Does Bob Kerrey Still Support Single-Payer, Government-Run Health Care?

July 5, 2012

KERREY IN 1991: “Health USA Calls For A Single Payer System Of Financing Health Services…”

KERREY IN 2010: “There Should Have Been ‘A Universal Public Option [In ObamaCare]… A National System, The Feds Are Responsible For It.”

KERREY IN MARCH 2012: “Favors A Universal Health Care Program In Which All Americans Would Be Placed In A Single Health Pool.”

LINCOLN, Nebraska, July 5, 2012 - Today, Bob Kerrey is once again sidestepping his previous far-left positions on health care reform to convince Nebraskans he’s a moderate compromiser.

However, Kerrey can’t escape from the fact that he has been a long-time advocate of a single-payer system and the public option.

KerreyCare was Bob Kerrey’s universal single-payer health care plan that would have raised taxes by billions of dollars, provided taxpayer funded abortions, and banned the sale of private insurance, unless it covered services not under the domain of his government plan.

And even though Kerrey is now claiming that ObamaCare is flawed, he originally complained that ObamaCare didn’t go far enough since it lacked a public option that even Democrat Ben Nelson was opposed to.

“Bob Kerrey doesn’t seem as excited to talk about his far-left views like supporting the public option in ObamaCare, eliminating private insurance companies, and providing taxpayer funded abortions as he used to be,” said Fischer spokesman Daniel Keylin. “There are so many questions that haven’t been answered. Does Bob Kerrey still support KerreyCare? Does Bob Kerrey today still agree with the Bob Kerrey from 2010 who demanded a public option in ObamaCare? Does Bob Kerrey today still agree with the Bob Kerrey from March 2012 who wanted a government-run, single-payer system?”

A look at Kerrey’s “evolving” positions on government-run health care:

“He also said he favors a universal health care program in which all Americans would be placed in a single health pool.” (Robynn Tysver, “Senate hopefuls would repeal health law,” Omaha World-Herald, 3/31/12)

KERREY: “‘There should have been ‘a universal public option… a national system, the feds are responsible for it.’ Kerrey added that if he were responsible for writing the bill, all private insurance companies would be eliminated.” (Carol Felsenthal, “Bob Kerrey Stands Behind Cornhusker Ben Nelson on Health Care Reform,” Huffington Post, 1/11/10)

“Health USA calls for a single payer system of financing health services, which will drastically reduce soaring medical costs.” (Kerrey For President platform, “Bob Kerrey on Health Care.”)

Unlike Bob Kerrey, Deb Fischer has been consistent with her proposals to reform the nation’s health care system.

Senator Fischer supports the full repeal of ObamaCare, and wants to implement commonsense, market-based reforms to lower health care costs and increase health care accessibility for the uninsured.

Fischer supports passing real medical malpractice liability reform that would place fair and responsible limits on liability judgments, just like we have in Nebraska.

To increase competition between insurance companies, Fischer has proposed allowing the purchase of health insurance across state lines, which would help lower costs.

Fischer also supports Association Health Care Plans
(AHPs) that enable small business owners and others to provide better and more affordable health care coverage options for their employees.