Thursday, September 10, 2009

Obama's View From The Podium

Madame President, Vice President Biden, Sheeple of Congress, and the American Sheeple!

The President, a practiced schoolyard basketball player, attempted to put his best game-face on, and trash-talk those he appears to view as the American Sheeple, into believing that he's sincere about crafting an optimum approach to reforming the structure of Health Insurance in the U.S., and that the tooth-fairy exists.

With a combination of his usual rhetorical tactics outright mis-statements (some call them lies), President Obama gratuitously stretched a fifteen minute content into a 45 minute harangue.  

Promising to remove hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicare and Medicaid, without reducing any services to seniors; covering 30 Million additional people without adding one dime in additional cost; changing the basic and fundamental economics of risk-insurance (which is what health insurance is) by requiring pre-existing illness coverage, eliminating caps on coverage, eliminating limits on out-of-pocket expense, and requiring inclusion of routine checkups, mammograms, colonoscopies without any increased costs, or insurance company withdrawal from the marketplace, requires (in Hillary Clinton's words) "a willful suspension of disbelief".

Of course, he'll also look into malpractice reform somehwere, in some States, and directed the Secretary of Health and Welfare to move forward with that - whatever that means. 

And, the plan will not cover illegal immigrants.... just because health care providers won't be allowed to verify citizenship, doesn't mean that they would take advantage of this plan.

And, not only will his plan solve all the problems, but "The plan will not add to our deficit. The middle-class will realize greater security, not higher taxes. And if we are able to slow the growth of health care costs by just one-tenth of one percent each year, it will actually reduce the deficit by $4 trillion over the long term."  

Of course, none of this will happen until four years from now, so we can ensure that we get it right....and that's why we need to get it passed us, we'll work out the niggly details later

Baa, Baa.

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