Given all the problems that Obamacare faces, both nationally and locally, perhaps it should be no surprise that one of Washington’s Congressmen is predicting that the Democrat’s signature health care law will fail.
The surprise is which one it is – none other than Seattle Congressman for Life Jim McDermott. You know, the one who illegally leaked to the press an illegally-taped cell phone conversation – and spent years lying about his actions before a court finally forced the truth out of him.
Less surprising is his reason for rooting for its failure – so our country can finally embrace his goal of a complete government takeover of health care, a goal he evidently shares with Washington Governor Jay Inslee.
In an ideologically pure and typically unabashedly liberal interview pure interview in The Nation, McDermott offers such observations as:
“In the long arc of healthcare reform, I think [the ACA] will ultimately fail”
And, “docs will be the least of our problem,” McDermott said. “They will simply be serfs working for the system.”
And, “He expects stronger healthcare systems roughly resembling single-payer “to spring up like dandelions” around the country… “That’s probably going to happen in Vermont, Washington and Oregon,” he said…”The governor in Oregon, John Kitzhaber, and our governor in Washington, Jay Inslee, all want it to happen.”
Of course, given the growing number of problems at Washington’s health care exchange – which will be highlighted in another investigative piece on SHIFT tomorrow – perhaps the overall Obamcare failure will happen even quicker than Jim predicts.
And we can only hope that failure doesn’t lead to the government-run approach that Congressman McDermott and his former congressional colleague Jay Inslee are hoping for.