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From FactCheck.org, Obama’s July 22nd press conference on health care was at the very least- misleading. Here’s a couple points:
– Obama promised once again that a health care overhaul “will be paid for.” But congressional budget experts say the bills they’ve seen so far would add hundreds of billions of dollars to the deficit over the next decade.
– Obama claimed his budget “reduced federal spending over the next 10 years by $2.2 trillion” compared with where it was headed before. Not true. Even figures from his own budget experts don’t support that. The Congressional Budget Office projects a $2.7 trillion increase, not a $2.2 trillion cut.
From the town-hall forum last night, Obama said, “We have the AARP on board because they know this is a good deal for our seniors.” FALSE.
That’s not even the worst of it. The worst aspect of this health care debate so far, for me, is that last night’s town hall meeting was COMPLETELY RIGGED. That’s right! Those in attendance were admitted because they had INVITATIONS. This crucial bit of information is apparently lost on the AP stating that Obama “Braced for a fight he never got…” (the article has been updated since last night). HE NEVER GOT A FIGHT BECAUSE THE 1,000 PEOPLE OPPOSING HIS PLAN WERE LOCKED OUTSIDE! The AP said Obama was merely “taking on the role of fact-checker-in-chief for his top domestic priority.” But while the “fact-checker-in-chief” was “giving the facts”, USA Today was fact-checking his facts.
“But weren’t there poeple in the meeting that opposed his plan?” No. While Obama acted like he was giving a fair shot to the opposition and to GENUINE questions, Michelle Malkin has already exposed the plants: “But, you know, um, like Obama said: “I don’t want people saying I just have a bunch of plants in here.” Oh, goodness. Of course not.” Obama is quite the actor, no?
Robert Samuelson’s article is one of my favorites thus far: “One of the bewildering ironies of the health care debate is that President Obama claims to be attacking the status quo when he’s actually embracing it. Ever since Congress created Medicare and Medicaid in 1965, health politics has followed a simple logic: Expand benefits and talk about controlling costs. That’s the status quo, and Obama faithfully adheres to it. While denouncing skyrocketing health spending, he would increase it by extending government health insurance to millions more Americans.”
From a previous post, let’s not forget what Obama’s “savings” actually look like. It’s no wonder his approval rating is below 50.
And for fun, let’s put a face to Obama’s near 50 million people that desperately need insurance: