Obama is willing to be honest with his “progressive” base behind closed doors. The Senate health care bill plus some reconciliation fixes is just the start.
The goal always has been a single payer system, and it remains so.
As soon as the Senate bill becomes law, the push will start for a public option and other changes demanded by “progressives”:
Obama argued to the group of progressive members that his health care reform bill should be looked at as the foundation of reform, that can be built on in the future. He asked them to help gather votes for the final health care battle and promised that as soon as the bill was signed into law, he’d continue to push to make it stronger.
In his recent statement regarding health care, however, Obama presented his proposal as the end result, not the beginning (emphasis mine):
Last Thursday, I spent seven hours at a summit where Democrats and Republicans engaged in a public and substantive discussion about health care. This meeting capped off a debate that began with a similar summit nearly one year ago. Since then, every idea has been put on the table. Every argument has been made. Everything there is to say about health care has been said and just about everyone has said it. So now is the time to make a decision about how to finally reform health care so that it works, not just for the insurance companies, but for America’s families and businesses….
So this is our proposal. This is where we’ve ended up.
But this is not where we have ended up, and it is not how Obama plans to “finally reform health care.”
The entire health care push by the Obama administration is a ruse. It’s taking what you can get now in order to get more later.
But that is not how it is presented to the public. I wonder why?