- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 2, 2014

Michael Moore, the Hollywood legend of liberal mindset and pro-Democratic documentary, has broken from the party line to criticize Obamacare, calling both its rollout and provisions “awful.”

He made the assessment in a written piece to The New York Times, saying that it was high time liberals came forward and admitted the obvious.

“That is the dirty little secret many liberals have avoided saying out loud for fear of aiding the president’s enemies at a time when the ideal of universal health care needed all the support it could get,” Mr. Moore wrote. But the truth is this, he added: “Obamacare is awful.”

But his reasons were hardly those of conservative views.

Rather, he said the health care plan was actually pro-insurance industry, and that President Obama knew that the better path for reform was a single-payer system that simply provided Medicare for everybody, Mediaite reported.

Still, Mr. Moore said Obamacare was better than nothing in terms of overhauling the nation’s health care industry — and was actually a “godsend” for those who faced loss of coverage.

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But instead of taking “a victory lap,” those of progressive political minds should instead keep on fighting for “what we deserve: universal health care,” akin to what Vermont will implement in 2017, he said, in his op-ed.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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