Obamacare Collapse Will Pave the Way to Single-Payer Healthcare
During the Senate debate over Obamacare in late 2009, Democratic Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa let the liberal cat out of the bag when he said that the Affordable Care Act was only the beginning of the move to nationalize health care with a single-payer system.
“What we are buying here is a modest home, not a mansion,” Harkin said. “What we’re getting here is a starter home.”
Harkin added enthusiastically that Obama care was a good foundation that would provide health care coverage to 30 million Americans, protection from abuses by insurance companies, and programs for prevention and wellness.
In other words, Harkin was sending a message to the liberal faithful – don’t lose heart about the failure to establish a single-payer healthcare program. Let’s take it one step at a time; we will finish the job later.
Harkin and his fellow Democrats, led by President Obama himself, are well on their way to achieving their goal. Obamacare already is on the verge of collapse. When it finally falls of its own weight, liberals will throw up their hands and say there is only one solution – – a single-payer system where everyone, regardless of age or income, gets a Medicare–like card and full access to government sponsored health care.
Liberals have longed for a national healthcare service since the days of Harry Truman. Medicare and Medicaid, enacted in the mid-60s, were a significant step to meeting their goal. Then the effort stalled for 45 years.
Lightning struck with the election of Barack Obama in 2008 and veto proof Democratic majorities in the House and Senate. In a little more than a year after he took office, Obama made history with passage of the Affordable Care Act.
Obama dodged a bullet when Chief Justice John Roberts saved the day and declared that the healthcare mandate is a tax. Then the president managed to knock down a challenge to Obamacare from Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan when he won reelection last November.
Now comes the hard part. Although Democrats like to say that the Obamacare debate is over, implementing the program has become a bureaucratic nightmare and an offense to taxpayers who never supported the plan in the first place.
Every promise Obama made in promoting his health care plan has proven to be false. He said that people could keep their health care plan if they like it, but employers are dropping coverage for their employers in record numbers. He said people could keep their doctor, but more and more doctors are dropping Medicare and Medicaid patients.
He also went out on the limb when he said that his health care plan would “bend the cost curve” of healthcare and would not add to the federal deficit. Now we know that these claims were not true. Worst of all, he falsely claimed that insurance premiums for families would decline.
The implementation of Obamacare is a disaster. The Department of Health and Human Services is unable to meet key deadlines before Obamacare kicks in next January. Many states have refused to establish insurance exchanges; other states have rejected Medicaid expansion that would burden them with exorbitant costs after federal funding runs out in a few years.
As the Obamacare collapse continues, the president will blame it on Republicans, particularly those in the House who will work to defund it. He will include Republican Governors who have refused to buckle under to Administration pressure to help implement the healthcare scheme.
No wonder Obama is obsessed with winning back the House in 2014. If he could pull it off, the stage would be set for a massive postmortem on Obamacare led by the president himself.
Then, in the last two years of his presidency, he could proclaim that the only way to achieve a universal national healthcare system would be the single-payer system he has longed for since his days as a community organizer.
The collapse of Obama care is preordained. For the president and his Democratic supporters, it is right on schedule. The dream of a single-payer health care system is just over the horizon.
During the course of his career, Walker has worked in Chicago, Washington DC, New York City, and Phoenix. He served as a reporter in Chicago, a press secretary and speechwriter in Washington, and in numerous positions in New York in corporate and financial services communications.
Walker is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.