Obama rules out socialized medicine in America

June 11, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
President Barack Obama says he is not interested in a system of nationalized health care but does believe a single-payer system has some appeal. Answering a question at a town hall meeting in Wisconsin, the president said the government is not going to force any change upon people who are pleased with the plan they already have with their employer.

Obama's visit to Green Bay was designed to put some momentum behind his push for congressional action this year on overhauling a health care system he says is too expensive and complex. He said he's open-minded and "happy to steal other people's ideas."

Obama said talk of socialized medicine in America is incorrect. He told his audience, "So when you hear people talking about that, understand, I don't know anybody in Washington that's proposing that, certainly not me."

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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