ObamaCare architect supports single-payer system


Former Sen. Max Baucus, one of the chief architects of ObamaCare, says the U.S. should consider a single-payer health-care system.

“My personal view is we’ve got to start looking at single-payer,” the Montanan Democrat said Thursday, according to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

“I think we should have hearings. … We’re getting there. It’s going to happen.”

Baucus, who announced his retirement in 2013, wrote large parts of the Affordable Care Act in his role as the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

Baucus was also heavily criticized during ObamaCare debate for not seriously considering a single-payer system because he didn’t think it could pass Congress.

Meanwhile, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will introduce a “Medicare for All” bill Wednesday.

Sanders has acknowledged that the bill won’t pass a Republican controlled Congress, but said the point of introducing it is to start a conversation.

The bill has picked up support from Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), both considered potential presidential candidates in 2020.