Video: Americans have to “stop clinging” to their health care policies

posted at 2:55 pm on July 21, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Sound familiar?  It did to Verum Serum, too, and they put together this video segment tying Barack Obama’s remarks this month on health care to his nearly-fatal remarks about guns and religion during 2008 when he thought no one was recording him. According to Obama, the entire resistance to his idea of health-care reform is that Americans are bitterly clinging to that “broken system” that has approval ratings in the 80s — far above President Obama himself, especially these days:

John sums it up quite well:

You begin to get the idea that, underneath all his efforts to talk to people like adults, he thinks there are really just two camps: Courageous progressives, e.g. himself and people who agree with him, and backward bumpkins who huddle around failure because they’re too afraid to be more like…him.

It must be an empowering way to see the world. It’s also arrogant, elitist and false. But I wonder if any of that can compare to the psychic kick of seeing oneself as a superhero among benighted mortals.

Remember when Obama scoffed at the notion that he was an elitist during the campaign? I wrote at the time that Obama was deliberately confusing “elites” and “elitism”, and that having a sitting US Senator attempting to deny his elite status was a little odd anyway. This is a perfect display of elitism — someone telling people that they don’t know how to calculate their own self-interest and declaring that a few people in Washington can figure that out for them better than they can themselves. It’s patronizing, condescending, and in fact is the very kind of attitude that created the impulse for our separation from the paternalistic monarchy that refused to allow for the notion that the colonies should have a say in their own governance.


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But hey, ‘it’s not about ME’……./sarc

cmsinaz on July 21, 2009 at 3:33 PM

I love it when Obama describes America, and then says how he doesn’t like it. His errors are as large as his ego.

JiangxiDad on July 21, 2009 at 3:34 PM

I have a 100% approval rating of my guns, and they even miss now and then.

kirkill on July 21, 2009 at 3:04 PM

It’s not the arrows, its the Indian. :-)

Dave R. on July 21, 2009 at 3:36 PM

By this I mean that he is so in over his head that he has become the tool of others.

tullius on July 21, 2009 at 3:30 PM

I believe that Obama is his own tool, but I agree with you that he is DEFINITELY a tool.

But not a capitalist tool, by any stretch of the imagination, as bribes and graft are not capitalism.

NoDonkey on July 21, 2009 at 3:36 PM

If Massachusetts can do it, so can We The People.

LimeyGeek on July 21, 2009 at 3:36 PM

guntotinglibertarian on July 21, 2009 at 3:33 PM

You forgot to add that his base should get it free – paid for by those e-v-i-l rich people.

katiejane on July 21, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Sorry Ed, but I just can’t stomach this fraud anymore.

LOL-Maybe if you did like Rush and sped it up some.

Dave R. on July 21, 2009 at 3:37 PM

I’m guessing Mommy taught little Barack to resent America at an early age.

NebCon on July 21, 2009 at 3:15 PM

Yes, the America-hating hippie was no doubt busy indoctrinating little Barry even as she cashed the U.S. welfare checks that helped her feed the little spawn of her Mandingo fantasy. Lousy hypocrite.

AZCoyote on July 21, 2009 at 3:41 PM

This should be encouraged in every State.

LimeyGeek on July 21, 2009 at 3:41 PM

Sorry Ed, but I just can’t stomach this fraud anymore.

LOL-Maybe if you did like Rush and sped it up some.

Dave R. on July 21, 2009 at 3:37 PM

This is the funniest thing I have heard him do in a long time…and he is so casual about it. EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM he plays in fast-mode and it’s hilarious. I love it. Much more palatable…it tones down the “lecture” quality one gets from hearing their incessant droning on and on about stuff.

Mommypundit on July 21, 2009 at 3:43 PM

If you take away the illegail aliens and people only temporarily uninsured while they are between jobs, the number of uninsured drops to around 10 million.

So, for 1/30th of the US population, 3.33%, we are knuckle draggers for wanting to keep what is working for us, even if it’s not perfect. Let’s restate what he said filling in between the words:

“Everybody [in my liberal elite cirles that believe healthcare is both a right and a way to eternal liberal power] wants healthcare [taken over by government] but some people [who are too stupid to know better because they didn’t go to an Ivy League school for $100,000 a year] are holding us back [by wanting to keep what they have].”

