ABOUT THAT SINGLE-PAYER QUAGMIRE
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.