what came to be called the managed care movement, and the resurgence of a longstanding campaign promoting the idea that competition can right the wrongs of American medicine.
The managed care movement helped marginalize support for Medicare’s expansion primarily through its influence on the proponents of national health insurance. It did so by persuading many potential proponents of Medicare expansion to pursue a different reform strategy. Insurance companies practicing managed care, the rhetoric claimed, were more efficient than Medicare. Managed care kept Medicare-for-all off the congressional agenda primarily by inducing potential proponents of Medicare expansion to support managed care rather the expansion of the traditional Medicare program."
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