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Single-Payer No Fix for Obamacare

Monday, 27 January 2014 01:28 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Short of repeal, few can doubt that with flat tires on the rollout, sub-dismal enrollment numbers, and many millions of citizens facing a cancelled policy calamity and approved option sticker shocks, Obamacare needs a big fix. The “solution” is one that Big Government nanny-state acolytes had in mind from the beginning.
While President Obama claims that the inappropriately-labelled “Affordable Care Act” is not “a Trojan Horse for a single-payer system,” it would require an Olympic medal-winning high-jump leap of faith to imagine otherwise.
Speaking to the Annual Conference of the American Medical Association on June 15, he said: “Let me also address a illegitimate concern that's being put forward by those who are claiming that a public option is somehow a Trojan horse for a single-payer system. I'll be honest; there are countries where a single-payer system works pretty well. But I believe — and I've taken some flak from members of my own party for this belief — that it's important for our reform efforts to build on our traditions here in the United States. So when you hear the naysayers claim that I'm trying to bring about government-run healthcare, know this: They're not telling the truth.” 
Compare this with a statement he made speaking to the Illinois AFL-CIO on June 30, 2003: “I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal healthcare program. I see no reason why the United States of America, the wealthiest country in the history of the world, spending 14 percent of its Gross National Product on healthcare cannot provide basic health insurance to everybody. And that’s what Jim is talking about when he says everybody in, nobody out. A single-payer healthcare plan, a universal healthcare plan. And that’s what I’d like to see.”
And then the big punch line: “But as all of you know, we may not get there immediately. Because first we have to take back the White House, we have to take back the Senate, and we have to take back the House.”
Despite then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s excited anticipation to find out what was in the unread Affordable Care Act legislation after it passed, it obviously fell short of providing the single-payer public plan her heart desired. Yet in a June MSNBC interview with Ed Schultz she explained that it was nevertheless a victory, moving the nation closer to that goal.
Schultz asked if her philosophy was to “Take what you can get and move it forward?” she responded: “I wanted to have a bill that accomplished the same things as a single-payer or a public option would do. Even if we couldn’t get the votes in the Senate to do the public option. And I believe we did that.”
Senate leader Harry Reid made clear during a Las Vegas PBS program “Nevada Week in Review”interview last August that Obamacare was just a step toward an eventual government-run single-payer system. When the reporter asked him to clarify whether he favored a healthcare system that would fully abandon insurance, Reid left absolutely no doubt. He answered, “Yes, yes. Absolutely yes.”
Acknowledging that the votes simply weren’t there to pass a single-payer bill from the get-go, Reid said:  “We had a real good run at the public option — don’t think we didn’t have a tremendous number of people who wanted a single-payer system.”
The reason that Obama, Reid, Pelosi, and Co. didn’t brand the ACA as what it is — a single-payer pathway to socialized medicine — is because the majority of the American electorate who don’t trust government bureaucrats to control and manage their healthcare options would never have supported it. So instead, they substituted the moniker “public option” as a more benign code word meaning the same thing.
Since that gigantic, poorly crafted, Trojan Horse has now been pushed out of the barn into the public courtyard of public scrutiny, growing numbers of citizens looking that gift horse in the mouth don’t like what they see. So with widespread Obamacare disapproval growing the beleaguered president came up with a fix of his own. That solution is to fix blame and responsibility for messing up the world’s most successful healthcare program upon the industry and regulators.
In relentless pursuit of his signature legislation President Obama is proving to be the transformative figure he promised to be. Within five short years he and his cohorts have transformed one-sixth of America’s economy to a monumental wealth redistribution complex where government bureaucrats decide all the rules.
If allowed to continue, it will lead to an even larger single-payer system disaster littered with canceled policies and desperate consumers with limited one-size-fits-all alternatives which leave our nation in a terrible fix that we can’t afford.
Larry Bell is a professor and endowed professor at the University of Houston, where he directs the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture and heads the graduate program in space architecture. He is author of “Climate of Corruption: Politics and Power Behind the Global Warming Hoax,” and his professional aerospace work has been featured on the History Channel and the Discovery Channel-Canada. Read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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