Perhaps the question should be “What Is It Leading To?”
Once again, President Obama has been caught either telling a lie or not having his facts straight. This time, it was his sales pitch of health care reform to the combined houses of Congress and an American TV audience in the millions on September 9th. This has been mentioned by both Glenn Beck (Barack Makin’ It Up!) as well as Michelle Malkin. However there’s more to this than meets the eye. First, a refresher if you’re just catching up to this latest swim in Barack-ish waters:
According to an article in the Wall St. Journal by Jonathan Weisman:
President Barack Obama, seeking to make a case for health-insurance regulation, told a poignant story to a joint session of Congress last week. An Illinois man getting chemotherapy was dropped from his insurance plan when his insurer discovered an unreported gallstone the patient hadn’t known about.
“They delayed his treatment, and he died because of it,” the president said in the nationally televised address.
In fact, the man, Otto S. Raddatz, didn’t die because the insurance company rescinded his coverage once he became ill, an act known as recission. The efforts of his sister and the office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan got Mr. Raddatz’s policy reinstated within three weeks of his April 2005 rescission and secured a life-extending stem-cell transplant for him. Mr. Raddatz died this year, nearly four years after the insurance showdown.
Obama aides say the president got the essence of the story correct. Mr. Raddatz was dropped from his insurance plan weeks before a scheduled stem-cell transplant.
What Obama’s aids say, of course, is incorrect. But did you catch that? Obama’s aides used a second falsehood to bolster the first. Actually, the essence of the story was that an insurance company dropped a man’s coverage due to a misunderstanding, but was able to restore it within several weeks allowing him to continue with his cancer treatment.
Continuing from the article:
The patient’s sister, Peggy M. Raddatz, testified before the House Energy and Commerce oversight subcommittee June 16 that her brother ultimately received treatment that “extended his life approximately three years.” Nowhere in the hearing did she say her brother died because of the delay. Ms. Raddatz didn’t return calls seeking comment.
One of two things is true here: Either Obama knowing lied in trying to present a dramatic representation of why we need a national health care system, or else he didn’t understand the facts completely before he presented them as true.
If the truth is the former (i.e., he is lying), than we cannot trust him because he seems to lie at every turn in order to make his case (remember his promises that we would have 72 hours to review legislation on the Internet, he would have no former lobbyists in the administration, his administration would be transparent, etc.). By itself, this does not make him all that different from many other politicians; but he’s talking about implementing a drastic change that accounts for about 1/6th of our economy.
If it’s the latter (he didn’t have his information straight before presenting it as factual), then we’re in arguably just as bad a position, because we’d have a President who seems determined to establish his legacy in his first year by shoving a health care reform bill down our throats whether we want it or not. Worse, he would do this in spite of the fact that he doesn’t really know how well it will work or what the cost will really be (even though the Congressional Budget Office has warned such a program would bankrupt the country).
In any event, that swollen feeling in your neck is not Swine Flu, ladies and gentlemen, it’s Congress and Obama getting ready to shove their national healthcare program past your vocal chords. And if THAT doesn’t gag you, just wait until we get the bill for this new and improved system.
But perhaps the bigger issue here is that we have a President who the loony tune libs see as “The Second Coming” and yet he seems consistently unable to tell the truth or get his facts straight. I wish it were the latter, based solely on his lack of experience at running anything other than his mouth.
But I fear, dear readers, that it’s the former and that he has lots more surprises in store for us. Stay tuned. I am examining a list of his lies, misdirections, and sleight of hand. It adds up to a chilling prediction as to what lies ahead. Literally.
“MMM-MMM-MMM Barack Hussein Obama.”