Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore, whose 2007 documentary "Sicko" slammed the health care industry, blasted Obamacare Wednesday as "awful."
"That is the dirty little secret many liberals have avoided saying out loud for fear of aiding the president’s enemies, at a time when the ideal of universal health care needed all the support it could get," Moore — whose "Bowling For Columbine" won an Academy Award — wrote in an op-ed piece for The New York Times
On the day millions got coverage
under the Affordable Care Act, the documentary filmmaker blasted the troubled law as a "pro-insurance industry plan" badly implemented by President Obama "who knew in his heart that a single-payer, Medicare-for-all model was the true way to go."
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"... Obamacare’s rocky start — clueless planning, a lousy website, insurance companies raising rates, and the president’s telling people they could keep their coverage when, in fact, not all could" was all the result of that "one fatal flaw," he wrote.
Obama, he charged, took "Romneycare, a program designed to keep the private insurance industry intact, and just improved some of its provisions."
He also laid into the law's affordability, saying it's akin to "a cruel joke" — using the example of a 60-year-old couple making $65,000 a year who'd be stuck with premiums of nearly $12,000 a year and a deductible of $12,600 a year.
"If both become seriously ill, they might have to pay almost $25,000 in a single year," he wrote.
Moore touted Vermont's single-payer plan
, starting in 2017, saying it "will change everything, with many states sure to follow suit by setting up their own versions."
"Obamacare can’t be fixed by its namesake," Moore concluded. "It’s up to us to make it happen.
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