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By Grant Lawrence
Democracy Now reports that at a town hall-style event in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, local resident Linda Allison asked President Obama why the White House and the Democratic-led Congress have ruled out single payer.
Linda Allison: "My question is, so many people go bankrupt using their credit cards to pay for healthcare. Why have they taken single payer off the plate? And why is Senator Baucus on the Finance Committee discussing healthcare, when he has received so much money from the pharmaceutical companies? Isn't it a conflict of interest?"
Thank God for informed citizens like Ms. Allison.
Some might think that President Obama's promises of change during the election meant there would be some sort of significant change. But the President responded to Ms. Allison's question by saying that he doesn't "want a huge disruption as we go into healthcare reform."
The President sees real change as a huge disruption, even though he points out that the single payer system (Medicare style) is the one followed by nearly all industrialized countries around the world. Obama also points out in his response that Americans are used to employers paying for their health insurance and a medicare style system would upset "this system that's already in place."
President Obama is pretty slick with words but what he is really saying is that when there is big money to be made it is the American way for big money to be made at the expense of the suffering, sick, and the economically struggling. It would be too upsetting to the business interests if they were not allowed to keep milking the cash cow of the American Health Care System.
According to the President, Americans can only handle a little change. Big changes isn't what he is about to do, especially when it comes to health care. Although Americans presently have medicare, the thought of corporate America not being involved in health care is just too upsetting for them. Instead Americans would rather be upset by a lack of coverage, the thought of going bankrupt trying to pay for health care, or buying unaffordable health insurance.
Funny what President Obama thinks Americans get upset about.