Stethoscope and money

Candidate Question: Is a national health insurance plan for all Americans a good idea? Why or why not?

We do not support a national health insurance plan. A single-payer health care system would shift one-fifth of GDP into government spending. The federal government would have a monopoly on the administration of health care. Strict controls on the supply and spending in health care could lead to rationing of services and long wait times for care. With government rate-setting as the central tenet of a single-payer system, hospitals will likely close due to insufficient funding.

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Jordan Roberts / Health Policy Analyst

Jordan joined the Locke Foundation in the summer of 2018 as Health Care Policy Analyst. He analyzes state and national health policy issues with an eye toward removing governm...

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