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Single-payer, Obamacare, and the crisis of “free” healthcare

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If Bernie Sanders and a slew of upcoming Democratic presidential candidates have their way, everyone will have “free” healthcare in no time. The problem, of course, is that nothing’s free. We’re all going to have to pay for it.

The pitch they’re making is a version of socialism that weaponizes healthcare. It allows for massive taxation to be the ultimate provider for everyone’s healthcare needs. In an ideal world, everyone would see the lunacy of this idea that pulls completely away from the free-market principles upon which this nation was built and has thrived. Unfortunately, it’s easy for the Democrats to sell a plan to people by telling them healthcare is a right and therefore they shouldn’t have to pay for it.

Here’s what’s being said from around the web:

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Single-Payer Health Care & Obamacare Debate | Jim Geraghty, National Review

http://www.nationalreview.com/morning-jolt/451305/single-payer-health-care-obamacare-debateThe coverage of health care rarely suggests that public support for single payer is a mile wide but an inch deep. But this Kaiser poll from July is usefully illustrative. It found that a majority (55 percent) supports “single-payer,” but when respondents hear the argument that it would give the government “too much control,” then 61 percent oppose it.

Bernie Sanders Is Leaving Out One Tiny, Little Important Detail in His Single Payer Bill | Joe Cunningham, RedState

https://www.redstate.com/joesquire/2017/09/13/bernie-sanders-leaving-one-tiny-little-important-detail-single-payer-bill/This is the tell that Sanders knows the bill never had a shot to begin with, and that this is a campaign stunt. He wants to be able to say the evil Republicans want you to have either bad health care or no health care at all, and their opposition to the “wildly popular” single-payer plan is just a sign that they are in Big Insurance’s pocket.

What Bernie’s single-payer bill means (and what it doesn’t) | Sam Baker, Axios

https://www.axios.com/what-sanders-single-payer-bill-means-and-what-it-doesnt-2484585153.htmlWhere each Democrat ends up could be very different, and could stop far short of true single-payer. Even”Medicare for all” isn’t true single-payer. Most Medicare beneficiaries buy private supplemental coverage to fill in gaps the government program doesn’t cover. Its drug benefit is largely privately administered.

GOP senators push last-ditch bill to repeal Obamacare | Tom Howell Jr., Washington Times

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/sep/13/gop-senators-push-last-ditch-bill-repeal-obamacare/Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said the plan offers Republicans their last crack at repeal before a Sept. 30 deadline to get something done under the 2017 budget, which helps the GOP avoid a Democratic filibuster.

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Final Thoughts

This is the ultimate case of “careful what you wish for” as most Democrats and a growing number of uninformed Americans embrace this concept. It’s not just the fact that we cannot afford it; Medicare in its current state is already expanding our $20 trillion debt. Perhaps worse is that across the world it’s been demonstrated that socialized medicine reduces quality of care. Let’s make sure more Americans are aware before this false hope spreads uncontrollably.

Christian, husband, father. EIC, NOQ Report. Co-Founder, the Federalist Party. Just a normal guy who will no longer sit around while the country heads in the wrong direction.

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