On Single Payer, it’s Obama Versus Obama

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

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One of the many things that annoy Americans about politicians is their nasty habit of sticking a finger in the wind to see which way the wind is blowing before taking a stand on an issue.

Like this:

“I have not said that I was a single payer supporter.” — President Obama, at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire this afternoon

And, like this:

“I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care plan.” — Barack Obama, at a Senate campaign rally in 2003

OK, so let me try to understand. President Obama was a supporter of single payer before he was against it? Just like gay marriage equality. Mr. Obama supported it back in Chicago but once he was elected president, he was against it.

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12 Responses to On Single Payer, it’s Obama Versus Obama

  1. DMason says:

    Back in Ch-town, Obama was safe to be a genuine liberal and he wasn’t beholden to Washington lobbyist money like he is now. It’s really a shame to see the president drift to the center and out the middle to the right on such issues as gay marriage. I thought he would be braver.

  2. bradfrmphnx says:

    I’m not an expert on health care. But I do know that our current system sucks. The insurance companies are the only ones making any money, and the executives of those companies are making hundreds of millions in bonuses for sitting on their asses. I read where the first $500.00 paid per year into an insurance company, can’t say which one, went to the CEO’s bonus of that company. Obama said he was going to do something about that. Something about wall street and main street? Its only been 6 months but I expect him to do something about it. Being wishy washy isn’t showing the kind of strong executive leadership that it will take in order to bring about the “change we can believe in.”

  3. JollyRoger says:

    I gotta say, I saw this one coming. I hate that I had him figured out, but…

  4. rckweho says:

    I liked President Obama more before he allowed Big Pharma and the insurance industry to be a part of the national healthcare debate.

    Sorry, but I don’t trust them.

  5. R.J. says:

    I’m getting a bad feeling about all this.

  6. Same here, JollyRoger. Right after his FISA vote. I knew then that he would say what he needed to to inspire progressives and liberals to work their asses off for him. Then he rewarded them by picking Rahm as his Chief of Staff, Geithner for treasury….etc. He didn’t even throw them/us a bone.

  7. Snave says:

    I still like Obama better than his predecessor, but I am not enjoying the way he hasn’t been aggressive enough on some things, particularly the health care issue.

    Right now it’s like he’s Muhammad Ali, doing the rope-a-dope thing and sitting there taking a pounding… except in this case, his opponent isn’t going to get tired, and Obama doesn’t look like he has a right hook or left uppercut ready to surprise his opponent with. He’s just sitting there taking a pounding, and that’s what America is seeing in the news.

    The left needs to get serious about fighting back. Obama doesn’t like to adopt an “us versus them” attitude, but damn it, this is a case where he had better adopt that attitude and stop letting the GOP set up strawmen, spread misinformation and control the debate. The Dems need to take the debate back, what’s left of it, that is.

    Oh well….

    But I SO didn’t want this to be a repeat of 1993. Maybe SOMETHING will get done, but I sure don’t see anything like single-payer happening.

  8. feminazi says:

    No buyer’s remorse from me — yet. But President Obama has made several mistakes on healthcare and I’ve said as much in a letter to the White House. For starters, he has abandoned single-payer and this is a herculean error. Single-payer is cost-effective and covers the most people. Also, telling Congress they could have August off before the vote created a vacuum cable news and the lobbyists were prepared to fill with lies and innuendos. Obama should’ve known better.

  9. It depends on what the definition of single payer is.

    Naw, not as funny as the first time. Oh well.

  10. libhomo says:

    Thanks for bringing up single payer. The idea is heavily censored by the corporate media.

  11. JalanB says:

    The government no matter who is in office has no right to interfere with private businesses. I personally believe they should get back to defending our borders and quit finding ways to tax us more for things we can figure out for ouselves, and quit spending money we don’t have on causes that make people believe they are coming to our rescue when they are only attempting to gain as much political power as they can. Obama is an arrogant man who doesn’t deserve to be offending the oval office with his presence. Get off your high horse Obama…the U.S. Constitution is down here and I don’t mean the one your administration is attempting to write!

  12. Berna Vendig says:

    Thank you so very much for this extraordinarily amazing article!

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