The equation was clear: More government equals less individual choice. And to prove it, Jackman showed that all politics are ultimately personal.
“My mother had two cataracts removed, two new knees and a new hip, and she’s up and running at 79,” he said. “With a single-payer system, she’d still be a long waiting list. And I don’t want to be on a waiting list when I get to be her age.”
I know I don’t need to explain the problem with this person’s statements to Seeing the Forest readers, but I will explain for the occasional people dropping by from Fox News:
1) The reform plan being discussed adds an EXTRA option, where we KEEP THE CURRENT system and we add one more option in which the government provides health insurance by letting people buy into a Medicare-like plan. This is called a “public option.”
2) The person’s 79-year-old mother certainly had her procedures done by Medicare, which is a “single-payer” system run by the government, and not by private insurance.
3) Whether she was on Medicare or not, Medicare (single-payer) exists, and she was not on a waiting list. Maybe she used her free Medicare, maybe she paid extra. This is how the new plan would work as well.