Single Payer a Trojan Horse

A very large h/t to Ace.

As you see in this video, the main author of this current health-care plan in front of Congress, Jacob Hacker (formerly of Yale but now at Berkley) is very clear that this is all just a rouse. The idea is that we’ll make it seem like there is competition and this will give some small amount of comfort to the masses who like their current coverage through their employers; however, in the end, this is all designed to put health insurance companies out of business. Here is the direct quote from Hacker:

“Someone told me this was a Trojan horse for single-payer. Well, it’s not a Trojan horse, right? It’s just right there. I’m telling you. We’re going to get there, over time, slowly, but we’ll move away from reliance on employer-based health insurance as we should, but we’ll do it in a way that we’re not going to frighten people into thinking they’re going to lose their private insurance. We’re going to give them a choice of public and private insurance when they’re in the pool, and we’re going to let them keep their private employer-based insurance if their employer continues to provide it.”

So let me get this straight, Obama has claimed that he has no intention on taking us to a single-payer health insurance plan. Despite that claim, he has developed and adopted a plan, whose express purposes is explicitly designed to do just that. In other words, it is very clear that under the proposed plan that private insurance cannot compete with the public option (as I’ve been saying all along). Who can compete with the government who has unlimited sources and can engage in unfair business practices (ala Amtrack or the Post Office)? They can’t. This is all just a “Trojan horse” to trick everyone into thinking they are going to have the best of both worlds. Then, in 5-10 years, after the insurance companies all go out of business, the government will swoop in and bam! we have socialized medicine.

“Let’s have an honest debate,” Obama says. “We can at least agree on that.” Can we? Honesty, you keep using that word, but I don’t think that word means what you think it means.