In 2013, Gerald Friedman was a Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He writes on economic history, labor history, and alternative economic theories.
On "single payer"
Writing in Democratic Left October 2013, "A Century and Counting: The Campaign for National Health Insurance";
- After a century of struggle, the ACA commits the United States to providing universal access to health care. This is a great achievement, one to be treasured and nurtured. Now the real fight begins, to turn this commitment into a reality that the ACA itself cannot produce. Barack Obama was right the first time: only a single-payer program can provide universal coverage, and only a single-payer program can control costs. The ACA may be the last bad idea that Americans try; after it fails, we will finally do the right thing: single-payer health insurance.