Obamacare Architect: ‘Time Has Come’ for Single-Payer Healthcare

At least the veil has been lifted.

When Democrats rushed to pass the Affordable Care Act, they denied any allegation that it paved the way for what they really wanted — single-payer healthcare. However, that’s exactly what Obamacare did and the veil over that lie has finally been lifted.

It started showing this year when Democratic National Committee chair Rep. Keith Ellison indicated that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi secretly wants single-payer, even though she denies it publicly. But now the cat is out of the bag, as Max Baucus, the Democratic chair of the Senate Finance Committee, says now is the time to usher it in.

"I just think the time has come," Baucus said on NBC News. "Back in '09, we were not ready to address it. It would never have passed. Here we are nine years later, I think it's time to hopefully have a very serious good faith look at it."

That’s the same Baucus that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said wouldn’t look into single-payer for “a million years.” Yet, here we are.

NBC News reports:

Baucus' evolution reflects how quickly the once-fringe idea of government-funded health care is gaining traction inside the Democratic party.

On Wednesday Sanders, the issue's most vocal champion, will roll out a long-anticipated bill detailing his plan provide Medicare for All, as advocates prefer to call it.

Baucus said he purposefully left out single-payer back when he was leading the call for Obamacare because, “America was just not there,” and he feared it was “branded as socialistic by too many people.”

But now, it’s fast becoming part of the Democratic Party’s platform, as NBC News notes:

A majority of House Democrats have, for the first time, signed on to support Medicare for All. And in the past two weeks, Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. and Kamala Harris, D-Calif. — two potential 2020 presidential candidates — announced they would support Sanders' forthcoming bill.

On Wednesday, Baucus' fellow Montanan, moderate Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, who is facing a tough reelection bid next year, said it might be time to "take a solid look at" single-payer.

Baucus thinks the evolution of single-payer acceptance is taking similar shape as gay rights: “It’s anathema for a long time, and then suddenly — acceptance.”

“I think we'll end up with some kind of single-pay,” Baucus said. “It could help reduce costs and also have better outcomes.”

Yet, Sanders' own state of Vermont couldn't make it happen financially and had to scrap the entire plan. That’s because socialism doesn’t work. Ever.


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