Obama in context

Yesterday White House health care flack Linda Douglass characterized as “disinformation” a video featuring President Obama appearing to tout single payer health care. Douglass objected to the video’s taking sentences and phrases out of context to create the appearance that Obama said something he didn’t really say. Breitbart.com has now posted the original video with this transcript:

I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care program. 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. A single payer health care plan, a universal health care plan. And that’s what I’d like to see. But as all of you know, we may not get there immediately. Because first we have to take back the White House, we have to take back the Senate, and we have to take back the House.

Now even with Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress he may not “get there immediately” because he supports legislation that will result in a government takeover over a period of time as a result of the incentives created by the legislation. Obama’s repeated expressions of support for a government health care takeover are not exactly a secret. He nevertheless finds it useful to deny his support for such a government takeover. But it is the object of his desire, and it is the direction in which he is moving, Linda Douglass to the contrary notwithstanding.

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