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  • Obama's Long Road to Truth on Health Care

    President Obama has yet again shifted his position on the key question of whether Americans will be able to keep their private health care package if his proposals become law. The latest twist is this: many of you were going to lose private health care anyway, because it’s too expensive, but it will be your employer who drops the private choice.

    This can be called progress, if we understand life to be a long process in the revelation of truth, and if by progress we mean that now one more layer has been peeled off.

    Let’s recap what has transpired in just one week. Speaking to the American Medical Association on Monday, the President spoke clearly, forcefully and without caveats:

    No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.

    That is as categorical as it gets. The White House transcript shows that these were big applause lines. As is customary with this President, he then went on to call anyone who dare contradict him a liar.

    We were undeterred. The President of The Heritage Foundation, Ed Feulner, on Thursday issued an Open Letter in which he did dare contradict President Obama, and politely suggest that on that score, as in others, President Obama was selling his healthcare package on faulty premises.

    We did so because, as we said last week—as we have said all along—depending on how the public plan is designed in Congress, millions of Americans would lose their existing coverage if a public plan is inserted. By opening the public plan to all employees and using Medicare rates, the Lewin Group, a nationally prominent econometrics firm, has said that the public plan could result in 119.1 million Americans being transitioned out of private coverage, including employer-based coverage, into a public plan.

    Then on Friday, the White House began to agree, and walk the President’s claim back. Buried inside an article by The Associated Press was this gem:

    White House officials suggest the president’s rhetoric shouldn’t be taken literally: What Obama really means is that government isn’t about to barge in and force people to change insurance.

    The latest iteration came yesterday, from President Obama himself, who did another pivot at his press conference. Here’s what he said this time:

    You know, there are polls out that show that 70 percent or 80 percent of Americans are satisfied with the health insurance that they currently have. The only problem is that premiums have been doubling every nine years, going up three times faster than wages…. Businesses are having to make very tough decisions about whether we drop coverage or we further restrict coverage.

    So a small business person who wants to choose the government-run public option and drop everything else should be able to, said the President.

    Then when a reporter pressed him by saying “I’m sorry, but what about keeping your promise to the American people that they won’t have to change plans?” President Obama got flustered and laid down a new marker:

    Well, all right—when I say if you have your plan and you like it, and your doctor has a plan—or you have a doctor and you like your doctor, that you don’t have to change plans, what I’m saying is the government is not going to make you change plans under health reform.

    It’s been a long road from “you’ll be able to keep it. Period” to “what I’m saying is the government is not going to make you change plans under health reform.” The President hasn’t quite admitted he gave an empty promise when he said “you’ll be able to keep it. Period.” But at Heritage we like progress, and well continue to report on it.

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    24 Responses to Obama's Long Road to Truth on Health Care

    1. DeeCee, Phila. says:

      That's "Honesty" & "Transparency", Obama style!

    2. DeeCee, Phila. says:

      Oh, I forgot, "Change", Obama style too!

    3. Jeff Brodhead, WA (s says:

      Obama use what I call similtaineous bifurcated speech; speaking out of both sides of his mouth, at the same time. (a.k.a. speaking with forked tongue)

      It worked for him in the election, because what he said did not immediately translate into an action, therefore he could sidestep, when anyone tried to pin him down on his statements.

      Now, use of the forked tongue, is coming back to bite him.

      Haste make waste AND Obama has acted in haste from day minus one.

      (BTW: I'm not a fan of BHO.)

    4. Duke, Ohio says:

      I think Obama is genetically allergic to disambiguation.

    5. Centaur, Purcellvill says:

      Well written article, Mr. Gonzalez!

      This reminds me of something else I saw in the news today: US Ambassador Susan Rice's comment that they are going to attempt to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The statement comes after Obama promised during his campaign speeches to stand up for the rights and powers of parents, which history on this issues shows has eroded in Western Europe (it has not been preserved).

