The Dawn of the Berniecrats

The center of power in the Democratic Party has shifted dramatically in Bernie Sanders’ direction following Hillary Clinton’s loss in the 2016 presidential race. And as power has shifted so too has the party’s agenda. But to what end? After all, Sanders has become the de facto leader of the Democratic Party despite fervently stating…
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Sanders’ Leads the Democrat Lemmings Off the Healthcare Cliff

“These are simply not tax rates that I can responsibly support or urge the Legislature to pass,” Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said in 2015 after dropping his hoped-for vision for single-payer healthcare. “In my judgment, the potential economic disruption and risks would be too great to small businesses, working families and the state’s economy.” Bernie…
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The Real “Single Payer” Is You, the Taxpayer

Democrats, like lemmings following their leader head-first off a cliff, are apparently wont to plunge to their political death. Nothing else could explain their newfound embrace of so-called single payer health care, a policy idea that even Hillary Clinton said “will never, ever come to pass.” And with good reason. Single payer health care is…
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California’s Single Payer Dream Turns Out to Be a Fiscal Nightmare

States shopping for single payer health care systems are like young guys shopping for wedding rings – everything looks glittery until they turn over the price tag. There’s just no way around it. A government takeover of the entire health care market is an inherently expensive proposition. But whereas other, more sensible states pulled back…
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Democrats’ Single-Payer Plans Come Into Focus

The fight over the federal government’s role in health care is far from over. Republicans’ failure to pass a repeal and replace plan did nothing to change the fact that Obamacare is failing. What it did was raise the political stakes for when the inevitable crash happens. First off, let’s put to bed any notion…
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Three Basic Questions that Bernie Sanders Can’t Answer About His Health Care Plan

Republican candidates have been trying to “repeal and replace” Obamacare for years. Now, Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is attempting to co-opt the movement. But whereas Republicans have in mind to utilize market forces to expand competition, reduce prices and improve quality, Sanders has a much different idea in mind: replace the entire U.S. health…
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Clinton Not “Feelin’ the Bern” on Health Care

Hillary Clinton knows a little something about health care reform. Namely, she knows how personal an insurance plan and the doctor/patient relationship are to Americans, which not only makes it hard to get reforms through Congress, it makes it nearly impossible to even discuss wholesale changes. Clinton knows these things because she’s been in the…
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Vermont’s Dabble With Socialized Medicine Comes to a Merciful End

Democrats and progressive ideologues have always loved the idea of “single payer” healthcare, which is nothing more than a nicer-sounding term for socialized medicine, in which the government, rather than private insurers, pays for all health care costs. Prior to Obamacare becoming law they wondered why single payer wasn’t on the table. “Wouldn’t [single payer]…
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Sorry Harry Reid, In No Way Does Obamacare’s Failure Justify More Government Involvement

Earlier this year we asked a provocative question, “With Obamacare failing will Democrats push for a single payer system?” Although the post may have seemed prescient, there was no way we could have anticipated just how much worse things have gotten for President Obama’s signature piece of legislation. At the time we interpreted “failing” to…
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