“That seems to be the default answer, but how exactly would we automatically cross-over to SP? Wouldn’t Congress (as the health system is crumbling), be forced to at least write new legislation as such? If so, rather than go SP, couldn’t Congress just repeal Obamacare? Wouldn’t that be less painful?”
Your post indicates you think that CONgress members actually care if something is painful to us or not. I would suggest that they don’t. The only reason they even pretend to care is votes.
Some Dems fell on their swords for Obamacare. The Dems are committed to it. Once it crumbles, the misery will be widespread, but somewhat uniform. And that is socialism, shared misery. So voters will be ticked off, but the low information types will be angry in the same way you get angry when it rains on a picnic... angry but powerless and accepting.
So, a big turnover in CONgress to Republican? No. The Dems will tell the low information types that Obamacare is a mess because Republicans wouldn’t allow single payer. The Dems will then push for a revamp to a single payer system. The Dems will also tell the low information types that Republicans will take away the “gains” and make things worse. The palace guard media will support this.
That’s the playbook, watch it happen.
I was hoping that my post reflected more a disbelief that a majority of Americans would finally catch on and see this for what it is. I think there was a certain amount of winking and nodding with Democrat voters--figuring that everthing would eventually turn out well.
But there will be a "rubber meets the road" moment, where all will feel this. And that includes the people defending it today! And it will be painful, maybe even more so to the low-info voter. And I suppose it will be interesting to see if the GOP stands up and defends itself, and offers a different course...there will be a very brief opportunity to do so.
Shared misery. God help us.