The hardcore leftists in the Democrat Party are pushing the envelope by making their big issue for 2018 single-payer — read, socialist — healthcare. Their base, millennials who live in mamma’s basement and take masks and baseball bats to protests, will eat it up with a spoon because they don’t pay taxes anyway.
And the simple fact is they don’t care what everyone else pays, and being young, having available healthcare isn’t that important. But for older people who need more care and can’t afford to wait months for tests, it could be fatal. We have to look no further than Canada to see what single payer does. Sales tax of 15 percent and gas taxes so high that we can buy Canada’s oil, refine it and still sell it over a dollar a gallon cheaper than they can.
Single-payer may be a winner with the hardcore leftists but the moderates aren’t as likely to embrace that plan and those are the votes Democrats need to win back the House and Senate. As of now, twelve Democrat Senators have signed onto Bernie Sanders’ plan for single-payer healthcare.
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The other senators pushing Bernie’s bill are: Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California, Brian Schatz of Hawaii, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island,Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut.
Of course, the bill doesn’t stand a prayer of passing. Republicans are dead set against it and not even establishment Republicans would be willing to fold on that. Of course with eight Democrat incumbents running in 2018 for reelection, voting for the bill is extremely dangerous. On the other hand if they vote against it many of their donors might bail.
According to the Daily Caller:
While it has some support, not everyone in Congress sees single-payer passing, or even views it as a good idea on the part of Democrats.
“I think they are making the mistake of a lifetime, but I think that is where their party is moving,” Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma told reporters Tuesday. Cole said that, while he sees it as a dangerous move, he hears his constituents in conservative districts float the idea of single-payer in town hall meetings.
“I think they are responding where their voters are. I think most of them look at Obamacare, and privately would tell you if they had to do it all over again and knew they would suffer all the pain they suffered, they would do single-payer,” Cole said. “They are going to have to vote for it sooner or later, and it will be interesting to see how much actual support it has.”
The bill may never get out of committee, but then again, Republicans might want to force a vote on single-payer to make Democrats take a stand. North Dakota and Montana both have Democrat senators and voting for single payer could cost them their seats.
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