This is the brainchild behind the proposed ObamaCare/single payer train wreck:
……(Jacob) Hacker (formerly at Yale, now at Berkeley) sounds friendly and cheerful in appearances recorded in January 2007 and July 2008. With a government-option plan, he says in 2007, “You can at least make the claim that there’s a competitive system between the public and the private sector,” but he predicts that the government option “would eliminate the small group insurance.”
Speaking of the government option in 2008, he says, “Someone told me this was a Trojan horse for single-payer. Well, it’s not a Trojan horse, right? It’s just right there. I’m telling you. We’re going to get there, over time, slowly, but we’ll move away from reliance on employer-based health insurance as we should, but we’ll do it in a way that we’re not going to frighten people into thinking they’re going to lose their private insurance. We’re going to give them a choice of public and private insurance when they’re in the pool, and we’re going to let them keep their private employer-based insurance if their employer continues to provide it.”
The problem with that statement is the part about “choice of public and private insurance”. Under a single payer system, you won’t get a choice. It’s the government’s discretion, not yours.
Of course there’s no guarantee employers will. Many employers, single-payer advocates hope, will be happy to let their employees go onto the government plan. The Lewin Group, cited often by various analysts, estimates that a government-option plan, depending on how the law is written, could move as many as 100 million households off private insurance and onto the government plan in a few years.
Hitting the Democrats with hard questions and disputing their made-up facts undermines their spin and talking points, and they can’t have that.
Case in point: The following is a classic meltdown by Congressman David Scott (D-GA), when a constituent, who happens to be a medical doctor in his district, asked him if he was going to vote on the health care bill.
Obama’s charade isn’t working. The American people are not fooled by the scheme to eliminate employer coverage and personal choice. They’re speaking out and the Dems are shell-shocked. What happened to the compliant sheeple? They got a healthy dose of reality.