“And, if you’re not really paying attention to how they’re gonna to pay for it”
Well, single payer would save trillions. This system is far more expensive than single payer systems and has far more waste/overhead. How will they pay for the system? Well, by spending less than we do on the present system, and the savings would more than pay for many of the other things in the platform. I mean, the oft cited Freidman study on single payer shows a savings of 17 trillion over the next decade. The cost of universal access to college is estimated to be between 70 to 80 billion, and that doesn’t include a reduction in out of pocket expenditures, that is just the cost of funding it through tax dollars. Let’s say that the savings from single payer was a third of what the Friedman study showed, being overly generous, even if that were the case we could save hundreds of billions annually while having single payer and universal access to college.
Not paying attention to how these things are paid for is exactly why someone identifies with the right (well, outside of a rich person obviously benefiting from those policies), or the “center” (of what?) in the first place. It is the present system that has no defense. Maybe objective reality and the costs of this system, and the waste in this system versus single payer systems (and why there is always going to be more waste and inefficiency in systems like ours) will start to actually matter to these people. Maybe people will start to notice the lack of actual solutions to our biggest problems, or the problem of applying superficial fixes to structural problems. We have increasingly done what the right has wanted since at least Reagan, and everything is worse off as a result. Lots of illusions need to be shattered. Many though on the right know better, and they are paid to not understand very basic things. Is this reporter one of those people?