A health care reform plan developed by Dr. Jacob S. Hacker is, according to this article at The New Republic, widely considered the rough model for the reform plans many Democrats, including President Barack Obama, have embraced. If it winds up putting private insurers out of business and forcing everyone to rely upon the government-run health care system, Hacker told an audience last month, “I would not be upset.”
In the video above, an audience member asks Dr. Hacker about the “real goal” of the president’s health care reform plan and if it’s intent is to “squeeze out over time” the private insurance industry and the reliance of people to get their insurance from their employers. The exact wording of the audience member’s question is as follows:
“It would seem to me that by setting the number at six percent the percent of payroll that you, as an employer, would have to pay rather than play, you’re setting entrain the gradual process whereby the whole system gradually shifts from 50/50 to 60/40 to 70/30 so that, after a couple of generations, almost everybody is in the quasi-Medicare system. Is that the intent?”
Amidst laughter in the room obviously filled with liberals, Dr. Hacker responded by saying, “Well, I would not be upset were that to occur.” The video is then cut off, but you get the point.
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