President Obama Says Single-Payer Health Care Not Practical

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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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.


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