Cutting through the rhetoric, public option and single payer are two sides of the same coin. Both plays would restrict health insurance carriers to a TPA (third party administrator) role.
Most don't realize it, but carriers are involved in Medicare and Medicaid as TPA's. The folks that adjudicate and pay Medicare and Medicaid claims work for insurance carriers or independent TPA's.
And the people that answer the phone at 1-800-MEDICARE?
They are General Dynamics employees.
The federal government farms out the day to day operation of Medicare and Medicaid to private contractors.
What does this have to do with the title of this post?
According to the Washington Post, many Americans would like to see Obamacare replaced with single payer.
Well over half of Americans want to replace Obamacare with a single-payer system. That figure, amazingly, includes 41 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents — even though the wording of the question specifies that the program would be "federally funded." - Washington PostFederally funded.
The federal government doesn't have any money other than what they take from us.
Federally funded = taxpayer funded.
And there is this.
Single payer = Medicaid.
I wonder how many of those polled would have the same answer if the question was worded this way?
"Would you like to see Obamacare replaced with Medicaid that is paid for through higher taxes on everyone, including you?".
My guess is the answers would change dramatically.
#RepealObamacare #HigherTaxes #MedicaidForAll