Following today’s narrow House passage of the Republican Obamacare replacement plan, Fox News’ Charles Krauthammer made a somewhat shocking observation about what this means for the future of health care. And small-government conservatives are really going to hope he is wrong.
Asked where he thinks we are in the debate on health care, the Fox News contributor noted that due to the change in expectations brought on by Obamacare, America is going to end up with state-run health care eventually.
“I think historically speaking we are at the midpoint,” Krauthammer stated. “We had seven years of ObamaCare, changing expectations. And I would predict that in less than seven years, we will be in a single-payer system.”
He went on to explain how ironic he feels this is due to his belief that the ACA has failed and led to widespread Democratic election defeats over the past six-plus years. However, what it did do is shift the debate to the left.
“Look at the terms of the debate,” he said. “Republicans are not arguing the free market anymore.”
Krauthammer added, “They have sort of accepted the fact that the electorate sees health care as any commodity. It’s not like purchasing a steak or a car. It is something people now have a sense that government ought to guarantee.”
Recent polls show that the majority of Americans now approve of the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, prior to the GOP bill first being pulled from the House floor in March, only 17% approved of it. Recent polling shows that half of respondents oppose giving states an opt-out option for pre-existing conditions.
Watch the clip above, via Fox News.
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