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Obama: government can’t & shouldn’t “run health care.” Whatever

Boston Globe Columnist Jeff Jacoby points out an what President Obama said in a 2009 address:

I don’t believe that government can or should run health care.

Yet, at a 2008 town hall meeting in New Mexico, Senator Obama said:

If I were designing a system from scratch, I would probably go ahead with a single-payer system.

A 2007 New Yorker article quotes Barack Obama:

“If you’re starting from scratch,” he says, “then a single-payer system”—a government-managed system like Canada’s, which disconnects health insurance from employment—”would probably make sense.”

And he’s said it before, as in this video.

Jeff Jacoby asks the right question:

But if Obama is as opposed to a government-ruled health sector as he claims, why has he nominated Dr. Donald Berwick as director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services — far and away the nation’s largest health-insurance programs, at a cost of nearly $1 trillion — a man who openly adores Britain’s socialized health care?

Read Jacoby’s article in the Boston Globe: Dangerous to our health. Jacoby lists a few scary headlines about health care in England.

(via Galen.org)