Democrats’ single-payer mania is helping Republicans – Chicago Tribune

Even beyond the perilous politics of taking away existing employer-based coverage, the challenges of transitioning to single-payer coverage would dwarf the impact of the adjustments to Obamacare.

Paying for government-run health care would require huge tax increases, by some estimates raising the top individual tax rate by a third and more than doubling the capital-gains rate. That would be a tough sell even for people who think the wealthy should pay more.Liberals should also realize that these huge costs — the Urban Institute concluded that a single-payer plan could cost as much as $32 trillion over a decade — would crowd out resources for other priorities like education, infrastructure and medical research.

Source: Democrats’ single-payer mania is helping Republicans – Chicago Tribune