This isn’t about politics?

posted at 11:44 am on August 16, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

As part of his full-court press in the media on behalf of his flagging health-care system overhaul, Barack Obama penned an op-ed for today’s New York Times.  He garnered a key Sunday slot, which is the opinion journalism equivalent of a prime-time press conference, so one might expect that Obama has something new to add to the debate.  Instead, he gave the same stump speech that Obama uses in every town hall, or greenhouse, as Jim Treacher calls them in honor of the many plants that appear in these forums.

Picking apart the entire essay would be an exercise in redundancy.  Most of the claims he makes, like “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan,” have been thoroughly rebutted, since his overhaul will provide financial incentives for businesses to dump employee coverage in favor of the government-run public option, as the fines for dropping coverage will be far smaller than the costs of providing health insurance.  Obama never even mentions the individual mandates imposed in the House versions of the bill, which will fine people who don’t buy insurance, especially those middle-class taxpayers who don’t make enough for subsidies but can’t afford an expensive policy.

One argument caught my eye, however, and it comes at the end:

In the coming weeks, the cynics and the naysayers will continue to exploit fear and concerns for political gain. But for all the scare tactics out there, what’s truly scary — truly risky — is the prospect of doing nothing. If we maintain the status quo, we will continue to see 14,000 Americans lose their health insurance every day. Premiums will continue to skyrocket. Our deficit will continue to grow. And insurance companies will continue to profit by discriminating against sick people.

That is not a future I want for my children, or for yours. And that is not a future I want for the United States of America.

In the end, this isn’t about politics.

It’s not about politics?  Barack Obama wants to impose a sweeping takeover of the health-care industry by the federal government, and he has the audacity to claim that politics has nothing to do with this?  It has everything to do with it.  Any government program has politics at its basis by definition.

Government will mandate comparative effectiveness models to influence treatment by government-funded providers.   Those decisions will get made not by doctors or patients, but by elected officials who primarily are lawyers, not physicians.  Does anyone believe that politics has nothing to do with the imposition of this kind of rationing?

Democrats have tried a number of strategies to sell ObamaCare to an increasingly skeptical and angry public.  At first, they tried insisting that everyone hated their own status quo, until Gallup polls showed that 83% of people were satisfied with their current coverage.  After that, they tried demonizing insurance executives.  Does that sound as though politics has nothing to do with this proposal?

Up to 10% of medical costs in the US relate to lawsuits.  Providers overuse resources in order to practice defensive medicine to protect themselves from predatory and abusive lawsuits.  Yet not one sentence in the ObamaCare proposals in Congress deal with tort reform, which would immediately cut costs in the health-care industry.  Trial lawyers, not coincidentally, heavily contribute to the Democratic Party currently writing all these bills.  Are we to believe that’s not all about politics?

This is all about politics, which is why Obama had to write the op-ed in today’s Times.  If he loses this battle, he’s wounded politically, and the rest of his agenda will be in deep trouble.

And if anyone thinks that a government-run health-care system won’t have political considerations entering into treatment decisions, let’s revisit this video from the Independence Institute.  It explains how treatment gets funded in the Oregon public plan.

Update: My friend Bruce McQuain makes a great point about Obama wanting this both ways in the essay:

But these lines especially caught my attention:

We are bound to disagree, but let’s disagree over issues that are real, and not wild misrepresentations that bear no resemblance to anything that anyone has actually proposed. This is a complicated and critical issue, and it deserves a serious debate.

They totally contradict this line within the same editorial:

I hear more and more stories like these every single day, and it is why we are acting so urgently to pass health-insurance reform this year.

This is a familiar Obama tactic. Give lip service through high sounding rhetoric about “serious debate”, but in reality be focused on “urgently pass[ing] health insurance this year” and avoiding debate. It is supposed to fool you into thinking he’s committed to debate while in reality he’s trying to push this legislation through as quickly as possible.

It deserved a serious debate, but Obama wanted it rushed through Congress before the August recess precisely because he didn’t want Americans to be able to debate it before passing it.


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The Dem’s need a new salesman. I miss Biden since they told him never to speak another word again.

