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Dem Gov Candidate Drew Pledges Single-Payer, Without a Way to Pay for It

December 18, 2017 By Staff
Dem Gov Candidate Drew Pledges Single-Payer, Without a Way to Pay for It

Dan Drew is embracing the far-left policies of Bernie Sanders, proposing a single-payer system for a state deep in debt, without a way to pay for it.

Mayor Dan Drew (D-Middletown) sent an email blast from his campaign over the weekend ‘pledging’ that, if elected, he’ll deliver a single-payer health care system to the people of Connecticut.

Drew also plugs the pledge as his first item on the “Issues” page of his campaign site. Drew boldly proclaims: “It is the right thing to do morally, and it is the right thing to do economically.”

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One thing lacking from Drew’s email, or his campaign website: how to pay for single-payer health care.

When former gubernatorial candidate Comptroller Kevin Lembo (D-Conn.) endorsed a public option in May 2017, we pointed out at Reclaim Connecticut that “if the state covered all health care costs in Connecticut it would have cost them $30 billion in 2009 (the latest year of health spending data available).”

That is 50 percent more than Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) proposed spending in the entire fiscal year (FY) 2018, a total of $20 billion.

And if Drew wants the federal government to bear the costs, the numbers become even scarier:

PolitiFact did a good job of summarizing the different estimates earlier this year: “Kenneth Thorpe, a professor of health policy and management at Emory University, put the cost at $2.4 trillion a year. A team from the Urban Institute put the number at $2.5 trillion a year. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget projected $2.8 trillion a year.” To put that in [perspective], the entire federal government spend $5.4 trillion in 2014, meaning single-payer health care alone could add trillions to the government’s spending.

Will Drew propose a way to pay for single-payer health care at some point in his statewide campaign? Time will tell.

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