That’s all Obamacare ever was, you know.
The “Medicare for All Act of 2017” would repeal Obamacare, along with most other private and public insurance, and replace it with a government-run, one-size-fits-all, centrally directed system of reimbursement for medical expenses. Sanders, who honeymooned in the Soviet Union, holds the same opinion of health insurance as he does antiperspirants: “You don’t necessarily need a choice of 23 underarm spray deodorants or of 18 different sneakers when children are hungry in this country.”
Senators Harris, Booker, Gillibrand, and Warren, who in addition to cosponsoring the bill may soon be fighting each other, as well as Sanders, for the Democratic nomination, are generals re-enacting the last war. They saw how well Sanders did against Clinton, they have marched in the anti-Trump “resistance” movement, and they want to inoculate themselves from accusations of ideological heresy.
Which is why they embrace the thin-skinned and irritable senator whose wife is under federal investigation. What the copycats forget is the future in politics is never a straight-line projection of the present, much less of the bizarre circumstances surrounding the 2016 Democratic primary. “Medicare for All” might strike Warren & co. today as legislation worthy of support for reasons both moral and self-interested. In time, however, palling around with Bernie Bros may become a liability.
For one thing, the policy is remarkably vague. “Mr. Sanders did not say how he would pay for his bill,” writes Robert Pear of the New York Times. “Aides said he would issue a list of financing options.” The “options” are not included in the bill—but they are enough to raise the hair on the back of one’s neck.
The experiences of Vermont, whose single-payer system collapsed several years ago, and of California and New Jersey, whose true-blue legislatures can’t carry single payer across the finish line, and of Colorado, which voted overwhelmingly against a similar plan last year, suggest the tax increases necessary to sustain expanded coverage frighten even Democrats.
Hey, I thought you morons fixed all that with Obamacare, right? You remember, the “Affordable” Care Act? It was supposed to guarantee universal access to health care—for FREE, no less—and at the same time lower the cost, wasn’t it?
And now here they come again, peddling that same old pig in a poke; they’re even by-God brazen enough to use the exact same damned words. “Universal access.” “Lower costs.” I heard some Democrat-Socialist Congressprick on NPR doing precisely that just yesterday. Even the liberal NPR hack interviewing the lying putz seemed flabbergasted by the sheer twisted illogic of the thing. I would love to have seen video footage of the interview, just to see if the greasy shitweasel managed to keep a straight face.
And once they finally do get total government control over the health care system—and make no mistake, they will—well, that’s it, game over. It will NEVER go away short of an actual violent overthrow of the government. After all, it never has, in any and every other country in which it’s been tried.
Nope, the government-health-care “solution,” like love and diamonds, is forever. Just another of those things we’ll all have to learn to get used to and “absorb,” like the occasional Muslim terrorist atrocity, I guess.