A look at the mess that has become our state and nation......
and other assorted commentary.
Friday, September 4, 2009
THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM
A recent article by Caroline Baum on Bloomberg.com highlights the disastrous direction we are being led by the Obama Administration in regard to the Healthcare debate. Ms. Baum clearly points out that Obama has already eclipsed the number of allowable gaffes that any fair minded person would be willing to allow someone in his position.
She points out that the President fails to explain how the government will provide MORE healthcare for LESS money, explain why increased demand for medical services without an accompanying increase in supply won't cause rationing, or why he touts a Medicare-like model when Medicare is going bankrupt. Baum notes a recent Obama quote at a town hall meeting where he is asked how private companies can compete with the government Obama's response was, "if the public option has to be self-sustaining--meaning taxpayers aren't subsidizing it.........." She goes on to point out the glaring weakness in Obama's response by indicating that government programs aren't by definition, self-sustaining, as the President incorrectly believes but , are subsidized by the taxpayer. For a person not to know this, especially an esteemed Harvard Grad, who happens to be President of the United States is inextensible.
She concludes that either he doesn't understand the health insurance reform plans in Congress or he does understand and is being "untruthful" about their impact.
So we are left to decide whether our leader is ignorant of this pressing issue or if he is just simply lying to us about it. Neither option inspires much confidence in him or Congress for not calling him out on these gaffes.