Can We Have Universal Health Care?

Source: Roger Byee, Dissent, Spring 2009
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Barack Obama aspires to be a “transformative” president, with his hopes particularly fixed on America’s finally achieving a universal health care system.

But would his health plan go far enough to transform a system that has been dominated and distorted by for-profit insurers who maximize profit by rationing care to patients, restricting doctors’ choice of treatments, and raising premiums? Of course, the outlines of Obama’s plan will be profoundly changed by the legislative process, and it may be virtually unrecognizable once a finished product reaches the presidential desk. But it is a valuable starting point for discussing what is likely to succeed, and what is likely to fail, in health care reform.

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