Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich, who flipped his vote from “no” to “yes” after his ride with President Obama on Air Force One, just admitted on Fox & Friends what we suspected all along. If the current version of Obamacare passes – as it looks increasingly likely that it will – an even more radical Obamacare II lies ahead. Kucinich said that he received an endorsement from Obama of his wish list for more changes, which happens to include a “robust” public option.
This is typical of how the Progressive movement operates, as Glenn Beck has repeatedly pointed out on his show. And it fits in with Obama’s own declared intention to get a foot in the door with phase 1 of universal health care, and then march on toward a single payer solution akin to Canada’s model.
Back during his presidential campaign, Obama said that if he
were designing a system from scratch [he would] probably move more in the direction of a single-payer plan
Obama knows that he can’t get to where he wants all in one fell swoop. So his strategy – presumably shared with Kuchinich on Air Force One – is to lead us unenlightened Americans slowly by the hand towards the Progressives’ Nirvanna:
It is my belief that not just politically but also economically, it’s better for us to start getting a system in place — a universal health care system signed into law by the end of my first term as president and build off that system to further — to make it more rational — by the way, Canada did not start off immediately with a single-payer system. They had a similar transition step.Transitioning a system is a very difficult and costly and lengthy enterprise. It’s not like you could turn on a switch and you go from one system to another.
Obama didn’t just buy Kucinich’s vote this Sunday with a ride on Air Force One and some eg0stroking. Obama no doubt confirmed in private, perhaps while munching peanuts on Air Force One, what he was intending to do all along. And it matches Kucinich’s own vision of a government-run single-payer health care system.
While not quite coming out and admitting the coming drive for the public option and a single-payer model in so many words, Kucinich said on Fox & Friends this morning that he got the assurances he needed from Obama to flip his vote from a firm “no” to an enthusiastic “yes” this Sunday.