Congressional Republicans failed to repeal and replace Obamacare, now Democrats want to take this destructive policy a step further. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has come together with other Democrats to promote a single payer system, despite the consistent proof of failure. Republicans must work quickly to dismantle Obamacare or they will be stuck defending it against a system far worse.
Sanders has introduced a bill into the Senate that provides Medicare for all Americans as the nation’s primary health insurance program.
The problem with this idea of a single payer system for health insurance is that we already know it does not work. Sanders’ own state of Vermont is clear evidence of this fact. In 2014, Vermont attempted to be the herald of single payer success, but as Governor Peter Shumlin soon realized — the state could not afford it. When he announced he would no longer be attempting to implement the program, he noted the 11.5 percent tax to businesses and 9.5 percent premium hike to individuals “might hurt our economy.” The Vermont legislation had received approval from the state legislature before the financing element was included. When state representatives realized the plan would not be the cost saver they had been promised, support fell dramatically.
As Jack Mozloom, spokesman for the National Federation of Independent Business told Politico, “If cobalt blue Vermont couldn’t find a way to make single-payer happen, then it’s very unlikely that any other state will. There will never be a good time for a massive tax increase on employers and consumers in Vermont, so they should abandon that silly idea now and get serious.”
Nonetheless, three years later California attempted the same system. Last week, the plan failed California just like it did Vermont. The California legislature also passed a bill with no funding mechanisms put in place to pay for a large, statewide Medicare for all plan. As the New Republic of June 30 reported, when analysis came out showing the plan would cost $400 billion to implement, $200 billion which would be of new spending, legislators began backtracking. A smart decision considering this price tag is twice as much as the entire state’s budget.
Consistently, states realize no matter how much they may want a single payer system, it is not economically feasible.
In California, the state already faces a $1.6 billion budget deficit this year and the state faces unfunded liabilities of almost $1 trillion. As the Daily Wire’s Aaron Bandler makes clear, “Given that the Tax Foundation has already ranked California as having the sixth-highest tax rates in the nation, the ensuing tax rates from implementing a single-payer health care bill system would be even more onerous and cripple the state’s economy. The problem with creating utopia is that reality eventually kicks in and the attempted utopia turns into a living nightmare, which is why states that have tried to implement single-payer have failed to do so.”
The single payer system has failed in the most liberal states in the country. If anyone was going to make the system work, one would think it would be a state like California where Democrats maintain supermajorities in both chambers of the state legislature. They could write this law any way they wanted, yet they still could not write it in a way that made it economically feasible.
Despite clear dependable proof, even from his home state, Bernie Sanders is still pushing “Medicare for all” agenda.
As Betsey McCaughey of the New York Post writes, “BernieCare guarantees you hospital care, doctors’ visits, dental and vision care, mental health, and even long-term care, all courtesy of Uncle Sam… But read the fine print. You’ll get care only if it’s ‘medically necessary’ and ‘appropriate.’ Government bureaucrats will decide, and they’ll be under pressure to cut spending… Limiting costs will mean also limiting how many mammograms, colonoscopies, hip replacements and other procedures Americans are allowed.”
We see this across the world. The Harvard Business Review found in August, Britain’s National Health Service, one of the oldest single-payer systems in the world, is experiencing a funding crisis. The report notes that wait times are at an all-time high; patients are expected to wait 18 weeks just for a specialist referral, patients regularly wait up to 15 months for a cataract removal surgery (a 30-minute procedure), and most emergency rooms cannot even meet their goal wait time of 4 hours. The government, just like in California and Vermont, cannot actually afford to give every citizen the care they deserve.
Luckily, Republicans in Congress are stepping up their efforts to create another option.
This week U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham(R-S.C.), Bill Cassidy(R-La.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), and former Senator Rick Santorum came together to offer a plan which removes the individual and employer mandates of Obamacare while providing states with block grants to take control over their healthcare system plus waivers to get out from under the law’s crushing regulations.
As Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning explains:
[The Cassidy-Graham bill] is the last best chance for Republicans to keep their basic promise to repeal and replace Obamacare… It increases flexibility for the states and respects them through its common-sense block grant formula, giving state legislatures a key role in offering lower-cost health insurance alternatives to their citizens. States are also empowered to apply for waivers from Obamacare regulations, allowing insurers to offer similar lower-cost alternatives to consumers.”
If Republicans do not repeal and replace Obamacare now, they risk defending it later against the single payer system Sanders and the left want to create. Despite proof of failure, the left still wants to rally behind a Medicare for all plan; it is the job of Republicans in Congress not to give them that opportunity.
Well we know who we have to thank for this current predicament – those swamp dwelling creeps John McCain and Lisa Murkowski.
John McCain is an extraordinarily good man, an example of the finest conservative thought and a Republican of the highest order. I consider him exemplary and endeavor to follow his example. When he speaks, I listen carefully. A patriot who deserves our respect and attention.
LOL. I was on the fence on whether or not you were a troll.
But this post pretty much confirms it.
I had wondered whether or not you would attack a war hero.
But your post more than confirms it. What a scoundrel you are to do so, and I mean that sincerely. Your lack of patriotism disgusts me.
Wow, this has been quite a week for antiquated words. First dotard and now scoundrel.
Have trolls started time travelling?
It is outrageous that you would call for conservatives and Republicans to come here and then trash a good conservative and Republican — indeed, the part’s standard bearer, candidate for President — and war hero.
Have you no shame? This disgusts me. You call me a troll simply for my opinion that John McCain is a good man.
That you also believe scoundrel is an antiquated word classifies you in your own way.
No wonder the Republican party fails at implementing its agenda. The divisiveness that breeds in this cesspool is worse than any swamp.
It is disgusting that both sides call their Candidates “good men” then these individuals do nothing but say Americans don’t want to work while they sit on their fat wallets an watch our border be crossed unabated (attacked) and allow illegal employment, then say we need immigration reform.
Senator Mcains heroism ends with the Vietnam War.
How come he has not stepped-up to defend the American worker?
We can’t criticize McCain because he is a war hero? Dumbest argument ever. His military service is admirable, but irrelevant.
John McCain is obviously no conservative, but neither is he is a leftist in disguise. His only consistency is a craven addiction to media adoration. He loves being the maverick, becoming the center of attention every time he betrays Republicans. He is a media whore, plain and simple, the best example of a swamp dweller that quit paying attention to his constituents years ago.
John McCain is a walking advertisement for term limits and a mandatory retirement age. He, Pelosi and Maxine Waters are birds of a feather. They all need to go sit on the porch of some nice retirement home and talk about how the cows in the adjacent field are conspiring against us.
I respect his military service, but I bet even Mitch McConnell is getting tired of his antics. McCain is not a team player, and his newfound love for Obamacare will only help the Democrats in the midterm elections.
OK then – how’s about I have everyone in my office whose insurance premiums are going up starting October 1 to thank you as well as John McCain. Since it’s trolls like you who keep voting that swamp dwelling creep back into office
Oh and FYI, since McCain self identifies with Teddy Roosevelt who was part of the “Progressive era” – it’s slander to call him a conservative.
Sen. John McCain (D-Ariz). May even happen before 2018.
Some form of single payer system would be the least worst thing to happen to the average American, particularly in this new era of crushing deductibles, freelancing, on call schedules, and the gig economy.
Ergo it will never happen. Can’t do things for Americans after all, it’s un-American!
I disagree. I think forcing another major disruption in medical care onto people is a foolish mistake. We need look no further than Venezuela to see that socialism fails every time. We couldn’t possibly afford government health care (for that’s the true meaning of single payer. Americans will also never tolerate the tax rates that would be required to cover the cost of single payer. The economy would suffer significantly with such a large tax increase, anyway.
You can also stop using the expression “Medicare for All.”. Think “the VA system from a couple years ago. When people died waiting to see a doctor, and staff threw away waiting lists so that no one would realize how long the wait time really was, THAT is want single payer would actually be.