Liberals in power right now don’t give a rat’s ass what the public thinks. They believe we’re too stupid to know what is best for the future of this country and that we should be ignored. They will take care of us.

It’s logical – If you believe in a nanny state, you believe the people are children and need can’t decide for themselves, that’s why they need a nanny. They also know nannies are very hard to replace, the children don’t do well if the nanny is changed.

Cap and tax is a tax and can be campaigned against.

Obamacare will create 40-50 million new locked in Democratic voters once it takes effect, so it must be defeated. IT MUST GO DOWN BEFORE PEOPLE ARE “DEPENDENT” ON IT, or think they are.

PastorJon on July 21, 2009 at 3:43 PM

AZCoyote on July 21, 2009 at 3:41 PM

that was racist as hell and i enjoyed it very much!

Ghoul aid on July 21, 2009 at 3:43 PM

“how to calculate their own self-interest and declaring that a few people in Washington can figure that out for them better than they can themselves.”

It also highlights his biggest Achilles’heal: his inexperience as an executive. He wants to show he’s in charge without going to the trouble winning anyone over. In the case of the health care, he doesn’t think he has to win over the more than 50% of us whom have to live with this boondoggle.

His little informercial on ABC was very telling of how he would make decisions for his own family. If he’s even unwilling to live with the consequences of government rationed health care why should the rest of us?

Vera71 on July 21, 2009 at 3:49 PM

Mommypundit on July 21, 2009 at 3:43 PM

I laughed for about 3 hrs today listening to Rush play Barry in fast mode. Rush played Barney Frank in fast mode too and then Rush played the Banking Queen song which is a take off of Dancing Queen by ABBA.

What a riot. Barry is failing, Rush is succeeding.

Geochelone on July 21, 2009 at 3:49 PM

In his frustration, he’s edging closer to saying something that won’t be able to be spun. It’s just a matter of time.

DFCtomm on July 21, 2009 at 3:50 PM

Stop Clinging…

religion and guns
your healthcare

also..
-your car(that is safe)
-affordable energy (because shivering burns calories and takes off a few pounds)
-your job(that isn’t green enough)
-your income
-your US history (because you should be ashamed of it)
-security through strength (because begging for peace while bombs are falling on your cities is better)

journeyintothewhirlwind on July 21, 2009 at 3:56 PM

that banjo is soo money!

ted c on July 21, 2009 at 4:00 PM

In his frustration, he’s edging closer to saying something that won’t be able to be spun. It’s just a matter of time.

DFCtomm on July 21, 2009 at 3:50 PM

Maybe tomorrow night if the media will start throwing hardball questions.

farright on July 21, 2009 at 4:01 PM

Mommypundit on July 21, 2009 at 3:43 PM

I laughed for about 3 hrs today listening to Rush play Barry in fast mode. Rush played Barney Frank in fast mode too and then Rush played the Banking Queen song which is a take off of Dancing Queen by ABBA.

What a riot. Barry is failing, Rush is succeeding.

Geochelone on July 21, 2009 at 3:49 PM

Is that not one of the FUNNIEST things he has ever done? Geo — you must have missed Pelosi in fast mode. Hilarious.

When Rush’s parody arrows hit the bullseye, there is nothing better.

BigD on July 21, 2009 at 4:02 PM

And exactly when will Obama and his family and the rest of the D.C. politicians stop clinging to their health insurance policies?

HoosierEm on July 21, 2009 at 4:05 PM

What he actually believes about the “bumpkins” is that they are victims of what Progressives call “false consciousness”.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_Consciousness

Steven Den Beste on July 21, 2009 at 4:06 PM

People who DO like Obama are clinging to failure. FIFY.

Us bitter folks have better things to cling to.

Steve Z on July 21, 2009 at 4:08 PM

I have only two words for this fascist sonofabitch….

F _ _ _ YOU.

I don’t give a CRAP what his ‘mandates’ are. This bastard was hired to serve us, not the other way around. Make my health insurance illegal? F-U, come TRY to take me to jail you fascist pig, we’ll see who needs the health care then.

Spiritk9 on July 21, 2009 at 4:12 PM

this person has been reading the 1000 page house bill and posting it at Twitter……

the bill is worst than you thought

Peter Fleckstein (aka Fleckman) is reading it and has been posting on Twitter his findings. This is from his postings (Note: All comments are Fleckman’s)

Pg 22 of the HC Bill MANDATES the Govt will audit books of ALL EMPLOYERS that self insure!!

