PREVIEWING POLITICAL WINNERS AND LOSERS …
It’s no secret a majority of Americans have consistently opposed the 2010 health care law championed by U.S. president Barack Obama. In fact, over six years of polling this legislation has never once enjoyed the popular support of a majority of Americans. But with independent socialist U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders pushing the national debate further to the left on health care – is Obama’s law still the issue we should be following?
In 2013, Sanders introduced his “American Health Security Act,” arguing at the time that “we must move toward a single-payer system” – or one in which the government is responsible for collecting all medical fees and disbursing payment for all medical services.
“A large-scale single-payer system already exists in the United States,” Sanders wrote. “It’s called Medicare. People enrolled in the system give it high marks. More importantly, it has succeeded in providing near-universal coverage to Americans over the age of 65.”
Today, Sanders is campaigning on a $1.38 trillion-a-year plan to expand “Medicare to all.” And he’s making no bones about how he intends to pay for it.
“We will raise taxes,” Sanders told a crowd at a Democratic town hall this week. “Yes we will.”