Republicans and Democrats agree that reforms are needed to improve upon today’s health care system and make coverage more sustainable and affordable. Despite the acrimony of recent debates, we believe there are common elements in the approaches of both parties from which to develop a politically viable plan. The best bipartisan solutions to our health care challenges will improve on what the private and public sectors do today.
As health care analysts with differing political perspectives, our recommendations are based on the following principles:
1. All individuals should have meaningful and affordable public or private health insurance
We acknowledge a continuing role for both private and publicly-financed insurance. Regardless of the source of coverage, benefits should be evidencebased, and sufficient to ensure access to needed care, while avoiding poorly designed financial incentives that lead to either over- or under-use of care. Low- and moderate-income households need to be adequately subsidized so that they can enroll in insurance plans that provide them with ready access to quality, affordable care when they need it.