Mike Dennison interviews Ezra Klein
Q: Baucus has said a government single-payer or Medicare-for-all system of universal coverage is not an option for reform. Shouldn't a single-payer system be considered?
Klein: There is a very strong intellectual case for single-payer. But if Max Baucus woke up tomorrow and said, “It's on the table,” that's not going to make it any more likely to pass. It's not going to happen now. You couldn't pass a single-payer system. You just can't. What we found in 1994 was, when politicians say, “We're going to take what you have now away, and you can trust the federal government to do this now” - that scares the hell out of people. Whatever is going to happen this year, for single-payer the case has not been made. It's still a longer-range campaign. The question is, can (Congress) even stick their neck out far on (other reforms)?