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Krauthammer: US Will Have Universal Health Care Soon

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Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer said he believes the longstanding debate on health care in America will result in a universal health care program within seven years.

"ObamaCare is a disaster on the ground and politically it ruined the Democrats," Krauthammer said on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," a Fox News program. "However, there's an irony and a hidden victory here: Over these past seven years, people's expectations have changed. You watched the debate over the last three months, Tucker. What are the grounds? The grounds are all liberal grounds: How many people are going to lose their coverage? How can you leave people out in the cold?"

Krauthammer also referenced late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel, who gave a teary-eyed monologue about how his newborn son was born with heart disease and the cost for his medical care would be prohibitive to most Americans, especially when seeking health insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, which his infant son would classify as.

Under the new health care plan pushed by Republicans to replace the Affordable Care Act -- commonly referred to as Obamacare -- states will be able to opt-out of requiring health insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions.

"The Jimmy Kimmel thing. It's showing that the country is at a point where I think it believes in universal coverage," Krauthammer said.

Universal health care coverage is an idea many people believe will never pass muster among conservatives. But Krauthammer contended that even those on the right will come to agree that it will be a better option.

"Whether it will end up single-payer, like in the Canadian system, or not, I'm not sure," he said. "But I will guarantee you this: Within a few years there won't even be an argument about whether or not government has an obligation to ensure that everybody gets health coverage."

Talk of a single-payer, universal health care system has intensified in recent years, spurred on by the campaign of Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who challenged former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary on a platform that highlighted a single-payer system.

And Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan has introduced a "Medicare For All" bill every year since 2003, according to Roll Call. This year he has picked up 86 co-sponsors -- the most he has ever had in all the years in which he has introduced the bill.

"I’ve never seen this much energy or grass-roots pressure behind this issue," he said.

However, there is still resistance among the Democratic Party leadership to push for a universal health care plan, despite repeated cries that Republican health care proposals will be the death knell to millions of Americans.

According to the District Sentinel, when Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California was asked if Democrats should push for a universal health care plan in 2018, she said: "No, I don’t."

Sources: Fox News via YouTube, District Sentinel, Roll Call / Photo credit: Jez/Flickr

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