A lot of people I know in Bisbee are going for Bernie and I guess I know why. But in my view his "single payer" strategy is a hasty and opportunistic proposal that isn't going anywhere, even in Vermont.
What we need to learn is that "single payer" doesn't always mean Canada or France or England, the purely socialized systems.
I proposed a "single fund" universal health care for the U.S. in an academic journal about 20 years ago; the point is we can achieve a "single payer" system without abolishing private health insurance. We do this by requiring private insurance to meet government standards and to forbid private insurance to cherry pick, or attracting the well and letting someone else pay for those who are sick or who will likely turn out to be.
With Ron Rouse, I proposed such a system in New York in 1990 and while the late Governor Mario Cuomo flirted with the idea, he wound up not running. The plan details were outlined in Universal New York Health Care, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, September 6, 1990.) Here is a link: UNY NEJM.
A "single fund" approach to universal health care would require all private health insurance to meet the standards set out in Obamacare, with one major modification: Payment to hospitals and physicians would be based on federal standards; and underwriting (or avoiding the sick and likely-to-be-sick) would be forbidden and private insurance would be reduced to "carriers" of standardized health insurance for all. Of course there will be private hospitals where the well-to-do can rest comfortable out of sight of lesser mortals, but all in all, our health care system would be much like it is, but costing us less in the long run because we don't give insurance companies, medical technology companies, or the pharmaceutical industry the freedom to charge what they want. And they do.
We actually have flirted with reform our system keeping private insurance but making it standard, before, and the most famous case being the Nixon-Wilbur Mills proposed plan, which proposed using private insurance as carriers for federally-defined insurance, and payment to providers (physicians and hospitals) would be by Medicare using a national, health insurance fund as the source of payment.
The devil is in the details, but such a mixed system may be in our future.
I like Bernie but the hastiness in which he has submitted a "single payer" plan seems to me simply a way to peel away votes for him from Hillary, and if I were a woman I would be more than a little pissed. And the national Democratic party seems unable to point up that Bernie is "free riding" on the Democratic party even though he is a Democrat.
Bernie has left Hillary exposed to attacks by the right-wing even though his proposal is basically nothing but a slogan.
What a weird political system we have cooked up.