Single-Payer Health Care Would Use Taxes To Provide Health Insurance And Allow Government To Own Hospitals And Employ Doctors.
Sen. Barack Obama Was A “Proponent” Of Single-Payer Health Care; He Now Says He Would Only Support It If “Starting From Scratch”:
In 2003, Obama Was A “Proponent Of A Single-Payer Health Care Program.”
Obama: “I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer health care program. … A single-payer health care plan, a universal health care plan. And that’s what I’d like to see.” (Laura Meckler, “Let’s Go To The Video,” The Wall Street Journal’s “Washington Wire” Blog, http://www.blogs.wsj.com, 1/22/08)
Now, Obama Says He Would Only Support A Single-Payer System If “Starting From Scratch.” Obama: “[I] never said that we should try to go ahead and get single payer. What I said was that if I were starting from scratch, if we didn’t have a system in which employers had typically provided health care, I would probably go with a single-payer system.” (Sen. Barack Obama, CNN’s Democrat Presidential Debate, Myrtle Beach, SC, 1/21/08)