Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Bazzo Says: The single-payer secret

Bazzo Says:


The endgame of Obamacare is single payer, government-run healthcare. I wrote that fact many times during the healthcare debates of 2009-10 when I was writing for another publication. It came to me when former Congressman Anthony Wiener tried to cut through the morass of competing proposals and said this is the way to go. For all his faults, he was a true believer in liberalism, and government-run healthcare had been a liberal wet dream for over 50 years. He pointed out that all that had to be done was make Medicare available for all from day one. The mechanism was already there, just eliminate the age limit and increase the payroll deduction. Yet he also knew the public was not ready for this, so he too played along with the smokescreen. 

But in reality, the “secret” was out years before.

• Listen to State Sen. Barack Obama in 2003, addressing the issue at an AFL-CIO event:

“I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal health care plan…that’s what I’d like to see.”

• Here is Sen. Obama on March, 24, 2007, during an SEIU health care forum (he sure does love these union events):

“My commitment is to make sure that we’ve got universal health care for all Americans by the end of my first-term as president…I would hope that we can set up a system that allows those who can’t go through their employer to access a federal system or a state pool of some sort…But I don’t think we’re going to eliminate employer coverage immediately. There’s going to be potentially some transition process. I can envision a decade out or 15 years out or 20 years out…”

So, for me it was not a reach to conclude and write what I wrote back then. Anybody with any kind of understanding of liberalism (or, who was paying attention, see above) and sense history knew that the healthcare debate was a smokescreen for the real coup de grace, which was precisely why reading the legislation was not necessary. What was important, however, was the passage of a new, liberty-puncturing entitlement and the sense of history and the knowledge that once an entitlement was passed into law, getting it undone is impossible.

For all the caterwauling from Republicans, the Democrats were right. Sure there have been numerous show votes repealing Obamacare. Promises made last year by Mitch “Marbles Mouth” McConnell and John “Cry me a River” Boehener that they would repeal the law were a joke. When push came to shove, when they could actually repeal it via budget reconciliation, (the way the Democrats passed it so as not to need 60 votes) or raising the debt ceiling, Mitch and John chose not to.

Even now with the threat of the Supreme Court possibly gutting the funding of Obamacare by ruling the federal subsidies unconstitutional, the Republican leadership is trying to figure a way to save it. Obamacare is a great law to run against and that is a big reason why Republican leadership likes it.   

The chaos surrounding Obamacare—the rapid cost increases, the inability of ordinary people to afford it, the inability of ordinary people to even find out what it is and to secure the best policy, the increasing difficulty in getting treatment, the increasing difficulty in securing healthcare, much less health insurance—is the intended consequence of Obamacare. It is designed to fail, so that we are led into single-payer.

Now comes the next step, and it was reported last week in the Associated Press:

“NY Assembly Votes for Universal Health Coverage.”

From the article:

“The New York Assembly voted 89-47 on Wednesday for legislation to establish publicly funded universal health coverage in a so-called single payer system.” 

Now this could be written off as one of those one bills that garner press coverage but will surely fail in the Senate. This, however, is New York, a liberal Mecca.

Also, from the article:

“All New Yorkers could enroll. Backers said it would extend coverage to the uninsured and reduce rising costs by taking insurance companies and their costs out of the mix. New York Health would pay providers through collectively negotiated rates. It would be funded through a progressive payroll tax paid 80 percent by employers and 20 percent by employees.”

There’s no mention in the story of what the tax rate is going be. That’s a detail that they’ll hit us with later. There is also no mention that this, in addition to the proposed minimum wage increase, will make doing business in New York truly impossible. 

As we know, the New York Assembly is the lower house of the legislature, and it is controlled by Democrats. The New York Senate is the upper chamber of the New York legislature and is barely majority Republican. However, in New York the difference between the two parties is not large and so there is no guarantee that the Senate will kill the bill. There was a time though, not that long ago that the Republicans existed to kill ideas like this. Democrats come along and propose a massive expansion of government. The Republicans would move right in to stop it. That was then, this is now.

According to the story, members of the Senate are saying they are poised to kill the bill in New York, but when you read to the end of the story, what you find out is that the Republicans in the New York Senate are working on their own version of the bill, not killing it. 

Here is the new Republican Party, both at the state and national level. They prove they can govern and work with Democrats by dropping their principles and pretty much go along and give the Democrats what they want. This way the Democrats will like us and vote for us. We will accept the premise that healthcare is an entitlement that business must pay, but and this is according to Assemblyman Richard Gottfried.

“Employers are shifting more and more healthcare costs to workers or are dropping it entirely. The only ones who benefit are the insurance companies.”

So, because these employers are not playing ball, we’re going to have to make them and make them they will. After all, this is New York.

This is what I say. What say you?


• Obama’s Single Payer Health Care System

• AP: NY Assembly Votes for Universal Health Coverage

• Washington Post: The FCC Wants to Expand Internet Subsidies for the Poor


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