Thursday, May 14, 2009
President Barack Obama says if he were building the health care system from scratch, a single-payer system would be the best approach. But he says his goal is to improve the current system.
Responding to a question at a town hall-style meeting in New Mexico on Thursday, the president said he expects a plan from Congress by the August recess that will be a "vast improvement" over the current system.
President Obama was asked why a "single payer" plan — where the government makes payments directly to medical care providers — isn't on the table.
He said the nation has a tradition of employer-based health care using private insurance companies, and that a lot of people are satisfied with it.
Congressional leaders have said a single-payer plan is politically impractical.