November 18, 2008
Which Obama Will We Get On Health Care?
The President-elect was for single-payer before he was against it.On June 30, 2003, Illinois state senator Barack Obama spoke to a gathering of AFL-CIO officials and declared his unequivocal support for a government takeover of our medical delivery system: "I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care program." He went on to cite the standard "progressive" pretext for his statist vision: "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."Fast forward to January 21, 2008: During the Democrat presidential debate sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus, Obama responded to Senator Clinton's charge that he had flip-flopped on government-run health care by saying, "I never said that we should try to go ahead and get single payer." Then, taking advantage of the...(Read Full Article)