If we didn’t have such a muddled mess in this country, the objective would be to provide health care to everybody. Then you wouldn’t need health insurance or insurance companies, but we’re too far in the hole to get out.
Doing away with insurance companies altogether just won’t fly. They have too much money to spend to defeat such a plan.
Given a chance businesses would likely opt out of providing coverage to employees now because it costs so much.
If it comes, when it comes, I think national health coverage will come fast. Something is going to happen to make health care an overwhelming urgency.
It took the Great Depression to create Social Security. It will take another national emergency to get national health insurance. But I don’t think it’s too far away now.