The upcoming presidential election and ongoing primary races have brought health care reform squarely back into the spotlight. Despite a handful of statewide reform initiatives, the nation is losing ground on coverage and families are feeling the strain on their wallets and their health. But while the need for universal coverage is clear, there is a lack of consensus on how to provide and finance such an expansion.
In their study, “Building Blocks for Reform: Achieving Universal Coverage with Private and Public Group Health Insurance” (Health Affairs, May/June 2008) (subscription required), The Commonwealth Fund’s Cathy Schoen, Karen Davis, and Sara R. Collins present a new health reform framework, built on the current U.S. mixed private-public system, that “provides a pathway to universal coverage with a minimal increase in total national spending and relatively modest net federal budget costs.” The authors estimate the plan would insure 44 million of the estimated 48 million Americans currently lacking health coverage.
HEALTH REFORM REVISITED – a series of articles
Health Affairs, Vol. 27 no. 3, May 2008