Democrats Racing to Embrace “Single-Payer,” Neglect Important Detail

Liberals may not know economics. Or the Constitution. Or ethics. But they know what they want, and they are eternally convinced that’s all they need to know.

The Washington Post reports that support for single-payer healthcare — i.e., a fully socialized medical system dictated by the federal government — among prominent Democrats now includes Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California, and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.

This, WaPo’s Aaron Blake contends, “suggests the dam is breaking when it comes to the Democratic Party embracing government-run health care”:

There are 48 members of the Democratic caucus in the Senate. The fact that 4 of the first 5 to come out in support of Sanders’s bill all came from a relatively small universe of top presidential hopefuls suggests that this will be a litmus test issue in 2016. And any hopeful that doesn’t support it is going to stand out like a sore thumb […]

That’s not to say single-payer isn’t gaining support elsewhere in the Senate Democratic caucus. Notably, Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) said last week that Congress should take a “solid look” at single-payer. Activists hailed even those cautious words given Tester represents a red state and has previously been dismissive of the idea that single-payer’s time has come. (Tester said “we are so far away” from that debate in both March and June.)

Tester is hardly the only Democrat to resist this debate. Just last year, Sanders primary foe Hillary Clinton dismissed single-payer as “a theoretical debate about some better idea that will never, ever come to pass.” Fast-forward a year, and it’s Democratic presidential hopefuls that are spearheading this.

And polls certainly suggest its time has come — at least on the left. I argued back in July that the biggest winner of the Obamacare repeal debate was single-payer.

So on yet another issue, the Democrat Party is continuing its leftward lurch, with nary a moment spent reflecting on how the American people repeatedly punished them for that lurch in the last couple elections. In this case, they’re also ignoring something more basic: how to actually do it.

As TFPP has covered on multiple occasions, the most recent state to pursue single-payer is the left-wing Mecca of California, via a plan that carried a projected price tag of $400 billion…or twice the entire annual budget of the state. It was so preposterous that even a few state Democrat lawmakers noticed and questioned the scheme’s viability (not to mention its complete lack of a whole bunch of other details on how to raise the money or implement it)…but, being California, the Dems who temporarily noticed they were members of an insane asylum were two few to actually stop the bill.

Take a look at the numbers for yourself:

So, ineffectiveness of socialized medicine aside, California showed us that even with the biggest state economy in the country and the tenth highest overall tax burden, the challenge of simply paying for it was insurmountable, meaning it would be downright unthinkable when you add in the other 49 states.

Yet national Democrats, including the ones imagining themselves to be the next leader of the free world, see no problem with this. If that doesn’t convince the fence-sitters that these people shouldn’t be allowed within 500 feet of public office, then what will?