Hey Rahm–Pull the ducttape off quickly. It’ll hurt him less. Then send him out. He can’t do any worse than the boss.

JiangxiDad on August 16, 2009 at 11:47 AM

After the last 7 months, Obama has shown himself to be nothing but the Liar-in-Chief. This op ed is simply more of the same. And on a Sunday, too. Epic Fail.

kingsjester on August 16, 2009 at 11:48 AM

Not one policy aspect in the whole thing, not even one word about taxes either.

rob verdi on August 16, 2009 at 11:49 AM

People are actually paying attention to what this guy says and they are starting to smell BS every time he opens his mouth.

Mord on August 16, 2009 at 11:49 AM

” If he loses this battle, he’s wounded politically, and the rest of his agenda will be in deep trouble.”

Then by all means……….

………… let us make sure he looses this battle!

Seven Percent Solution on August 16, 2009 at 11:49 AM

Incompetent moron. Who writes these things for him, anyway?

n0doz on August 16, 2009 at 11:50 AM

I’m so proud of the American people. They seem to FINALLY understand what a straw man argument is and that absolutley nothing that comes out of POTUS lyin’ lips can be trusted. Yeah for the folks!

JustTruth101 on August 16, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Obama has never stopped campaigning…and won’t.

Empty words from an empty suit to an empty-headed crowd…again and again and again…

1253 days to go until the next president is sworn in.

coldwarrior on August 16, 2009 at 11:51 AM

I expect Biden to stand up in the audience of the next town hall and say, “I’m a pediatrician from Scanton, Pennsylvania, and what’s with all the mean signs?”

Nosferightu on August 16, 2009 at 11:51 AM

We cannot negotiate nor compromise with these people. Anything Obama supports will be bad for America. Give them nothing. Any Republican that gives cover for any Obama scheme will pay.

elduende on August 16, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Obama is discovering that his lies are only being “believed” by those on his side …who already know they’re lies.

And that his posturing and blustering, which worked in 51% when there was a Bushitler for a handy foil, is failing when it is the American people he demonizes instead of W.

Rude Owakening, Barry?

profitsbeard on August 16, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Somebody please tell me: What do rising health care insurance premiums have to do with the federal budget deficits?

Socratease on August 16, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies…

MobsterinVA on August 16, 2009 at 11:53 AM

KILL THE BILL!

elduende on August 16, 2009 at 11:53 AM

This guy is unbelievable – does he really, truely, think the American public believes his nonsense – I really feel sorry for Amercians these days – the corruption and the nearly overwhelming sense that the Constitution is about to be re-written by the Left quite frankly scares the pants off me. . . .

It’s long overdue for the Republicans to stop their incessant infighting – and; Get.To.Work.

karra on August 16, 2009 at 11:53 AM

What this putz doesn’t get is that there is already a Death Panel… and we are that panel. All of us. And his precious debacle of a bill is about to have its plug pulled.

TXUS on August 16, 2009 at 11:53 AM

I’m so proud of the American people. They seem to FINALLY understand what a straw man argument is and that absolutley nothing that comes out of POTUS lyin’ lips can be trusted. Yeah for the folks!

JustTruth101 on August 16, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Sorry but a few angry white mobs in a country of 300 million does not speak for us all. They are just the few the news likes to show because it helps ratings. These people are just people desperate to be on camera to show their displeasure of losing to a black man. They need to come to terms with being in the minority and being impotent. I pity these angry white hate mobs.

dcwvu on August 16, 2009 at 11:53 AM

If we maintain the status quo, we will continue to see 14,000 Americans lose their health insurance every day

.

I thought more than 14,000 people we losing their jobs every day under this fine Stimulus Plan.

Patrick S on August 16, 2009 at 11:53 AM

It is NOT about politics, ’cause Obama had a Grandma who was sick and died in a hospital…and his mom got sick and died from cancer…n’ stuff…yeah. So he knows what its like to have people die in hosptials…and, and evil insurance companies danced on their graves.

Wyznowski on August 16, 2009 at 11:54 AM

Whatever the left says it isn’t about, it’s about.

