Some health care activists are frustrated that a single-payer system isn't being seriously considered by those tackling health care reform in Washington. An interesting article on the issue ran in this weekend's San Francisco Chronicle, and Stanford health economist Laurence Baker, PhD, was quoted. "It's off the table because of the politics," he said of a nationalized insurance plan.
The Chronicle article can be read here. Baker and other experts weighed in on single-payer and other reform options in a Stanford Medicine cover story from a few years ago. (I wrote the piece in late 2004, but not much has changed - yet.)