Sorry, Liberals: Obamacare Won’t Lead to Single Payer

If you spend any significant amount of time talking to conservative activists who oppose Obamacare, you’ll eventually hear some variant on the theory that Obamacare was never meant to work. Instead, it was meant to destroy the existing health care system, and in the process pave the way for liberals to step in with the comprehensive health care fix the far left has always really longed for: single payer.

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There’s often a hint of conspiracy surrounding the accusation, as if President Obama and the White House senior staff had hatched some meticulous plot to spend a year struggling to pass a health care law that they intended to fail in a series of carefully planned disasters sometime down the road, which would create the perfect opening for their true, secret goal.

 

I’ve always thought the notion was rather far fetched. Obamacare was a stalking horse for a modified version of Obamacare, not a single payer conspiracy scheme. But The New Republic’s Noam Scheiber suggests that conservative activists worried that Obamacare will lead to single payer might be at least partially onto something—maybe not in their belief that Obamacare was explicitly designed as a gateway to single payer, but in their worry that the health law will eventually lead to some sort of nationalized health system. And unlike those concerned conservative activists, Scheiber thinks this is a good thing.

The gist of Scheiber’s theory (delivered in response to a griping Michael Moore op-ed about the health law  in The New York Times) is that the law will create a unified, organized constituency for change.

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2 Comments

  1. I’m just as baffled…how could ANYONE think that such an approach would work? Look at it this way: “Hey, we screwed up trying to have government control more of the health industry, and made a huge mess. So, instead: LET US TAKE OVER THE WHOLE THING, NOW, okay?!”
    Umm…WHO WOULD BUY THAT?!?

  2. I think the real goal of ObamaCare wasn’t as a gateway to single payer, but rather a convoluted mechanism to break the middle class “Kulaks” like Stalin did in Ukraine. Instead of an engineered famine, Obama is using healthcare.

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