One of the reasons to read the wingnut press is to take their temperature of those things that they think Americans will be demanding that will upset their funders. Charles Krauthammer had a piece in the NJ last week intriguingly called: The road to single-payer health care.
But there is an ideological consideration that could ultimately determine the fate of any Obamacare replacement. Obamacare may turn out to be unworkable, indeed doomed, but it is having a profound effect on the zeitgeist: It is universalizing the idea of universal coverage.
Interesting, right? There’s more:
As Obamacare continues to unravel, it won’t take much for Democrats to abandon that Rube Goldberg wreckage and go for the simplicity and the universality of Medicare-for-all. Republicans will have one last chance to try to convince the country to remain with a market-based system, preferably one encompassing all the provisions that, for procedural reasons, had been left out of their latest proposal.
Don’t be surprised, however, if, in the end, single-payer wins out. Indeed, I wouldn’t be terribly surprised if Donald Trump, reading the zeitgeist, pulls the greatest 180 since Disraeli dished the Whigs in 1867 (by radically expanding the franchise) and joins the single-payer side.
That’s a clear warning that the public is pretty tired of the insurance business bullshit and that single payer may indeed be close to gaining a lot of acceptance as the real solution.
Yesterday, Vox ran this piece: I ran a focus group with Trump voters. Half said they support single-payer.
We were in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, sitting in a sparse conference room at a big white table. Perry, who co-owns the research firm PerryUndem, asked the six-member group a question: Who likes Canada’s health insurance system? Who wishes we had something like that?
Half of the hands shot up.
But our focus group participants were onto something. Lately, there has been a surprising groundswell of support for universal coverage — and even single-payer — among Trump allies.
And all of this arguably starts with Trump himself, who campaigned on providing health insurance for everybody.
Trump did say that there would be insurance to cover everybody. And clearly people are seeing that making sure everyone has a way to pay for health care without insurance company interference is pretty attractive.
So why not work with this? We know that Bernie Sanders intends to put a Medicare-for-All bill up soon. This is the place to really push the idea, to get that idea out to everyone as the fix to Obamacare. As we all know, this will have a fairly high initial expense, so getting it through this Congress is unlikely. But this is a Democratic idea whose time seems to have come, so why not talk about a solution that more and more people want?