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The Truth Will Out on Health Care

posted at 8:59 am on September 10, 2009 by

It is the morning after, and the opposing camps are already massing once again, squaring off for the next battle. Which I am guessing will be over South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson’s calling out “You lie!” when the president said illegal aliens won’t be covered. And this, in a speech where Obama called for civility. (Obama also intimated in the speech that people opposed to his plan were playing “games,” took another cheap shot at his predecessor, and said not to “pay attention to . . . scary stories” and then told one hell of a campfire hair-raiser, but that’s just Barack being Barack. When he says to “be civil,” he means you.)

As for Wilson’s impulsive moment, he probably should have exercised more self-control. I shouted worse things at my TV during this infuriating hour of snake-oil salesmanship, as I’m sure many viewers did, but my remarks were not heard in the halls of Congress.

But in Wilson’s defense I submit that sometimes the truth will just out. And the truth is becoming more and more of a stranger to the man who professes to have the country’s best interests at heart.

Only the most partisan liberal hacks — the E. J. Dionnes and Eugene Robinsons — will argue that Obama said anything meaningful or debate-changing last night. Even the Associated Press, normally no enemy to the liberal cause, can’t bring itself this morning to endorse the false bill of goods Obama waspeddling in the speech. In one of its fact checks, this one subtitled “Obama uses iffy math on deficit pledge,” the AP takes the president to task on a number of his claims, including his assertion that—

  • the plan will not add a dime to the deficit. (Truth: It will add $220 billion over 10 years, as the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has noted.)
  • nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change coverage. (Truth: The CBO notes that by 2016, some 3 million people who now have employer-based care would lose it because their employers would decide to stop offering it.)
  • forcing insurance companies to cover preventive care will lower costs. (Truth: The CBO wrote in August: “The evidence suggests that for most preventive services, expanded utilization leads to higher, not lower, medical spending overall.)

As to Obama’s call for civility, this coming Saturday — 9/12 — tens of thousands of demonstrators plan to march on Washington to let the president know exactly what they think of, among other things, his plan to reform health care. If enough people turn out, it will be impossible for the White House to ignore. Let’s see how much we count on Obama to behave civilly in reacting to the heart-felt concerns of these people who have come to have their voices heard.

Cross-posted at Zombie Contentions

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If enough people turn out, it will be impossible for the White House to ignore.

Yeah, but notice that the pu$$y-in-chief made sure he wouldn’t be there on 9/12.

Daggett on September 10, 2009 at 9:29 AM

What happened to the 17 million? will I be one of those? People deleted by a census panel.

seven on September 10, 2009 at 9:30 AM

Wilson should NOT have apologized. Civility is long past fled when they called us a racist, angry mob out to lynch poor haplass communists with their own words.

NEWS FLASH: the only part of the economy Obama’s policies have stimulated are gun sales. I can think of nothing more repulsive than Americans spilling American blood but far too many people will not accept having their lives usurped by people who aren’t trying to bring healthcare to the poor nearly as much as they are trying to expand government power over the heads of the people who roundly reject it.

Perhaps a few more cat-calls are what is needed to avert that-which-should-not-even-be-contemplated. They aren’t going to debate us objectively because they know they cannot. All they want to do is make so much noise the squishy-middle won’t bother with/hear the details. We have to shout loud enough to be heard…sometimes literally.

Mr Snuggle Bunny on September 10, 2009 at 10:39 AM

Mr Snuggle Bunny: Word on the squishy-middle’s reaction to The Speech is not in, but I’m willing to bet he rings up a “No Sale” with them.

HowardPortnoy on September 10, 2009 at 10:57 AM

Mr Snuggle Bunny on September 10, 2009 at 10:39 AM
No, Wilson did the right thing – both in calling out the lie, and in issuing a semi-apology.

Wilson calling Obama out is now part of the public record, it cannot be un-said.

Having apologized, though, the Dems have to decide to either accept the apology and move on (hey, it could happen…) or ignore the apology and go on the offensive. If the latter, well, so much for civility.

Also, Wilsons’ was not the only protest in the chamber, although I don’t have a link handy – at least one Repub walked out on Obama.


acat on September 10, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Mr Snuggle Bunny: Word on the squishy-middle’s reaction to The Speech is not in, but I’m willing to bet he rings up a “No Sale” with them.

HowardPortnoy on September 10, 2009 at 10:57 AM

Alas, I fear we need better then “no-sale.” What we need is, “Here’s my receipt, gimme my money back!” The dems are in the position of facing electoral losses vs. seizing control of the US economy. Like any war (this one may be political it is still a war) Field Marshals Reid and Pelosi may be willing to sacrifice a few units if the overall salient can be held. They are assessing how many troops are worth the overall objective.

I believe the answer is: only if it threatens their personal power. Pelosi can lose 30 seats and still be Squeaker of the House but if it looks as if the GOP can gain 36-plus seats and unseat her THEN we can end this battle.

Ditto Reid. His hold is far more intersting because a loss of a single seat returns the GOP to a filibuster capacity. I’m sure this is a reality he’s already accepted especially with the history of mid-terms being what they are…BUT if his own seat is in jeopardy (and it is) and if the reason for it hinges on discontent over impending seizure of the healthcare industry (maybe) then he will let this protean die in its crib. However, he has already allowed Cap-n-Trade go into suspended animation, he may be loathe to go down as the leader that led Obama’s agenda to its doom.

Call me a cynic but my contempt for the squishy middle is well-founded. They can’t be bothered they just act in reflex to what makes them feel best/least hated. To want ObamaCare is to love thy neighbor while to oppose it is the stuff of racist angry mobs. Arguments about freedom, opposing oppressive government or crushing debt have no meaning to these sorts because all they want to be able to say is, “at least I’m not a fringe hater.” Who do you think the RINOs have been playing to lo these many years? McCain for president? Really?

Unless this speech costs Obama another 5 points minimum the dems will come together if for no other reason than to salvage the bastard because at least he is their bastard.

To round-out the military analogy: they are fighting a battle that will for them, win the war. We are fighting a battle that is, at best, a holding action. We have been trading space for time since 2000. Partly for political capital to prosecute the GWoT partly to make the unloveable love us. Even if we win this battle we’re still holding a mere pocket ala the Pusan Perimeter.

We need an Inchon landing…and soon.

Mr Snuggle Bunny on September 10, 2009 at 3:13 PM

I would be in favor of one legislative act which dramatically reduces malpractice insurance premiums, and allow that to ripple through the system. That would be an accomplishment welcomed by all Americans, and beneficial to most.

Then, I would address the most urgent American priority: to clean up the crap in the banks. Until that happens, there is no real economic growth.

Another priority, more important than wholesale upheaval of the health care system, is to ensure that America can sustain whatever is about to unfold in the ME with Iran and Israel. A disruption in oil supply, however brief, will plunge the country into chaos almost immediately.

Meanwhile, let’s be careful not to be mesmorized trying to watch what healthcare walnut shell has the pea.

shaken on September 10, 2009 at 7:32 PM