What Should Be Done About the Uninsured Poor?
Blendon, Robert J.
JAMA. 1988 Dec 2; 260(21): 3176-3177.
The author proposes a program for the expansion of access to medical care which realistically reflects the public belief that everyone has a right to adequate health care and the assumption that the individual taxpayer should not have to pay more than $50 per year to see this happen: scrap Medicaid and create a new initiative, administered through state health departments, to subsidize private health insurance policies; require basic private health insurance coverage for all full-time (including temporary) employees; and tax the individual between $50 and $65 to insure those not in the workplace full-time. This plan offers the promise of achieving bipartisan support by relying on private health insurance linked to employment and the removal of disincentives for seeking work among the poor. (KIE abstract)