“Single-payer doesn’t necessarily mean an end to private insurance. It just means the government would be the bureaucratic entity that pays the bills.”
What are you talking about, Taibbi?
By definition, single-payer means that one, single payer - the public “entity” of government - pays medical bills with tax money. As opposed to private insurance paying medical bills with money collected from medical insurance buyers.
Sure, technically, Sanders’ bill does not “end…private insurance” - the bill does not cover elective cosmetic surgery, and so a residual private insurance market could exist for it; and, in theory, any individual - say, rich people - could pay lots of money to a private insurer.
But, by definition and in Sanders’ bill, public government mainly disburses medical payments - at a lower price by imposing price controls, by progressive taxation, and by cutting out the private insurance ‘middleman’ with its bloated personnel that profits by maximizing premiums and minimizing care.