September 24, 2016

THE HIGH COST OF "NO":

The Slow Slide Into Single-Payer Health Care (IB Times, 9/24/16)

For decades, liberal Democrats have been advocating a single-payer health care system where government pays all the bills. The public has never supported this idea, but it looks like the country is headed there anyway, slowly but surely.

The latest data from the Census Bureau show that just since President Obama took office, the number of Americans getting health care through a government program -- Medicare, Medicaid, the VA, etc. -- shot up by 32 million (an increase of more than 32%).

In contrast, the number of people getting coverage from private insurers has gone up 11.6 million (a gain of less than 6%).

The Congressional GOP's strategy of just trying to obstruct the UR--who they imagined an illegitimate and temporary figure, just as Democrats considered W--meant that they offered no alternatives to things like immigration reform and Obamacare, both 60-40 issues.  The former left room for Trump to rise, which will at least cost this eminently winnable presidential, potentially both houses of Congress and who knows what long term damage with everyone but older white men. The latter has just served to make an eventual National Health system more likely, where universal HSAs would have been preferable.  

Posted by at September 24, 2016 9:14 AM

  

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