There is no “public option” in Switzerland. Instead, citizens qualify for means-tested, sliding-scale subsidies and choose among a variety of regulated, private-sector insurance products. The Swiss have the freedom to choose their own doctors, as Americans do, and access to the latest medical technologies. They also have short waiting times for appointments.
Maybe it is possible to have the best of two worlds – private markets with government oversight and subsidies.
Think of health reform as a huge and growing $2.8 trillion bitter lemon. Government and health care industry is squeezing out the juices and leaving the hide to patients and doctors.
Tweet: Who’s in charge of paying for and causing high costs. It’s a combination of government and the health care industry. It’s not patients and doctors.