The VA system is not comparable to Medicare for all by a long shot, and I think you know that. Hospitals and staff are all still private under a single payer system.
Americans are already paying too much for poor coverage and outcomes in which medical decision making must be filtered through for profit insurance companies which increasingly exert oligarchic pressure on the healthcare system.
I’d rather take a tax increase than increasingly punitive premiums and deductibles; I suspect most Americans and their employers (who also already paying through the nose) would agree.
Medicare for all would also allow us to eliminate Medicaid.
How are you going to pay for this amazing system that will cure all the Ills of our system? Most people currently on Medicare paid into the system for 40-50 years before they received the first benefit . They also currently pay a premium for the portion that covers all outpatent care. Who pays for those who can’t afford their premiums? Don’t you realize how high the premiums have to be since it would cover people who haven’t pre-paid much of it?
You are naive if you believe single payer would not become government provided healthcare. Doctors see Medicare patients for a reduced fee. They can’t afford to accept that reduced amount for every patient. Eventually, doctors will give up their practice, retire early, etc. Very few will go to med school knowing that they can’t make enough to make the time and huge expense of their education worthwhile. The only way single payer works is if it morphs into government provided healthcare. And then the quality of care suffers greatly.
Don’t be fooled. The whole purpose of the ACA was to eventually get to government healthcare. People like Bernie think the government should provide for your every little need.
providers will be fine with increased volume and assured payments. yes they may have to settle for the five bedroom home instead of the six, but such is life. Many Americans have to settle for cat food to satisfy their premiums after all.
as for the tax cost, spread out over the entire populace it is still cheaper than the current model in which insurers have to satisfy their shareholders first, adding a huge layer of cost.
Plus trillions of debts and deficits don’t seem to matter when we’re invading third world dumps and then building them roads, hospitals, and schools while ours are crumbling eh?
quality of care is already awful in the US compared to every single other first world nation; even some of the old Eastern bloc nations have better healthcare outcomes than we do.
I see you’ve been reading some of the propaganda about the quality of care in the US compared to other countries. You have not considered that the countries with government healthcare do a great deal of rationing. If they aren’t sure of a good outcome, you aren’t treated. You can wait a year for a hernia repair, or six months to get an MRI to see if that lump looks cancerous. Only the US has innovations that are used worldwide. Government run healthcare doesn’t provide opportunities for innovations and improvement. Babies born with severe disabilities are left to die in such a system. You often see a nurse when you should really see a doctor because there aren’t enough docs to go around.
You say docs can earn less. That’s true. But I would not go through all the time and expense and debt of med school to make less than my plumber does. I would choose a different career as many in Europe have. A doctor shortage is the inevitable result of “free healthcare.”
And docs can make it up in volume? You expect them to make half as much, but work twice as long? Great idea!
And you have again fallen back on the old argument that someone else can pay. I’m already paying for healthcare for several complete strangers. How many more do you think I should have to pay for? How many more before the taxpayers revolt and refuse to pay anything at all?
We have come to think that society owes us everything. We shouldn’t have to lift a finger, but we should still be cared for. After all, food, housing and healthcare are all necessary, so they should be given for free. Right?
I don’t believe a society can survive once the people start to believe that they are owed anything without earning it. It’s an inevitable downhill slide once that attitude becomes the norm. You can study any civilization and see such results.
A simple question then: What nation has instituted some form of public health care (single payer/socialist/whatever) and then backed out of it?
None, but the reason is simple, and it’s the only reason we still have the ACA.: Once a society gives freebies – no matter what they are – it’s almost impossible to take them away. It doesn’t matter whether it’s something we all need, like healthcare, or something frivolous like giving everyone a fresh cantaloupe every day. Once you get used to having that cantaloupe, you aren’t going to be willing to pay for it yourself or do without.
The socialist state cannot sustain itself. Eventually, more and more people earning low wages will find it more lucrative to abandon work for welfare. The Islamic immigrants coming to the EU aren’t coming for work, they are coming for the freebies. The Mexican immigrants coming to the USA are also coming for freebies. In the EU case, it is well over 90%. In the USA case it is over 70%.