This is about the Obama Regime either being willing to throw away a Presidency on this single issue, which tells you how important government takeover of healthcare is to the wannabe micro managing ultra left, or else, Obama is so confident of his ACORN/SEIU/Black Panther “thug thizzle” that the vote in 2010/2012 won’t matter.

wildcat84 on August 16, 2009 at 11:55 AM

rob verdi on August 16, 2009 at 11:49 AM

No details because he doesn’t know any nor does he care. This all goes back to the “tell a lie enough times” strategy.

I am surprised that the WH today said that the Won would consider a bill without the public option.

HoustonRight on August 16, 2009 at 11:55 AM

That is not a future I want for my children, or for yours. And that is not a future I want for the United States of America.

You are afraid to tell us what you really want. We know.

fourdeucer on August 16, 2009 at 11:58 AM

This isn’t about politics. This is about the Republicans and how bad they are.

LibTired on August 16, 2009 at 11:58 AM

In the end, this isn’t about politics.

“I don’t want to run the car companies”..

“He was just a guy in my neighborhood”…

“It’s not about me”…

katy on August 16, 2009 at 11:58 AM

Kill the Bill. No negotiations… That means you Republican Senators.

phreshone on August 16, 2009 at 11:58 AM

dcwvu on August 16, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Go trend the top 7 polls over the last 6 weeks and come back and say something factual.

HoustonRight on August 16, 2009 at 11:59 AM

Aren’t NYT readers essentially The Choir?

misslizzi on August 16, 2009 at 12:00 PM

KILL DESTROY THE BILL!

elduende on August 16, 2009 at 11:53 AM

FIFY.

Enoxo on August 16, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Someone explain this to me:

The current state of health care is unsustainable, and it is ruining our economy and cause our deficit to continue to grow. But even though my health care bill will fix the economy, you can’t get something for nothing, so we’ll have to raise taxes to pay for it.

Speaking of the economy, if Obama would cut taxes on businesses and put more people back to work, 14,000 people wouldn’t be losing their health insurance every day due to losing their jobs.

Daggett on August 16, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Ed, you don’t understand liberals very well. It’s only politics when the other side does it.

Everything a liberals thinks, believes, and does is altruistic, pure, noble, and unselfish.

Jaynie59 on August 16, 2009 at 12:01 PM

He garnered a key Sunday slot, which is the opinion journalism equivalent of a prime-time press conference, so one might expect that Obama has something new to add to the debate.

ANyone who has followed The Precedent knows that he’s far too dumb to be able to add to any debate. The Precedent thinks like a 15 year old, and a fairly stupid 15 year old, at that.

The Precedent is a legitimate idiot, which is about the only bit of legitimacy he has. We need to toss this moron from Indonesia out, soon. This dangerous joke has gone on far too long, already.

Affirmative action kills.

progressoverpeace on August 16, 2009 at 12:02 PM

It’s shocking how bad President Obama is at convincing people who are skeptical of what he’s pushing. Its almost like he’s never had to do it before or something.

tyrfing on August 16, 2009 at 12:02 PM

dcwvu on August 16, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Stick a fork in it. Public Option is dead.

Go trend the top 7 polls over the last 6 weeks and come back and say something factual.

HoustonRight on August 16, 2009 at 11:59 AM

Since when did you think dcwvu cared about facts/s

CWforFreedom on August 16, 2009 at 12:02 PM

It’s ironic that when you click that Times link the first thing you get is a page that says “this is an advertisement.” Yes, I know.

kc8ukw on August 16, 2009 at 12:02 PM

“this is an advertisement.” Yes, I know.

kc8ukw on August 16, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Hilarious…..very observant

CWforFreedom on August 16, 2009 at 12:04 PM

But wait…………….I thought he said he was different? You know….Hope and Change……………you mean he was lying to the American people………..I’m shocked I tell you……….shocked……….what’s next…………that The Messiah is in the smoke-filled back room making deals with BigPharma or something sleazy like that………..NEVER!

