Which doesn’t make it a bad idea. Single payer is far simpler that what we have and saves more money.
Problem is, the people won’t go for it. Or they won’t fight for it. Or they don’t even know there’s a fight going on.
As Clinton noted in Sunday’s debate, the Democrats couldn’t even get the public option through Congress when they were in control.
One can share Sanders’ exasperation at the corrupting influences of big money on American politics. To use the cliche, entrenched economic interests did produce distortions in the Affordable Care Act.
But one can’t share Sanders’ confidence that he can storm the barricades and make things right. It takes a complicated skill set to bring radical change to Washington. Sanders’ is fairly limited. Passionate speech making goes only so far.
As senator from Vermont, Sanders introduced several single-payer bills that went nowhere. The most recent one, the 2013 American Health Security Act, attracted not a single co-sponsor.
In the meantime, Obamacare for all its imperfections is spreading health coverage to the most vulnerable populations. It’s making people of all incomes feeling secure that a family illness won’t cause the cancellation of their insurance policies.
And Obamacare …