In response to Narrative, Narrative, Narrative:
In June 2009, during the health reform battle, my co-blogger Morgen found video of Klein admitting that the public option was a "sneaky strategy" to get the country to single payer. When Klein saw it he wrote this snarky response:
Conservatives have an Underpants Gnomes-theory of how liberals mean to achieve single payer. It looks something like this:
1) With 60 votes in the Senate and a hugely popular new president,
Democrats labor to reform the health-care system and manage, barely, to
create a public insurance option by promising up-and-down that it
wouldn’t have any government-provided advantages over private health
insurance plans. This is about competition, they swear.
3) The United States Senate votes to outlaw private health insurance...
many liberals would like a single-payer system. But there is nothing in Barack Obama’s plan that would enact such a thing and nothing in the political jockeying we’ve seen thus far that should make anybody think such a thing is possible.