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Michael Moore admits: Obamacare 'awful,' calls for state-run health care

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In an op-ed posted Tuesday at the New York Times, wealthy filmmaker Michael Moore admitted that Obamacare is "awful," and called for a state-run health care system.

"Now that the individual mandate is officially here, let me begin with an admission: Obamacare is awful," he wrote.

This, he added, is the "dirty little secret" liberals have avoided speaking in public for fear of giving Obama's critics ammunition.

He went on to say the real problem with Obamacare is that it is a "pro-insurance-industry plan implemented by a president who knew in his heart that a single-payer, Medicare-for-all model was the true way to go."

The answer, as far as Moore is concerned, is a complete socialist single-payer system, something Obama supported a decade or so ago.

He also claimed Obamacare was hatched at the conservative Heritage Foundation and "birthed in Massachusetts by Mitt Romney, then the governor."

Moore said the "affordable" part of Obamacare "risks being a cruel joke," citing the example of a 60-year-old couple in Hartford, Conn., making $65,000 a year.

According to Moore, that couple will pay $11,800 in annual premiums.

"And their deductible will be $12,600," he added. "If both become seriously ill, they might have to pay almost $25,000 in a single year."

He also claimed that pre-Obamacare, the couple would have paid less but had worse insurance.

Nevertheless, he claims Obamacare is "a godsend."

But, he said, blue states need to lobby for a public option -- a healthcare system run exclusively by the state.

One example he gave was Montana.

Gov. Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat who just completed two terms, set up several health clinics to treat state workers, with no co-pays and no deductibles. The doctors there are salaried employees of the state of Montana; their only goal is their patients’ health," Moore said.

According to the NPR piece Moore cites, the physicians are paid by the hour, and the state contracts with a private company to run the clinic and pay the staff, who are not -- as Moore asserts -- employees of the state.

Even though the clinic is costing the state $1.5 million less for health care, former GOP state Sen. Dave Lewis wonders how long the state can afford to pay for the clinic.

"If they're taking money out of the hospital's pocket, the hospital's raising the price on other things to offset that," Lewis said.

That, however, didn't enter Moore's reasoning.

Moore also cited Vermont, which is set to go single-payer in 2017.

"If it flies, it will change everything, with many states sure to follow suit by setting up their own versions," he said.

Decrying "corporate money" he says will pour into the state to stop it, Moore encouraged fellow travelers east of the Mississippi to "look up the bus schedule to Montpelier."

"So let’s get started," Moore said in a clear call to action. "Obamacare can’t be fixed by its namesake. It’s up to us to make it happen."

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