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Elizabeth Warren Urges Democrats to Campaign On Single-payer

Elizabeth Warren Urges Democrats to Campaign On Single-payer

“The progressive agenda is America’s agenda”

Democrats have been struggling to find something positive to say, something to stand for and to campaign on.  Elizabeth Warren thinks that something should be single-payer health care.

The idea of single-payer is nothing new for Democrats.  Back in 2003, then-Illinois state senator Obama said:

I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer, universal health care program. I see no reason why the United States of America, the wealthiest country in the history of the world, spending 14 percent of its gross national product on health care, cannot provide basic health insurance to everybody. … A single-payer health care plan, a universal health care plan. That’s what I’d like to see. But as all of you know, we may not get there immediately. Because first we’ve got to take back the White House, we’ve got to take back the Senate, and we’ve got to take back the House.

Defending ObamaCare to irate progressives in 2010, Senator Tom Harkin (D-OH) explained that ObamaCare was the best they could do after losing their Senate supermajority in January, 2010.  Harkin pleaded with progressives to calm down and to recognize ObamaCare not as the end goal but as the “starter home” for single-payer.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has made the case for Democrats not just pushing single-payer from the sidelines but bringing it to the forefront and actively campaigning on it.

The Hill reports:

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) says Democrats in 2018 and 2020 should campaign on a national single-payer healthcare plan.

“President Obama tried to move us forward with health-care coverage by using a conservative model that came from one of the conservative think tanks that had been advanced by a Republican governor in Massachusetts,” Warren told The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday.

“Now it’s time for the next step. And the next step is single payer,” she added.

. . . .  She said Democrats would do better in elections if they campaigned on a progressive platform.

“The progressive agenda is America’s agenda,” Warren said. “It’s not like we’re trying to sell stuff that people don’t want. … It’s not that at all. It’s that we haven’t gotten up there and been as clear about our values as we should be, or as clear and concrete about how we’re going to get there.”

Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH) agrees with Warren and suggests that lowering the age of Medicare to 50 would be a good step in that direction.  Ryan also asserts that Democrats should “sell” single-payer as “a good jobs program.”


The Washington Free Beacon reports:

Rep. Tim Ryan (D., Ohio) said Wednesday on MSNBC that Democrats should sell single-payer health care as an economic boon that would provide government jobs, reduce costs, and make Americans healthier.

Ryan said he supported Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D., Mass.) push for a single-payer system, not just as a health care system but also as a “jobs program.” Ryan, a member of the House Budget Committee, told host Hallie Jackson that it would be a successful political position for Democrats to take.

“I do believe that a Medicare-for-all program is the way we should be going,” he said. “I support it wholeheartedly.”

He said that expanding the eligibility age for Medicare would be a “good first step.”

. . . .  “I believe that if we make the argument, it’s a good jobs program if you expand health care to everybody,” Ryan said. “You can’t outsource an occupational therapist. You can’t outsource a physical therapist. You can’t outsource a nurse who does cancer screenings or does preventive work.”

“Those are jobs that could be right here in the United States of America, and we’ll be healthier and prevent a lot of diseases and bend the cost curve on health care,” he said.

Warren Buffet is also joining the push for single-payer, saying that as the richest country in the world, American can afford it.  He also notes that with his “limited knowledge,” single-payer does seem to be the “best” system for our country.


Transcript via ZeroHedge:

WOODRUFF: “Something that affects all businesses is the cost of health care in this country and you’ve been vocal about that. You argue right now, in fact, that the cost of paying for health care can affect a company even more than taxes.”

BUFFETT: “Well it does. I mean in terms of our competitiveness in the world; health care in 1960 was 5 percent of GDP. And there’s only a hundred cents to the dollar. So it’s gone from 5 percent to 17 percent. And it keeps going up. Corporate taxes have gone down from 4 percent to 2 percent. So corporate taxes are way less of a factor in American competitiveness than overall business than medical costs.”

WOODRUFF: “As we sit here today in Omaha, the Republicans in Congress are madly trying to figure out what to do to replace ObamaCare, the Affordable Care Act. Do you have a firm idea in your mind what ought to be done about ObamaCare? Everybody acknowledges there’s been some problems.”

BUFFETT: “I think that’s way outside of my circle of competence. But I would say this. You can’t have that five go to 17 and move on to 20 and 22 or 24 percent, because there are only a hundred cents in the dollar. Health care is gobbling up well over $3 trillion a year. It’s just about the same as federal, the federal budget, I mean it’s getting up there.”

WOODRUFF: “Are we now at the point where the country does need to think about some sort of single-payer system in some more or another?

BUFFETT: “With my limited knowledge, I think that probably is the best system. Because it is a system, we are such a rich country, in a sense we can afford to do it. But in almost every field of American business, it pays to bring down costs. There’s an awful lot of people involved in the medical — the whole just the way the ecosystem worked, there was no incentive to bring down costs.”

