Al Sharpton on Health Care
Reverend; Civil Rights Activist; Democratic Candidate for President
A: I think they should pay their share, which is more. I think that when you have the present set-up that you have and you go above $80,000 and they pay nothing, I think that is absolutely ridiculous. I think that they must pay their share.
A: I happen to advocate and have for a long time, single-payer plan. I think that the only solution -- if we can do it in Canada and other places - is to move the nation toward that. I also think that the plans of my colleagues here -- some are more complex than others -- they’re a step in the direction, but I don’t think it gets us there. What gets us there is to have a single-payer plan.
A: I support a national single-payer plan. I think it will not be fixed until we have health care for all seniors. I think that we’re moving on the last bill toward a privatized health system and I think the only answer is a universal single-payer plan.
SHARPTON: We’ve got to quit the compromising on the principles that the party should stand for. So in this particular case, I agree with Gov. Dean. I have supported single-payer plan. I think the only way you’re going to solve these problems is you’ve got to have a national single-payer plan for everyone. I think that we’ve got to stop going with half a loaf. I would rather have no bill and fight for something real than to continue to give people something that I think is a diluted version of what we need to have. So in this case, I think he’s right. We must define policy, and this is one of those areas we must define it.
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GOP: Sen.John McCain
GOP V.P.: Gov.Sarah Palin
Democrat: Sen.Barack Obama
Dem.V.P.: Sen.Joe Biden
Constitution: Chuck Baldwin
Libertarian: Rep.Bob Barr
Constitution: Amb.Alan Keyes
Liberation: Gloria La Riva
Green: Rep.Cynthia McKinney
Socialist: Brian Moore
Independent: Ralph Nader