Why the US does not have universal health care, while many other countries do
May 14, 2017
(THE CONVERSATION) The lead-up to the House passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on May 4, which passed by a narrow majority after a failed first attempt, provided a glimpse into just how difficult it is to gain consensus on health care coverage.
In the aftermath of the House vote, many people have asked: Why are politicians struggling to find consensus on the AHCA instead of pursuing universal coverage? After all, most advanced industrialized countries have universal health care.
As a health policy and politics scholar, I have some ideas. Research from political science and healt...