ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Sylvia Burwell, Obama's HHS nominee, pleases Republicans by ruling out single payer
U.S. Health Secretary-nominee Sylvia Mathews Burwell sought to allay a major Republican worry about Obamacare on Thursday, telling lawmakers that President Barack Obama's reforms would not lead to a government-run single-payer healthcare system on her watch.
Her assurance against an approach reviled by Republicans and industry leaders came during a two-hour Senate confirmation hearing at which Burwell received an important endorsement from Republican Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina. Burr sits on the Senate Finance Committee, which will decide whether to send her nomination to the floor for a final vote. ...
Republican Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas asked Burwell if such a move was her "endgame," citing top Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, as having endorsed the idea.
Burwell reminded Roberts that the centerpiece of Obamacare is a private market-based insurance system of state-based health insurance exchanges.
Rememember all the career "progressives" telling us "We love single payer, but ______." Well, here we are. Republicans and Democrats are agreed that insurance parasites are necessary for health of their host!
Sebelius said the same. There's really no surprise here, except how very very close the putatively two parties have become.
NOTE Actually, there's one very interesting thing about this story, and that's how Reuters recast it. See this editorial comment at the story's start:
UPDATE 3-Burwell seeks to allay Republican fears about Obamacare
(Recasts first paragraph and throughout to focus on single payer issue)
And since when has single payer been the story? Something is stirring... And it is true that a few Democratic candidates (not nominees) have come out in favor of single payer. So!