Democrats are taking another step down the dark path to single-payer health care Wednesday with a House Ways and Means committee hearing on the subject. The hearing, which is the first before a committee that has jurisdiction over health care policy, comes in the wake of the fourth-highest ranking House Democrat, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., throwing his support behind single-payer reform.
The hearing will surely showcase the skyrocketing premium and deductible costs plaguing the country’s health care system. The U.S. is set to spend one-fifth of its GDP on health care, nearly double the proportion of other industrialized nations. That’s unacceptable. Reform is needed.
Bizarrely, though, Democratic lawmakers have responded to this health care cost crunch, most of which have occurred under ObamaCare, by calling for more government intervention in health care. To the point where many are now calling for outright nationalization under “Medicare for All.”
Yet more government involvement in health care would only make a bad situation worse. Single-payer health care, no matter where it’s tried, is associated with a lack of choice, substandard care, rationing, months-long wait times, bureaucratic bloat, misdirected resources, crushing taxpayer costs, and