Even dumber than the time he claimed Caterpillar had promised to re-hire workers if the stimulus passed, only to have the CEO tell reporters about five minutes later that the stimulus wouldn’t work fast enough to let them re-hire workers.

And the Mayo shall lead us:

Although there are some positive provisions in the current House Tri-Committee bill – including insurance for all and payment reform demonstration projects – the proposed legislation misses the opportunity to help create higher-quality, more affordable health care for patients. In fact, it will do the opposite.

In general, the proposals under discussion are not patient focused or results oriented. Lawmakers have failed to use a fundamental lever – a change in Medicare payment policy – to help drive necessary improvements in American health care. Unless legislators create payment systems that pay for good patient results at reasonable costs, the promise of transformation in American health care will wither. The real losers will be the citizens of the United States.

See MKH’s post at the Standard for a few of The One’s greatest Mayo-praising hits. Presumably the problems with the House bill could be solved via negotiations if the Democrats were interested first and foremost in producing a good bill. Which, of course, they’re not. Exit question: Is the sturm und drang starting to affect Obama’s concentration? Behold your Freudian slip/Kinsleyan gaffe of the day.