Obama’s Healthcare Hypocrisy

OBAMA’S HEALTHCARE HYPOCRISY

“I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care program… 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.” …Barack Obama, 2003.

So here we are six years later, all those conditions met, and the man who is now president won’t even consider single payer as an option for healthcare reform, even though the majority of Americans, majority of doctors, majority of nurses and the majority of health economists want it.

Even though it will cost us less than we’re paying now and cover everybody…even though it will save us $400 billion dollars per year in needless administrative and executive bonus waste.

Even though it will allow you free choice of doctor and hospital. So if you like who you’re seeing now, no problem. Keep going. Except you’ll have to deal with no co-pays, no deductibles, no bills, no exclusions for pre-existing conditions, and nobody will go bankrupt because they can’t pay their medical bills.

What do you suppose happened between 2003 and now to turn Barack Obama so squarely against single payer healthcare?

Ralph Nader put it pretty well this week:

“There’s only one explanation for Obama’s flip-flop on single payer. The health insurance and drug corporations have a hammerlock on Washington. And Obama is going along to get along.”

It’s that simple, folks. He’s playin’ the game, along with most of the rest of Washington. They’re wheelin’ and dealin’ with their corporate sugar daddies, fighting to preserve a failed healthcare system that will continue to place profit above people while they only pretend to bring us change.

The Congressional Budget Office says that even under the best of the healthcare reform proposals now being considered, ten years from now not only will 36 million people still be uninsured, but we’ll also have ten trillion dollars in new expenses. That is not healthcare reform, people. That’s what’s revealed when you take away the smoke and mirrors.

Single payer is the only choice for real healthcare reform. Please don’t take my word for it. Check out the links, do the homework, learn the truth for yourself. Then contact your reps and demand it. If they refuse to support it, ask them why they’re ignoring the majority will of the American people. Don’t let them get away with telling you “the votes aren’t there.” Remind them that the votes are NEVER there until a vote is taken, and that their job is to advocate on OUR behalf, not on behalf of the corporate profit pigs who couldn’t care less about our health.

Nader: Obama’s Flip-Flop on Single Payer
http://www.singlepayeraction.org/blog/?p=1011

CBO Says 36 Million Still Uninsured Ten Years From Now Under Most Robust Democratic Plan
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/node/43668

Obama 2003 healthcare comment
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAz0qzes8hI

Single Payer vs. Obama’s “Public Option”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWBZz070m-k
From Nick Skala, a single payer advocate on the front lines in Washington

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2 Responses to “Obama’s Healthcare Hypocrisy”

  1. Blueharpfairy Says:

    JPerryam,
    Health Care seems like a complex subject, thank you for helping to explain some of the options. To be poor in America usually means no Health Care, which means poorer health maintenance and social conditions. Its a radical notion, but someone suggested that if we did away with Health Insurance for the masses, we would actually have lower medical bills; as its Health Insurance that drives the prices higher, just as it was college loans that inflated tuitions so rapidly. What do you think? Right on about the corporate pigs, keep stickin it to ‘em!

  2. Thanks, Blue…

    Doing away with health insurance for the masses would almost certainly lower medical bills, but I don’t think to the point that everyone would be able to afford it on their own. We’d still have millions going without. With single payer, everybody contributes, everybody pays less. Overhead would be reduced from 30 percent to 3 or 4 percent. We’d save $400 billion per year in administrative and executive bonus waste alone. It would be a lot cheaper and far more efficient, which of course is why the profit pigs and the sell-outs doing their bidding on Capitol Hill don’t like it. They would no longer be able to rape the taxpayers to stuff their bottom lines and campaign coffers…

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