No more Band-Aids or patches, says Emanuel; it's time for a complete overhaul of health care as we know it. America spends more than $2 trillion on health care, more than any other developed nation.
But money does not guarantee a better system. Instead, 47 million Americans go without insurance. In addition, many people suffer poor health, and often suffer financial difficulties as a result.
Emanuel offers a bold new proposal to completely restructure our system, which he says will save money, allow for choice and give all Americans health-care coverage- The Commonwealth Club of California
John Diaz is the Editorial page editor for the San Francisco Chronicle.
Ezekiel J. Emanuel
Ezekiel Emanuel is vice provost for global initiatives and chair of the Medical Ethics and Health Policy Department at the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as special advisor for health policy to the director of the Office of Management and Budget in the White House and is the former chair of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health. He has written or edited nine books and over 200 scientific articles and is a columnist for The New York Times.
NIH bioethicist Zeke Emanuel outlines the ten elements to his Guaranteed Health Care Access Plan, which includes decreasing the incentive for employer-based coverage by taxing benefits and phasing out Medicare.
Zeke Emanuel believes the single payer health care system is the "most radical reform on the financing of health care" because it relies on an outdated fee-for-service system, and does not "encourage quality of care."