The Obama administration wants insurance companies to voluntarily delay deadlines for Americans signing up for health insurance under Obamacare because of previous problems with HealthCare.gov.
ThinkProgress.org reports that Obama wants Americans, who miss the Dec. 23 deadline for Jan. 1 coverage, to still have that coverage at the beginning of the year.
However, allowing Americans to sign up for private insurance later than Dec. 23 will somehow lead to a single-payer government plan, claimed Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) today on Fox News (video below).
"I think that’s a problem," said Sen. Lee. "I think it is definitely a step in the direction of what we all feared which is, national, single payer, government-run, government health care system, the likes of which can be seen in other countries around the world, many parts of Europe. We’re not well-suited for this sort of experiment in America. It is not going to work here. This is a step in that direction."
Except Sen. Lee failed to mention that single payer government health care systems in Europe, which he dislikes, consistently rank above the present US health care system.
US health care ranked last behind Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom on health care quality, efficiency, access to care and equity, according to a Commonwealth Fund report.
A World Health Organization ranking of health care placed the US in 37th place, far behind European countries with single payer government-run health care.
Even retired four-star general Colin Powell endorses a single-payer government health care plan in the US based on Europe's successes, reports USNews.com.
"I don't see why we can't do what Europe is doing, what Canada is doing, what Korea is doing, what all these other places are doing," Powell stated on Dec. 5. "I am not an expert in health care, or Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, or however you choose to describe it, but I do know this: I have benefited from that kind of universal health care in my 55 years of public life."
"Every country I've visited, every developed country, they have universal health care... I think universal health care is one of the things we should really be focused on," Powell said. "Whether it's Obamacare, or son of Obamacare, I don't care. As long as we get it done."