It is a draining physical effort to watch an Obama news conference, much less one where much of what he said has been proven time and again to be untrue!
I spotted several whoppers he told tonight and so did others.
While there were MANY untruths, scrambled thoughts, strawman arguments and more tonight from Obama, I will list only a few that stood out to me and then include observations from others further below.
My own observations from tonight:
OBAMA SAID: “Let me be clear: This isn’t about me”
THE FACTS: From JammieWearingFool:
Grassley said he spoke with a Democratic House member last week who shared Obama’s bleak reaction during a private meeting to reports that some factions of House Democrats were lining up to stall or even take down the overhaul unless leaders made major changes.
“Let’s just lay everything on the table,” Grassley said. “A Democrat congressman last week told me after a conversation with the president that the president had trouble in the House of Representatives, and it wasn’t going to pass if there weren’t some changes made … and the president says, ‘You’re going to destroy my presidency.’ “
OBAMA SAID: “I continue to insist that health reform not be paid for on the backs of middle-class families.”
THE FACTS: The currently proposed plan forces “families”/individual coverage – whether you like it or not! If you choose not to buy into the government plan, you’ll be forced to pay more taxes in the form of a penalty. In other words, this plan MANDATES coverage whether you want it or not….if you don’t, you pay. This applies to middle-class families. (H/T: Americans for Tax Reform)
From the AP, July 3:
Americans who refuse to buy affordable medical coverage could be hit with fines of more than $1,000 under a health care overhaul bill unveiled Thursday by key Senate Democrats looking to fulfill President Barack Obama’s top domestic priority.
The Congressional Budget Office estimated the fines will raise around $36 billion over 10 years. ., which now imposes a fine of about $1,000 a year on individuals who refuse to get coverage. Under the federal legislation, families would pay higher penalties than individuals.
In a revamped health care system envisioned by lawmakers, people would be required to carry health insurance just like motorists must get auto coverage now. The government would provide subsidies for the poor and many middle-class families, but those who still refuse to sign up would face penalties.
Called shared responsibility payments,” the fines would be set at least at half the cost of basic medical coverage, according to the legislation.
OBAMA SAID: ” This debate is not a game for these Americans, and they can’t afford to wait any — any longer for reform. They’re counting on us to get this done. They’re looking to us for leadership, and we can’t let them down.”
THE FACTS: While Americans do want lower healthcare costs, it is clear they do not prefer the plan that Obama says we are “counting on”.
By 52 percent to 40 percent, voters say they are against the healthcare bill introduced July 14 to the House of Representatives, a new Zogby International poll reports.
The poll’s findings: Americans oppose raising tax rates to pay for a new healthcare system. Instead, they favor innovative approaches that would save money, which in turn could be used to fund health benefits for the poor.
Among those currently insured, Zogby reports, 84 percent are satisfied with their current health care. Also, four out of every five people surveyed agreed that rising healthcare costs are hurting American businesses.
The health care reform legislation working its way through Congress has lost support over the past month. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 44% of U.S. voters are at least somewhat in favor of the reform effort while 53% are at least somewhat opposed.
Here are some other observations that are worthwhile to add.
From an AP report titled Fact Check: Obama’s health care claims adrift:
OBAMA: “We already have rough agreement” on some aspects of what a health care overhaul should involve, and one is: “It will keep government out of health care decisions, giving you the option to keep your insurance if you’re happy with it.”
THE FACTS: In House legislation, a commission appointed by the government would determine what is and isn’t covered by insurance plans offered in a new purchasing pool, including a plan sponsored by the government. The bill also holds out the possibility that, over time, those standards could be imposed on all private insurance plans, not just the ones in the pool.
Indeed, Obama went on to lay out other principles of reform that plainly show the government making key decisions in health care. He said insurance companies would be barred from dropping coverage when someone gets too sick, limits would be set on, and such as checkups and mammograms would be covered.
It’s true that people would not be forced to give up a private plan and go with a public one. The question is whether all of those private plans would still be in place if the government entered the marketplace in a bigger way.
