ABOUT THAT SIN­GLE-PAYER QUAG­MIRE

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

Yes, it was a feel good mo­ment for Democrats. Or some­thing. Sen. Bernie San­ders in­tro­duced his “Medi­care for all” health care bill on Wed­nes­day, brim­ming with en­thu­si­asm.

“San­ders’ plan, though dead-on-ar­rival in a Repub­li­can-con­trolled Congress, will of­fer a blue­print for fun­da­men­tally re­shap­ing the Amer­i­can health care sys­tem by mov­ing the coun­try to a govern­ment-run, sin­gle-payer pro­gram,” ex­plain CNN po­lit­i­cal re­porters Gre­gory Krieg and Tami Luhby in their anal­y­sis. En­ter, stage right, the Repub­li­cans.

“Bernie San­ders’ sin­gle-payer pro­posal isn’t re­al­is­tic and with a $32 tril­lion dol­lar price-tag, it cer­tainly isn’t af­ford­able. In fact, even Nancy Pelosi re­fuses to en­dorse the leg­is­la­tion and my Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee coun­ter­part, Tom Perez, said the only way to pay for it is by im­pos­ing a mas­sive tax in­crease on ev­ery Amer­i­can. The Democrats’ lat­est at­tempt at a govern­ment takeover of our health care sys­tem will cost too much, re­duce the qual­ity of care, and be a lo­gis­ti­cal night­mare for all,” says Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee Chair­woman Ronna Rom­ney McDaniel.

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