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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

President Obama and Single Payer

Conservatives have challenged President Obama's denial that he has supported a single payer health system. This exchange echoes one from the 2008 campaign. As the Huffington Post reported on January 22, 2008:
Pivoting off of one of the few policy spats in Monday night's presidential debate in South Carolina, Hillary Clinton hit Barack Obama on Tuesday for wavering on his support for a single-payer health care system. In a video put out on YouTube, the Clinton campaign contrasts portions of the debate - in which Obama says "I never said we should go and try to get single payer" - and a speech Obama gave to the AFL-CIO in 2003 - in which he says, "I happen to be a proponent of single-payer health care coverage."