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April 27, 2020

Gerald Friedman, Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Appendix: estimating the cost of coverage for the newly unemployed

  1. The number of first-time unemployment claims for the three weeks ending April 17, 2020 is 26.5 million from the Department of Labor.[6]

  2. Two estimates are used for the share of first-time unemployment claims.  The Econom...

Rising premiums and declining coverage have led growing numbers of Americans to consider a system of national health insurance, a system of Medicare for All.  A majority of Democrats in the House of Representatives, 15 senators, and large majorities of Democratic presidential primary voters have endorsed Medicare for All. Recently, we endorsed Medicare for all in an open...

We are economists interested in public policy and healthcare. Some of us have worked to estimate the cost of alternative healthcare programs. Others have reviewed such estimates. We believe the available research supports the conclusion that a program of Medicare for All (M4A) could be considerably less expensive than the current system, reducing waste and profiteering i...

March 29, 2019


Growing public support for universal health coverage through a public program has provoked increasing attention to the question of how to finance such a program. There should not be any controversy about our ability to pay for universal health care. Given the nearly universal agreement that the current health-care system involves administrative waste and monopol...


As a country, the United States spends significantly more on health care than other advanced industrialized count-ries, and Americans have comparably worse health out-comes.  Both are developments of the last four decades.  In this paper, we present a marco, long term explanation of these adverse changes by looking at the evolution of antitrust and patent laws in...

January 14, 2019


This economic analysis explores the implications of a single payer health plan in the state of Ohio if it were to go into effect in 2019. The Act would replace Ohio’s current multi-payer system in which individuals, private businesses and government entities pay public and private insurers for health care coverage. The Act would establish a state health plan to f...

October 9, 2017

Hopbrook Director, Gerald Friedman,  joined David Pakman to discuss the predicted costs associated with Bernie Sanders' Medicare-for-all proposal back on Oct. 8, 2017.

September 28, 2017

Public support for single-payer health care has been rising in recent months amid failed Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

That’s perhaps why Sen. Bernie Sanders on September 13 introduced a new version of his single-payer plan with the support of 16 Democratic colleagues, a sharp rise from 2013 when none signed on to a similar proposa...

November 1, 2012

Hopbrook Director, Gerald Friedman, discussing single-payer plan in Maryland and how it would cover everyone, improve outcomes and make business more competitive. Originally published back on July 31, 2012. 

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