WOODRUFF: “It sounds like what you’re saying with a single payer system it’s easier to figure out a way to?”

BUFFETT: “More effective, I think.”

As the years have passed since its passage into law, ObamaCare has become deeply entrenched, including among a growing number of Republican voters.  Polls show Americans, including Republicans, supporting the idea when it’s presented as “Medicare for all.” (Interestingly, support falls when voters are asked if they support single-payer paid for by taxpayers.)

A number of right-leaning pundits and columnists are predicting single-payer in our not-so-distant future, so Warren, et al. may have more success running on single-payer than on “Trump is evil.”


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Remind me what went wrong with that California single payer plan again? Something about paying for it, I think?

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Tom Servo. | June 30, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Ha ha ha!

    Good one!

    There goes Crazy Lizzie Borden again with her Ax….er…
    Crazy Lizzie Warden…..

    I can’t tell the two apart…..

    Yeah, sort of. Prop 98 requires that 40-50% of tax revenue in Cali go to education, so any new taxes for single-payer would fall under that law. Here’s an interesting article about the role that Cali’s Prop 98 seems to be playing in stymieing that state’s attempts at single-payer.

      alaskabob in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | June 30, 2017 at 5:32 pm

      It’s now a lemmings test…..believe in it, support it, do everything crazy to push it through to the point of destruction.

      The article hinted it would be feasible to create a single payer plan and pay for it. Considering California is now a single party state on course to be the next Venezuela, anything can be legislated with the Dems super-majority. I do not think that the votes are missing. Looking at the last election and the prop to require all ammunition purchasers to have background checks plus to solid Democrat voting block begins to assure that a “some one else paying for it” single payment plan can make it into law. California is well on its way to be the benchmark for progressive socialism in the country. They MUST have a single payer law to crown this achievement.

    NavyMustang in reply to Tom Servo. | July 1, 2017 at 12:27 am

    And didn’t Vermont flirt with single payer with disastrous results?

Single payer can only win with deception. It can only be maintained by lying, mandating and rationing. Every election cycle the promises made by supporters will be ever more generous until “that day” comes. The Blue Governing Model.

You can’t outsource an occupational therapist. You can’t outsource a physical therapist.

England did.

Ask somebody there how they like it.

The ad campaign writes itself.

Vote Democrat. If you like what we did to the Veterans Administration, you’ll *love* what we have in mind for your health care. Say Ahhhh….

“Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) says Democrats in 2018 and 2020 should campaign on a national single-payer healthcare plan.”

I agree.

Go for it, Poke-us/Haunt-us. I too agree that a net loss of 1,042 state and federal Democratic posts over the last 8 years isn’t enough. 1,200 by 2018, with 1,500 by 2020 will suit me.

As a conservative, I fully endorse her plan for Democrats to run on single payer healthcare.

(Interestingly, support falls when voters are asked if they support single-payer paid for by taxpayers.)

I would have said ‘Predictably’. It’s always a lot better when ‘the Government’ pays for it.

And yes, I know.

Paul Bahlin | June 30, 2017 at 6:10 pm

I am on Medicare. I don’t understand the politicians who tout it. It is nothing but medical extortion for providers.

Here’s an example:

I just had cataract surgery on one eye. Charges came to $11,900. Medicare ‘allowable charged’ is $984. Medicare actually paid $197.

I have a supplemental plan that pays the difference.

Medicare is not insurance. It is a (crummy) discount to my (excellent) supplemental provider, USAA. USAA is, in reality, my primary insurer.

Without USAA I would have to front the whole 12k or my doctor wouldn’t even have taken me on as a patient.

Politicians who push this crap are either dumber than a box of hammers, or scammers.

Most likely a bit of both.

Screaming Fauxcahontas has become a single-parody of herself.

And Screaming Camile Harris is doing a great celebrity impersonation of Fauxcahontas.

funny how these senators never dealt with va.
the only reason I accept any help from them is because I signed a contract. I don’t accept help for anything not directly related to my injuries or chem/bio/nuke residue at ft mcclellan..
I self pay that stuff.

If she really wants to see the effects of socialism, including health care, she only needs to take a tour of her ancestral native American reservation where the government runs everything.

Yes, please, please please, please.
Campaign on single payer, please.

A little style question for Senator Warren. Do you think the perennially clenched fists make people take you more seriously?

Single Payer health insurance can be great, but only when that payer is not you. If you pay taxes, you’re screwed!

Gremlin1974 | July 1, 2017 at 4:34 pm

YES! Please Democrats please, please, please, run on “single payer”, after the huge success of Obamacare this is a sure winner, LOL.