Diversity of Views at Fox News: Geraldo Rivera Proclaims 'I'm for Single Payer' Systems Like Sweden

Who says the Fox News Channel is all conservatives? Sometimes, its employees are socialists who want America to be more like Sweden.

Take Geraldo Rivera on his radio show on Friday. When a caller complained he wasn't extolling the positives of Obamacare, he said the program is “deeply flawed” because “we let the insurance industry write the legislation,” when he prefers a “single payer” government-dominated health care system like Sweden or Canada, where private insurance is banned.

 

RIVERA: It’s great to have health care. I want everyone to have health care. I want single payer, I want Medicare for everybody. I want it to be like Sweden. I want it to be like the United Kingdom or Canada. I want everyone to have health care. This program [Obamacare], though, is deeply flawed, and I think part of the problem is [that] we let the insurance industry write the legislation, and when the insurance industry, like they did for the prescription plan, Part B [sic], when they write the legislation, they stack the deck so they're the beneficiaries.

It makes sense. If I was in the insurance industry, I'd do the same thing. You write a law that makes people have to come to you. And then when they come to you, you can charge them what the market will bear, and when the market is mandatory, it bears a whole lot more than when the market is voluntary.

But can’t this also describe putting the politicians in charge of a government-run health care program? “You write a law that makes people have to come to you”?

[Hat tip: Radio Equalizer, Dominating Dentist]

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis