Writing for Forbes, Rick Ungar explains why “it makes nothing but dollars and sense for clever state governments to shift to a single-payer state healthcare system as the key driver for attracting business to their struggling domains.” If that outlook were widely adopted by conservatives, and if liberals were to largely concede it’s not kosher to force Americans to buy commercial health insurance, a political sea change would be upon us.
As I suggested last year, “Democrats and other mandate proponents would have withdrawn their support sooner if they hadn’t concluded the lawsuits are politically motivated.” Many who at first wouldn’t think of it, eventually realized the constitutional challenge to Obamacare is valid. Nonetheless, the president continues to indulge the cheapest instincts of his base by disparaging and preempting the Supreme Court.
Given that two nonpartisan federal agencies – the Congressional Budget Office and Congressional Research Service – have warned for years that compelling the general public to buy health insurance might not be constitutional, it seems President Obama is more committed to sustaining his reputation as a healthcare warrior, than he is to reforming healthcare.
It’s unclear to what extent Obama loyalists are persuadable, just as it’s not known whether or not conservatives might, in significant numbers, warm up to the idea of expanding government-sponsored healthcare. But great opportunities lie in the synthesis of competing ideologies, and the Justice Party of California is here to nurture the process. The good news, as the chart above indicates, is that single-payer insurance is popular.