Thursday, September 10, 2009
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The president's healthcare speech was hardly the "game changer" that mainstream media had been promising, but was at least amusing for those who enjoy the challenge of parsing political jargon. He "guaranteed" that nothing in his bill will require you to change your current insurance plan...but forgot to mention that his bill would force all insurance plans (and their costs) to change radically.
Obama emphatically said that talk of "death panels" was "a lie, plain and simple" - and if there's one thing the president hates, it's any lie that's plain and simple. His plan will unavoidably lead to rationing of life-extending medical services for seniors. The semantics of whether or not the decision is made by a "death panel" won't matter much to the old woman given a painkiller instead of a pacemaker.
Finally, the president said that if anyone misrepresents his healthcare bill, "we'll call you out on it!" Better put the Congressional Budget Office and the Associated Press on speed dial, Mr. President, because they're calling you a liar - plain and simple.
Flashback from the Hope n' Change Cartoon Vault (6/21/09): The president also demanded that people who have chosen not to buy health insurance will be fined (up to $3800)...