You have assembled a public relations team in an attempt to make sure that your message is heard on Health Care. You have even set-up an e-mail address where people can report their fellow Americans for giving "false" information about Health Care. Of all of the "misinformation" that is being spread why do you not hold yourself and your team accountable for telling the truth?
You have stated that this is "our" best opportunity to get health care reform passed. Why? Is it because the American public has a less favorable opinion of their current health care coverage than they do of yourself and Congress? If Americans are so unhappy with their current health care plan, then why do you keep stressing that if they like their current health care they can keep it? The real truth is that now you have power and the numbers and you are afraid that a Republican controlled Congress would make you a "Lame Duck". You know, but will not say, that this is the real motivation for pushing a bill through without anyone having the chance to read it.
"I have also pledged that health insurance reform will not add to our deficit over the next decade ... and I mean it." Really? Then how are you planning on paying for all of the additional converge? Are you and Congress going to take furlough days? How about all of the staffers? Maybe you can just quit hiring "Czars" and taking trips with your family. According to the Congressional Budget Office the Senate version of the healthcare legislation "would result in a net increase in federal deficits of about $1.0 trillion for fiscal years 2010 through 2019," While the House version would increase the deficit less, in part because of a massive $583 billion tax increase built into to the measure. How does this compare with what you repeatedly vowed "you will not see any of your taxes increase one single dime." Maybe it will be a "hidden" tax so we will not notice it.
Both you and the media were quick to jump on Sarah Palin for her comment: "will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care." Maybe "Death Panel" was a harsh term, but how far is it from the truth? You yourself have said that you grandmother’s hip-replacement surgery during the final weeks of her life made him wonder whether expensive procedures for the terminally ill reflect a "sustainable model" for health care. Your comment was that "you just get into some very difficult moral issues when considering whether to give my grandmother, or everybody else’s aging grandparents or parents, a hip replacement when they’re terminally ill." How is that different that Palin's comment? Except when she made her comment all of the Democrats had their fingers in their ears going "la la la" at the top of their lungs.
In 2003 at the AFL-CIO Conference, you clearly stated "I Happen To Be A Proponent Of A Single-Payer Universal Healthcare Plan." 2004, the Associated Press reported the stance of all the candidates on universal health care. "Obama says he supports the idea of universal health care but does not think a single-payer government system is feasible. He says the government should be the health care provider of last resort for the uninsured." In 2006 you noted "single-payer as the hope of the left, while those on the right wanted a market-based approach." Oh no, not free market! 2007 the Chicago Tribune reported, "Obama has pledged that, if elected, all Americans would have health-care coverage by the end of his first term. He has said he is reluctant to switch to a 'single-payer' national health insurance system because of the difficulty in making a quick transition from the employer-based private system." July 1, 2009 you said in Annandale, Va "For us to transition completely from an employer-based system of private insurance to a single-payer system could be hugely disruptive, and my attitude has been that we should be able to find a way to create a uniquely American solution to this problem that controls costs but preserves the innovation that is introduced in part with a free-market system." Flip flop, flippie to the flippie, the flip, flip a flop, and you don't stop. Remember as you said "UPS and FedEx are doing just fine. It's the Post Office that's always having problems." The Post Office is on track to lose a staggering $7 billion this year alone. How will a government-run health care plan manage taxpayer resources more efficiently?
Who will be covered
So now that we have determined that if you are ill it does not make sense to provide treatment. But abortion will be covered. I guess it's a kill-kill situation. But, let's look at who will be covered. The "rumor from the right is that you want to cover illegal immigrants under your Health Care plan. However, you have made it clear that is not true. On July 21, 2009 you said "First of all, I'd like to create a situation where we're dealing with illegal immigration, so that we don't have illegal immigrant. And we've got legal residents or citizens who are eligible for the plan. And I want a comprehensive immigration plan that creates a pathway to achieve that." So, the plan is not to cover illegal immigrants by making them legal? What about before you can achieve that? "The one exception that I think has to be discussed is how are we treating children." So, we're not going to cover illegal immigrants until they are legal by the wave of your magic wand, but we will cover their children who are illegal also? That sure is defending the border and keeping America strong.
Opposition to your Health Care reform has not been received well. People with opposing views have been called Racists. It seems that your only debate occurs between people who already agree with you. Well, that is except for the planted questions in the town hall meetings. I suppose that you cannot afford to run in to another "Joe" the Plumber or actually say what you think. Remember a quote "I'm sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and disagree with this administration, somehow you're not patriotic. We need to stand up and say we're Americans, and we have the right to debate and disagree with any administration."
Like any other Liberal issue, you seem to think who ever speaks the loudest or a spot on National Prime Time television gets the final say. Remember, you won office but will have to answer to the public at the end of this term. You have a Democrat controlled House and Senate, but they will have to answer to the public in 2010. Oh and by the way, have you reported yourself to firstname.lastname@example.org yet for all of your inaccurate statements?
Thank you for bringing Change,
From the soon to be former State of Texas