John on September 10, 2009 at 7:37 am
Last night the President said:
My health care proposal has also been attacked by some who oppose reform as a “government takeover” of the entire health care system. As proof, critics point to a provision in our plan that allows the uninsured and small businesses to choose a publicly-sponsored insurance option, administered by the government just like Medicaid or Medicare.
So let me set the record straight. My guiding principle is, and always has been, that consumers do better when there is choice and competition.
Here’s a list of some of those who’ve indicated the public option is a way for the government to take over health insurance in the US and thus to control the purse strings for the entire system. In other words, to remove all choice and competition from the system over time:
- Rahm Emmanuel – The President’s Chief of Staff
- Rep. Barney Frank
- Rep. Schakowsky
- Senator Feingold
- Jacob Hacker – Author of ObamaCare
- Paul Krugman – Nobel Prize winning economist
- Ezra Klein – Economics and health care reporter for the Washington Post
- HCAN Spokesman John Gaudette
Of course all of these people are applauding Obama’s effort. Far from being opposed to a government takeover, they support one. They understand that “choice and competition” is just part of a “sneaky strategy” to reach that end.
The President just lied to America on national television. I seem to recall a time not so long ago when Democrats cared about that sort of thing.