“If the private health insurance industry can’t make the current approach work, we’re moving closer and closer to a single-payer option,” Durbin said during an interview.
Senate Minority Whip Sen. Dick Durbin said on Wednesday “if the private health insurance industry can’t make the current approach work, we’re moving closer and closer to a single-payer option,” during an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
Princeton University professor Eddie Glaude asked Durbin how the Democratic Party will respond to those on the left “who really think that single payer might be the answer to the health care issue.”
“This is a last gasp,” Durbin said. “What we’re going through now is the last gasp for private health insurance in America, as far as I’m concerned. If we can’t make this work with the private health insurance industry, we start moving closer to a Medicare model. From my point of view, Medicare has a lot of positive things to offer the American people.”
Durbin continued, “how many folks say, darn it, now I qualify for Medicare? Most of them say, hooray. ‘I don’t have to worry about preexisting conditions. I’ve paid into it. I can get the best hospitals and doctors and I have peace of mind.'”
“That’s what people are looking for in health insurance,” Durbin concluded. “If the private health insurance industry can’t make the current approach work, we’re moving closer and closer to a single-payer option.”
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