Quote by Obama Saying He Wants a Government Single-Payer Health Care Plan

 (Single-Payer 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 single-payer plan. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quIBN4lmIXE

 

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:  http://www.breitbart.tv/uncovered-video-obama-explains-how-his-health-care-plan-will-eliminate-private-insurance/

 

7-27-09 in an interview.

Barney Franks:  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 friend.  (ellipsis)

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:

 

Obama speech at SEIU Health Care Forum 3-24-07

"My commitment 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. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/aug/01/key-panel-oks-health-care-bill/

 

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: http://www.pnhp.org/news/2008/june/barack_obama_on_sing.php

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 thats what Jim is talking about when he says everybody in, nobody out. A single payer health care plan, a universal health care plan. And thats what Id 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 2009

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2009/jul/16/barack-obama/obama-statements-single-payer-have-changed-bit/