Obama promises to end health care choice
In this video, Obama says that he intends to eliminate private health insurance. It’ll take a little while, but he’s working on it.
“I don’t think we’re going to be able to eliminate employer coverage immediately. There’s going to be potentially some transition process…”
My committment is to make sure that we’ve got universal health care, for all Americans, by the end of my first term as President.
This is a slightly longer extract from an address he gave to the AFL-CIO in 2003:
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. 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.”
So far, they’ve taken the White House, they’ve taken the Senate, and they’ve taken the House. In the next step, they want to take our health care choices.