Morgen on August 11, 2009 at 12:46 pm
Speaking today at a town hall on “health insurance” reform in Portsmouth, NH, the President dug himself in a little deeper regarding his prior support for single-payer. Watch:
I have not said that I was a single-payer supporter.
Now contrast this with this quote from President Obama’s campaign web site in January 2008:
Here’s the bottom line. If I were designing a system from scratch I would probably set up a single-payer system But we’re not designing a system from scratch So what I believe is we should set up a series of choices .Over time it may be that we end up transitioning to such a system. For now, I just want to make sure every American is covered I don’t want to wait for that perfect system.
So single-payer is a “perfect system”. But please don’t misunderstand this to mean that the President supports the idea that over time we’ll “end up transitioning to such a system”. Because he hasn’t said that.
And of course, forget all about this infamous clip of Obama from 2003:
Did you get that? So the President has not said that he was a single-payer supporter. Except when he did say it. Confused? So am I. Perhaps Linda Douglass could enlighten us.