Achieving universal coverage through Medicare Part E(veryone)


Anderson, G. F., & Waters, H. (2007). Achieving universal coverage through Medicare Part E(veryone). In J. Furman (Ed.), Who Has the Cure? Hamilton Project Ideas on Health Care (pp. 9-48). (Hamilton Project Discussion Paper). Washington, DC: The Brookings Institution.


Several principles govern the creation of our Medicare Part E(veryone) proposal. First, universal health insurance coverage is necessary. Second, there should be no gaps in coverage. Third, coverage should be provided at the lowest possible cost to individuals and society. Fourth, the private sector should be involved when it can add value. Fifth, the program should be easy to explain and built on the existing infrastructure so that it can be implemented quickly. Finally, although additional reforms to the health care system—including cost containment initiatives—are desirable, they should not be a prerequisite to universal coverage.