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Thursday, June 25, 2009

ObamaCare informercial

So, ABC aired its ObamaCare informercial Wednesday night. The talk was supposed to be about the president's government-run (but we aren't going to call it that) health plan. The President came across as a professor, not a president. He refused to commit to any specifics of the plan, apparently just wants us to "trust" him and Congress on this one to which I say no thanks. According to one report, he's a leader with no direction and managed to sell a plan without actually having a plan.

Dr. Orrin Devinsky, a neurologist and researcher at the New York University Langone Medical Center, said that "elites often propose health care solutions that limit options for the general public, secure in the knowledge that if they or their loves ones get sick, they will be able to afford the best care available, even if it’s not provided by insurance." Devinsky asked the president pointedly if he would be willing to promise that he wouldn’t seek such extraordinary help for his wife or daughters if they became sick and the public plan he’s proposing limited the tests or treatment they can get. The answer the president gave will make blood shoot out of your eyes. The President said "if it’s my family member, if it’s my wife, if it’s my children, if it’s my grandmother, I always want them to get the very best care." Our hypocrite-in-chief made it clear that he would seek extraordinary care for his own family but thinks "other people’s families should hurry up and die already."

One audience member, Jane Sturm told the story of her nearly 100-year-old mother, who was originally denied a pacemaker because of her age. Thankfully she eventually got one after seeking another doctor. Here is here discussion with the president - Ms. Sturm states “Outside the medical criteria, is there a consideration that can be given for a certain spirit … and quality of life?” The president's response - “I don’t think that we can make judgments based on peoples’ spirit.” Don't tell my 87 year old grandmother that she wont' be able to get her pacemaker replaced in 2 years. She's quite an asset to our family and I think she plans on outliving all of us :)

The president should be focusing on better care for all Americans, less red tape and boosting the private sector instead of critizing them. The President and Congress need to listen to the American people. Upwards of 75% are "satisfied" with their current coverage (although I think most agree we do need some kind of reform, just not their reform) and that if this public option is implemented, an estimated 119 million will be forced off their private insurance onto a government run plan. That's great, so make life miserable for 119 milion just to cover some 16 million. The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that support for a public plan plummets to 37 percent if it would crowd out private insurers.

The town hall was billed as a “Prescription for America,” but this is one pill that will be hard to swallow. If ObamaCare isn't good enough for the first family, then its definetely not good enough the American people.

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