Via The Morning Ledger:
In a stunning admission, a leading Democrat has admitted that the ultimate purpose behind the passage of Obamacare was to destroy the private insurance sector and move the country to a single payer system similar to Europe and Canada.
The remarks were made by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid during an appearance on a Friday night appearance on Las Vegas’ PBS program titled “Nevada Week in Review.”
During the interview Reid said the country needs to “work our way past” insurance companies providing health care and that Obamacare was intended to just be a step in the direction to having the government provide all health care.
“What we’ve done with Obamacare is have a step in the right direction, but we’re far from having something that’s going to work forever,” Reid said.
When pressed by panelist Steve Sebelius as to whether Reid meant Obamacare was intended to move the country to a system where it has a health care system that abandons the notion of private health insurance, Reid replied in the affirmative, saying “Yes, yes. Absolutely, yes.”
The statement by Reid, who was one of the key architects of passing Obamacare, is a stunning admission. Critics of Obamacare have frequently warned that the law was intended to lead to a single payer system just as Reid has now said. President Obama frequently responded to these criticisms as being unfounded and factually incorrect. He has also said repeatedly that under Obamacare if a person liked their health insurance plan they would be able to keep it and the costs would not go up.
Reid’s statements reveal the depths to which Democrats went to mislead the American people to pass the healthcare law. During the debate House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Congress needed to pass the bill so the American people could see what was in it.
During the debate on the bill the concept of bringing a single payer system to the U.S. was brought up, however, the idea sent lawmakers into a panic back in 2009 while Reid was debating the bill.
“We had a real good run at the public option … don’t think we didn’t have a tremendous number of people who wanted a single-payer system,” Reid said on the PBS program, recalling how then-Sen. Joe Lieberman’s opposition to the idea of a public option made them abandon the notion and start from scratch.”
Reid eventually realized the public option was unworkable because the bill would never have had the votes to pass with it in the legislation.
“We had to get a majority of votes,” Reid said. “In fact, we had to get a little extra in the Senate, we have to get 60.”
Reid predicted that Congress would eventually end the insurance based health care system.