Fact-checking the President
The President gave a town-hall meeting with an audience of about 1800 people in Portsmouth, NH, on Tuesday.
His speech was greeted with applause throughout, and a cheer of “Yes we can! Yes we can! Yes we can!” at the end. We’d like to know how carefully that audience was chosen. Governor Lynch was there. Senator Shaheen was there. Governor Baldacci of Maine was there. The Mayor was there.
The Heritage Foundation reports on the talk. They’re not impressed.
Here’s a quote from the NYT transcript:
I have not said that I was a single-payer supporter …
Let’s take a look one of his websites from January 2008, Organizing for America:
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…
And when we had a healthcare forum before I set up my healthcare plan here in Iowa there was a lot of resistance to a single-payer system. 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
Transitioning. “Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated”.
Here’s a video of one of the many times he advocates the single-payer system.
“I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care program. 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.
I have to conclude that when he said that – back in 2003 – it was because he thought that that was what was best for the people. Or perhaps that that was what would get him elelcted.
Now that those same people have been telling him almost daily that that’s not what they want, of course he has to back off a bit.
But I seriously doubt that he’s changed his mind.
And I still wonder why, if this is such a great and wonderful bill, it only has 5 co-sponsors. Lesser bills have a dozen or so. You’d think everybody would want to be on the bandwagon.
H. R. 3200
To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 14, 2009
Mr. DINGELL (for himself, Mr. RANGEL, Mr. WAXMAN, Mr. GEORGE MILLER of California, Mr. STARK, Mr. PALLONE, and Mr. ANDREWS) introduced the following bill;
As an example, this bill (The Consumer Rental Purchase Agreement Act of 2009) has 101 co-sponsors.