Obama on Tape Explaining His Real Intentions for State-Run Health Care
Oct 26, 2016
RUSH: Audio sound bite number 25. This is a montage of then-Senator Barack Obama. This is from the month of November in 2007. He’s talking to a couple of different audiences here, because it’s a montage of comments that he has made about his plans for health care reform. This is again, now… This is nine years ago, folks.
OBAMA AUGUST 4, 2007: It is my belief that not just politically, but also economically, it’s better for us to start getting a system in place — a universal health care system — signed into law by the end of my first term as president, and build off that system to further to make it more rational. By the way, Canada did not start off immediately with a single-payer system. They had a similar transition step.
OBAMA NOVEMBER 21, 2007: It’s a traditional system building on the existing systems that we have.
OBAMA APRIL 3, 2007: Let’s say that I proposed a plan that, uh, moved to a single-payer system. Let’s say Medicare plus. It’d be essentially everybody can buy into Medicare, for example. Transitioning a system is a very difficult and costly and lengthy enterprise. It’s not like you can turn on a switch and you go from one system to another.
RUSH: So here you have multiple interviews and experiences in 2007 explaining how his proposal would be an interim step. He can’t do it all at once, can’t go all-in, ’cause politically people wouldn’t accept it. You can’t go from where we were to single-payer overnight. He was warning his supporters: “Be patient with me. It’s going to take time.” Keep in mind, he is not knowledgeable on health care or health insurance at all.
He’s a wonk. He has never been in the health care industry or the insurance industry in his life — he doesn’t know a thing about it — and yet he presumes to know better than anybody how to reform it, how to make it work. But everything to him about it is political. Here is another montage of Obama. This is March 2007 to a different group of people.
OBAMA MARCH 24, 2007: I don’t think we’re gonna be able to eliminate employer coverage immediately. There’s gonna be potentially some transition process. I can envision a decade out or 15 years out or 20 years out.
OBAMA JANUARY 27, 2005: There’s no denying that part of the solution in the health care arena, as we transition and deal with the legacy systems that we’ve inherited, will probably require some additional money.
OBAMA 2003: (echo) I happen to be a proponent of a 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: That last is from 2003 when he is just diddling around in the state of Illinois, 2003. (impression) “Single-payer! I’m a proponent of a single-payer, universal health care plan.” He’s telling audiences of supporters and other academics how he’s gonna get there, and we are right in the middle of the his plan. In fact, we’re ahead of it! He thought it wouldn’t be ’til the end of his second term. Actually, we are right on schedule. Here he is from 2004…
OBAMA 2004: What I’m looking at is a very specific proposal that would provide health care coverage for all children who need it all across the United States, would allow 55- to 64-year-olds to buy into the Medicare system. And I think if we could start with children and, uh, those persons 55 to 64 that are most vulnerable, then we could start filling in those holes and ultimately I think, uh, move in the direction of a universal health care plan.
RUSH: Everything that he’s on record saying indicates single-payer, universal health care provided by government. It is part of the plan and it requires Obamacare to fail.