Hillary was supposed to win. Obamacare collapses and the democrats would demand a single payer solution- by force is necessary- and with the help of the establishment Republicans. Why? Because if they own your health, they own your life. They own your kid’s health…well what would you do for your kids?
But Trump won, and those who would seize even more control are thwarted. The Republicans will just slow things down to cause trouble. The democrats will just out and out demand the change.
For years, Republicans savaged Democrats for supporting the Affordable Care Act, branding the law — with some rhetorical license — as a government takeover of health care.
Now, cast out of power in Washington and most state capitals, Democrats and activist leaders seeking political redemption have embraced an unlikely-seeming cause: an actual government takeover of health care.
At rallies and in town hall meetings, and in a collection of blue-state legislatures, liberal Democrats have pressed lawmakers, with growing impatience, to support the creation of a single-payer system, in which the state or federal government would supplant private health insurance with a program of public coverage. And in California on Thursday, the Democrat-controlled State Senate approved a preliminary plan for enacting single-payer system, the first serious attempt to do so there since then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, vetoed legislation in 2006 and 2008.
. . . . In a sign of shifting sympathies, most House Democrats have now endorsed a single-payer proposal. Party strategists say they expect that the 2020 presidential nominee will embrace a broader version of public health coverage than any Democratic standard-bearer has in decades.
A prominent labor union leader and Bernie supporter notes that there has been a “cultural shift” on health care since ObamaCare was passed.
The NYT continues:
RoseAnn DeMoro, the executive director of National Nurses United and the California Nurses Association, powerful labor groups that back single-payer care, said the issue had reached a “boiling point” on the left.
“There is a cultural shift,” said Ms. DeMoro, who was a prominent backer of Mr. Sanders. “Health care is now seen as something everyone deserves. It’s like a national light went off.”
No, not really. This is a forced change in our society by the pressure of liberal media and political lies. The Republicans who don’t want it should push British NHS horror stories every day with the lead- “And this is what socialized medicine looks like.”
But they don’t, which makes you think they may want to foist it upon us.
Part of that effort is to convince people healthcare is a right. Access to healthcare in America should be available to all. Coverage should not be mandatory or expensive. Somehow, the democrats have managed to force one on us and by doing so, created the other. And at the same time convince many stupid Facebook/social media types that the mess is a “right.”
If the answer to their funding problem is the typical leftist go-to of higher taxes, they may be in for a surprise. Voters may support single-payer health care in theory, but when they find out how much it costs, their support dwindles.
There’s one other thing that’s fairly consistent among the states that have proposed single-payer systems in recent years: When voters find out how much a single-payer system will cost, they are much less likely to support one.
Single-payer advocates learned that lesson last year in Colorado at the ballot box, as the state turned blue for Hillary Clinton even as 79 percent of voters said “no” to single-payer health care.
Other polling bears out that relationship. A recent poll commissioned by the California Association of Health Underwriters, found that 66 percent of California residents are opposed to single-payer health care. Opposition increased to 75 percent when those polled were told the price tag for the system is $179 billion annually—which is actually lower than what the legislative analysis suggests.
Democrats are aware of this, of course, and as Reason notes, their idea for bypassing these pesky fiscal and public support issues is to regain control of Congress and the White House.
A single-payer system at the federal level would have the same fiscal problems, of course, but unlike state governments that are required to balance their budgets annually, a nationally single-payer system would just be added to the federal government’s ever-growing tab.
That’s not necessarily better, but it would offer something of a solution to the problem of how to pay for a hugely expensive new entitlement. Until Democrats control the federal government, though, state-level efforts like the ones in New York and California are likely to continue percolating.
This may be their goal, but it does not play well with voters who don’t like the idea of crushing new taxes and/or of adding trillions to our national debt. Who can forget Bernie squirming unhappily when pressed on how he’d pay for his “Medicare for All” boondoggle?
All about the taxes and the control. The government taxes you for bad healthcare thus keeping billions of your money, but makes it the only girl at the dance, so you submit.
We see the politics of Social Security, Medicare, Welfare. We see the struggle of states and the nation trying to figure out how to cut costs and save money, because eventually they will run out. Do you want that politics and pressure getting between you and your family’s healthcare?
That’s the trouble with all of this. You hear single payer, start running and take your family with you.