Thursday, September 10, 2009

President Obama's lies

My analysis of President Obama's speech before the Joint Session of Congress, 09-Sept-09:

It has now been nearly a century since Theodore Roosevelt first called for health care reform. And ever since, nearly every president and Congress, whether Democrat or Republican, has attempted to meet this challenge in some way. A bill for comprehensive health reform was first introduced by John Dingell, Sr., in 1943. Sixty-five years later, his son continues to introduce that same bill at the beginning of each session.
Hmmm... maybe the legislators of the past know something that you do not know!
More and more Americans worry that if you move, lose your job or change your job, you'll lose your health insurance, too. More and more Americans pay their premiums, only to discover that their insurance company has dropped their coverage when they get sick, or won't pay the full cost of care. It happens every day.
Really? So what has ever become of The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), signed into law by President Clinton?? If that is so inefficient, shouldn't that law be changed?
Now, these are the facts. Nobody disputes them.
Um, sorry.. plenty of people have problems with the facts you present.
First, if you are among the hundreds of millions of Americans who already have health insurance through your job, or Medicare, or Medicaid, or the V.A., nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have.
In the interest of full disclosure, this is not a lie. HOWEVER: SEC. 313. EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTIONS IN LIEU OF COVERAGE in HR 3200 (PDF) states that a company must either provide health-care coverage or pay 8% of the average wages paid by the employer during the period of enrollment. Care to guess how much more than 8% your company pays for your health insurance? It will be cheaper for a business to pay the 8% and cancel your current plan. Don't be think it won't happen!

That's why under my plan, individuals will be required to carry basic health insurance -- just as most states require you to carry auto insurance.
...because we all know the automobile is a perfect simile for human beings. You are required to purchase auto insurance to pay for the damage YOU can inflict on OTHERS. The comparison here is foolish, at best.

Now, there are also those who claim that our reform efforts would insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false. The reforms -- the reforms I'm proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.
OK, lets break these phrases down. For weeks, we were told there were 47 million people without health insurance (US News). Last night, President Obama changed the number to 30 million. Hopefully, someone in the media will ask him where the other 16 million went. However, when considering the US Census - an agency that knows something about counting people - puts the count at 46 million, it's easy to see how we can assume illegal immigrants will be covered. Walk into any emergency room, and you're covered. Plus, efforts by Republicans to specifically include language that would exclude illegal immigrants was rejected by the Democrat majority.
They will no longer be able to place some arbitrary cap on the amount of coverage you can receive in a given year or in a lifetime. We will place a limit on how much you can be charged for out-of- pocket expenses, because in the United States of America, no one should go broke because they get sick.
And when the insurance companies begin to show losses at the amount of expenses they're paying for these costs that won't be regulated by the free market, they'll close up shop. And you'll be forced to take whatever is left.
Because there's no reason we shouldn't be catching diseases like breast cancer and colon cancer before they get worse.
True, but unlike the rest of the world with socialized medicine, you stand a better chance of survival in the US than anywhere else.
The best example is the claim, made not just by radio and cable talk show hosts, but by prominent politicians that we plan to set up panels of bureaucrats with the power to kill off senior citizens.

Now, such a charge would be laughable if it weren't so cynical and irresponsible. It is a lie plain and simple.
The federal government has no business being in the business of discussing end-of-life planning. But hey, what do I know? I mean, a woman in Oregon, under the state's Medicare plan, was told her cancer treatment was too expensive. So she was offered either hospice care or assisted suicide. President Obama, himself, told a voter that the best course of action for some might be to take a pain pill. Yep, we who are opposed to the current bill are just lying.

I will not sign it if it adds one dime to the deficit now or in the future -- period.
So, I suppose the CBO is lying, too?

In short, President Obama's last-ditch (I hope!) effort at rallying the troops will give him a poll bounce, no doubt.  That bump-up should last 10 days - 2 weeks, I imagine.   The question that hasn't been asked, however,  is this:

If this is such a great idea -- this bill is the be-all, end-all -- if the ultimate goal of the Obama Administration is to undo all of the mistakes of the last 8 years (and beyond),  then why aren't the members of his own party clamouring to vote for it?   Stick it to the Republicans now and make them suffer for not backing the bill come next election day.

Or is the goal of the administration to take control of the economy, and use as many Republicans as a shield to say they voted for it,too! when the shit hits the fan?

Final note:  Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) called out you lie when President Obama claimed illegal immigrants would not be covered.  As I've stated already, I believe much of the president's speech was lies, but I do not condone Rep. Wilson's outburst.   That much said, I find it interesting that Politico called that scene the defining moment of the night. I suppose the abject lack of specifics in Mr. Obama's speech left little for Politico to mention.

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