Calling Obama Out on Health Care Reform

At his nationally televised address to Congress on Sept. 9, President Obama talked long and hard in an effort to sell his grandiose health care scheme. Meanwhile, the 800-pound gorilla in the room representing the town hall protests across the country sat quietly, waiting to be acknowledged. Unfortunately, for the majority of the country having serious concerns over health care “reform” no acknowledgment was forthcoming.

The speech was delivered as though the month of August never happened. Obama’s preaching missed the context upon which millions stand. Not one respectful word was uttered to the dissenting majority. There was no apology for trying to rush through over 1,000 pages of unread, bureaucracy-creating legislation before the August break.

There was no apology on Sept. 9 because Obama made it clear that he tolerates no honest disagreement:

Put simply, our health care problem is our deficit problem. Nothing else even comes close. These are the facts. Nobody disputes them. We know we must reform this system.

Nobody disputes his facts? Is he for real? The likes of such arrogance normally is only witnessed in totalitarian regimes from which people are not allowed to dispute the facts. For heaven’s sake, the Congressional Budget Office disputes the facts. The CBO’s research effectively reveals that Obama’s numbers don’t add up.

Call the American people stupid, but most people don’t believe deficit problems are helped by borrowing and spending more money on government entitlement programs.

Yet in the age of Obama dissent is not tolerated. It is not possible for opponents to have legitimate positions after reading the proposed bill. No, all opponents must be demonized and their claims framed as bogus:

Some of people's concerns have grown out of bogus claims spread by those whose only agenda is to kill reform at any cost. The best example is the claim, made not just by radio and cable talk show hosts, but prominent politicians, that we plan to set up panels of bureaucrats with the power to kill off senior citizens. Such a charge would be laughable if it weren't so cynical and irresponsible. It is a lie, plain and simple.

A lie? That is a pretty strong word. Mr. Obama has long been a master of diffusing the real issue by pointing to the obvious with which no one can disagree. Of course none of the drafts read as follows: “Under this provision the heretofore mentioned commissioner is hereby authorized to set up death panels. Said panels are granted the power to kill off senior citizens in the interest of solving the deficit problem.”

Once again we must revert to common sense and observe that health care rationing has been inevitable in all “progressive” countries in which government has overextended itself in the health care industry. No, Mr. Obama, your dissenters don’t believe the government intends to kill off seniors; it’s just that unintended consequences flow naturally from the pens of well-intended yet sophomoric politicians who haven’t a clue as to what they are doing in the real world. By the way, how’s that stimulus bill working out?

The president’s tone in the congressional address was dictatorial and condescending. Frankly, the following threat is a little scary:

But know this: I will not waste time with those who have made the calculation that it's better politics to kill this plan than improve it. I will not stand by while the special interests use the same old tactics to keep things exactly the way they are. 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.