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Single-payer would "be a whole lot better" than Obamacare.
"I trust the government more than insurance companies.
(Obamacare is not a government takeover.)
— Republican State Attorney General


Louisiana Republican Attorney General Buddy Caldwell on March 30, 2012.
In the following video he refers to subsidies to health insurance companies. He is referring to the fact that the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is set up to have subsidy money flowing directly to the insurance companies instead of to the person being insured. Obamacare has fancy words for it: "Reduced Cost-Sharing". You can learn about Section 1402 here. That’s good for efficiency, but Attorney General Buddy Caldwell makes it very clear that he does not like that! According the associated Think Progress article, he goes on to say (after the videotaped statements) that ...

... he “endorses the idea of a single-payer health care system, saying it’d be a “whole lot better” than Obamacare."


More from the Thnk Progress article, including the article's bolded words: 

According to one Republican attorney general in the lawsuit against the health care individual mandate, the problem with Obamacare is that it’s not a government takeover of health care.

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:

KEYES: You don’t think the subsidies for low-income people are going to be helpful?

CALDWELL: No, no. 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.

 

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