SINGLE PAYER: WE’VE BEEN THERE, DONE THAT

In today’s American Spectator, I discuss the renewed calls for single payer health care that we’ve begun to hear since Obamacare exploded on the launch pad.

Well, our progressive friends are once again calling for single payer health care. The ironic pretext this time is that Obamacare has collapsed into chaos. The health care “reform” law they assured us would cure the ills of our medical delivery system is disintegrating before their eyes.

But the advocates of the “Affordable Care Act,” as these people stubbornly refer to it, refuse to accept that the crackup was caused by the inevitable incompetence of government bureaucrats.

They believe the real problem was avaricious insurance executives. Thus, people like Michael Moore, Paul Krugman and even Colin Powell urge us to cast out the money changers and wholly surrender our health care to the tender mercies of the federal government.

Powell’s contribution to this chorus was embarrassing. If he possessed any expertise in health care, he would know that the U.S. has spent nearly half a century experimenting with the kind of system he advocates.

Paul Krugman puts a name on this experiment in a recent pitch for single payer, ‘In this hypothetical system you wouldn’t have to shop for insurance, nor would you have to provide lots of personal details … we don’t have to imagine such a system, because it already exists. It’s called Medicare … So why don’t we just extend that system to cover everyone?’

That’s right. Medicare is a single payer health care system for seniors, and it is Exhibit A in the case against government-run health care. To read the rest of the column, click here.

Comments 1

  1. Bob Hertz wrote:

    You are correct to note that Medicare for all would require a lot more than ‘modest tax increases.’ Look at it this way:
    the ACA is in trouble because about 500,000 persons so far in the individual market have to pay higher premiums……
    well, under Medicare for all at least 40 million people and several million small businesses would have to pay higher taxes. There is no single pay plan in the world that gets by on less than a 16 per cent payroll tax and/or a 7-10 per cent national sales tax

    I would comment on your very last paragraph though. A free market plan has many virtues, but voluntary insurance is never universal.
    There still has to be a safety net.

    Posted 13 Jan 2014 at 8:27 am

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