Single Payer Health Care Is The Better Way?

Against logic there is no armor like ignorance.” – Laurence J. Peter

In a recent op-ed for The New York Times, Michael Moore put on display the pinnacle of his ignorance. There are few among us who haven’t seen Moore’s idiocy, and even fewer who believe him to be anything other than a dolt, but his latest rant takes the cake. His op-Ed is primarily about ObamaCare, and just how awful it is. For just a second, as I began to read, I thought he may have come around to the land of the sane. Then, I realized how wrong I was.

According to Moore:

I believe Obamacare’s rocky start — clueless planning, a lousy website, insurance companies raising rates, and the president’s telling people they could keep their coverage when, in fact, not all could — is a result of one fatal flaw: The Affordable Care Act is a pro-insurance-industry plan implemented by a president who knew in his heart that a single-payer, Medicare-for-all model was the true way to go.”

Wait, what? Oh, so Obama didn’t go far enough. He didn’t dismantle the insurance companies, putting into place a single payer system like numerous other countries have. As a result, the evil insurance companies have unfairly raised their rates on Americans.

Interesting. Moore makes two incorrect points. First, he claims that the ACA is a “pro-insurance-industry plan.” I can only assume he believes this because insurance companies are indeed raising rates. But one quick look beneath the surface, and one discovers that the reason they are raising rates is because they are being forced to do so. They are being forced to include numerous unnecessary benefits so that the basic plans for all Americans are “up to par.” This is ridiculous, of course, because what 78 year-old man needs maternity care? Additionally, these rate raises will only hurt insurance companies, because exorbitant pricing will force many to jump ship altogether.

Second, Moore claims that a single payer system is the way Obama should have gone. This isn’t incorrect so much as it is stupid. Moore complains about the ACA being pro-insurance-industry, but a single payer system would be just as bad, or worse in terms of financials. Either way the system goes, our money is being taken. With the ACA, we have to pay dramatically higher rates to insurance companies, but with a single payer, we have to pay drastically higher taxes.

Moore doesn’t realize this, but a single payer system would reduce quality of care in an extreme way. If one doesn’t cherry pick examples from Canada, their overall healthcare experience is sub-par, at best. Yes, ObamaCare is awful, but a single payer system would take us from the ledge, and throw us right off the cliff. The only fatal flaw here is that Moore is allowed to write for a mass audience.