Obama Declares his Support for a Single Payer System in 2003 Video

Click on the link below to watch the video, and the following is the transcript of the 38 second clip:

“I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care program.” (applause)

“I see no reason why the United States of America, the wealthiest country in the history of the world, spending 14 percent of its Gross National Product on health care cannot provide basic health insurance to everybody. And that’s what Jim is talking about when he says everybody in, nobody out.”

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The word on the street in Washington, D.C. among Democratic Hill staff is that Obama is going to lay low on his advocacy for a single payer system, but as soon as he becomes President, it is the first thing he is going to tackle — passing single payer health care in the United States.

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