Pg 30 Sec 123 of HC bill – THERE WILL BE A GOVT COMMITTEE that decides what treatments/benes u get

Pg 29 lines 4-16 in the HC bill – YOUR HEALTHCARE IS RATIONED!!!

Pg 42 of HC Bill – The Health Choices Commissioner will choose UR HC Benefits 4 you. U have no choice!

PG 50 Section 152 in HC bill – HC will be provided 2 ALL non US citizens, illegal or otherwise

Pg 58HC Bill – Govt will have real-time access 2 individs finances & a National ID Healthcard will b issued!

Pg 59 HC Bill lines 21-24 Govt will have direct access 2 ur banks accts 4 elect. funds transfer

PG 65 Sec 164 is a payoff subsidized plan 4 retirees and their families in Unions & community orgs (ACORN).

Pg 72 Lines 8-14 Govt is creating an HC Exchange 2 bring priv HC plans under Govt control.

PG 84 Sec 203 HC bill – Govt mandates ALL benefit pkgs 4 priv. HC plans in the Exchange

PG 85 Line 7 HC Bill – Specs for of Benefit Levels for Plans = The Govt will ration ur Healthcare!

PG 91 Lines 4-7 HC Bill – Govt mandates linguistic approp svcs. Example – Translation 4 illegal aliens

Pg 95 HC Bill Lines 8-18 The Govt will use groups i.e., ACORN & Americorps 2 sign up indiv. for Govt HC plan

PG 85 Line 7 HC Bill – Specs of Ben Levels 4 Plans. #AARP members – U Health care WILL b rationed

-PG 102 Lines 12-18 HC Bill – Medicaid Eligible Indiv. will b automat.enrolled in Medicaid. No choice

pg 124 lines 24-25 HC No company can sue GOVT on price fixing. No “judicial review” against Govt Monop

pg 127 Lines 1-16 HC Bill – Doctors/ #AMA – The Govt will tell YOU what u can make.

Pg 145 Line 15-17 An Employer MUST auto enroll employees into pub opt plan. NO CHOICE

Pg 126 Lines 22-25 Employers MUST pay 4 HC 4 part time employees AND their families.

Pg 149 Lines 16-24 ANY Emplyr w payroll 400k & above who does not prov. pub opt. pays 8% tax on all payroll

pg 150 Lines 9-13 Biz w payroll btw 251k & 400k who doesnt prov. pub. opt pays 2-6% tax on all payroll

Pg 167 Lines 18-23 ANY individual who doesnt have acceptable HC accrdng 2 Govt will be taxed 2.5% of inc

Pg 170 Lines 1-3 HC Bill Any NONRESIDENT Alien is exempt from indiv. taxes. (Americans will pay)

Pg 195 HC Bill -officers & employees of HC Admin (GOVT) will have access 2 ALL Americans finan/pers recs

PG 203 Line 14-15 HC – “The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax” Yes, it says that

Pg 239 Line 14-24 HC Bill Govt will reduce physician svcs 4 Medicaid. Seniors, low income, poor affected

Pg 241 Line 6-8 HC Bill – Doctors, doesnt matter what specialty u have, you’ll all be paid the same

PG 253 Line 10-18 Govt sets value of Dr’s time, prof judg, etc. Literally value of humans.

PG 265 Sec 1131Govt mandates & controls productivity for private HC industries

PG 268 Sec 1141 Fed Govt regulates rental & purchase of power driven wheelchairs

PG 272 SEC. 1145. TREATMENT OF CERTAIN CANCER HOSPITALS – Cancer patients – welcome to rationing!

Page 280 Sec 1151 The Govt will penalize hospitals 4 what Govt deems preventable readmissions.

Pg 298 Lines 9-11 Drs, treat a patient during initial admiss that results in a readmiss-Govt will penalize u.

Pg 317 L 13-20 OMG!! PROHIBITION on ownership/investment. Govt tells Drs. what/how much they can own.

Pg 317-318 lines 21-25,1-3 PROHIBITION on expansion- Govt is mandating hospitals cannot expand

pg 321 2-13 Hospitals have oppt to apply for exception BUT community input required. Can u say ACORN?!!

