Very interesting read from Jeff Greenfield on the potential judicial ruling concerning the health care mandate as well as the constitutionality of a single payer system. His article is not about right and wrong in the health care system and it just looks purely at the idea of whether certain factors would survive judicial review or not. He states the mandate is almost certainly unconstitutional but a single payer system would survive review, for example expanding Medicare to everyone.
I previously argued the upcoming decision by the Supreme Court on the Affordable Care Act could potentially speed us to a universal type system and Greenfield’s points might add a new wrinkle to that argument. If a ‘Medicare-for-all’ system is the only one that would be deemed constitutional by the courts, it may ramp up the fervor for its passing. The likely overturning of the mandate this month by the Supreme Court might fuel the conversation for a universal system faster than expected since it potentially could be viewed as the only way to fight rising costs. Only time will tell.