Another day, another stream of health care fantasy from the White House. A quick look at two health care events from yesterday, one in Glenside, Pennsylvania, and the other in Tawas City, Michigan, clearly exposes the yawing gap between the Obama administrationâ€™s health care rhetoric and cold hard legislative reality. First in Glenside, President Barack Obama turned up the volume on his already tired â€œfinal pushâ€ for health care reform. In addition to the usual litany of false claims about the legislation in Congress (in fact, you donâ€™t get to keep your doctor, it isnâ€™t paid for, it doesnâ€™t reduce costs) President Obama also repeated his new line from his doctors-in-lab-coats address last week:
We have now incorporated almost every single serious idea from across the political spectrum about how to contain the rising cost of health care â€¦ Our cost-cutting measures mirror most of the proposals in the current Senate billâ€¦
But, as we pointed out last week, there is one not-so-minor difference between the Senate bill and the Presidentâ€™s new proposal: the Senate bill actually exists. Now, Democrats may be telling their conservative counterparts that they will have reconciliation legislative text in front of the Budget Committee by tomorrow, but donâ€™t hold your breath. The â€œfixesâ€ that the White House is promising wavering House Democrats they will make all sound easy at first glance: 1) scaling back the tax on high-end health insurance policies; 2) closing the Medicare D loophole; 3) boosting insurance subsidies; 4) increasing Medicaid payments; and 5) fixing the Cornhusker Kickback. But when you take a second look, you see that all of these â€œfixesâ€ will cost more money. Just look at the Cornhusker Kickback which the President chose to address, not by taking away Nebraskaâ€™s special Medicaid payments, but by extending those extra Medicaid payments to every state! Every single item in the Presidentâ€™s proposal either increases spending or reduces new revenues. And he didnâ€™t put forward any way to pay for them. If passing health reform were as easy as giving away free candy, Obamacare would be law already. Finding a way to pay for all these fixes is going to be just as difficult as every earlier effort to pay for this bill. So donâ€™t expect any solutions anytime soon.
And we havenâ€™t even mentioned â€œabortionâ€ yet, which brings us to Tawas City where Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) hosted his own health care townhall.
SideBear: It now seems that Obama has turned into Our-Liar-Chief. What is amazing about this is the constant lies he is telling are so easily disproved. He must think that we are all as dumb as tree stump.
Our politics have turned into a game of â€œHe who lies best wins.â€