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Nader Nags Obama on Single Payer Healthcare

Foon Rhee

Consumer activist Ralph Nader has a simple message for liberals
feeling less warm and fuzzy about President Obama: "I told you so."

"Millions of Americans are feeling betrayed. They thought Obama as
President meant change we can believe in. They thought Obama as
President meant withdrawal from Iraq. They thought Obama as President
meant standing up to Wall Street fat cats. They thought Obama as
President meant a living wage," Nader, who ran a presidential campaign
last year far less successful than his 2000 bid, said in an email to
supporters today,

"But for those of you who stood with us during the 2008 Presidential
campaign, you knew the score. You do not feel betrayed. You are immune
to Obama Betrayal Syndrome," Nader continues. "Because you knew, as we
pointed out repeatedly during the campaign, that Obama was the
corporate Democrat. Beholden to large campaign contributors from Wall
Street. From the military industrial complex. And from the health
insurance pharma complex."

Nader's missive seeks donations for Single Payer Action, a new
advocacy group pushing a government-run healthcare plan along the lines
of national insurance plans in Canada and Britain.

Supporters of such a plan say it is the only way to cover everyone
while cutting costs, but Obama is not among them, saying that while it
might make sense if starting from scratch, it makes more sense now to
build upon the current system, under which most Americans get their
health coverage through their employer.

To combat critics who call his plan socialized medicine, the
president reassures that he would not force anyone to change their

But Nader's new group isn't giving up. Single Payer Action members have
confronted members of Congress in their home districts to press them on
the issue.

"Let's break through the corporate barriers and make single payer
for all a reality," he says in the email. "Together, we can make the
difference. Onward to a life-saving, cost-saving single payer."

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