The ultimate compromise to the current health-care gridlock would be a hybrid plan that slowly morphs the current Affordable Care Act-based system into a health-care-for-all solution.
While Republicans concentrate on how to make the best plan for all, from ages 5 to 60, the Democrats can work on immediately lowering Medicare age to 60 while also adding that every newborn is automatically on Medicare from birth through 5 years. Then each subsequent year, the lower and upper Medicare ages would increase/decrease by two years until all ages are covered by single-payer for all.
That would take about 15 years, which should provide adequate time for lawmakers to iron out the transition and get the overall cost under control.
Joseph LaFayette, Atascadero
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