Best Care Everywhere: Here’s an idea: A civilian VA for the uninsured, and maybe the rest of us

Source: Phillip Longman, Washington Monthly, Vol. 39 no. 10, October 2007

What I’m proposing is this: Take the existing, ad hoc system we use for treating the uninsured and turn it into a real integrated system. Specifically, mandate that everyone in America buy health insurance (with subsidies to those who can’t afford the premiums), and then contract with assorted St. Elsewheres to serve the resulting pool of newly insured patients. The organizing blueprint of this new system would come from the one truly successful national health care system we currently have: the VA.

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