By David Arnett | CapitolBeatOK
Markwayne Mullin admits he misspoke last year while challenging the character of his opponent for using that misstatement in a current campaign ad against him.
“I’m up here to set the record straight,” Mullin said during a news conference late last week.
The back and forth launched earlier last week with a video produced by George Faught, Mullin’s opponent in the Republican primary runoff Aug. 28 for the 2nd Congressional District of Oklahoma. That video can be seen on Faught’s campaign web site.
Mullin said the statement made in August last year was taken out of context, but the context provided by Mullin in writing and by audio tape confirms the specific quote used and is, at best, confused on the topic.
Mullin admits now he didn’t know then what he was talking about.
Asked to explain his understanding of “single payer,” Mullin said, ““I hadn’t even heard that term. This was a year ago and I just started getting involved (in campaigning). What I was referring to was that everyone should have skin in the (health care) game. As a single person, I should be responsible as a single person, not (dependent) on a government-run health care program. I think it is funny that government would use the term ‘single payer’ to refer to government pay.”
The common long established understanding of single payer is, like Medicare in the United States and all health care in Great Britain and Canada, that a single source (usually government) pays all the bills.