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Let’s examine Bernie’s health-care proposal to see what I mean about priorities and political boundaries. Upon reading the document itself, one sees that it is a general overview on what he plans to propose as president. Yes, there are details on how to pay for the system, but as for the single-payer system itself? It remains unclear as to how the government will administer health care in particular, the extent of the power that states hold over the system, etc. These are real details that, if Bernie is elected president, he will need to spend considerable time on. Put aside the period of time that it would take to iron out each and every detail to create an entirely new system. Think about how long it would take to pass an overhaul on health-care reform under either a Republican-led or divided Congress (with even Democratic leadership publicly coming out against), completely scrap the system currently in place (along with the rules, regulations, and guidelines that exist within it), and work on the transitional problems that will stem from implementing a single-payer system (which we know from the transition to Obamacare, there will be many). Keep in mind that this is only one of Bernie’s proposals (a proposal that he has attempted to pass nine times in the Senate without a single co-sponsor each time). Now try to picture how many other -yes, smaller- problems that we could tackle with the same amount of dedication and time. Maybe you’re willing to support this starry-eyed, idealistic attempt at reforming the entire health-care system for the second time in a decade. I am not.