He addressed some of the nuances under questioning. “Can I guarantee that there are going to be no changes in the health care delivery system?” he said. “No. The whole point of this is to try to encourage changes that work for the American people and make them healthier.”
He acknowledged then that the “government already is making some of these decisions.”
OBAMA: “I have also pledged that health insurance reform will not add to our deficit over the next decade, and I mean it.”
THE FACTS: The president has said repeatedly that he wants “deficit-neutral” health care legislation, meaning that every dollar increase in cost is met with a dollar of new revenue or a dollar of savings. But some things are more neutral than others. White House Budget Director Peter Orszag told reporters this week that the promise does not apply to proposed spending of about $245 billion over the next decade to increase fees for doctors serving Medicare patients. Democrats and the Obama administration argue that the extra payment, designed to prevent a scheduled cut of about 21 percent in doctor fees, already was part of the administration’s policy, with or without a health care overhaul.
Beyond that, budget experts have warned about various accounting gimmicks that can mask true burdens on the deficit. The bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget lists a variety of them, including back-loading the heaviest costs at the end of the 10-year period and beyond.
OBAMA: “You haven’t seen me out there blaming the Republicans.”
THE FACTS: Obama did so in his opening statement, saying, “I’ve heard that one Republican strategist told his party that even though they may want to compromise, it’s better politics to ‘go for the kill.’ Another Republican senator said that defeatingis about ‘breaking’ me.”
and on the budget:
OBAMA: “If we had done nothing, if you had the same old budget as opposed to the changes we made in our budget, you’d have a $9.3 trillion deficit over the next 10 years. Because of the changes we’ve made, it’s going to be $7.1 trillion.”
THE FACTS: Obama’s numbers are based on figures compiled by his own budget office. But they rely on assumptions about economic growth that some economists find too optimistic. The nonpartisan, in its own analysis of the president’s budget numbers, concluded that the cumulative deficit over the next decade would be $9.1 trillion.
Also at Ace of Spades, they have listed the “foot-in-mouth” top 4 moments of the evening:
For those who missed it, the President went very low tonight. I’m not talking about the lies (there were too many to recount here), the contortions (“I’m not attacking Republicans” about two minutes after attacking Republicans), and the incoherence (e.g. “Senior citizens who right now have a so-called donut hole in their plan, where after spending a certain amount on prescription drugs suddenly they drop off a cliff and they’ve got to pocket the entire cost, suddenly half of that is filled.”).
I’m talking about foot-in-mouth soundbites. Let’s count them down:
4. The Sacrifices Americans Must Make
The question was: “Do you think — do you accept the premise that other than some tax increases on the wealthiest Americans, the American people are going to have to give anything up in order for this to happen?”
The president answered: “They’re going to have to give up paying for things that don’t make them healthier. And I — speaking as an American, I think that’s the kind of change you want.”
Like cheeseburgers and cigarettes and alcohol and cars that drive faster than 25 miles per hour?
3. Economics 101 FAIL
“Having a public plan out there that also shows that maybe if you take some of the profit motive out, maybe if you are reducing some of the administrative costs, that you can get an even better deal, that’s going to incentivize the private sector to do even better.”
2. I Don’t Know Anything, But I Know the Police Acted Stupidly
On the professor arrested following a confrontation with a police officer after he broke into his own house: “Skip Gates is a friend, so I may be a little biased here. I don’t know all the facts. …
“Now, I don’t know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played in that. But I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly.”
1. Doctors Want to Take Your Kids’ Tonsils For Profit
Again, another answer unrelated to any question asked: “Right now, doctors a lot of times are forced to make decisions based on the fee payment schedule that’s out there. So if they’re looking and you come in and you’ve got a bad sore throat or your child has a bad sore throat or has repeated sore throats, the doctor may look at the reimbursement system and say to himself, “You know what? I make a lot more money if I take this kid’s tonsils out.”
In all, he had some very clear villains in tonight’s performance: doctors, insurers, Republicans, and the Cambridge police department.
If you were fortunate enough not to have to listen to Dear Leader pontificate tonight with his stiff “I can’t take criticism” upper lip….you can read the text of tonight’s press conference here.
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