Single-payer healthcare has been in the news again lately. Some Democratic politicians like Dingy Harry and Naughty Nancy have been claiming that they originally wanted Single-payer but the Republicans wouldn’t let them so they settled for Obamacare. That story is bullshit for two reasons.
First of all, the Republicans had Obamacare shoved down their throats. It was passed without a single GOP vote. So if the Democrats wanted Single-payer they could have passed it the same way.
More importantly, the first thing they did when they started discussing healthcare reform was take Single-payer off the table. There was a conspiracy of silence among the A-list lefty bloggers. The reason I know this is because I was (and still is) an advocate for a properly implemented Single-payer program. I even wrote a couple posts about all of this when we were still at the other place.
But wait! There’s more!
Now the Single-payer revisionists are floating the story that Single-payer was the plan all along. They passed Obamacare so they could “fix it” into Single-payer. I don’t believe it. The Democrats aren’t that smart, even if they are that devious. The current bunch would fuck-up a two-car parade.
Luckily for them the Republicans are even more inept.