Single-payer health care system 'doable' and likely more efficient, Yarmuth says

04/11/2012 06:17 PM

Regardless of what the U.S. Supreme Court decides regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville said the country would be better off moving toward a single-payer or government-run health insurance system.

“I’ve always been somebody who has preferred a single-payer system — not necessarily a Canadian system or a British system but a single-payer system as every other industrialized nation in the world has,” Yarmuth said (4:00 of the interview). “I don’t think insurance should be tied to your employer. It’s an economic stagnation device.”

As for the fate of the Affordable Care Act, Yarmuth said commerce clause does allow for something like the law’s mandate for individuals to have health coverage — which is the underpinning of the provision to keep people with pre-existing conditions from having their insurance dropped.

“The question of whether the Congress can mandate that individuals have health insurance, I don’t think that’s a question. I don’t think that’s even debatable,” Yarmuth said (He explains why at 3:00 of the interview).

Yarmuth also answered questions about how he sees the presidential race now that Mitt Romney is almost assured of being the GOP nominee against Democratic President Barack Obama.

Yarmuth also sent a letter to Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell to refute several points McConnell made in a March 23 op-ed piece in the Courier-Journal. View the letter here: Yarmuth letter to McConnell.pdf

Yarmuth talked about that at 5:40 of the interview.

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