If this is the only way we can get there (how Canada did with one province first), then I support it (I live in CA and certainly support our efforts). However there is a downside which is if the program really is what we want over the whole US but only implemented in a state or two, those states would obviously get significant immigration of very sick people that are screwed over by the private system in their states. This then drags down the metrics of the states that do Single Payer because they have to tax more to provide the same benefit.
Is anyone working out a concise wording of a litmus test we can ask the candidates? I’m getting sick of even Tulsi Gabbard dropping the line about continuing private insurance. How about something like:
Do you support Medicare for All as defined in H.R.1384 as the primary push forward to health care reform with the understanding that the role of private health care will be greatly diminished (no duplication of coverage)? Do you support incremental bills that keep a much greater role for private insurance as an option if the first path fails?
If there answers are no/yes, you lost my vote. I’m yes/no, but if the answer is yes/yes, then I will still consider voting for you depending on your perceived level of commitment.