"I have not said I was a single payer supporter"
That's what Obama said at his "townhall" today. He's also repeated that a number of other times recently. Why does he say it? Because folks are accusing him of favoring a single payer health system. There's a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, some argue that his plan, in substance, will lead to just that. The other more important reason is because he's said previously he's a supporter of it.
Not only has he said he supports a single payer system, he said it on tape, which in now spreading wildly around the net.
What's particularly disturbing about his statement today is that he doesn't just say "I don't" support such a system, leaving himself some room to argue that he has changed his mind. He denies ever saying it. Declaratory. End of story. Untrue yes, but nothing to even debate here, so says he.
Gee, one would have to have a pretty safe feeling about having a complicit media in the bag, unwilling to push the issue, to try to get away with that one.