While Obama does not now openly advocate “single payer”, or fully socialized healthcare, that hasn’t always been his position.
From Democracy Now!
AMY GOODMAN: I want to play what President Obama himself said about single payer… This is what he said back in June of 2003, before he was elected even to the US Senate.
STATE SEN. BARACK OBAMA: I happen to be a proponent of single-payer universal healthcare coverage. I see no reason why the United States of America, the wealthiest country in the history of the world, spending 14 percent—14 percent—of its gross national product on healthcare, cannot provide basic health insurance to everybody. And that’s what Jim’s talking about when he says everybody in, nobody out: a single-payer healthcare plan, universal healthcare plan.
If Obama gets his Healthcare Bill through the Senate, how long will it be before fully socialized healthcare, will all its shortages, rationing, spiralling costs and lowered standards becomes a reality?