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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

About Obama’s healthcare speech

It would seem that President Obama thinks endless repetition of his already debunked talking points is all that Americans need to fall in line with his healthcare reform. After all, he said some time ago that time for talking is over and made that point again in his speech tonight. Yes, shocking isn’t it?

A good way for someone to get informed about some of the new and repeated inaccuracies in the speech is to go to the Cato Institute website and replay their live blogging of the speech. Be sure to follow their links for more in depth analysis.

The live blogging is available here, just click on replay.

To summarize just a couple of points they address.

  • Obama was very wrong about private insurance being more expensive than employer provided insurance.
  • 30 million “cannot get” coverage? The number is much, much lower.

Be sure to read it all and as I said, follow their links for further information.

Let’s also address his claim that the Democrat healthcare bill(s) in Congress will not cover illegal immigrants. Yes, the house bill says the funds are not to be used for those who are not legally in the country. There is an incredibly huge problem with that little sentiment. There is no mechanism in the bill to enable that and that is by design.

President Obama assures the American people that illegal immigrants will not be covered; however, recently the House Ways and Means Committee rejected an amendment that would have required the government to verify that those enrolling in the "public plan" are not illegal immigrants.

Without a system in place to verify an individual’s immigration status, how will we identify those here illegally? We can’t, that may just be the point. […] (source)

The President said he would call out anyone making inaccurate claims about his healthcare plan. Judging from the multiple distortions he threw at us tonight, Obama apparently plans to call himself out in the near future. He probably is narcissistic enough to do that if the mirror were splendid enough and the lighting just so, but I’m sure his BFF Rahm Emanuel would put a stop to that. Maybe Joe Biden will do it, no one messes with Joe!

One final point from Thomas Sowell, made a day before Obama’s speech.

One plain fact should outweigh all the words of Barack Obama and all the impressive trappings of the setting in which he says them: He tried to rush Congress into passing a massive government takeover of the nation's medical care before the August recess— for a program that would not take effect until 2013!

Whatever President Obama is, he is not stupid. If the urgency to pass the medical care legislation was to deal with a problem immediately, then why postpone the date when the legislation goes into effect for years— more specifically, until the year after the next Presidential election? (source)

As they say, read it all.

It used to be that actions speak louder than words. Sadly, many people have thrown that aside simply because this man has given a couple of decent speeches.


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