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.
8th Annual Public Meeting of PNHPWW
Gerald Friedman, Ph.D, Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, delivers keynote presentation on the economics of health care reform at the 8th Annual Public Meeting of Physicians for a National Health Program, Western Washington Chapter, at the University of Washington Kane Hall, Seattle, WA, May 4th, 2013. Other speakers were Andy Coates, MD, President of PNHP and Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council.