Harry Reid admits: Obamacare is a stepping-stone to single-payer health care

August 11, 2013

My blog-buddy ST has a great post on the Nevada Senator’s admission of what many of us have known all along: that Obamacare is meant to pave the way for a complete nationalization of the US health care system.

From the Las Vegas Sun:

In just about seven weeks, people will be able to start buying Obamacare-approved insurance plans through the new health care exchanges.

But already, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is predicting those plans, and the whole system of distributing them, will eventually be moot.

Reid said he thinks the country has to “work our way past” insurance-based health care during a Friday night appearance on Vegas PBS’ program “Nevada Week in Review.”

“What we’ve done with Obamacare is have a step in the right direction, but we’re far from having something that’s going to work forever,” Reid said.

When then asked by panelist Steve Sebelius whether he meant ultimately the country would have to have a health care system that abandoned insurance as the means of accessing it, Reid said: “Yes, yes. Absolutely, yes.”

None of this is new to long-term readers of this blog (all three of you). The dominant progressive wing of the (Social) Democratic Party see this as a win-win situation: either the Affordable Care Act works well enough for people to accept it, in which case the Democrats can gradually massage it into something wholly state-run, or it will have so many problems that the public will demand it be fixed. In this event, so the theory goes, the public, being already dependent on some aspects of Obamacare, will be open to a Socialist (government-run, single payer) solution. It’s the idea of the non-reforming reform: changes supposedly meant to make things better, but are really intended to cause a crisis in the system that the Left can exploit to pursue their real goal.

And Harry Reid just admitted it.

Be sure to read the rest of ST’s post, wherein she cites several (Social) Democrats saying the same thing. Good thing they had the media on their side, hiding this from the public.

RELATED: Apologists for Obamacare prefer to ignore the horror stories coming out of Great Britain’s NHS (much admired by single-payer advocate Donald Berwick) and point instead to Canada, which has a strictly single-payer system. They might want to read this article from City Journal. Admittedly now a few years old, it describes the major problems Canada’s system faces, including rationing and a lack of innovation. Even a Canadian provincial premier sought care in the US, outside his own country’s vaunted single payer system

Rep. Clyburn: Dems ‘will be running’ on Obamacare in 2014

August 11, 2013

They might as well; they’re the only ones who voted for it — in the face of massive public opposition, I’ll remind us all.

Today  in The Hill:

The House assistant Democratic leader said on Sunday that his party will campaign on President Obama’s controversial healthcare law in 2014.

“We will be running on Obamacare in 2014,” Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) said during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“In fact, we set it up to run on it in 2014,” he continued. “We fully expect to run on it, we expect to win on it. The American people will be the winner.”

Clyburn noted that major provisions of the law are expected to go into effect on Oct. 1 and Jan. 1, 2014, leaving Democrats little choice but to make healthcare a part of their midterm election campaigns.

This anti-constitutional monstrosity is already falling apart, and every week seems to bring one more waiver for one more favored group. Even former ardent supporters want it delayed or even repealed. And if the voting public hasn’t already noticed all the problems(1), you can bet they will once those major provisions go into effect… less than a year before the election.

So, I agree with the esteemed Democratic assistant leader (2): Democrats should run on Obamacare. And we’ll help in every way we can to make sure they get all the… credit.

We’re nice like that.

via Rick Moran

(1) Sorry, Jim. They have.
(2) A title created to salve Clyburn and the Black Caucus’s wounded ego after he was demoted when the Democrats became minority party in 2011, so the White Steny Hoyer could keep the number two spot in the caucus under the White Nancy Pelosi. Just a reminder.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)