Pg335 L 16-25 Pg 336-339 – Govt mandates estab. of outcome based measures. HC the way they want. Rationing

Pg 341 Lines 3-9 Govt has authority 2 disqual Medicare Adv Plans, HMOs, etc. Forcing peeps in2 Govt plan

Pg 354 Sec 1177 – Govt will RESTRICT enrollment of Special needs ppl! WTF. My sis has down syndrome!!

Pg 379 Sec 1191 Govt creates more bureaucracy – Telehealth Advisory Cmtte. Can u say HC by phone?

PG 425 Lines 4-12 Govt mandates Advance Care Planning Consult. Think Senior Citizens end of life

Pg 425 Lines 17-19 Govt will instruct & consult regarding living wills, durable powers of atty. Mandatory!

PG 425 Lines 22-25, 426 Lines 1-3 Govt provides apprvd list of end of life resources, guiding u in death

PG 427 Lines 15-24 Govt mandates program 4 orders 4 end of life. The Govt has a say in how ur life ends

Pg 429 Lines 1-9 An “adv. care planning consult” will b used frequently as patients health deteriorates

PG 429 Lines 10-12 “adv. care consultation” may incl an ORDER 4 end of life plans. AN ORDER from GOV

Pg 429 Lines 13-25 – The govt will specify which Doctors can write an end of life order.

PG 430 Lines 11-15 The Govt will decide what level of treatment u will have at end of life

Pg 469 – Community Based Home Medical Services=Non profit orgs. Hello, ACORN Medical Svcs here!!?

Page 472 Lines 14-17 PAYMENT TO COMMUNITY-BASED ORG. 1 monthly payment 2 a community-based org. Like ACORN?

PG 489 Sec 1308 The Govt will cover Marriage & Family therapy. Which means they will insert Govt in2 ur marriage

Pg 494-498 Govt will cover Mental Health Svcs including defining, creating, rationing those svcs

patrick neid on July 21, 2009 at 4:12 PM

I still can’t believe how many morons we have in this country. How could you have elected this guy, America? HOW!?

RightWinged on July 21, 2009 at 4:13 PM

I’ll stop clinging to my Bible, guns, health care, cars, and my own freaking hard earned money when El Presidente stops clinging to his tax cheats, wise Latina racists, forced abortion eugenicists, terrorists, and terror loving Marxist dictators.

Lily on July 21, 2009 at 4:16 PM

It’s patronizing, condescending, and in fact is the very kind of attitude that created the impulse for our separation from the paternalistic monarchy that refused to allow for the notion that the colonies should have a say in their own governance.

Remember remember
the 5th of November…..

Spiritk9 on July 21, 2009 at 4:22 PM

patrick neid on July 21, 2009 at 4:12 PM

Thanks for posting that.
I think.
Need to go change my underwear.

WE MUST NOT ALLOW THIS TO PASS !!

pambi on July 21, 2009 at 4:33 PM

patrick neid on July 21, 2009 at 4:12 PM

I thought there was nothing about this bill that could still shock me. Your post was shocking.

JiangxiDad on July 21, 2009 at 4:33 PM

damn… is it just me or has Obama been getting his a$$ slapped around lately? I think the tides are a-turnin

Ampersand on July 21, 2009 at 4:37 PM

I’ll stop clinging to my Bible, guns, health care, cars, and my own freaking hard earned money when El Presidente stops clinging to his tax cheats, wise Latina racists, forced abortion eugenicists, terrorists, and terror loving Marxist dictators.

Lily on July 21, 2009 at 4:16 PM

Well put

Jeff from WI on July 21, 2009 at 5:00 PM

obama is just so full of himself.

Terrye on July 21, 2009 at 5:01 PM

In his frustration, he’s edging closer to saying something that won’t be able to be spun. It’s just a matter of time.

DFCtomm on July 21, 2009 at 3:50 PM

The whole damn wretched abomination is unspinabble, which perhaps accounts for the noticable reduction in libtard trollism on blogs like this recently.

Sharke on July 21, 2009 at 5:08 PM

Mommypundit on July 21, 2009 at 3:43 PM

LOL-Its the only way I can tolerate listening to anything Obama says.

At normal speed, it’s torture most foul.

Dave R. on July 21, 2009 at 5:20 PM

I thought there was nothing about this bill that could still shock me. Your post was shocking.

