It's very common in certain quarters to assert (and perhaps even believe) that the ACA is some sort of "Trojan horse for single-payer." Despite expanding private coverage, it's supposedly also ultimately designed to end it somehow. So it was fascinating to see the face of the Tea Party--or at least the presidential candidate trying hardest to make herself the face of the Tea Party--asserting exactly the opposite: the ACA is a Trojan horse for ending the existing single-payer programs and transitioning to a private-only health insurance system in the United States. As reported in Ezra Klein's WonkBook this morning: I found it a bit difficult to believe that Bachmann had actually reversed the rightwing argument that Obama's is trying to expand single-payer and instead claimed his aim is to end it so I had to actually watch her speech. Turns out she did indeed make that argument (at the beginning of this clip): [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfUg5yVwf7I]Bachmann at the RLC[/ame] So there you have it. The founder of the House Tea Party Caucus thinks Obama's goal is to end the U.S.'s limited experiment with single-payer and funnel seniors into private insurance (i.e. privatize it). Granted, she did admit she was "speculating" that it's "very likely" this is his intent. Of course, if he were to come out and endorse that notion, that would be the quickest way imaginable to forever turn the rightwing faithful against the idea of Medicare privatization.