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    Bernie Sandersís Bill Gets America Zero Percent Closer to Single Payer

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer...gle-payer.html

    this image of progress only holds true if you imagine the process as a series of continuous steps. In reality, single payer has always been, and remains, a political dilemma that nobody has been able to resolve, and there is no evidence the resolution has grown any easier. What looks like a large step forward is actually a party edging closer to a cliff it has no intention of going over.
    The barrier to single payer is that the American health-care system has been built, by accident, around employer-based insurance. The rhetoric of single payer concentrates its moral emphasis on people who lack insurance at all. (ďDo we, as a nation, join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee comprehensive health care to every person as a human right?Ē writesSanders today.) But the barrier to single-payer health care is the people who already have coverage. Designing a single-payer system means not only covering the uninsured, but financing the cost of moving the 155 million Americans who have employer-based insurance onto Medicare.
    That is not a detail to be worked out. It is the entire problem. The impossibility of this barrier is why Lyndon Johnson gave up on trying to pass a universal health-care bill and instead confined his legislation to the elderly (who mostly did not get insurance through employers), and why Barack Obama left the employer-based system intact and created alternate coverage for non-elderly people outside it.
    You people who like your coverage and want to keep it are impeding utopia.

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    Democrats donít need their own snake oil salesman

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    "Do not let Sanders pull the wool over the eyes of Democrats the way Trump snookered the whole country," Jennifer Rubin writes in Opinion.
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