Today, Bernie Sanders will release a proposal for single-payer health care, co-sponsored by 15 Democrats. To call it a plan is, in some sense, too generous: Although it envisions a sweeping and generous system that would make government the primary payer for nearly all health care in the United States and virtually wipe out employer health coverage in the space of just a few years, it is not really a plan. Instead, it is a legislative fantasy built on a combination of wild overconfidence in government and an almost comical refusal to grapple with costs or trade-offs.
Single payer was the goal all along. Obamacare seems to be the "intermediate step" Obama said would be necessary to get us there. I truly hope some of this madness can be reversed. But alas, we now know Republicans were lying when the promised to roll back Obamacare. Democrats still seem focused on putting all health care under a government umbrella. Nobody in DC really wants to fix anything. The DC health care game is about power, not health care.