Schakowsky to Democrats: Vote for Obama So We Can Pass Single-Payer Health Care After November
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), who infamously argued for the death of the private insurance industry, and whose husband drafted the political blueprint for Obamacare from federal prison, told Democrats at a rally today that they had to re-elect President Barack Obama in order to achieve single-payer health care.
The Hill reports (emphasis added):
Schakowsky, a vocal supporter of healthcare reform, warned liberals not to turn away from Obama because they didn’t get all they wanted in the new law.
“Losing in November is not an option,” she said. “It doesn’t make it easier to get single-payer or even a public option. It makes it impossible.”
Schakowsky’s remarks in 2009, together with those of Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), among others, created suspicion at the time that Obamacare was a “Trojan Horse” for a single-payer system of socialized medicine:
Her remarks today would seem to confirm that suspicion.
While Republicans intend to vote to repeal Obamacare, Democrats are being urged to vote not just to defend Obamacare, but to expand it into a full system of socialized medicine at the federal level.
Schakowsky’s remarks come on the heels of an incendiary sermon she delivered from a church pulpit to Democrats and Occupy activists at the “Occupy the Dream” service this past weekend.
Despite the fact that her husband was convicted of bank fraud and tax evasion, and that Schakowsky reportedly signed the tax returns, she demands that the rich pay their “fair share”: