COMMENTARY | Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska, former vice presidential candidate, and current most powerful female politician on the planet, mused about the travails of Obamacare in a wide ranging piece called “D.C.’s Corrupt Bastard’s Club.”
The name refers to a cabal of politicians in Alaska who were in the pockets of the oil companies whom Palin helped to put into prison some years ago. She suggests that a similar outfit is lording it up in Washington and is plotting to bring about single payer health care from the ashes of Obamacare.
Her idea is that once people are tired of the dysfunction of Obamacare they’ll be ripe for a Canadian style socialized health care system.
“And that’s how Americans will be led down the primrose path to a single-payer system. People will be frustrated, worn out, and broke under this new government burden. Many will end up concluding they’ll settle for – then demand – full socialized medicine because they’ll see how the unworkable Obamacare will break our health care system (where, presently, no one is turned away from emergency rooms and we have many public and private safety nets for people in need), along with busting our personal bank accounts. The cry will go out, ‘Can’t you just put us all in a sort of Medicaid-like system? It’ll be much less confusing than these awful exchange websites and a lot less expensive!’ As things stand, many who are getting slammed by Obamacare will inevitably settle for less out of necessity. And that’s the left’s declared plan: a single-payer system. They said it. I didn’t.”
To be sure that may be the plan and Palin quotes a lot of people like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who have pretty much admitted that it is the plan. But I think that the plan has backfired, largely due to the greatest disaster in information technology history that is the Obamacare website.
One can just imagine the reaction if someone were to suggest that the government take direct control over America’s health care system. “You guys can’t even build a decent website and you want to run health care directly?” There would follow a lot of colorful language that would advise the advocates of single payer to do some anatomically impossible things.
While Palin also inveighs against the Republican establishment, with considerable justification, it would take people a lot more incompetent than they the blow the opportunity that the rollout of Obamacare has presented. We are more likely to have President Ted Cruz signing a repeal of Obamacare than President Hillary Clinton signing a bill authorizing the nationalization of all doctors and hospitals. Ironically we have President Obama to thank for that.