Cinday Blackburn on August 16, 2009 at 12:04 PM

Someone explain this to me:

The current state of health care is unsustainable, and it is ruining our economy and cause our deficit to continue to grow. But even though my health care bill will fix the economy, you can’t get something for nothing, so we’ll have to raise taxes to pay for it.

Speaking of the economy, if Obama would cut taxes on businesses and put more people back to work, 14,000 people wouldn’t be losing their health insurance every day due to losing their jobs.

Daggett on August 16, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Medicare and Medicaid is the only health care that is under a crisis of not being sustainable. It’s going bankrupt. Which is why they’re trying to get a public option to get more buyers into the system to extend the life of the Ponzi scheme.

If they were interested in real reform, they would look into allowing insurance to be nation-wide, and not state-wide, and work on tort reform so doctors don’t have to do a billion tests to protect themselves from being sued. But they won’t work on tort reform, because lawyers are the highest contributors to Obama’s campaign.

Enoxo on August 16, 2009 at 12:05 PM

And that is not a future I want for the United States of America.

In the end, this isn’t about politics.

No Barry…in the end, it’s all about you. And there in “lies” the rub. It’s getting actually pretty easy to read him now. The truth is simply the opposite of everything he says.

Ozprey on August 16, 2009 at 12:05 PM

Oh ok, if it’s not about politics, then resign the presidency and we will all support the bill.

Riposte on August 16, 2009 at 12:05 PM

IF Obama cared about America he would go nuclear on the public option. If only he cared.

CWforFreedom on August 16, 2009 at 12:05 PM

The fact that he’s a wounded ass if he loses on health care destruction makes it all the more important to kill the bill.

Mojave Mark on August 16, 2009 at 12:06 PM

This is about lack of leadership and character by the POTUS. When you mock and alienate a large segment of citizens, there will be hell to pay.

d1carter on August 16, 2009 at 12:06 PM

But wait…………….I thought he said he was different?

Cinday Blackburn on August 16, 2009 at 12:04 PM

He is different. The Precedent is the dumbest person to ever occupy the White House … and certainly the only true America-hater who has ever been in the office.

progressoverpeace on August 16, 2009 at 12:06 PM

HEY libtard radicals!! The race card does not work anymore…. But do please keep pulling it out so we can ridicule you even MORE. Lame mulatto duck session begins……NOW!!

Ris4victory on August 16, 2009 at 12:07 PM

dcwvu on August 16, 2009 at 11:53 AM

If anyone is to be pitied, it is the clueless koolaid junkies who can’t think beyond the talking points they’ve just swallowed. Go sell crazy some place else.

TXUS on August 16, 2009 at 12:07 PM

Obama is getting ready to throw the public option under the bus all because of a few mobsters. How does that make you feel, dcwvu?

pearson on August 16, 2009 at 12:07 PM

Defeating healthcare reform is *also* about politics. Why pretend its a one way street?

CrankyIndependent on August 16, 2009 at 12:08 PM

If we maintain the status quo, we will continue to see 14,000 Americans lose their health insurance every day

The reason why we may see so many uninsured, has more to do with the rising unemployment that your policies and your “stimulus” have created, and less with the state of health-care in this country, champ.

runner on August 16, 2009 at 12:08 PM

These people are just people desperate to be on camera to show their displeasure of losing to a black man. They need to come to terms with being in the minority and being impotent. I pity these angry white hate mobs.

dcwvu on August 16, 2009 at 11:53 AM

OH LOOK! More race baiting from the left…..big surprise…….

Ozprey on August 16, 2009 at 12:09 PM

So the lightworker gets out and speechifies a bit, then reiterates his already reiterated talking points that had the horse dead and beated 3 weeks ago. Moreover, the empty suit cuts his teeth on 11 year old boys and girls who toss him some nerfballs, then feels pretty confident to work himself up to a college kid yesterday. Now, the intellectual panty waste finger pecks out his column czar to macbook up a little ditty for his gob slobberers over at the NYT.

Maybe the cat will read it as it is laid to line the litter box.