If people don’t start to back Trump and Trump stay loyal to the Americanism agenda Bernie will be the next President and it will be no different than Bernie Madoff.
Which freebies are those? Might you enumerate them for us?
The earned income tax credit is a freebie. When someone gets more back on their Federal return than they had payed in that is a freebie, if that increases the debt and personal taxes increase on others that is income redistribution. I used to see this in my weekly payroll.
Furthermore I personally believe that it may contribute to a higher divorce rate.
It would be a good study to see if the divorce rate increased as the EI credit became implemented. I wonder if foreigners get this also, I would not know I employ American ONLY.
Of course, I am assuming you are questioning the actual freebies for them illegal aliens and not referring to the fact that nothing is free, especially to the US taxpayers. Let’s take a low ball figure of $10k per student spent per year on K-12 education which is free to them illegal aliens, but cost US taxpayers a pant load of money. How about those free trips to the ERs across the US that them illegal aliens get to enjoy per the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act? I think Ann Coulter wrote a book on this subject if you truly care.
Definitely interested in discovering more about these “freebies” handed out by govt to illegal aliens. Are you suggesting that illegal aliens don’t pay taxes? From what I read, they pay taxes like everyone else but don’t get the benefits the rest get, such as Social Security (as I’m sure you know, SS taxes are deducted from all paychecks). School and medical benefits? Is that it?
Meanwhile, HHS Sec Tom Price is chartering private jets for his travel, a departure from prior practice but now par for the course for the new cabinet.
The illegal immigrants that use fake credentials to get a job do pay taxes, just like everyone else who completes a W-2 form.
However the ones that are paid under the table (common in construction, landscaping, agriculture, etc) most certainly DO NOT (except sales tax).
Now if you had to guess, which situation do you think is more common?
As a Va. Licensed Contractor I can write checks and issue a 1099.
As long as I do not have W/2-W/4 employees I am *NOT* subject to the random VEC audits performed under The Va. Unemployment Compensation Act.
And in some cases General tractors in the Lynchburg are were and the bonehead
at the Lynchburg VEC will classify the as “bona-fide independent contractors”
I’m guessing that both situations happen for US citizens and legal and illegal residents alike. It’s the employer’s decision, not up to the worker.
I don’t know much first-hand, but based on what I read there is ample evidence illegals overpay taxes because they do not file to get refunds of overpayments.
Don’t back peddle now.
I haven’t even had a chance to discuss the bogus HUD rental payment program.
Please stay focused on illegal aliens and illegal employment and employers.
NO THEY DON’T!!!!
Please use your Freedom to verify.
Nr: 315838888 Juan Loredo
Please post his Federal Tax I.D. number, his Va. Employment Commission Account number , also please confirm his Va tax filings.
While waiting you can also feel free to do a Va. District Court search (all counties).
2)Now the General /Prime Contractor who employeed him illegally in Violation of Prohibited item Acts
# 29- Contracting with an unlicensed contractor or Sub-contractor in the delivery of Contracting services.
It appears to me that the General Contractor created for himself many “freebies”
What about Juans’ employees it physically takes more than one man to Frame (erect) a Single family home.
When they appropriate someone’s social security number it is no telling how many “freebies” they receive for their minimal low wage jobs where their tax contribution is also probably minimal. Do they pay real estate taxes to help pay for their school enrollment? Doubtful. Again, Ann has a wonderful book,”Adios America,” that could possibly even enlighten you, my crazy, uninformed friend. At least you are admitting your ignorance!
I have always wondered how many illegal immigrants actually pay payroll taxes when most are paid under the table.
English as a second language in Fairfax County public schools? Check the numbers. This isn’t all that hard. As far as Tom Price … really? Nothing like a troll conflating random thins to obfuscate a point.
I think you understand the word trend.
Sometimes we are aware of the “Mac daddy swindlers”
Who is defending our border today?
Allowing illegal immigrants here to comit illegal commerce, illegal employment, fraud is just International Socialism