Since the 1990s, universal healthcare has been largely a dead issue on Capitol Hill, despite occasional flurries of interest from the left. However, the issue has gotten a new lease on life, fueled by the Democratic takeover and the increasing consensus that something must be done, now. Political experts say that both liberals and conservatives are finally ready to compromise, with liberals letting go of demands for a single-payer system and conservatives conceding that government may have a role in healthcare delivery. Many federal and state observers are looking to the Massachusetts universal healthcare plan as a possible model for reform.
To learn more about these developments:
- read this article in the Boston Globe