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Krauthammer: Obamacare Single Payer Would've Been 'Logical, Simple'

By Wanda Carruthers   |   Monday, 24 Mar 2014 11:34 AM

A less complicated system for Obamacare would have worked much better compared to the healthcare law's "insane hybrid" of government and insurers, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said.

"A single-payer system would at least have been logical and simple," Krauthammer told "Fox & Friends" on Monday.

"This sort of insane hybrid, which is, essentially, the federal government taking over and directing and making tens of thousands of pages of regulations for the insurers, is a system that doesn't work. And everybody can see it," he added.

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In a single-payer system, the government directs healthcare costs rather than insurers. Obamacare is a regulatory overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system, in which the federal government coordinates the law's implementation with states and insurers.

Democrats, particularly those running for re-election in 2014, understood Obamacare was a "disaster," Krauthammer said. If the goal was to provide insurance for uninsured individuals, he said the government could have devised a "targeted effort." However, he argued that was not the goal of Democrats.

"They don't want targeted solutions. They want to take stuff over. That's what Obama did," he said.

It was a ruse to justify changing the healthcare system as a way to provide health insurance to those who previously did not have it, Krauthammer suggested.

"They have changed the system entirely, gratuitously, using the uninsured as the excuse of doing it. That, I think, is the fundamental deception underlying it all," he said.

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