      For more information, check out http://www.parentalrights.org, or a blog I discovered, which has all of the information documented with ties back to primary source material: http://narnianinsurgency.blogspot.com

    6. Clarence J. Angelett says:

      Thank you for listing the ends and outs of the differences between Obama's public statements on health care in the USA. The assumption that private health plans can compete with a public health plan is without basis in fact. When ever the federal government competes with the private sector, the private sector fails. Profit in a private business can never compete with the deep pockets of the federal government taxation to continue in business. Research in the different areas that the federal government has replaced private and business interest in our history would be of interest to me.

    7. Tom, Shreveport says:

      Just like he promised change during his run for office, he never divulged what change. Now I hope all that voted to make history is happy with the history for which they voted.

    8. Pingback: » Financial News Update - 06/24/09 NoisyRoom.net: “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the face of tyranny is no virtue.” Barry Goldwater

    9. Barb -mn says:

      Government has no right to interfere in the first place. They're the ones that mandate. How is that fair? They've distorted this issue into a CRISIS. Of course they're gonna drive the market out.

      Insurance is a contract not health care itself. As we know, records show government is not efficient or reputably honest. How can anyone want their PERSONAL HEALTH taken over by government?

    10. Cyndi, N. Californi says:

      Jeff in WA. I agree that BHO talks with a forked tongue and out both sides of his neck. This is ridiculous, every day it's something new. I've been trying to get the word out about how this "reform" is a "takeover" of our existing health care. There are so many people that don't see between the lines(forked tongue). I've asked my primary Dr. about her opinion on this & she doesn't see this either. She did say that she would read whatever I give her on this issue. And then she would give me her opinion on it. I've printed a few articles to take to her tomorrow. Wish me luck.

    11. Tchiock, Utah says:

      The unions are happy with the health care they get and are not going to give it up to a government "Plan."

      I worked for years to keep my health insurance plan, albeit kicked out of the nest turning 65 (Well, you paid into Medicare all those years so that will be your primary provider from now on..). Insurance company dumping health care costs to the government.

      Still, for me to change to a full blown government single payer system will be a quality down-grade.

      Why can't every working American have the same access to health insurance (and price) the Unions have?

      Allow insurers to cross state lines and compete to provide comparable coverage and prices to Union health coverage.

      It would help measurably to not allow frivolous law suits that provide expensive dress suits to trial lawyers. Kill the silly notion of Single Payer Health program.

      Change the tax system to a consumption tax, get rid of the United Nations, put UN military forces under American command, get rid of the Federal Reserve, privatize Public schools, stop subsidizing Farmers and foreigners, radically reduce the number of immigrants, stop illegal entry, keep foreign labor out, change leadership in Congress and elect a new President..

      Simple solutions.

    12. Grace, Florida says:

      Obama is continually having to back-pedal. I hope the American public is now seeing through him. I don't think he wants to intentionally hurt people but his ideas show his inexperience. He is just not a leader. When you have to keep going back on your word – there is a serious character flaw there. Also I think the thing that bothers me the most is his inability to accept responsibility. He keeps blaming the prior administration for everything. He really should not have run for President until he grew up. Health Care is going to be a disaster. Please everyone sign the petition on Bill Bennetts website and let's keep our free choice.

    13. Marshall Hill MI. says:

      Wow,now this is real change!Pink is Green!Water is

      Rock! Wrong and Illegal are O.K.

    14. Lloyd Scallan - New says:

      Obama is a lier and we all know it. Period.

    15. duelles, Santa Fe, N says:

      The only transparency is in Obama's talking points. Everyone can see right through them.

      We elected a liar with an agenda which he is pursuing to my detriment. I would imagine that when he is finished, 70-80% of Americans will agree with me – not him.

      His agenda is a failure. He will fail and ultimately be disgraced on almost every issue. To be fair, I give Obama credit for allowing the snipers to free the Maersk Captain.

    16. Lynn B. DeSpain says:

      Obama has no long road to the truth on Health Care. It is a short road and it is a lie. Just like everything else he has said in his first 120+ days in office.


    17. Mary N. Lodi, WI says:

      Members of Congress, Senate, the president and all his administration should have to accept this national healthcare just like the rest of America…..that is IF it passes. Let Americans read the bill!!

