The Projo has a staff editorial today on the Langevin-Shays health care plan:
Rep. Jim Langevin, a Democrat, has introduced a health-care plan to cover all Americans. Co-authored by Rep. Christopher Shays, a Republican from Connecticut, this is the first bipartisan proposal for universal coverage to emerge in the House. How does it sound? Pretty good.
Most interesting though is the Journal’s apparent support for a universal, single-payer system, modeled after Medicare. I hadn’t realized that this was their position.
Representative Langevin has a very interesting idea, but we find one thing he said curious. He said: “It’s not single payer. It’s not one size fits all.” It happens that the very successful and popular Medicare program, which covers the elderly and disabled, is mostly a single-payer plan. It is simple, and 98 percent of the money Medicare spends goes for health care, with only 2 percent siphoned off for administrative costs. Sometimes one size serves all.