Or maybe she’ll just give it her own opinion.

ted c on August 16, 2009 at 12:10 PM

Sorry but a few angry white mobs in a country of 300 million does not speak for us all. They are just the few the news likes to show because it helps ratings. These people are just people desperate to be on camera to show their displeasure of losing to a black man. They need to come to terms with being in the minority and being impotent. I pity these angry white hate mobs.

dcwvu on August 16, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Racism is the last refuge of the scoundrel when losing an arguement. You have found your refuge.

ICBM on August 16, 2009 at 12:10 PM

Daggett on August 16, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Big Picture….
Obama’s marxist scheme to bring America to its collective knees is running into something that was not in his twisted plot.

He never figured the history of liberty, freedom, and independence of the American people’s spirit into his plot.

Game OVER you taitorous bastard!

This day WE FIGHT!!!!

katy on August 16, 2009 at 12:10 PM

Speaking of the economy, if Obama would cut taxes on businesses and put more people back to work, 14,000 people wouldn’t be losing their health insurance every day due to losing their jobs.

exactly

runner on August 16, 2009 at 12:10 PM

Defeating healthcare reform is *also* about politics. Why pretend its a one way street?

CrankyIndependent on August 16, 2009 at 12:08 PM

So you do not feel that there were many , many reasons to oppose this bill as a supposed independent?

CWforFreedom on August 16, 2009 at 12:10 PM

Nothing to do with Politics??? A much more accurate statement would be “This has nothing to do with Health Care.”
This is all about power and who decides who lives and who dies and when and how. It has everything to do with micromanaging every single aspect of behavior, both private and public, from birth to death and at every point in between.
Make no mistake, this system is designed to fail because there is no way on this earth that it can ever be funded, and when it starts to run into the red ink the knives are going to come out with a ferocity that will leave the world breathless. The behavioral aspect on the front end of every chronic condition, that costs so much money to treat on the back end, will be used to regulate even the most intimate details of every life in America. We will be told what to eat, what to wear, how much to exercise, when to have sex and with whom (remember, AIDS has one of the highest behavioral aspects of any known human malady!), how to earn a living, and on and on and on.
And if you put all this together with the micromanagement we already suffer under the IRS and its Income Tax, and the increasing dominance of a whole range of other federal bureaucracies, its hard to see much relevance in the chatter about “slippery slopes” anymore. We’re there! We’ve arrived! The modern integrated mega-state is upon us!

Lew on August 16, 2009 at 12:11 PM

I used to give him credit for intelligence but I’m starting to think that he’s an idiot. He still hasn’t figured out that the same sorts of rah-rah generalizations that worked in his campaign don’t constitute leadership or governance. The people want specifics. They want to know exactly what changes he is proposing and how they will affect them. And he is still spewing platitudes and proven lies.

I hope the day is coming soon when no congressman or senator will ever dare to vote for on a bill they haven’t read.

ProfessorMiao on August 16, 2009 at 12:11 PM

The current state of health care is unsustainable, and it is ruining our economy and cause our deficit to continue to grow. But even though my health care bill will fix the economy, you can’t get something for nothing, so we’ll have to raise taxes to pay for it.

Daggett on August 16, 2009 at 12:00 PM

You’re missing the real point. Of course we’ll all have higher taxes. But we’ll all also have to pay 100% of our health insurance premiums out of our own pockets, too.

I pay a portion of my premiums now and it averages out to about $400 a year. My employer pays the bulk of it. I just retired as part of a layoff so I was sent a COBRA package that all people who get fired get.

If I wasn’t eligible for retirement benefits my premiums to keep my current coverage (50 year smoker and 16 year old child) would have been almost $9300. For one year.

The people who can’t afford health insurance will never be able to afford it on their own. The people who can afford it will be forced to get it even if they don’t want it. Every company out there will stop offering health insurance as a benefit for new hires and all of us with company paid premiums will eventually lose it.

Jaynie59 on August 16, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Racism is the last refuge of the scoundrel when losing an arguement. You have found your refuge.

ICBM on August 16, 2009 at 12:10 PM

DCWVU can barely stay on topic and to ask him to actually discuss the issue at hand well….is impossible.

