As someone who used to believe that all politicians of every stripe need to be put on a ship and sent off into the wild blue yonder, people like Rep. Dan Crenshaw are starting to change my mind.
Being a military veteran, the Lieutenant has firsthand experience with the federal government and it’s fairly well-intentioned bungling. We couldn’t have possibly gotten luckier than to have a man with his experience and intelligence in Congress.
While most of our coverage of Rep. Crenshaw revolves around his epic clapbacks to Fellow Congresspeople Who Must Not Be Named and setting the occasional misinformed TV personality straight on key issues, the dude’s not just a pundit or a media sensation. He’s a statesman, and he’s doing incredible work within that role.
So, although I’ve been convinced that our federal government is made up of some great people like Lt. Dan, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t need to go keto, shrink by half, and leave important services to the private sector.
Lt. Dan seems to think so too, if his brilliant lesson on single-payer healthcare is any indication.
In a House Budget Committee hearing on Wednesday, Crenshaw laid waste to the false promise that Medicare For All and single-payer systems are better for the poor and those with pre-existing conditions.
“I think it’s time to put to rest the many false promises of Medicare For All and single-payer systems,” Crenshaw said, prefacing a line of questions for the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) Deputy Director, Mark Hadley:
We know single-payer decreases quality of care, decreases access,
raises taxes on everyone, and creates major delays in care. It also hurts Americans with preexisting conditions. Watch this to understand why. pic.twitter.com/n0YwDqh8yU
— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) May 23, 2019
Crenshaw asked a handful of very simple questions based on Hadley’s reports, confirming that single-payer healthcare is worse for Americans. The leftists in Congress already know that, but they’re pushing for it anyway. Very low income folks and those with preexisting conditions are just collateral damage in getting their agenda pushed through.
Lt. Dan wasn’t having it.
“A single-payer system has to set prices, and if set at current Medicare rates, which all plans call for, then this drastically cuts the money going to doctors and hospitals. They will have to cut resources. They will hire less. They will buy less equipment. It is simple economics.
Because there are less doctors, wait times will increase. With this newfound world of less doctors and more patients, the government will have to carefully screen—or triage—who gets care and who doesn’t and what kind of care they get, all based on bureaucratic cost-benefit analysis.”
“Innovators will be less likely to invest in a system where the payoff is significantly less because they can’t be sure whether the government bureaucrat will even allow doctors to use that new medical device, medication or new procedure.
And counterintuitively, this system ends up hurting patients with the most unique conditions—also known as patients with pre-existing conditions—because their care requires flexibility and innovation, both of which are drastically reduced in a single-payer system.”
Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. I mean, obvious and elementary to anyone with a brain, but the fact that Lt. Dan even needs to give this lesson is evidence that too many folks in Congress seem to be a little short in that department.
Maybe we can just ship those folks off into the wild blue yonder and keep the Pauls and the Crenshaws here to do their work.