Jonathan Cohn on ‘Radio Times’: Single payer would be ‘light-years better than anything we have ever had’

 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks to the Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Republicans are showing signs of optimism that they'll be able to take up the health care bill. Senators and aides said talks were continuing that might win over enough Republicans to start debate. (Andrew Harnik/AP Photo)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks to the Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Republicans are showing signs of optimism that they'll be able to take up the health care bill. Senators and aides said talks were continuing that might win over enough Republicans to start debate. (Andrew Harnik/AP Photo)

The GOP has been trying for months to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but have yet to devise bill that satisfies enough senators to become law. The US Senate voted this afternoon to begin to dismantle the ACA. As this is all playing out, poll after poll shows that most Americans support the idea of universal healthcare.

On Tuesday’s Radio Times Marty was joined by Jonathan Cohn, senior national correspondent for The Huffington Post, where he discussed the ACA, the repeal effort, and the Republican views of health care.

But at one point, Marty asked about his thoughts on the viability and likelihood of single payer in America. Cohn says “if you can imagine a world in which we had such a system in place here, in the United States, I’m willing to virtually guarantee it would be light-years better that what we have ever have or have now.”

On today’s show, our guest @CitizenCohn briefly touched on the idea of single payer healthcare in America. Here’s what he said: pic.twitter.com/2CwDSS7SlC

— Radio Times (@whyyradiotimes) July 25, 2017

He says that politics are a roadblock to universal government provided care, but “if we ever get past this repeal debate we will start to see a conversation about ‘how that is a goal we can get to, how do we get there?’”

Listen to the full interview on Radio Times.

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