Did Obama lie to Kucinich about single payer on Air Force One?
Obama told Dennis Kucinich that the Ohio Representative’s amendment is similar to Bernie Sanders’ provision in the Senate bill, and creates a pathway to single payer. Since the waiver does not start until 2017, and does not cover the Department of Labor, it is nearly impossible to see how it gets around the ERISA laws that stand in the way of any practical state single payer system.
(More detail on ERISA here, though FWIW, I think "stand in the way of any practical plan" is more anti-single payer spin from a public option sparkle zombie pony advocate. The real issue with ERISA is that it makes court challenges from insurance companies possible, but that does not, by definition, "stand in the way of any practical state single payer system."
Obama lying? Say it isn't so!