CWforFreedom on August 16, 2009 at 12:11 PM

They need to come to terms with being in the minority and being impotent. I pity these angry white hate mobs.

dcwvu on August 16, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Having to rely on white guilt to promote your argument is so last year.

tessa on August 16, 2009 at 12:12 PM

I used to give him credit for intelligence
ProfessorMiao on August 16, 2009 at 12:11 PM

As Obama said “Healthcare is hard”

Cut the guy some slack

LFOL

CWforFreedom on August 16, 2009 at 12:12 PM

Somebody please tell me: What do rising health care insurance premiums have to do with the federal budget deficits?

Socratease on August 16, 2009 at 11:53 AM

He also claims that our economy is in shambles because of our health care. If that’s the case why have we not been in a constant recession for the past several decades?

Hey President Obama – I am not a NY Times reader and will not speak of how glowing your words are. I am skeptical of all you do and all you stand for.

poppieseeds on August 16, 2009 at 12:14 PM

dcwvu on August 16, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Yo, idiot! Take your sorry muticultural a$$ out of here and find a protest of your own making!!!

You seek to destroy this great nation but you will not destroy this thread!

katy on August 16, 2009 at 12:15 PM

He sounds like a broken record. When does this moron go on vacation? My brain needs a rest from his stupidity.

Knucklehead on August 16, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Sorry but a few angry white mobs in a country of 300 million does not speak for us all.

dcwvu on August 16, 2009 at 11:53 AM

You have the impenetrably stupid, America-hating moron Precedent talking for you. He represents you very well. The idiot couldn’t argue his way out of a paper bag.

Affirmative action kills.

progressoverpeace on August 16, 2009 at 12:16 PM

Sorry but a few angry white mobs in a country of 300 million [blah blah blah] to show their displeasure of losing to a black man. I pity these angry white hate mobs.

dcwvu on August 16, 2009 at 11:53 AM

This is a sure sign of the dying breath of any leftist argument. When the opponent is winning, as one final act of desperation, change the topic and make it about race. Pathetic.

Sorry Drywall 2.0, you lose

UltimateBob on August 16, 2009 at 12:16 PM

Obama is channeling his inner Alinsky again.
Re-read that paragraph Obama wrote which was posted. here it is:

In the coming weeks, the cynics and the naysayers will continue to exploit fear and concerns for political gain. But for all the scare tactics out there, what’s truly scary — truly risky — is the prospect of doing nothing. If we maintain the status quo, we will continue to see 14,000 Americans lose their health insurance every day. Premiums will continue to skyrocket. Our deficit will continue to grow. And insurance companies will continue to profit by discriminating against sick people.

Now read Saul Alinsky:

“They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and change the future.”

OxyCon on August 16, 2009 at 12:17 PM

I used to give him credit for intelligence but I’m starting to think that he’s an idiot.

ProfessorMiao on August 16, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Trust me, Prof, The Precedent is an unbelievable moron. And that is the sad truth. His IQ is probably somewhere around 87.

progressoverpeace on August 16, 2009 at 12:18 PM

If this isn’t about politics then why are the people who are opposed to it called political terrorists?

myrenovations on August 16, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Obama’s use of townhall meetings filled with adoring sycophants give the alllusion that The One has not lost his touch. In reality, it is only an extension of the suppression of free thinking that his handlers have been so adept at. Manipulation of reality is a political ploy that works on an uninformed society.

volsense on August 16, 2009 at 12:19 PM

He must think we are total idiots.His children never have to worry about h/care do they?

Isn’t it time for him to take a vacation?A looooong one!

ohiobabe on August 16, 2009 at 12:19 PM

Is San Fran Nan hiding out in wine country?

d1carter on August 16, 2009 at 12:19 PM

myrenovations on August 16, 2009 at 12:18 PM

+1 good catch

katy on August 16, 2009 at 12:20 PM

Have Presidents always put op-ed pieces in the newspaper? I don’t remember others doing it, but maybe I just missed it.

For some reason it seems really fishy to me.

jana on August 16, 2009 at 12:20 PM

Defeating healthcare reform is *also* about politics. Why pretend its a one way street?

