On Friday, 09/20/2013: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.)
During an appearance on the PBS program “Nevada Week in Review.” Reid said that Congress could eventually move the Affordable Care Act into to a single-payer system.
“What we’ve done with ObamaCare is have a step in the right direction, but we’re far from having something that’s going to work forever,”
When show panelist Steve Sebelius asked whether he meant ultimately the country would have to have a health care system that abandoned insurance as the means of accessing it, Reid replied,
“Yes, yes. Absolutely, yes.”
During the same interview, Reid noted that Senate Democrats originally pushed for a single-payer plan back in 2009 but were met with opposition by former Sen. Joe Lieberman. In order to curb Lieberman’s opposition, Reid took the public option off the table as well as making other concessions.
“We had a real good run at the public option … don’t think we didn’t have a tremendous number of people who wanted a single-payer system,” Reid said. “We had to get a majority of votes. In fact, we had to get a little extra in the Senate, we have to get 60.”
So all you people that are pushing for ObamaCare, is this what you wanted? I hope not, because if so, you apparently do not give a crap about our constitutional rights and/or the basis on which this country was founded. It is evident that Harry Reed doesn’t and here are a few more.
Pelosi at C&L
“For 30 years I have supported a single payer plan, but our next best choice is to support an exchange and a public option.”
Barack Obama, 2003
“I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer health care program … a single-payer health care plan, a universal health care plan. And that’s what I’d like to see.”
Senator Max Baucus, the chair of the Senate Finance Committee during crafting of the ACA and its ramming through Congress by Democrats, admitted in February 2009 that
“There may come a time when we can push for single-payer. At this time, it’s not going to get to first base in Congress,”
‘Single-payer’ is a deceptive term that means ‘socialized medicine.’ Insurance companies are put out of business and the government takes over as the sole payer of all health care costs. This also means that the government decides on how much will be reimbursed for services and which procedures are paid for and which ones are not. These policies frequently result in what is known as health care rationing and ‘death panels.’ If certain procedures are not covered or adequately reimbursed, doctors will not perform them (except for the very rich who can pay out of pocket).”