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Reid: Obama-Care Just First Step To Single Payer

From the Las Vegas Sun:

Reid says Obamacare just a step toward eventual single-payer system

By Karoun Demirjian | August 10, 2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid… said he thinks the country has to “work our way past” insurance-based health care during a Friday night appearance on Vegas PBS’ program “Nevada Week in Review.” …

When then asked by panelist Steve Sebelius whether he meant ultimately the country would have to have a health care system that abandoned insurance as the means of accessing it, Reid said: “Yes, yes. Absolutely, yes.”

The idea of introducing a single-payer national health care system to the United States, or even just a public option, sent lawmakers into a tizzy back in 2009, when Reid was negotiating the health care bill.

“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,” Reid said on the PBS program, recalling how then-Sen. Joe Lieberman’s opposition to the idea of a public option made them abandon the notion and start from scratch.

Eventually, Reid decided the public option was unworkable. “We had to get a majority of votes,” Reid said. “In fact, we had to get a little extra in the Senate, we have to get 60.”

But there was "a tremendous number of people" who wanted it. Trust him.

Reid cited the post-WWII auto industry labor negotiations that made employer-backed health insurance the norm, remarking that “we’ve never been able to work our way out of that” before predicting that Congress would someday end the insurance-based health care system…

Mr. Reid is undoubtedly telling the truth for once. In fact, it’s the only explanation as to why Obama-Care is such a impractical mess, even by the usual low government standards. It was always intended to fail, so that the country would then cry-out a single payer system.

Meanwhile, we have this further enlightenment, via the Washington Post:

Clyburn: Democrats structured Obamacare to use in 2014 election

By Aaron Blake | August 11, 2013

House Assistant Minority Leader James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Sunday that Democrats deliberately structured Obamacare to use as an issue in the 2014 election.

During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” host Candy Crowley noted that many of the law’s more popular items (coverage for pre-existing conditions, for example) kick in in 2014, while the part requiring all employers to provide health insurance, for instance, was delayed until after the 2014 election.

“The fact of the matter is, we will be running on Obamacare in 2014. In fact, we set it up to run on it in 2014,” Clyburn said. “All that you’re talking about right now kicks in as of January 1, 2014. We will start doing the exchanges on October 1, 2013.” …

Mr. Clyburn must have slept through Obama’s delaying the employer mandate until after the midterms. And Obama has also basically delayed verifying the incomes claimed on applications for Obama-Care subsidies. And, for that matter, he has even delayed verifying whether people have insurance or not, until after the midterms.

Clyburn noted that Social Security and Medicare weren’t popular when they were first instituted either, but now people don’t like Congress to make any changes to the programs.

“They will be saying the same thing 10 or 15 years from now about Obamacare,” Clyburn said.

So he is admitting that Obama-Care is not popular now? And that it’s going to be a financial disaster just like Social Security and Medicare?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, August 12th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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