When Obamacare was being passed, some conservatives said darkly that it was just a stalking horse for the Democrats’ Holy Grail, a single-payer program, through which the government provides health care for all.
These conservatives said Obamacare wasn’t workable, that Democrats knew it, and that once it failed, they would be calling for single-payer in order to fix it.
Was there a master plan? Probably in the minds of some of the more sophisticated players. And at the very least, many Democrats figured they had single payer in their back pocket, knowing that once health care was considered a “right” by more people and the free-market option for fixing Obamacare was throwing people off of the private insurance rolls, government health care would look more appealing.
Well. Here’s Bernie from Sunday.
The Affordable Care Act has problems — deductibles are too high, copayments are too high — we have to address that. But I also want to say, that there’s something wrong when we remain the only country not to guarantee health care to all people as a right. I am going to go forward with a Medicare-for-all single payer program, and I think that’s the direction, long term, that we should be going.
True, Sanders has supported single-payer for some time and hasn’t been deceptive or even bashful about it. But if Republicans fail to pass some kind of “Obamacare repeal,” Democrats will increasingly be popping up on your Sunday morning news shows linking Obamacare problems and a future move toward single-payer.
It’s a classic, time-honored and, unfortunately, proven liberal strategy. Give people benefits, get them hooked, and then offer them more. Certainly don’t take any goodies away.
According to a Pew poll released Friday, the number of people in March 2014 who supported a “single national government program” stood at 21 percent. Today, it is 33 percent, an increase of 57 percent.
And tomorrow? If Republicans don’t put the gears in reverse, “progress” will continue.