National Health Insurance -- the Triumph of Equivocation
New England Journal of Medicine. 1989 Dec 21; 321(25): 1750-1754.
The authors express their skepticism concerning predictions that the United States soon will institute federally-funded national health insurance. They point to a history of equivocation on the issue, to disparate public and political wills, and to strong criticism of proposed insurance models as mitigating against rapid enactment of universal coverage, despite concern over rising health care costs and problems of access to care for the millions of uninsured and underinsured. Levey and Hill argue that "Americans lack a necessary level of discontent with our health care system, agreement on a widely endorsed program of universal health insurance, and the political stamina to drive legislation through Congress." (KIE abstract)
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