Schlockumentary filmmaker Michael Moore made quite a statement on New Year's Day.
In an op-ed published at the New York Times, Moore wrote, "Obamacare is awful."
"For many people, the 'affordable' part of the Affordable Care Act risks being a cruel joke," added Moore. "The cheapest plan available to a 60-year-old couple making $65,000 a year in Hartford, Conn., will cost $11,800 in annual premiums. And their deductible will be $12,600. If both become seriously ill, they might have to pay almost $25,000 in a single year."
I love how Moore put quotation marks around the word "affordable." I've been doing it for years concerning this atrocious law.
But before you get excited thinking this leftist has suddenly come to his senses, be advised that you're probably not going to agree with Moore's reasons for disliking the "Affordable Care Act."
Because he's for universal health insurance funded by the roughly 50 percent of Americans that pay income taxes, of course.
"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," Moore wrote. "By 2017, we will be funneling over $100 billion annually to private insurance companies. You can be sure they’ll use some of that to try to privatize Medicare."
Privatizing Medicare. Sounds like a good idea, doesn't it?
Given that it currently has unfunded liabilities that likely exceed $100 trillion, certainly something needs to be done to reform this senior entitlement before it bankrupts the nation.
But liberals such as Moore don't concern themselves with such inconvenient truths.
Quite the contrary, they want the roughly 50 percent of Americans that pay income taxes to have to pay more.
"In blue states, let’s lobby for a public option on the insurance exchange — a health plan run by the state government, rather than a private insurer," Moore continued. "All eyes are on Vermont’s plan for a single-payer system, starting in 2017. If it flies, it will change everything, with many states sure to follow suit by setting up their own versions."
Bankruptcy here we come.
Hip hip, hooray!
(HT Dan Gainor)