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Who's Telling the Truth about Health Care?

Posted By Conn Carroll On June 15, 2009 @ 2:22 pm In Obamacare | Comments Disabled

President Barack Obama, today, in front of the American Medical Association:

What are not legitimate concerns are those being put forward claiming a public option is somehow a Trojan horse for a single-payer system. … So, when you hear the naysayers claim that I’m trying to bring about government-run health care, know this – they are not telling the truth.

Now watch and listen to then candidate Barack Obama, UC Berkeley professor Jacob Hacker, and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) talk about the virtues of the pubic plan:


Obama explicitly says: “I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer, universal health care plan.”

Hacker explicitly says: “Someone once said to me this is a Trojan Horse for single-payer, and I said, well its not a Trojan Horse, right? It’s just right there.”

Schakowsky explicitly says: “And next to me was a guy from the insurance company who argued against the public health insurance option, saying it wouldn’t let private insurance compete. That a public option will put the private insurance industry out of business and lead to single-payer. My single-payer friends, he was right. The man was right.”

Hacker and Schakowsky are both honest proponents of a single-payer system. They both support President Obama’s public option on the explicit understanding that it is a Trojan horse that will eventually lead to a single-payer system. And Obama has said [1]: “If I were designing a system from scratch, I would probably go ahead with a single-payer system.”

Is the President saying that Rep. Schakowsky, who’s backing his proposal, is not telling the truth?

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