Saturday, May 6, 2017

Krauthammer: Single Payer in 7 Years

I was watching the Special Report with Bret Baier on Fox News a couple of nights ago. Panelist Charles Krauthammer said something startling in response to a request to predict what will happen to the repeal/replace Obamacare movement.
"I would predict that in less than seven years, we'll be in a single-payer system," Krauthammer said, pointing out that Republicans aren't even arguing for a free market system anymore.

"They have sort of accepted the fact that the electorate sees health care as not just any commodity, like purchasing a steak or a car," Krauthammer explained. "It's something now people have a sense the government ought to guarantee."

"The terms of debate are entirely on the grounds of the liberal argument that everybody ought to have it," Krauthammer said. "Once that happens, you're going to end up with a single-payer system."
Perhaps it is worth remembering that Krauthammer is a physician, a psychiatrist in fact, as well as a conservative commentator. If what he predicts happens, it will amount to everyone having Medicare and will cost trillions.

I hope we don't end up going to VA-style clinics and hospitals ... brutal. That would be like getting your healthcare from the DMV or the Post Office.