ObamaCare is a great start, but we all know that it is woefully insufficient: astronomical cost-sharing (by rest-of-world standards), limited choice of doctors and hospitals, and continued dependence on private health insurers that have, for years, shown their blatant disregard of and disrespect for Americans.
Having acknowledged those flaws, it is, as many have stated, the 'camel's nose under the tent' for more progressive health care reform, whether that means a robust public option joining the exchanges in the future, or, ideally, expanding single-payer Medicare to every American. We now have President Obama repeatedly stating that, in the United States, health care is a right, and not a privilege. Even the insane, Uncle Sam-as-rapist folks at Generation Opportunity felt a need to acknowledge those who support single-payer.
Perhaps, then, it is no surprise that even Breitbart journalists (!) are now submitting that single-payer may just be inevitable. In a very real sense, ObamaCare forces -- everyone -- to stand face-to-face with the abusive private health insurance companies, and, when that happens, even ideologically-repugnant alternatives look good in contrast to Uncle Aetna:
The burden to find solutions will take congress to places that Republicans are very reluctant to go.Here we have a Breitbart conservative, finally, admitting that health insurance corporations are worth sacrificing in order to provide better coverage, fix the debt, and generally making the lives of sick Americans less of a bureaucratic nightmare:
The German and other European systems accomplish lower costs and universal coverage by imposing tight controls on prices for services, drugs, and devices. Britain’s National Health Service doesn’t bother with insurance companies and claims forms—by eliminating insurance company overhead it accomplishes much lower costs than even the German system.
Even before Obamacare, federal and state governments, through Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs, paid more than 50 percent of U.S. health care bills. That was more than the 9 percent of GDP, and the amount Britain spends to accomplish universal coverage—without the additional $4,600 per person American businesses and individuals pony up.
Reducing U.S. doctors fees and drug and device prices down to German levels won’t be easy or likely possible, but politicians, providers, and businesses still providing health insurance will need a solution—likely a scapegoat.
Enter the insurance companies that have been screwing down doctor’s fees, hassling everyone with mindless paperwork, and paying executives like royalty.You see that bold text? That's a Breitbart author submitting that single-payer health insurance -- socially financed by the American people -- would be a socially-beneficial and fiscally-conservative alternative to the current insanity of a non-system -- incapable of controlling outrageous health care costs -- that is bad for everyone in America except overcompensated health insurance company CEOs.
The federal government could probably pay doctors, drug companies, and device manufactures pretty reasonably directly, and without the insurance company middle-men, through an American National Health Service.