Editorial: Study of health care costs a good idea

March 19, 2013 9:15 am  • 

It’s hard to foot the bill for revolution if you don’t know what it will cost.

For years now, advocates of a single-payer health care system have been pushing for a revolution in health care. Among their claims: A single-payer system, in which the government pays for all health care costs rather than private insurers, is the cheapest way to provide quality care for all.

A new bill in the Oregon Legislature could help to test that notion: House Bill 3260 would direct the Oregon Health Authority to conduct a feasibility study on at least four options for financing health care delivery in the state, including a publicly financed single-payer system.

Other options that would be studied under the bill include:

-- One that allows a consumer to choose between a publicly funded plan and private insurance coverage and allows “fair and robust” competition between public plans and private insurance.

-- The current health care financing system in Oregon.

-- Any other options deemed worthy of consideration by the researchers doing the study.