There is a third, more interesting risk. Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., posited that if Congress gives “a big chunk of money to California they’re going to go set up a single-payer system run by the state and then come back and say, ‘We don’t have enough money, we need more.’”
That is not altogether fanciful. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has rolled out his single-payer idea. If Obamacare is dismantled and money simply handed over to the states, every blue-state governor will come under pressure to try a single-payer system. The “laboratories of democracy” will be put to work test running the one health-care system Republicans dislike more than any other: single-payer. If a substantial number of states try this out, it may be virtually impossible for other states to resist. If, say, New York, New Jersey, California and some New England states all go to single-payer health-care coverage, private insurers might not survive to offer coverage in other states.
Imagine the egg on the faces of conservatives if they manage to spur creation of single-payer health care in the United States. After all, Trump did promise he’d cover “everybody,” didn’t he?
Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.