ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Pelosi's former chief of staff on single payer
The Rutgers student newspaper, but really in two parts; first, on ObamaCare's passage; second, on how the country will come to "embrace" it:
Over the next few years, the nation will come to embrace the Affordable Care Act, according to John Lawrence, former chief of staff to current minority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.
“The history of such programs shows that complications smooth out over time,” said Lawrence, “and that as this policy is woven into our system, opposition diminishes and the number of benefits expands.”
Lawrence worked in high-level policy and political positions in the White House since 1975, and worked extensively on major national legislation in President Barack Obama’s administration, including the Affordable Care Act.
The ACA will save over $200 billion on Medicaid costs, he said. Premiums have dropped since 2010, benefitting more than 13 million American families and saving seniors $6 million.
But he said the complexities of the law could have been avoided if a single-payer system had been adopted, one in which the government pays for everyone’s health care cost.
Now he tells us! (Note the lack of agency in "had been adopted"). And it's exactly those complexities, which come from the requirement to bail out the health insurance companies, which prevent ObamaCare from saving the $400 billion dollars a year (at least) that single payer would save, and give care to everybody, while ObamaCare throws 23 million human beings under the bus because, ya know, they suck (and aren't in whatever demographic the Democrats need right now).
But the real issue here is how Lawrence thinks ObamaCare will be "embraced." The paper quotes a couple of Rutgers student:
Alan Leal, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, said he thought younger people are less informed on the issue of health care.
“Promoting this issue more directly and in simpler terms, as well as presenting the information in a hipper way, would be helpful,” he said.
Write the "creative class" a check for those cool "navigator" web sites! *
Donte Bronaugh, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, said if the act had not passed, he would not have health insurance under his parent’s program after college.
“If I didn’t get a job after I graduated, I wouldn’t have had insurance,” he said. “Now I can do other things like go to [graduate] school.”
And there you have it. Because pragmatism! No solidarity at all; it's exactly the same "I've got mine!" that Obama supporters deploy. I really don't blame Bronaugh for this; but I do blame Obama supporters for actively selling policies that throw the rest of us under the bus, and leading kids like Bronaugh astray. But 'twas ever thus!
I hate the idea that the administration's cynical, corrupt, and unkind view of human nature could prevail.
NOTE * Especially the ones who work for DFA?