Quote by Obama Saying He Wants a
Government Single-Payer Health Care Plan
means government is only provider of health care.)
Barney Franks says the Public
Option Part of the Health Care Plan Is The Best Way to Get to Single-Payer Plan
At a town hall meeting sponsored by Representative
Vic Snyder and Representative Mike Ross, Vic Snyder said, "Mike and I do not
support a single-payer system." The crowd yelled, "Obama does."
Snyder answered "No, it is not what Obama wants." The crowed yelled
"liar." Evidently the crowd had seen the following quote by Obama on
video before he became president and the quote by Barney Franks saying the
Public Option Plan which Obama supports was the best way to reach the
Obama speech at
an AFL-CIO Conference
"I happen to be a proponent of single-payer health
care plan, a universal health care plan. That is what I would like to see."
See video at this link for this quote and the other following quotes:
7-27-09 in an
I think if we get a good public option it could
lead to single-payer; that's the best way to reach single-payer."
Congresswoman Jan Schakoswky, from Illinois:
"And next to me was a guy from the insurance company who then argued
against the public health insurance option saying it wouldn't let private
insurance compete; the public option will put
the private insurance industry out of business. My fellow citizens, he was
right; the man was right." Note: And only the single-payer plan
would be left.
Obama speech to
American Medical Association, June 15, 09
"The Public Option is not your enemy; it is your
Let me also address an illegitimate concern that is
being put forward by those who are claiming that a public option is somehow a
Trojan horse for a single-payer system." Note: this is an exact
description of what the public option is according to Barney Franks and
Congresswoman Jan Schakoswky in above quotes.
Obama admitting his
plan to eliminate private insurance:
at SEIU Health Care Forum 3-24-07
is to make sure that we've got universal health care for all Americans by the
end of my first term as President. I would hope that we set up a system that
allows those who can go to their employer to access
a federal system or a state pool of some sort.
But I don't think we are going to be able to
eliminate employer coverage immediately. There is going to be potentially
some transition process. I can envision a decade out or 15 years out."
Note: Obama keeps reminding everyone on TV that they
can keep their insurance plan they have now. That is totally different from what
he has said earlier in these quotes.
Back to Representatives Snyder & Mike Ross in their
Town Hall Meeting in which they Snyder said, "Mike and I do not support a
single-payer system." However, both of them have already voted for a bill in
committee that has a public option which Obama is adamant that a health bill
include - a plan that Congressman Barney Franks and Jan
Schakoswky say will lead to government single-payer
health care. Obama has also originally said he wants a single-payer health care
plan. In light of these facts, how then
can Vic Snyder and Representative Mike Ross say they will not support a
single-payer health care plan. The crowd was right to be outraged.
See this link for a story where Mike Ross voted for
the health care bill in the Energy and Commerce Committee, the latest and most
significant hurdle that comprehensive health care reform had to clear and which
is described as a major accomplishment for the president's agenda. Mike Ross is
on this committee and is not listed as voting against it.
See this link for press releases on the $81
million in pork Ross was able to bring home to his district about the time Obama called in those holding up the health care bill after which Ross caved and
helped vote the health care bill out of the Energy and Commerce Committee.
Was he bought? You be the judge. http://arkansaswatch.blogspot.com/2009_07_01_archive.html
Updated June 3, 2013
Barack Obama on single payer in 2003
Posted on June 4, 2008
Full quote from Obama in 2003: Also on
video both at this link:
“I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health
care program.” (applause) “I see no reason why the United States
of America, the wealthiest country in the history of the world,
spending 14 percent of its Gross National Product on health care
cannot provide basic health insurance to everybody. And that’s
what Jim is talking about when he says everybody in, nobody out.
A single payer health care plan, a universal health care plan.
And that’s what I’d like to see. But as all of you know, we may
not get there immediately. Because first we have to take back
the White House, we have to take back the Senate, and we have to
take back the House.”
Obama speaking to the Illinois AFL-CIO,
June 30, 2003.
See this link for
other quotes and how Obama flip flopped on this issue:
Obama statements on single-payer have changed a bit - posted in