"I will not waste time with those who have made the calculation that it's better politics to kill this plan than improve it.…If you misrepresent what's in the plan, we will call you out. And I will not accept the status quo as a solution, not this time, not now."Okay; fair enough; and we will call you out, Mr. President, when you misrepresent what's in the plan. Let's start with what you said in your big speech.
BHO says the cost of "the plan" will be $900 billion over 10 years. Simply incorrect. Either BHO is ignorant or he's lying with purpose. Martin Feldstein has a grip on the truth; read it here. You can decide for yourself whether Feldstein or the President is lying or ignorant. For goodness sake, the Pork Barrel Pla ... excuse me, stimulus plan cost $900 billion.
BHO knows full well that the cost of "the plan" would exceed $900 billion by an order of magnitude. But that really isn't the point; talking about the cost of "the plan" is just BHO's marketing hoopla.
BHO says "the plan" would not cover illegal immigrants. He was called a liar to his face with that remark. You will read elsewhere why. We have bigger fish to fry here and now in this post.
Of course health care has a cost. The real question is whether the private sector or the public sector will deliver the health care we want at the least cost. By the way, no one is arguing that the status quo is what we want. But BHO says it's either "the plan" or the status quo, and the status quo isn't acceptable. We all agree that the status quo isn't acceptable, but a large majoirty of Americans agree that BHO's socialist "plan" isn't either.
The real issues at stake in the health care debate are much more fundamental than what BHO pronounces the cost will be. If you like Amtrak, you'll love socialized medicine. If you like the U.S. Postal Service, you'll drool over socialized medicine. If you like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, why you'll be simply ecstatic about socialized medicine. If you like the Fed's monopoly control and manipulation of the banking system (resulting in the boom-recession cycle we've just experienced), you'll love socialized medicine. Do I really have to go on with more examples? See how many more you can think of in one minute.
According to "the plan" BHO is pushing, most individuals will be required to purchase health insurance, but the cost will be mitigated with generous tax credits. Are you feeling your liberty melt away? You should be. What else will we the people be required to do?
BHO decried "partisan spectacle" that hardened "the disdain many Americans have toward their own government." You betcha we have disdain toward our own government. Could it be because BHO and his House and Senate socialists are not paying attention to the Americans who elected them?
Those citizens calling members of congress out in the town hall meetings aren't right-wing, partisan "plants"; they're just citizens who are fed up with the arrogance of a would-be king and his court. The 2010 congressional elections can't get here soon enough.
Here's a thought. Instead of threatening opposing ideas with bluster, Mr. President, how about debating the arguments on their merits. You can start by telling us which part of Professor Friedman's analysis and proposals for health care are incorrect. It's all here for you and everyone else to read. Have you read it Mr. President?
Finally, and most importantly, my father-in-law sent me the essay posted here. It will take you a few minutes to read, but it may be well worth your time. Last night's big speech was uniformly maddening to lovers of liberty and uniformly joyous for socialists of all flavors. How can you tell he's lying? You know the answer already.