RUSH: Charlie Rose said to James Clyburn, ‘You have said, and you have compared health care to the civil rights bill and in the context that it wasn’t done in one fell swoop, that civil rights came to America legislatively over a period of time. How are you going to do that in health care?’
CLYBURN: You know, you looked at what we did in civil rights. In 1964 when the Civil Rights Act was passed, it did not have voting in it, it only outlawed discrimination in the private sector of employment. It was a year later before we got voting, and it was three years after that before we got housing. And so I believe that what we’re doing here is laying a solid foundation which, over time, will have complete universal access to quality health care by all Americans.
RUSH: And there you have it. We’re laying the foundation. We will have complete universal access to quality health care for all Americans down the road. Kucinich has opened up. Kucinich has said that he was assured a robust public option is coming in Obamacare 2. Obama himself, let’s go back and revisit this, March 24th, 2007 in Vegas talking to the Service Employees International Union. This is a campaign stop. And, remember, now these are his boys, these are his buddies, these are the people to whom he speaks the truth.
OBAMA 2007: My commitment is to make sure that we’ve got universal health care for all Americans by the end of my first term as president. I would hope that we set up a system that allows those who can go through their employer to access a federal system or a state pool of some sort but I don’t think we’re going to be able to eliminate employer coverage immediately. There’s going to be potentially some transition process. I can envision a decade out or 15 years out or 20 years out.
RUSH: I don’t think we’re going to be able to eliminate employer coverage immediately, but we’re going to do it. Meaning we’re going to get rid of private sector health insurance. Go back to 2003 at an AFL-CIO conference while campaigning for the US Senate, Barack Obama said this.
OBAMA 2003: I happen to be a proponent of single-payer universal health care plan. A single-payer health care plan, universal health care plan. That’s what I’d like to see.
RUSH: Yet he’s out there saying all these people are throwing every scare tactic in the world, it’s a government takeover of health care, granny is going to die. It is a government takeover of health care and granny is going to die. Granny always dies at some point, we all do. It’s going to be hastened under this bill, and it is a government takeover. They’re lying through their teeth. Here’s Barney Frank July 27, 2007, National Press Building, a reporter for SinglePayerAction.org had this exchange with the Banking Queen.
REPORTER 2007: Congressman, real quick, why is single-payer off the table?
FRANK 2007: Because we don’t have the votes. I wish it weren’t. I’m all for it. I’m a big sponsor. Been a cosponsor for single-payer for a very long time.
REPORTER 2007: Don’t you think we should scratch everything and start anew with single-payer?
FRANK 2007: No.
REPORTER 2007: Why shouldn’t we start with single-payer new?
FRANK 2007: Because we don’t have the votes for it. I wish we did. I think if we get a good public option it could lead to single-payer, and that’s the best way to reach single-payer. The best way we’re gonna get single-payer, the only way, is to have a public option and demonstrate its strength and power.
RUSH: That’s an elevator bell you hear in the background. Barney is trying to go up or down, I don’t know which way on this particular occasion. But, ladies and gentlemen, they’re laying it out here, that’s back in 2007. Here’s Jan Schakowsky, she’s a Democrat congresswoman from Illinois and she has said basically the same thing.
SCHAKOWSKY 2009: And next to me was a guy from the insurance company who then 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 — (cheers and applause) He was right. The man was right. Here’s what I told him. I said, ‘Excuse me, sir, the goal of health care reform is not to protect the private health insurance industry.’ (cheers and applause) And I am so confident in the superiority of a public health care option that I think he has every reason to be frightened.
RUSH: Our objective is to wipe out the private health care industry. Jan Schakowsky, Democrat from Illinois, and that was April of last year. So they’re open and honest about what they really want to do and they’re doing it, and this is what they’re telling people like Kucinich and others to get their votes. You’ve heard it from their own words.