According to one well-known pundit, although the new administration has moved forcefully in the direction of rolling back Obamacare, the reality is that years of having to live under it have reshaped the public’s expectations as to just what health care is and who should be paying for it.
As reported by RealClearPolitics.com, Charles Krauthammer, who spoke May 4 on Fox News’ Special Report, said that after so many years of Obamacare being a part of the national economic and cultural landscape, Americans now look at health care not as a service subject to the machinations of the free market, but, rather, as an absolute taxpayer-funded “entitlement,” like roadways and public schools.
What’s more, Krauthammer believes the country is just a relative handful of years away from seeing a genuine single-payer system at hand.
“I think historically speaking we are at the midpoint. We had seven years of Obamacare, a change in expectations. And I would predict that in less than seven years, we will be in a single-payer system. I think that’s the great irony of this,” Krauthammer said.
“I think Obamacare wins the day because it changed expectations,” he later added. “Look at the terms of the debate. Republicans are not arguing the free market anymore. They have sort of accepted the fact that the electorate sees health care as not just any commodity. It’s not like purchasing a steak or a car. It is something people now have a sense that government ought to guarantee.”
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