Jul 23 2009
It is clear President Obama’s presser last night failed to address the nation’s fears about what a liberal designed, government run, one-size-fits-all take over of health care in America. In fact I would wager he made those fears worse because his attempt to paste over the reality was so transparent and simple minded he actually confirmed a lot of fears.
Others are out explaining the results better than I could, so let’s sample a few good points. Starting with the AP which is completely flummoxed by the false claims our President tried to push on us:
President Barack Obama’s assertion Wednesday that government will stay out of health care decisions in an overhauled system is hard to square with the proposals coming out of Congress and with his own rhetoric.
Even now, nearly half the costs of health care in the U.S. are paid for by government at all levels. Federal authority would only grow under any proposal in play.
OBAMA: “We already have rough agreement” on some aspects of what a health care overhaul should involve, and one is: “It will keep government out of health care decisions, giving you the option to keep your insurance if you’re happy with it.”
THE FACTS: In House legislation, a commission appointed by the government would determine what is and isn’t covered by insurance plans offered in a new purchasing pool, including a plan sponsored by the government. The bill also holds out the possibility that, over time, those standards could be imposed on all private insurance plans, not just the ones in the pool.
Much more at the link. These blatant and obvious conflicting claims with the reality of the liberal bill in the House has completely destroyed the President’s credibility, as we can see from the Kaus Files:
I know I’d like universal health coverage. That’s been debated ad nauseam. What hasn’t been debated–what haveÂ been blessed mainlyÂ by pronouncements from on high couched in euphemisms and deception–are Orszag’s “delivery system” changes. I’m worried that they will result in denial of treatments thatÂ may beÂ useful at saving and prolonging lives.Â Obama’s refusal at his press conference to declare that all covered treatments would still be covered is an example of what people worry about. And Obama knows–or even scarier, maybe he doesn’t–that the difficult decisions don’t involve cheap blue pills that are as good as red pills, but treatments that are the “best” but also the “most expensive”–including cancer drugs likeÂ HerceptinÂ andÂ Sutent. …
That is the staggering reality of Obamacare – only the strong will survive. In order to keep costs down we will need to stop trying to save the elderly and seriously ill. A reality that has people rightly concerned.
With his example of the red and blue pills, and another about whether a child’s hypothetical tonsils should be removed, President Obama unwittingly presents the real problem with his plan for reform. Here is a well-meaning government official who so fails to grasp the problem in health care that he can present such absurd oversimplifications and suggest that this sort of thing is the real problem — doctors simply lack the common sense to make obvious medical decisions. President Obama wants us to solve this problem by putting himself and other government officials in charge of rescuing medicine from the medical profession. If medical doctors with a decade of schooling cannot distinguish between good cures and ineffective ones that must be discontinued, then by gosh, we’re lucky that the good folks from the government can.
President Obama thus frames the issue as a false choice between doing nothing at all and handing over to Washington complicated, case-by-case medical decisions that cannot possibly be legislated or dictated by government.
That is Obamacare at its core. We cannot let doctors make decisions because they make costly decisions. So accountants with no medical understanding or training will decide who can have what kind of treatment. In essence, they will use the almighty dollar as an excuse to determine who lives, who suffers and who must die.