To the victor goes the spoils?
Following the failure of the skinny bill – generally seen as the GOP’s last-ditch effort to repeal and replace Obamacare – leading Democrats are now pushing towards the end zone to achieve their ultimate goal: a single-payer healthcare system.
From Allen B. West
Senator Bernie Sanders happily announced as much today during an interview on CNN.
As reported by The Hill: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Sunday that he will “absolutely” introduce legislation on single-payer healthcare now that the Senate GOP’s bill to repeal Obamacare has failed.
“Of course we are, we’re tweaking the final points of the bill and we’re figuring out how we can mount a national campaign to bring people together,” Sanders told Jake Tapper on CNN’s State of the Union.
(This certainly calls into question Senator McCain’s belief that the Democrats are going to leap at the opportunity for a bipartisan solution to amend Obamacare now that the GOP has failed to repeal it, doesn’t it?)Sanders does not go into detail about the bill but perhaps BernieSanders.comcan provide some insight into the sort of “federally administered single-payer health care program” will propose.
Sanders boasts on his page that this program will allow people “to start new businesses, stay home with their children or leave jobs they don’t like;” free patients from reaching into their wallets for anything other than their ID card (no co-pays, deductibles, coinsurance payments, or minimal premiums); and save the U.S. taxpayer $6 trillion dollars over 10 years to boot.
However, according to economist Chris Conover, Sanders’ “open bar-style plan” may actually cost taxpayers much more than Sanders claims, “The new federal taxes required to fund the Sanders health plan will be $36.3 trillion. In short, the Sanders health plan would require a 71 percent increase in federal spending over the next decade.
”Even the massive increase in taxes Sanders proposes to pay for his universal health care plan won’t be enough if Dr. Conover’s estimate is at least close to being right. Not only would the government have to heavily tax everyone who breathes and everything that moves to pay for free healthcare, one can reasonably expect government to deny healthcare services to some in order to save money.
As Sarah Palin once wrote, “government health care will not reduce the cost; it will simply refuse to pay the cost. And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course.”