      I know Americans who are leaving the USA to escape the socialized government that will be coming shortly. We are losing are freedoms a little bit everyday. What a horrible demise of such a great nation.

    18. Patriot III says:

      Each day I wake up with optimisim and by the end of the day reality sets in and I see this nation being brought to its knees by this person we call a President.

      It took hundreds of years to gain the freedom this country affords and six months to loose it. What a shame. I am just happy I am the age I am and can look back at the freedoms I had, to do what I wanted without regrets. Now we are becoming a socialistic country with our loss of freedoms. If this is what people voted for (change)their going to see a lot of it and none very positive.

    19. Ben C, Ann Arbor, MI says:

      "Lights – camera – action" is what Obama craves. It's about being in the spotlight regardless of the talking point. As Charles Krauthammer pointed out – the strategy is to overwhelm Congress with so much stuff no one has time to actually read the legislation, ie 'the stimulus package' and now the health care package. Couple an insatiable appetite for media attention and a manufactured crisis to enable it and we have the mess we are now in. At some point our fellow citizens will see through the smoke and mirrors and sanity will return – I just hope his agenda is reversible.

    20. Mary N. Lodi, WI says:

      Patriot III makes a great point….I have a 74 yr. old friend hoping to die before too long so that his gravestone can read "I was born a free man and died a free man". He fought in WWII and he is a staunch believer in the U.S.Constitution. He is very saddened as are many of us older Americans, to see what is happening to this country and disappointed in and at times disgusted with today's young people for being so "needy" and dependent on the government for just about everything.

    21. Cooper, Alabama says:

      I hope all are happy with Health Care. Please

      do not worry as a New York Congressman has offered

      a house bill to repeal the 22nd Amendment and

      eliminate term limits for the President.

    22. Frank Crocker, Washi says:

      How is it that the President cannot understand that this health care overhaul is going to drive the quality of health care way way down? There is no incentive to become a doctor anymore if your going to get low pay! Its a high skill position

      Frank Crocker

      Axioma Tennessee

    23. John Clancy Wyandott says:

      It is critical that our legislators come quickly to realize what this administration is doing to DESTROY our way of life. They are there in Wash. to SECURE it!

      Machiavelli promoted raw power: "It is not, therefore, necessary for a prince (read leaders in Wash.)to have faithfulness, integrity, loyalty) but it is very necessary to seem to have them." Also: "Whence it is to be noted, that in taking a state the conqueror must arrange to commit all his cruelties at once…."

    24. Jerry from Chicago says:

      People must be made to understand the health insurance is not healthcare. Insurance is a means to pay for healthcare.

      We have government officials, hospital administrators and doctors complaining about the health insurance companies charging too much for insurance, as if the insurance companies were charging for days spent in the hospital, or for a surgery, or for performing a test. Insurance companies don't provide medical care, hospitals and doctors do and they are the ones doing the billing. Insurance companies only pay medical bills in accordance with the contracts purchased by their employers or by individuals themselves.

      I'm afraid that Mr. Obama is going to get his single payer, national healthcare plan because government will not stop interfering with healthcare, constantly increasing eligibility and benefits that are being paid for by employers. Government will not stop blaming the insurance industry for the number of uninsured, as the industry is an easy target. The greater the degree of unemployment, the greater the number of uninsured Americans will be. With $800 billion of "Stimulous" revenue in the budget available for all those "shovel ready" jobs, unemployment continues to climb and consumer confidence continues to fall. Why is that?

      We are relying on a President that doesn't have any expertise in economics, in banking, in the automotive industry or in the field of healthcare. Yet he wants to be in charge of all of this. He wants us to believe him and yet, from what I have seen so far, he does not have even a passing acquaintance with the truth.

      All of this and he has a 60% approval rating. This is why I'm certain that national healthcare will be the law of the land in short order. Maybe then, when the 60% get a dose of Dr. Obama's national healthcare prescription, they will realize that it's going to take a whole lot of sugar for this medicine to go down.

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