When the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, there was no “Public Option.” That meant no Medicare or other Single Payer program for the general public.
Single Payer was eliminated from the legislation early because most people were terrified of it. They’d heard Sarah Palin and other charlatans talk about Death Panels, with Governor Palin suggesting her youngest child could be killed by the government if such legislation passed.
Private sector health insurers didn’t like the idea of everyone being on Medicare, either, for obvious reasons.
Please don’t blame Barak Obama or Democrats in Congress for Obamacare’s shortcomings. The system we have now is the result of compromises, forced by the GOP. When Republicans learned they couldn’t prevent healthcare reform from passing, they set it up to fail the patients. Now the GOP wants to take insurance away from people who need it, and replace it with nothing — or nothing functional.
This morning, I found something encouraging on MSN’s site. It won’t change anything in the near future, but it’s a start. Here’s a link: