How Did Health Care Get To Be Any Such Mess?

Both Democrats and Republicans could learn from this lost history of health care innovation.
Persistent federal efforts to reform health care began during the 1930s.
The private health care sector had far more capacity to manage a large, complex program than did the government, so Medicare was designed around the insurance company model.
Advertisement Continue reading the main storyUnfortunately, the leaders of the American Medical Association saw early health care models — union welfare funds, prepaid physician groups — as a threat.
Through each legislative battle, physicians and their new allies, insurers, argued that federal health care funding was unnecessary because they were expanding insurance coverage.

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