(National Sentinel) Healthcare reform: Republicans have so far whiffed on their pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare, but the U.S. Senate’s only self-avowed socialist doesn’t have a better solution and can’t defend it anyway.
In an uncomfortable interview Sunday with CNN‘s Jake Tapper, Socialist Sanders told the host that his office is still “tweaking” legislation he plans to introduce that is a) dead on arrival; and b) has no history of success anyway — including his home state of Vermont.
As The Blaze reported:
Tapper asked Sanders if he will introduce single-payer, now that it appears as though Republicans will not repeal and replace Obamacare anytime in the near future. Sanders responded by saying, “absolutely, of course we are.”
“We’re just, you know, 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 added. Tapper later went on to point out a very uncomfortable reality for the senator from Vermont.
“Let’s talk about single-payer,” said Tapper — which is full-on government-run health care, like those systems in Canada and the UK that everyone on the American Left raves about (but doesn’t have to deal with).
“[I]t was attempted in your home state of Vermont, and it didn’t work because they couldn’t get the funding, because it would be too expensive, the Democratic governor said,” Tapper told Sanders.
Gov. Peter Shumlin, a Democrat, admitted in 2014 that paying for the socialized system “might hurt our economy.”
The single-payer framework in Vermont would have imposed a double digit payroll tax on small businesses, as well as a 9.5 percent premium assessment on individuals. Shumlin, who was not only the state’s Democratic governor, but also the chairman of the Democratic Governor’s Association, said this hike in taxes and premiums would be “detrimental to Vermonters.”
“These are simply not tax rates that I can responsibly support or urge the Legislature to pass. In my judgment, the potential economic disruption and risks would be too great to small businesses, working families and the state’s economy,” Shumlin said in December 2014, Politico reported.
Tapper noted that single-payer also failed in Deep Blue California — for the same reason: Unaffordable costs.
“These are cobalt blue states, Vermont and California,” Tapper noted to Sanders, “where people wanted single-payer, and there were problems because it would cost too much.
“How do you make it national if you can’t even get it in Vermont and California?” Tapper pressed.
“Well it’s not a — no, no, no, no. Let’s — Jake — let’s be, let’s be careful about this. A single-payer health care system, in my view, and according to studies that I have seen, would save the average family significant sums of money,” Sanders replied.
[Full disclosure: We believe Sanders is lying his a** off.]
“And what Republicans sometimes do is confuse the issue, and they say, ‘well, you’re going to pay more in taxes.’ What they forget to tell you is that if you were a family of four now paying $15,000 or $20,000 per year in private health insurance [uh, thanks to Democrats via Obamacare], you’re not going to be paying that at all,” Sanders said — though, of course, it is Democrats who are saying full-on socialist healthcare isn’t economically viable.
See the squirm-fest here: