ObamaCare decried by right, left and independents
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Winningreen Issue Alert A081209a
Obama’s health care Newspeak decried by right, left and independents
By Gretchen Randall
Date: August 12, 2009
Issue: Here is what the President says about his health care plan versus the truth:
Obama claim: “ My plan” will do . . . .
Truth: First, President Obama does not have a plan. He has not introduced a bill. The only bill that people can read so far is the House bill H.R. 3200. The Senate has several versions of legislation being worked on but the only bill citizens can read and critique is H.R. 3200. Access it at: http://thomas.loc.gov/
Obama claim: “You can keep your own doctor and your own insurance.”
Truth: “Oh, really? And what if my doctor is not the one appointed by the new government medical boards for ruling on my access to tests and specialists? And what if my insurance company goes belly up because of undercutting by its government-bankrolled competitor? Face it: Virtually all nationalized health systems, neither nourished nor updated by profit-driven private investment, eventually lead to rationing.” Salon.com’s Camille Paglia http://www.salon.com/opinion/paglia/2009/08/12/town_halls/
Obama claim: There is no death panel.
Truth: Maybe nothing called a “death” panel. but there will be a “health benefits advisory commission” to recommend to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) which benefits are to be covered and the payment your doctor will receive. The Secretary of HHS will have the final decision.
Obama claim: “The status quo is unsustainable for families, businesses and government.”
Truth: “While denouncing skyrocketing health spending, he [President Obama] would increase it by extending government health insurance to millions more Americans.” Robert Samuelson in Newsweek: http://www.newsweek.com/id/211247
Obama claim: My plan will be revenue neutral.
Truth: Not so. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has estimated that H.R. 3200 would cost over a trillion dollars in the first ten years. And we all know how government programs increase in size over the years. The federal deficit just topped a record $1.2 trillion and is expected to be four times last year’s by Sept. 1.
Obama claim: There is no tax-payer funded abortion in my plan.
Truth: True, the word “abortion” is not included in the bill but attorneys say that unless taxpayer funded abortion is prohibited in a public plan, the Secretary of HHS can include it in covered benefits. See third item above.
My question for Obama: Will you and members of Congress enroll in this public option plan or will you have one of the “enhanced” or “premium” plans H.R. 3200 allows?
Contact: Gretchen Randall
Chicago, IL 60613