Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Obamacare: Lying Lies From Lying Liars

Let's dig into some more of the lies being pushed at the American people in regard to Obamacare. This is by no means a comprehensive list, by the way.

Let's start with that sham ABC infomercial. Billed as a chance to 'discuss' health care with a variety of viewpoints, it was nothing of the sort. Instead, it was one Obama kiss-up after another kow-towing before him. Remember the lady who got a hug and a promise to help her with post-treatment expenses? She's a full-time Obama volunteer who got her ticket to the infomercial through the White House. In fact, they all were, more or less:
...during the session, Obama received questions from an advocate of a socialized, or single-payer health care, a representative of the liberal activist group Health Care for Americans Now, a member of the Service Employees International Union who asked what she could do to help, and one of his own volunteers.
Yeah, that's some representation of the opposing viewpoint. Oh, by the way, ABC canned a special report by John Stossel -- an actual reporter who actually does reporting -- to show the infomercial. Stossel is just about the last remaining journalist with any credibility left at ABC, and would have presented a balanced case with solid justification...but Obama would have none of that.

The lies don't stop there. In fact, as you read about Obamacare, you can just about take the opposite of what Obama (or his minions) is saying as the truth. Some examples:

Lie #1: There will be no rationing of care.
Truth #1: On a straight party-line vote, Democrats defeated multiple amendments in the Senate to prevent just that.

Lie #2: Obamacare won't increase abortions.
Truth #2: Democrats killed multiple amendments to prevent federal funding for abortions through Obamacare, and specifically inserted language that would require funding for abortion providers.

Lie #3: This isn't Tom Daschle's health care takeover plan.
Truth #3: Right. They're different like a blue Lamborghini is different from a red Lamborghini.

Lie #4a: It's good for everyone.
Truth #4a: Except Congress. They're exempt from Obamacare.

Lie #4b: It's good for everyone.
Truth #4b: Except Unions. They're exempt from Obamacare, too.
Remember, the unions spent tens of millions of dollars to get him elected; this is part of their payback.

Lie #5: This isn't about expanding government control.
Truth #5: The only plausible reason for this is to expand government control.

Lie #6: The purpose is to provide health care to everyone.
Truth #6: The purpose is to shower trial lawyers with billions (after expanding government control, that is). Never mind that trial lawyers are a huge part of the reason for spiraling health care costs.

Lie #7: We absolutely must pass this now - America depends on it.
Truth #7:

Obama is also not above some outright misrepresentations. For example, Obama loves to tout the Mayo Clinic, but what do they think about his plan?

Although there are some positive provisions in the current House Tri-Committee bill – including insurance for all and payment reform demonstration projects – the proposed legislation misses the opportunity to help create higher-quality, more affordable health care for patients. In fact, it will do the opposite.

In general, the proposals under discussion are not patient focused or results oriented. Lawmakers have failed to use a fundamental lever – a change in Medicare payment policy – to help drive necessary improvements in American health care. Unless legislators create payment systems that pay for good patient results at reasonable costs, the promise of transformation in American health care will wither. The real losers will be the citizens of the United States.

Heh. That would be funny if the end result of Obamacare wasn't killing people.

When the rubber truly meets the road, what would Barack Obama do for his own family? This would be something of a bellwether indicator, would it not? Hmmm...
“If a national health plan was approved and your family participated, and, President Obama, if your wife or your daughter became seriously ill, and things were not going well, and the plan physicians told you they were doing everything that reasonably could be done, and you sought out opinions from some medical leaders and major centers, and they said there's another option that you should -- should pursue, but it was not covered in the plan, would you potentially sacrifice the health of your family for the greater good of insuring millions? Or would you do everything you possibly could as a father and husband to get the best health care and outcome for your family?”

Obama didn’t answer directly, saying that “(I)f it's my family member, my wife, if it's my children, if it's my grandmother, I always want them to get the very best care.”

...in [a separate] April interview, Obama also admitted that his own grandmother would have gotten the procedure either way.

But the president questioned whether his now-deceased grandmother should have received her hip replacement while suffering a terminal illness.

Recounting the dilemma, Obama said, “(T)he question was, does she get hip replacement surgery even though she was fragile enough that they weren’t sure how long she would last (or) whether she could get through the surgery.”

“I would have paid out-of-pocket for that hip replacement just because she’s my grandmother,” he said.

My, my, my. It doesn't sound like Barack Obama has much faith in Obamacare, does he?

Neither should we.

There's my two cents.

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