Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said Friday that Obamacare isn't the final word in government health care reform, it's just a big step toward the real solution, which is a single-payer system.
The Las Vegas Sun reports that Reid made that statement during an appearance on a Nevada PBS news discussion program:
"Reid said he thinks the country has to 'work our way past' insurance-based health care during a Friday night appearance on Vegas PBS' program Nevada Week in Review.
"'What we've done with Obamacare is have a step in the right direction, but we're far from having something that's going to work forever,' Reid said.
"When then asked by panelist Steve Sebelius whether he meant ultimately the country would have to have a health care system that abandoned insurance as the means of accessing it, Reid said: 'Yes, yes. Absolutely, yes.'
"The idea of introducing a single-payer national health care system to the United States, or even just a public option, sent lawmakers into a tizzy back in 2009, when Reid was negotiating the health care bill.
"'We had a real good run at the public option ... don't think we didn't have a tremendous number of people who wanted a single-payer system,' Reid said on the PBS program, recalling how then-Sen. Joe Lieberman's opposition to the idea of a public option made them abandon the notion and start from scratch."
"Single-payer" is a system in which only the government provides and funds health care to citizens. Typical examples of single payer systems supported by U.S. advocates of the approach include Britain's National Health Service and Canada's Health Canada program (which is also known there as "Medicare").
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