Democrat butchers single payer talking points (for lack of party support)
While both support the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, the two disagreed over whether a single-payer option should be added to the program.
“I don’t have a problem with universal health care, [but] single payer doesn’t work,” [Republican Downey Councilman Mario Guerra] said. “You’re taking away choices. I want to choose my own doctor, not go to a doctor the government gives me.”
[former Assemblyman and Democrat Tony Mendoza] said, “We shouldn’t turn back now, people are suffering. It doesn’t matter what your socioeconomic status is, health care should be available to everyone.”
Total fail. Canadians get to pick their own doctor under their single payer program:
For the record: Canadians pick their own doctors, just like Americans do. And not only that: since it all pays the same, poor Canadians have exactly the same access to the country’s top specialists that rich ones do.
And the Times:
Another myth that is tossed around is that you can’t choose your doctor. As a Canadian I have always been able to select my physician, and have left ones I didn’t feel were doing a good job.
So, while I applaud Mendoza's argument from justice, that's no substitute for not knowing the nuts and bolts. And you can bet that a party apparatus that was serious about single payer would have those details prepared and distributed, so candidates would have them at their fingertips.