To the shock of absolutely no one, Senator Bernie Sanders is seizing on the failure of the GOP to pass the Obamacare replacement bill, or “skinny repeal” this past week.
Sanders was on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper and announced his plans.
“Of course we are, we’re tweaking the final points of the bill and we’re figuring out how we can mount a national campaign to bring people together,” Sanders told Jake Tapper on CNN’s State of the Union.
Sanders promised to introduce a “Medicare for All” proposal once the debate over repealing ObamaCare ended. He is one of several progressive lawmakers who back the healthcare model that has divided Democratic lawmakers.
For those still unsure of what single payer is and why people even casually discussing potential merits need to be put on rocket ships and launched into the sun, it’s the belief that healthcare is a “human right,” and as such, Daddy Government should reach deeper into the pockets of those who work for a living, rather than those who vote for a living, in order to pay for healthcare services.
The problem with that is, when you tell people they have a “right” to free stuff, they tend to abuse the system, because, hey, after all, it’s free.
I’m not talking about actual needs. I’m talking about every time your child gets the sniffles, instead of some OTC cold remedy and a lot of TLC, they’re sitting in a waiting room to get their share of unnecessary healthcare, when all the doctor is going to do is tell them to get OTC meds, fluids, and then he charges the government ten times what it would have cost in a trip to the pharmacy, the OTC meds, and just waiting the usual duration of a virus out (about 2 days).
That’s ok. It’s “free.”
And as the waiting rooms become so full, so fast, the actual “care” part of healthcare suffers, because waiting rooms become assembly lines. Medicine and supplies for actual needs becomes scarce, so the rationing begins, and eventually, Bernie Sanders runs out of constituents.
With two weeks remaining in sessions, it’s not clear if Sanders will try to force this really bad idea through before recess, or not.
Either way, it is likely to fail.
And it should.