Thursday, February 22, 2007

Bruce Dixon: Barack Obama: Hypocrisy on Health Care

Welcome Obama 2008 readers.

From Bruce Dixon writing in The Black Agenda Report on Obama flips,
By June 2003, when Obama was a candidate for his current job in the Illinois Democrat primary, we were impolite enough to ask him a direct question about whether he'd support single payer legislation if elected to the U.S. Senate. We asked him: "Do you favor the adoption of a single payer system of universal health care to extend the availability of quality health care to all persons in this country? Will you in the Senate introduce or sponsor legislation toward that end?" Obama's answer was:

"I favor universal health care for all Americans, and intend to introduce or sponsor legislation toward that end in the U.S. Senate, just as I have at the state level."
but....
By the following year, Obama was newly elected to the U.S. Senate, and in an interview with BAR's Glen Ford he was asked whether he planned to sponsor the kind of single payer legislation he'd been identified with as a state senator.

Glen Ford: "Are you going to introduce single payer legislation?"

Barack Obama: "No, I am not. Which isn't to say that I'm not interested in the conversation about moving in a direction that expands affordability and accessibility. But my point is that, along that spectrum there are many points that people may arrive at, all of whom affirm the notion that we have a health care crisis that hits our communities much harder than anybody's, but it's everybody's crisis, and we've got to have an agenda in terms of both general health care issues as well as issues like AIDS that are ravaging the African American community."
And further into it Dixon notes,
Rather than "moving the conversation" on health care toward any practical solution, Senator Obama seems intent on keeping it vague and unfocused.
Vague and unfocused kind are kinds words. Watch out when a Pols starts using words like spectrum and affirm. There are some other words that come to mind about what's coming down.

2 comments:

Bruce Dixon said...

This is Bruce Dixon. I wrote the first thing you read in 2007 or early 2008, and the second one in 2003. Do look it up.

Bill Baar said...

I'll check in a bit Bruce...have I misrepresented you here?