Kevin Drum notes that Big Business seems to support socialized medicine and that a moderate Democrat could likely come up with a plan that would attract sufficient GOP support to pass it. He thinks it would require “one of those cool names that Newt Gingrich was so good at coming up with.” He suggests “The Business Freedom and Health Bureaucracy Reduction Act of 2003.” Heh.
It seems to me that we’re about 2/3 of the way there now. Currently, the elderly, the poor, the active military, some disabled folks, and most government workers get free or heavily-subsidized government health benefits. Once the working middle class realize they’re paying for everyone else, it won’t be hard to persuade them to make the system universal.