CrankyIndependent on August 16, 2009 at 12:08 PM

I agree, stopping statism and the continual theft of our liberties by unconstitutional actions is about politics…and it’s a two way street. One direction leads to Freedom and Liberty and the other leads to Statism.

Red State State of Mind on August 16, 2009 at 12:20 PM

Trust me, Prof, The Precedent is an unbelievable moron. And that is the sad truth. His IQ is probably somewhere around 87.

progressoverpeace on August 16, 2009 at 12:18 PM

His books were studied by an expert and the writing style indicated that they were written by different people….hmmm…fraud

CWforFreedom on August 16, 2009 at 12:20 PM

Is the ballet dancer the one behind the curtain pulling the strings? How often does the O speak to soros? Can anyone ask him that in a press conference? He’s a joke! If we don’t get a handle on what’s going on we will have obama forever and acorn and the black panthers threatening and illegal aliens voting and illegals giving states additional representatives and Heaven help us.

Bambi on August 16, 2009 at 12:20 PM

Breaking News:

DCWVU was just arrested in for his implication in a drive by posting.

HoustonRight on August 16, 2009 at 12:20 PM

Red State State of Mind on August 16, 2009 at 12:20 PM

+1

CWforFreedom on August 16, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Have the WH thugs put the muzzle on the Dem Congress? Joe Biden?

d1carter on August 16, 2009 at 12:21 PM

So you do not feel that there were many , many reasons to oppose this bill as a supposed independent?

CWforFreedom on August 16, 2009 at 12:10 PM

There are tons of reasons to oppose this bill, almost none of which are in Ed’s post. For one thing never, at any point, has this been a government takeover of the private health industry. It’s a government giveaway to that industry. There’s going to be a mandate, there’s not going to be a public option. There’s going to be a mandate, there isn’t going to be an end to healthcare monopolies in states where you can’t buy insurance across state lines. There’s going to be a mandate and no ability to negotiate on prescription drug prices due to Big Pharma’s cooption. There’s going to be a mandate and probably no restrictions on excluding people for pre-existing conditions.

None of the bills before congress do anything to “takeover” healthcare. Its a bill written by people who owe their campaigns to contributions from the private healthcare industry, yes I’m talking about Democrats.

CrankyIndependent on August 16, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Dear Barack,

It’s over. Please leave me alone now. Thanks,

Diane

Mommypundit on August 16, 2009 at 12:22 PM

Defeating healthcare reform is *also* about politics. Why pretend its a one way street?
CrankyIndependent on August 16, 2009 at 12:08 PM

If what your Dear Leader was proposing was true “healthcare reform”, few here would have a problem with it. What needs to be defeated is healthcare destruction, which his proposals would do. And this transcends matters political — it’s about quality of life and freedom to decide what’s best for us and our own families.

TXUS on August 16, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Obama sez:

In the end, this isn’t about politics.

Drywall 2.0 sez:

I pity these angry white hate mobs.

dcwvu on August 16, 2009 at 11:53 AM

See the common tactic here? When a leftist is losing their argument, the tendency is for them to project their weaknesses onto the opponent.

Say they’re playing politics, when in fact that is exactly what you are doing.

Call them a racist when in fact you are the racist.

See how it works?

UltimateBob on August 16, 2009 at 12:23 PM

OxyCon on August 16, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Alinski based his teachings on theory. He underestimated the power of a free people with their backs to the wall.

Obama’s biggest implimentational mistake… too much, too fast.

katy on August 16, 2009 at 12:23 PM

His books were studied by an expert and the writing style indicated that they were written by different people….hmmm…fraud

CWforFreedom on August 16, 2009 at 12:20 PM

Yep. That America-hating, affirmative action baby hasn’t got the brains or the skills to do anything. He is the biggest joke ever puked up by affirmative action and the most dangerous idiot this nation has ever seen.

progressoverpeace on August 16, 2009 at 12:23 PM

I have come to the conclusion that Obama and most every other Democrat is lying about health care reform. I wonder if either of them have read the bill in its entirety, probably not.

ArthurJ on August 16, 2009 at 12:23 PM

They The Dems need to come to terms with being in the minority and being impotent. I pity these angry white hate mobs liberals.

dcwvu on August 16, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Now there’s a good headline for November 3, 2010.

