The Background: Speaking to the AFL-CIO, Illinois State Senator Barack Obama advocated for a national single payer universal health program.
I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care plan. I see no reason why the United States of America, the wealthiest country in the history of the world, spending 14 percent! 14 percent of its Gross National Product on health care cannot provide basic health insurance to everybody. And thatís what Jim is talking about when he says everybody in, nobody out. A single payer health care plan, universal health care plan. Thatís what Iíd like to see. But as all of you know, we may not get there immediately. Because first we have to take back the White House, we have to take back the Senate, and we have to take back the House.