clips from January 21,2008 debate and from 2003:
full statement in context about single-payer plan in 2003
So the challenge is, how do we get federal government to take care of this business? I happen to be a proponent of a single payer health care program. I see no reason why the United States of America the wealthiest country in the history of the world, spending 14% 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. A single payer health care plan, a universal health care plan. And that’s what I’d like to see. And as all of you know, we may not get their immediately. Because firs we have to take back the white house, we have to take back the senate, we have to take back the house.”
In debate January 21, 2008:
Obama said "I never said that we should try to go ahead and get single payer."
I personally expect a politician who has been around for awhile to have said many things, and changed their mind on various crucial issues. IHowever, it was Barack Obama and his supporters who have tried to assert their candidate transcends the normal bounds of politics. It is he and they who claim he is consistently telling the truth and willing to fight for what he believes. Therefore it is absolutely relevant that during the debate on January 21, 2008 when Obama was in panic mode, he did what a typical politician does, he lies. The response that others may have lied at other times really doesn't matter because only Obama claims to be a "special" candidate. Now he should admit he made an error and he mis-spoke, rather than compoundig it by trying to deny reality.