The President and the Left have been speaking out about what they say is the “misguided focus of Republicans” on trying to eliminate Obamacare. Obama rants about how Republicans want to eliminate health care for 30 million Americans. Truth be told, he never wanted the Affordable Care Act and neither did the rest of the leaders of his team.
Some news organizations have been stringing together video of prominent Democrats speaking the truth. What they want is a single-payer, government-run healthcare system where insurance companies are obliterated from the healthcare process and every healthcare dollar runs through their hands and the hands of unionized government employees. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) is the latest to state that obvious. He said Obamacare is “absolutely” a step toward single-payer.
This should not surprise anyone. Democrats have been trying to implement government run health care since President Franklin Roosevelt. In 1947, Harry Truman followed him with a proposal for a national health care system.
The Left is patient in achieving its goals, which they typically do incrementally. Just look at the timeline on how they have expanded the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program, which will give you an idea where they are heading with healthcare:
• Discussed adding Disability Insurance to Social Security in 1930’s
• First offered legislation in 1943; it did not get out of Congressional committee.
• In 1948, Social Security Advisory Board recommended adding benefits for the permanently disabled.
• In 1950, signed into law subsidies for state disability payments by states.
• In 1956, SSDI signed into law for workers between 50 and 65 years old. Children disabled before the age of 18 were also eligible. Established .5% tax and bill was signed by President Eisenhower reluctantly.
• In 1958, added benefits for children of disabled.
• In 1960, age restrictions were erased making anyone eligible for benefits.
• In 1965, made eligibility requirements easier for all applicants.
• In 1967, added benefits for widows of disabled.
• In 1972, reduced the waiting period for SSDI benefits, made it easier to qualify as a disabled child and added Medicare for SSDI recipients.