Viewpoint: Why conservatives will soon embrace single-payer healthcare

Though Senate Republicans are currently trying to pass legislation that would curb federal healthcare funding and regulations, in an op-ed for The American Conservative Chase Madarrgues that conservatives will soon embrace the idea of a single-payer healthcare system.

Mr. Madar says that, with the current healthcare system in turmoil, it is only a matter of time before citizens across the political spectrum begin to consider a single-payer system as not only beneficial in theory, but necessary in practice. Many Republican senators have been hesitant to support their party's healthcare efforts mainly because of proposed cuts to Medicaid expansion, the government supported insurance option that grew to cover millions of Americans under the ACA. This, Mr. Madar says, has encouraged softer Republican rhetoric regarding the government's role in healthcare.

This is not to say the road will be easy, but Mr. Madar believes that the efficiency and growing public popularity of a single-payer system make it an inevitability.

"So even if there is some banshee GOP resistance at first, universal Medicare will swiftly become about as controversial as our government-run fire departments," writes Mr. Madar. "Such, after all, was the trajectory of Medicare half a century ago. You read it here first, people: Within five years, the American Right will happily embrace socialized medicine."

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