Obama Plugs Single-Payer… Sort Of

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Only a single-payer system eliminates health insurance
companies, which are portrayed as predatory pirates in this cartoon by
Consumer Watchdog, with music by the Austin Lounge Lizards.

As President Barack Obama held a prime time news conference
yesterday to boost his health care reform efforts, he tried to recast
the imperative as saving the system for the average American rather
than focusing on the 45 million Americans without insurance. But in the
process of defending his plan, he also subtly reinforced the need for
the single-payer system, as discussed in our cover story this week.

When asked about the approximately 2 percent of Americans that will
be left uncovered by the Democrats’ plan, Obama said, “I want to cover
everybody. Now, the truth is unless you have what’s called a
single-payer system in which everyone’s automatically covered, you’re
probably not going to reach every single individual.”

As Peter Baker wrote in the New York Times online story yesterday,
Obama didn’t explain why he doesn’t then support single-payer, but
Baker wrote, “In the past, he has said such a system might be
preferable if the country were inventing a new health care structure
from scratch but he does not want to completely upend the current
system, which does work for many or most Americans.”

Unfortunately, that final statement is bullshit. Polls
show most Americans don’t like the current system (56 percent want
“major health care reform” this year, 62 percent want more government
control over health care, etc.), although right-wing and insurance
industry propaganda have made them scared of the change that is needed
to realize the president’s goals of holding down costs, emphasizing
preventive care, and ensuring universal access to quality and
affordable care.

Upending the current system is precisely what needs to happen.

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