A single-payer healthcare system has major implications for insurance brokers nationwide. The Council opposes the idea as it threatens the employer-provided benefits market on a national scale and would result in other potentially damaging effects with regard to group benefits, jobs and taxation.

Single payer healthcare is a government-run healthcare system in which the state, financed by taxes, covers basic healthcare costs for all residents regardless of income, occupation, or health status. Single payer is commonly referred to as “Medicare for all.”

The continued healthcare debate at the national level has rekindled calls for a single-payer system among some states. View our state tracking chart here.

This page is intended to keep you informed of the single payer debate. Our state tracking chart will be updated frequently, and we will continue to add news articles from around the country.

From Leader’s Edge Magazine

States Debate Single-Payer
Harbinger or Passing Storm?

Senate Republicans released their Better Care Reconciliation Act, which leaves the employer/employee tax “exclusion” on group health benefits untouched, but perpetuates an ongoing fight around subsidies and Medicaid. Read more.

The Latest News

Well That Settles It! Insurance and Drug Lobbyists Say Medicare for All “Cannot Work”
The Intercept
September 15, 2017

Max Baucus, once a foe of single-payer health care, belatedly endorses it
The Washington Post
September 8, 2017

California speaker recall effort reflects Democratic tensions
The Washington Times
August 5, 2017

Tim Kaine plans to push public option when health care talks resume
The Washington Times
August 3, 2017

Sen.Sanders urges Medicare for all health plan
NPR
August 1, 2017

In GOP’s repeal failure, Democrats find a potential game plan
The Washington Post
July 30, 2017

Democrats and the Single-Payer Trap
Bloomberg
July 25, 2017

Nurses Aren’t Giving Up On California’s Single-Payer Push
LA Daily News
July 10, 2017

Single-Payer Healthcare Gains Traction with Dems
The Hill
July 9, 2017

More Democrats Embrace Universal Coverage – and the GOP goes on The Attack
Washington Post
July 6, 2017

Data Note: Modestly Strong but Malleable Support for Single-Payer Health Care
Kaiser Family Foundation
July 5, 2017

As Bernie Sanders Delays National Single-Payer Debate, California Nurses Keep the Heat on the Legislature
Santa Cruz Sentinel
July 3, 2017

The Biggest Winner in The Current Health-Care Debate: Single-Payer
Washington Post
July 1, 2017

Some States See Opportunity For Single-Payer Health Care
USA Today
June 28, 2017

Elizabeth Warren: ‘The Next Step is Single-Payer’ Health Care
The Seattle Times
June 27, 2017

If GOP Senators Blow This, Say Hello to Single-Payer Health Care
The Washington Post
June 27, 2017

Elizabeth Warren Tries to Win Back Voters in Trump Country
Wall Street Journal
June 27, 2017

California Assembly Leader Anthony Rendon’s Decision to Shelve Single-Payer Healthcare Angers Progressive Activists
June 26, 2017
LA Times

As Senate Dithers on Health-care Bill, Here’s How States are Edging Closer to Single-Payer
June 26, 2017
CNBC

California Assembly Speaker Shelves State Single-Payer Health Plan
June 24, 2017
CBS Local: San Francisco

Single-Payer Health Care Put on Hold in California as Leader Calls Bill ‘Woefully Incomplete’
June 23, 2017
East Bay Times

You Asked, We Answered: Here Are Some of our Readers’ Questions on California’s Proposed Single-Payer Plan
LA Times
June 23, 2017

New York, California Single Payer Proposals Gather Steam
Employee Benefit Adviser
June 20, 2017

Joe Manchin Says No to Single Payer, Lindsey Graham Floats Single Payer for Sick People
Single Payer Action
June 20, 2017

Single-payer health care would have an astonishingly high price tag
Washington Post
June 18, 2017

Single-Payer Healthcare is Far More Expensive Than Advocates Claim
The Hill
June 15, 2017

Single-Payer Health Bill Passes Senate But Critics Question How to Fund It
The Sacramento Observer
June 13, 2017

Attorney General Xavier Becerra Says He Supports Single-Payer Health System for California
LA Times
June 13, 2017

McConnell’s Reserved Approach on Health Bill Leaves Lawmakers Guessing
The Wall Street Journal
June 9, 2017

Single-Payer Health Care Gains Momentum in Liberal States – But Can They Afford It?
Fox News
June 7, 2017

The Single-Payer Party? Democrats Shift Left on Health Care
New York Times
June 3, 2017

Single-Payer Healthcare Plan Advances in California Senate- Without a Way to Pay Its $400 Billion Tab
LA Times
June 1, 2017

The Challenges in Setting up a California Single-Payer System are Daunting – But Not Insurmountable
LA Times
May 26, 2017