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Health Care for All: Why We Need a New Prescription

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US health care will not be fundamentally different under ACA. We will still be using the same fragmented, dysfunctional financing system. We will be bringing 17 million more people under the umbrella but will be leaving 31 million without coverage, and those *with* coverage are more likely to face excessive out-of-pocket costs should they need health care because of the gradual transition to underinsurance as the new norm. Patients are also are seeing reduced choice in providers due to greater use of tightly restricted provider networks. If we had a single payer, improved-Medicare-for-all program, underinsurance would be eliminated, and the number of uninsured would not be 48 million; it would not be 31 million; it would be zero!

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