NathanG on August 16, 2009 at 12:24 PM

I have come to the conclusion that Obama and most every other Democrat Washington politician is lying about health care reform. I wonder if either of them have read the bill in its entirety, probably not.

ArthurJ on August 16, 2009 at 12:23 PM

The GOP is lying too.

CrankyIndependent on August 16, 2009 at 12:24 PM

When does this moron go on vacation?
Knucklehead on August 16, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Don’t people need to actually do some work before they’re entitled to a vacation?

misslizzi on August 16, 2009 at 12:25 PM

TXUS on August 16, 2009 at 12:23 PM

The opposition, at least in the form of townhall protestors, have done nothing to indicate they think healthcare reform is an important issue. Which is why the corporate sponsorship of the protests actually matters. I know there are better ideas about healthcare reform out there from the right and the left (mostly from the left, but whatever). These ideas are not being talked about in the MSM or in the angry town hall/tea parties. At best they’ll get aired occasionally in a Hotair post or on some other blog. The Prez is right when he says there is a huge effort to have no reform at all, and that should piss off anyone.

CrankyIndependent on August 16, 2009 at 12:27 PM

I just sent the following to my Dem Senators Boxer and Feinstein…I know they’re hearing from citizens FAR more than ever, and we gotta keep up the heat.

Dear Senator,

Please tell me where in the U.S. Constitution the government derives the power to take over health care in America. It isn’t in the enumerated powers of Article 1 Section 8. The 10th Amendment further states that your powers are limited to those listed in the Constitution. Please don’t hide behind “general welfare”, because if that were the case, you would have power over EVERY aspect of our lives and the founders wouldn’t have bothered to enumerate specific powers.

If you were serious about reform, you would focus on portability, tort reform, and perhaps eliminating the hundreds of billions of our tax dollars that disappear annually due to fraud, waste and abuse present in current federal health care programs (i.e. Medicare, Medicaid, VA, etc.), then modifying one of these to better serve any AMERICAN CITIZEN that has no insurance.

I should tell you one more thing; I have been a hard working, honest, tax paying citizen for over 35 years now, and have never really involved myself in politics. however, between this gross overreach of power by the government, coupled with various congresspersons as well as this finger-pointing president attacking me and my neighbors as idiots, bigots, and/or tools of big insurance, I am absolutely committed to doing every thing I legally can to ensure its failure, as well as campaign against anyone in my state that supports this raping of America.

Patrick S on August 16, 2009 at 12:27 PM

“If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan,”

USA Today reported this week that the White House has admitted that this statement is “rhetoric” that is not meant to be “taken literally.” In other words, it’s a lie. Yet Barry keeps repeating it over and over again.

Here’s the truth: If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan — provided your employer doesn’t decide to drop your coverage in favor of the cheaper public option (or co-op or whatever they end up passing); or, if you pay for your insurance yourself, provided that you can afford to pay the dramatically increased premiums that you’ll now be charged due to the government’s mandating that your insurance plan cover a bunch of crap that you neither want nor need.

AZCoyote on August 16, 2009 at 12:27 PM

OxyCon on August 16, 2009 at 12:17

Great catch.

TXUS on August 16, 2009 at 12:29 PM

This has never been about Healthcare Reform. It is about Government seeking control of our lives from Cradle to Grave. Period.

kingsjester on August 16, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Undoubtedly, another stock piece written by Jon Favreau, speech writer in chief, who is a master of writing the “it’s an emergency; we need a Cadillac now; never mind what it costs, we need it NOW” diatribe that The One has ridden very successfully, to this point. The critical point to remember is that the rock star has, thus far, been able to sell refrigerators to Eskimos. Folks are finally seeing through the Billy Mays shtick and seeing NOTHING of substance.

GoldenEagle4444 on August 16, 2009 at 12:30 PM

Why would anyone buy insurance when they were healthy if the company had to you insure you after you were diagnosed with a dread disease? Does this idiot even understand the concept of insurance?

DirkaDirka on August 16, 2009 at 12:31 PM

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