Health Affairs January 10, 2020
David Lansky

Health industry leaders might react to the “Medicare for All” proposals by Democratic presidential candidates with emotions ranging from fear (of drastic cuts in funding) to hope (of simplifying an impossibly complex and expensive system). Few of us can intelligently critique financing proposals in the trillions, but every American can ask what they might mean for how care is delivered in our communities and how health care organizations might be affected. 

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) recently answered the media’s question, “How will you pay for Medicare for All?” But for many of us working to transform the health care system, the most important question is not, “Who writes the check?”; it’s, “How can we build a health system that offers every person...