Just after he finally abandoned his pursuit of totally government-run health insurance, Barack Hussein Obama is now calling on Congress to add a “public option” to his signature healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, which is also known as Obamacare.
“Public programs like Medicare often deliver care more cost-effectively by curtailing administrative overhead and securing better prices from providers,” Obama wrote in a piece for The Journal of the American Medical Association published Monday.
“The public plan did not make it into the final legislation. Now, based on experience with the ACA, I think Congress should revisit a public plan to compete alongside private insurers in areas of the country where competition is limited,” he continued, according to Western Journalism.
This new push for public option by Obama and other Democrats marks a disturbing leftward shift in Democrat policy, which was probably brought on by the popularity and acceptance of Sen. Bernie Sanders. The Vermont Senator has often called for an introduction of a “single payer” healthcare system in which the government assumes full responsibility for medical costs.
According to The Hill, Hillary Clinton has moved towards this way of thinking, calling for a similar expansion of government healthcare services and announcing the need for public action last Saturday.
Luckily, it is highly unlike public option will make it through Congress, since Republican majorities are against the idea, with them pointing out that it will add astronomical costs to the federal budget.
In his piece, Obama lavished his precious Obamacare with praise, but admitted that more work needs to be done to improve the law. While Clinton is calling for public option across the board, Obama wants a more targeted effort.
“Simpler approaches to addressing our health care problems exist at both ends of the political spectrum: the single-payer model vs. government vouchers for all,” the president said. “Yet the nation typically reaches its greatest heights when we find common ground between the public and private good and adjust along the way.”
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