Much like owning your own pet tiger, government-run health care is far better in theory than in practice.
A few years ago, an old friend of mine walked into a bar and immediately ran into an attractive male she wouldn’t mind talking to. He told her she was smoking and, of course, what woman wouldn’t be flattered to hear that? The warm feeling lasted until he pointed at her purse and told her that there was smoke billowing out of her purse.
Evidently, at the bar she just left, someone had dropped a cigarette butt into her bag.
Of course, it’s easy to misread signals; but in the past year, no one has mistaken horror for affection more thoroughly than congressional Democrats. Last week, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., introduced a single-payer health care bill he calls “Medicare for All,” and to date, 15 of his Senate colleagues have signed on as co-sponsors.
Undoubtedly, Sanders think that the failure of two (and counting) Republican attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare means the public is suddenly enamored with single-payer, government-controlled health care. But progressives and their ilk evidently can’t remember all the way back to 2010, 2014 and 2016, in which opposition to heavy-handed government-managed health care sent Republicans to Congress in droves and helped elect Donald Trump to the presidency.
But thinking these Democratic electoral wipeouts were a result of Americans secretly wanting socialized health care is like Hollywood arguing its terrible summer box office was because “Boss Baby” wasn’t showing in enough theaters.
It’s probably true that voters are skeptical of Republicans’ ability to fix the mess that is health care, especially when the party is led by an unpopular president whose knowledge of medical procedures seems to be limited to the plastic surgery performed on television personalities. But the public saying, “I’m not so sure it’s a good idea to write and pass a bill in a week after Republicans had seven years to fix Obamacare” is far different than “I want the federal government fully in charge on my health care.”
And this voter frustration has shown up in the polls; according to a recent POLITICO…