Obama has rejected the idea of establishing a single government insurance program, however, saying the U.S. tradition of providing health care through employers would make such a shift politically and practically impossible.
"If I were starting a system from scratch, then I think that the idea of moving towards a single-payer system could very well make sense," Obama said in response to the questioner in New Mexico, echoing comments he made during his presidential campaign. "The only problem is that we're not starting from scratch. . . . We don't want a huge disruption as we go into health-care reform where suddenly we're trying to completely reinvent one-sixth of the economy."
Bill Moyers did a segment on single payer health care, May 22, 2009. Moyers produced a mini-documentary on the history of health care reform in the United States before his interviews. It's more corporate lobbyists are once again running the show. Did you get a massive premium increase and yet another cut in health insurance benefits this month? I thought so.