Best of both worlds: Uniting universal coverage and personal choice in health care

Provide the best care for the most people. That’s the heart of our health care debate. But for too long, reform efforts – including the Affordable Care Act – have pitted our core values against one another. Universal coverage or personal choice? Affordability or quality? Fairness or compassion?

Americans shouldn’t have to choose. And under a Best of Both Worlds plan, they wouldn’t have to.

The Best of Both Worlds envisions a post-ACA health care system that covers all Americans, protects the poor and sick, and sustains high-quality, affordable, personal care. It combines what markets do best with policies to protect the most vulnerable.

Best of Both Worlds is both a detailed policy proposal and a statement of values. It seeks to answer a simple question: If we could design a health care system from scratch, what would we build, and why? The materials on this page will help you answer that question for yourself. Watch the video, read the summary, dive into the report, explore real-life scenarios, and see how your costs would compare.

 


 

 


 

"Best of both worlds" in the headlines

Henry Olsen, National Review Online
Ensuring choice and universal coverage

Mary Agnes Carey, Washington Post
A conservative re-envisioning of the health care overhaul

Jason Shafrin, Healthcare Economist
Best of Both Worlds

Hadley Heath, Independent Women's Forum
Alternative to Obamacare?


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