Kenneth Thorpe

Kenneth Thorpe is the Robert W. Woodruff Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management, in the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University.

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Why Sanders’s Single-Payer Plan Would Cost More Than His Campaign Says

By Friedman's estimate, the Sanders single-payer plan would be underfunded by an average of about $1.1 trillion a year.

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This is a contribution to Prospect Debate: The Cost of Sanders's Single-Payer Health Plan . prospect-debates-icon.jpg B ased on Gerald Friedman’s work, Bernie Sanders’s campaign has published implausibly low estimates of the additional federal expenditures needed to fund the senator’s single-payer health plan. In what follows, I explain the differences in methods that Friedman and I have used and the sources of the gap between his estimates and mine. I have updated my analysis based on more recent information available in the Friedman estimates. The Differences between Friedman’s Method and Mine In a two-page, January 17 memo to the Sanders campaign, Friedman uses a simple method in estimating the cost of the plan. Single-payer covered services would have no cost-sharing, but some services not typically provided through insurance (cosmetic and LASIK surgery) would not be covered and would be outside the single-payer system and paid out of pocket. He estimates the cost of new single-...