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Posted on 08/06/2009 12:02:03 PM PDT by NEOhio
Obamas questionnaire responses at odds with health care claim
By James D. Agresti
August 5, 2009
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In a speech before the American Medical Association on June 15, 2009, President Obama lashed out at those claiming he is pursuing a stealth agenda to socialize the U.S. healthcare system.
Declaring that his health care plan is not a Trojan horse for a single-payer system, Obama vowed, So, when you hear the naysayers claim that Im trying to bring about government-run health care, know this they are not telling the truth.
However, Obamas responses to a 1996 questionnaire reveal an agenda at odds with his claim and in near-perfect accord with critics assertions regarding his healthcare plan.
Asked if he supported a single payer health plan for Illinois, Obama answered, Yes, but then went even further, stating that such a program would probably have to be instituted at the federal level; the long-term objective would be a universal care system that does not differentiate between the unemployed, the disabled, and so on.
One day later, Obama filed an amended response to the same questionnaire, calling for Medicaid recipients and all workers in Illinois to be enrolled in a single, graduated system.
A Pattern of Denials
Obamas replies to this questionnaire were uncovered in 2007 and 2008 by Politico, fueling a debate over gun control based on Obama's answer of Yes to the question, Do you support state legislation to ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns?
When the questionnaire first emerged revealing Obamas stances on gun control and other controversial issues such as parental consent for minors undergoing abortions, Obamas campaign denied he provided the answers and claimed a staffer filled out the form without Obamas knowledge.
However, all known verifiable evidence points to the contrary. For example, both forms contain answers written in the first-person voice, with phrases such as, I support, I oppose, and I believe.
Additionally, the first response includes a cover sheet specifying a Date of Interview and Place of Interview, and the second response contains a note in what appears to be Obamas handwriting.
After Obama's first response to the questionnaire was published, Carol Harwell, a former Obama campaign manager claimed that she filled out the form. But, after her assertion was undermined by the discovery of the second reply with Obamas handwriting and contradicted by an Obama supporter whose home was listed as the Place of Interview on the first response, Harwell failed to return calls seeking comment.
The White House recently produced a video to counter revelations of Obamas support for single-payer healthcare, an expression that studiously avoids the word government, which is the unnamed single-payer.
The narrator of the video, who is a former ABC news reporter and the communications director for the White House Office of Health Reform, proclaims there are people out there with a computer and a lot of free time, and they take a phrase here and there they simply cherry-pick and put it together, and make it sound like hes saying something that he didnt really say.
Nevertheless, an uncut video from 2003 shows Obama speaking before a union conference, calling for a single-payer universal health care program and affirming, everybody in, nobody out.
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Excellent find! of course this is just more “disinformation,” though. :)
Don’t the Democrats recognize the irony in labeling Obama’s own words “disinformation”???!!!
WHO is not telling the truth?
Oh puhleeze. If the health care is not being run by private enterprise, it is being run by the government. Gosh, ZerO and the Bozos must really think we’re stupid. (In their defense, there ARE some people out there who are just that stupid.)
So when Obama says we can still see our same doctor or have our same insurance, he means it. He is just neglecting to say that the government will put them out of business.
BO=LSOS (Lying sack of ****).
Without regard to Obama’s intent, House Bill 3200, if enacted in iis current form, would result in a system indistinguishable from single payor.
I believe he (zero)needs to be reported to he snitch line.