Notorious left-wing activist and director Michael Moore is in the headlines this morning after he wrote a revealing New York Times op-ed stating his mixed feelings about President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
In the article, Moore calls Obamacare “awful” and says that it could be much better if President Obama hadn’t backed down from his original backing of a single-payer health care option.
“The Affordable Care Act is a pro-insurance-industry plan implemented by a president who knew in his heart that a single-payer, Medicare-for-all model was the true way to go,” writes Moore. “When right-wing critics “expose” the fact that President Obama endorsed a single-payer system before 2004, they’re actually telling the truth.”
“What we now call Obamacare was conceived at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, and birthed in Massachusetts by Mitt Romney, then the governor,” continues Moore in the article. “The president took Romneycare, a program designed to keep the private insurance industry intact, and just improved some of its provisions. In effect, the president was simply trying to put lipstick on the dog in the carrier on top of Mitt Romney's car. And we knew it.”
While Moore doesn’t totally disapprove of Obamacare, he does say that it is a step in the right direction.
“Let’s not take a victory lap yet, but build on what there is to get what we deserve: universal quality health care,” writes Moore.
Moore believes that a single-payer health care system is the only way to really create change and even makes a call to action for people to stand up and fight for it.
“So let’s get started,” writes Moore. “Obamacare can’t be fixed by its namesake. It’s up to us to make it happen.”