The Long March to Single-Payer Healthcare
Obamacare Is Only a Stop Along the Way
The Obamacare insurance exchanges opened right on schedule Tuesday amidst widespread reports of frustrations and failures in launching the nationwide system.
Many of the federal and state exchanges were not prepared to handle the traffic. There were concerns about customer privacy and fraud. Confusion was the order of the day.
At the same time, Obamacare remained mired in the Congressional crisis over funding the government. In addition, the healthcare program is set to be tangled in the looming battle over raising the national debt ceiling.
The people least worried about Obamacare’s troubles are Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi. They know the healthcare program is doomed to fail. But that’s the point. It is designed to fail. Then the Democratic Party can move toward the century-long goal of single-payer healthcare.
Before he was elected president, Obama told a union audience that single-payer healthcare was the target. He stated clearly that a nation as rich as America should have healthcare for everyone. But first, he said, the nation needed to elect a Democratic President, House, and Senate.
The first major step towards single-payer healthcare occurred in November 2008 when Obama was elected, along with a Democratic House and Senate. Then Obamacare became law in early 2010. Two years the Supreme Court said the law is constitutional
Now the left wing march towards single-payer healthcare is rounding the turn. Mandated insurance is on sale through state and federal exchanges. The law kicks into high gear on January 1.
The law is a classic entitlement program – the transfer of wealth from one group of citizens to another. Obamacare will lurch and stumble, always subject to political change. But once the subsidies start flowing, it will be difficult to reverse.
The pitched battle in Congress proves the point. Democrats know that all they really need to do is hang on and get the program underway. The so-called glitches will be painful and even embarrassing, but Democrats will keep their eye on the long-term prize.
Republicans need to sweep the White House, the Senate, and the House to stop Obamacare. Only then can they fulfill the wishes of the majority of Americans and put a stake through the heart of Obamacare for good.
The next battleground is the 2014-midterm elections. The Democratic Party desperately needs to hold the Senate majority and take a shot at winning the House. Nevertheless, with Obama in the White House, the veto pen is ready and waiting.
Barack Obama wants one major achievement for his presidential legacy – single-payer healthcare for everyone from cradle to grave. He’s at least halfway there. That’s why Republicans need to fight Obamacare at every turn. It’s not too late to derail the train.
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.