Obama on single payer in online town hall
[UPDATE 64,000 views, but I'm betting that they're influencers. Numbers will increase, too. Technically, the show was fine, and Obama looked good. And the play? Well... --lambert]
[TYPING LIVE] Why? Costs. Medicare, Medicaid is the biggest driver of the deficit. If you add up the recovery package, and the various economic proposals, that amounts to a fraction of the long term deficit and debt that we're facing. Better to pay now, rather than wait. I want a "universal" health care system. Whether we do it like Europe or Canada.
A lot of peopel think "single payer"; Canada the single payer. Basically, everybody pays a lot of taxes, and you're covered. You go in you say I'm sick, somebody treats us.
Problem is legacy institutions that are not that easily transformed. Majority of Americans employer based. I don't think the best way to fix our system is to scrap what people are accusomted to. We should build on what we have and fill gaps. We can lower costs through information technologies. Invest in prevention.
Cut costs and increase coverage. My expectation is that we will have a health care bill this year.
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