JiangxiDad on July 21, 2009 at 4:33 PM

This bill is clearly about a whole lot of issues that have nothing to do with Health care. Health care is just the vehicle. Some of these provisions are frightening.

patrick neid on July 21, 2009 at 5:22 PM

Pg 354 Sec 1177 – Govt will RESTRICT enrollment of Special needs ppl! WTF. My sis has down syndrome!!

I have two kids who were born with diaphragmatic hernias. Immediately after birth, they needed surgery to move the internal organs from their chest cavities to their abdomens where they belong. We were told that our daughter had a 80% chance of living through surgery and a 20% chance of living a week after that.

18 years later she was the salutatorian of her high school and is going to engineering school in the fall. The genetic counselors told us there is more chance of being struck by lightning than having another child with the same thing. 4 years later when her brother “Sparkey” was born we were told he had a 20% chance of living through surgery and 0% chance to live a week after that. He just graduated 8th grade and plans to be an engineer too.

What do you suppose the chances are either one of them would have been allowed to have those surgeries under Obamacare?
Anyone? Bueller?

Lily on July 21, 2009 at 5:41 PM

His first comment still blows my mind.

It comes from the perspective that government is the de facto source of happiness, contentment and purpose for all of humanity and that only when government fails to take care of people do they “cling to” self-reliance and religion.

29Victor on July 21, 2009 at 5:42 PM

addendum to above…

This happens to be the exact opposite of the attitude of most of our Founding Fathers, who saw self-reliance and religion as primary and government as a necessary evil to help protect a man’s right to practice them.

29Victor on July 21, 2009 at 5:44 PM

Lily on July 21, 2009 at 5:41 PM

God bless you.

Jed_Eckert on July 21, 2009 at 6:14 PM

It’s also arrogant, elitist and false.

You’ve summed up Barack Obama very succinctly.

GarandFan on July 21, 2009 at 6:49 PM

Mommypundit on July 21, 2009 at 3:43 PM

The first time I heard Rush do this, I must have missed the explanation because I thought there was something wrong with my radio – I unplugged it, plugged it in again, fiddled with the antenna. Then I got it, and I laughed until I couldn’t stand up anymore.

uncivilized on July 21, 2009 at 7:18 PM

Jed_Eckert on July 21, 2009 at 6:14 PM

Oh He has Jed, He has. Twice!

Bless you too.

Lily on July 21, 2009 at 7:36 PM

I still don’t know how he can go around talking about his plan without every single person he meets demanding to know why he wants to foist Obamacare on them when he’s already admitted he wouldn’t use it himself.

Oh, and isn’t Congress exempting themselves from it to? They get to keep their elite medical care while pushing this monstrosity onto the rest of America.

Good job your watchdog press is on the ball, eh?

Jay Mac on July 21, 2009 at 7:56 PM

It’s not the arrows, its the Indian. :-)

Dave R. on July 21, 2009 at 3:36 PM

HA!! I’ma gunna steal that one.

leftnomore on July 21, 2009 at 7:56 PM

This SOB is younger than me, and I am sick and tired of hearing him talk down to me like I’m his four-year-old step child. What an arrogant piece of crap!

noworldcitizen on July 21, 2009 at 8:02 PM

Maybe tomorrow night if the media will start throwing hardball questions.

farright on July 21, 2009

They are the Obama-fellating, state-run media for a reason. Don’t expect any serious questions from any but a token few…maybe one.

SKYFOX on July 22, 2009 at 8:08 AM

What Americans don’t need to cling to is a president that doesn’t know his A$$ from a hole in the ground. Thats what American needs to stop clinging to.

bluegrass on July 22, 2009 at 9:17 AM

Of course, Obama’s not moving into his “future” system.

FreakyBoy on July 21, 2009 at 3:11 PM

I’m reminded of the following exchange from “Serenity”:

The Operative: I believe in something greater than myself. A better world. A world without sin.

Mal: So me and mine gotta lay down and die so you can live in your better world?

The Operative: I’m not going to live there. There’s no place for me there, any more than there is for you. Malcolm… I’m a monster. What I do is evil. I have no illusions about it, but it must be done.

(Of course, the one incongruity in the comparison is the notion of O actually believing in something greater than himself. If you can get past that, I think it’s a rather eerie match.)

VekTor on July 22, 2009 at 2:02 PM