Talk about man bites dog. If you believe the Lousiana Attorney General, he is at the Supreme Court fighting ObamaCare for a different reason than his Republican brethren:
"ThinkProgress spoke with Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Caldwell opposes Obamacare and the individual mandate, but for a different reason than most of his fellow litigants: it props up the private health insurance industry. “Insurance companies are the absolute worst people to handle this kind of business,” he declared. “I trust the government more than insurance companies.” Caldwell went on to endorse the idea of a single-payer health care system, saying it’d “be a whole lot better” than Obamacare."
"The worst thing you can do is give it to an insurance company. I want to make my point. All insurance companies are controlled in their particular state. If you have a hurricane come up the east coast, the first one that’s going to leave you when they gotta pay too many claims is an insurance company. Insurance companies are the absolute worst people to handle this kind of business. I trust the government more than insurance companies. If the government wants to put forth a policy where they will pay for everything and you won’t have to go through an insurance policy, that’d be a whole lot better."
Ok, interesting and very surprising. Still don't buy it. This is very similar to the Firedoglake line. It has always struck me that the Firebaggers and the Republicans have the same basic position on this-
let's go back to the beginning and take our time. We can do better then.'
As for Caldwell, I'm suspicious that he really would vote for single payer if he had the choice. I suspect then he'd be saying he;d be willing to do it with the private sector individual mandate but not with the government. who is the absolutely worst way to handle this kind of business.
Even if you want single payer, there is no reason to insist on "all or nothing." We either have total single payer or we can't do anything to help the nation's 53 million uninsured at all?