I asked Thune this question online during a live interview on the Argus website;
Senator Thune, what’s so wrong with a national insurance plan as just another option. If I’m willing to pay for it thru a premium or extra taxes, how is this going bankrupt the country. A recent NY times poll said 72% of Americans support it. Why don’t you agree with it?
His (predictable) answer:
Sen. John Thune: Â that poll didn’t address the question of paying for it which yields a different result, you would be the exception when it comes to a willingness to pay higher taxes, the cost is up to 2 trillion. with a government run, single payer system you would get less and pay more. Â Â a govt plan would be the end of private insurance because no private insurer would be able to compete with the govt. Â the studies show that employers would drop coverage and push everyone into the govt program where you would face govt rationing care.
Nice talking points, John. How do we know care would be rationed if we have never tried it. And whats wrong with putting insurance companies out of business?
Not sure if they will post my other questions. I said he was misleading by saying there would be no incentives for doctors is we went into a National Healthcare Plan.