pinocchiogeo+pinnochioI originally titled this post “Two Presidents for the Price of One – Healthcare.”  I have come to realize that was a mistake.  My earlier “two presidents” post showed Mr. Obama as one person during the campaign and another as President.  This post shows two faces on the same man.  I have therefore changed the title.  Sorry for any confusion.

During the run up to the election, I kept mentioning in my blog that I thought the public was being fooled.  I said we should be looking at what Mr. Obama has done, not listening to what he says.   Again, I find myself amazed at the stark difference between what President Obama says and what he does and the difference between what he says and what he knows to be true.  Which of the two Mr. Obama’s do we get?  The Obama of the promises?  Or, the Obama of the deeds?  My vote is that we are getting his deeds and I don’t like what I see.

Fans of President Obama will be quick to say that I am picking on our President.  Let me be fair and agree.  However, I will use his words and his actions to do the picking.  You tell me if I am being unfair.

What he says: “I know that there are millions of Americans who are content with their health care coverage – they like their plan and they value their relationship with their doctor. And that means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.”  –  BHO, June 15, 2009 to the AMA Annual Meeting.  (emphasis is mine)

(painting at the left is from Dana Ellyn)

The truth: If a company changes plans, you cannot keep your old plan.  It has been taken away.  If the company does this because a new Government Plan is cheaper or the penalties for not chosing the government plan make it so, you will no longer have your doctor or your health plan.  They will have been taken away from you.  Either Mr. Obama is lying, pure and simple, or, he does not know enough about how our healthcare systems works to comment on it, let alone make law concerning healthcare.  Either you can’t trust him or he is so incompetent that you can’t afford to let him make any important decisions.

What the President said: White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod said, “It’s a myth that health insurance reform would be financed by cutting Medicare benefits.”  Mr. Obama did not correct him.  He did not say that Mr. Axelrod misspoke.  In fact, on August 11 in Portsmouth, NH, Mr. Obama said, “I just want to assure you, we’re not talking about cutting medicare benefits.”  We aren’t?

The Truth: In fact, three days later, at a town hall meeting in Montana, he told the crowd that he would pay for healthcare reform, in part, by “eliminating . . . about $177 billion over 10 years” for “what’s called Medicare Advantage.”  About 10 million seniors are enrolled in Medicare Advantage, where they are allowed to use medicare funds to buy private healthcare of their choosing.  Tell those 10 million people that government health insurance plans won’t be financed by cutting Medicare.  Tell them that they can keep their doctor/they can keep their plan.  Did Mr. Obama forget those people when he said this?

What Mr. Obama said: To achieve healthcare reform, “I’m going to have all the negotiations around a big table. We’ll have doctors and nurses and hospital administrators. Insurance companies, drug companies—they’ll get a seat at the table, they just won’t be able to buy every chair. But what we will do is, we’ll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents, and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies. And so, that approach, I think is what is going to allow people to stay involved in this process.”  –  Town hall meeting on Aug. 21, 2008, in Chester, Va.   “That’s what I will do in bringing all parties together, not negotiating behind closed doors, but bringing all parties together, and broadcasting those negotiations on C-SPAN so that the American people can see what the choices are, because part of what we have to do is enlist the American people in this process,” – Los Angeles, January 31, 2008  – similar statements were made at almost every campaign stop during the election campaign.

The Truth: Does anyone on plant earth believe Mr. Obama was truthful about this?  Has anyone checked all the scheduled debates around the big round table on C-SPAN?  Oh, I see.  There haven’t been any open discussions on C-SPAN.   First he tried to rush the bills through congress in a couple of weeks so no critic would have time to read all 1000 pages of the bill.  Then he has done his usual approach to policy.  He makes his statements as broad as possible so he can judge the wind before adding any details.  Can anyone give me a good definition of (what Mr. Obama means when he says) “Public Option?”  He has intentionally, IMO, kept this as fuzzy as possible, not because he wants you to understand, but because he wants to hide the truth of just how ominous this could be.  Then, of course, Max Baucus – Dem., Montana – announced that with the help (pressure) of the White House he had concluded an agreement where PhRMA, the Pharmaceuticals Research and Manufacturers of America, will spend between $150 and $200 Million in advertising in support of the President’s Plan.  Most of this is being spent right now with big ads on TV and in print during the August Recess.  Was that deal crafted in public?  What did Mr. Obama promise?  My guess is that the pharmaceutical companies are going to sell a lot of drugs to the government at prices that will be no bargain for taxpayers. And then there is the backroom deal made with Hospitals.  A deal made at the White House with lobbyist Chip Kahn of the American Hospital Association is reported to guarantee the Hospitals about 98% of what they had projected for revenue (before the threat of Obamacare) if they will support Mr. Obama’s Plan.  I know you didn’t see that on C-SPAN.

What the President said: “To say it as plainly as I can, health care reform is the single most important thing we can do for America’s long-term fiscal health. That is a fact.”  –  BHO, June 15, 2009 to the AMA Annual Meeting

The Truth: Really Mr. President?  More important than our freedoms?  Is reforming our healthcare system more important to our economy than our sovereignty, our ability to freely pursue our economic goals?  How about energy?  Is healthcare reform more important than securing our energy future?  How do you provide healthcare when you have no energy or the energy costs so much that the Hospitals can only be lit 4 hours a night (like in Bagdad a few years back)?  Is healthcare more important to our economy than education?  If we can’t educate Doctors, you won’t have very good healthcare.  If we can’t compete in the world due to second class education, how will our economy do?  It seems you said something similar about the importance of passing the Stimulus Bill.  Was that the most important thing we could do or is this?

What the President said: When asked about coverage for illegal immigrants, Mr. Obama said, “This has been an example of just pure misinformation out there. None of the bills that have been voted on in Congress, and none of the proposals coming out of the White House propose giving coverage to illegal immigrants — none of them,” he said. “That has never been on the table; nobody has discussed it. So everybody who is listening out there, when you start hearing that somehow this is all designed to provide health insurance to illegal immigrants, that is simply not true and has never been the case.” – August 20, 2009 Barack Obama answering callers on Michael Smerconish’s radio show

The Truth: The Democrat majority in the House specifically ruled out of order a strongly worded amendment offered by Republicans to ensure that no services authorized under this bill would go to illegal immigrants.  However, the House bill, H.R. 3200, excludes anyone who is not a legal resident of the United States from coverage of extended insurance provisions. Section 246 reads, “Nothing in this subtitle shall allow Federal payments for affordability credits on behalf of individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States.”  (my emphasis)  That may or may not mean illegal immigrants won’t get free government healthcare.  It doesn’t, however, mention that Mr. Obama is working to get amnesty for over 10 Million “undocumented workers” in the U.S. (( speaking to the National Conferance of La Raza during the election campaign, Mr. Obama said, “Yes, they broke the law. And we should not excuse that. We should require them to pay a fine, learn English, and go to the back of the line for citizenship – behind those who came here legally. But we cannot – and should not – deport 12 million people. ”  “That’s why we need to offer those who are willing to make amends a pathway to citizenship. That way, we can reconcile our values as both a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws.” ))    So is it being honest to say we won’t be covering illegals with this reform when our intent is to ensure no current illegal remains “illegal”?   That’s like a kid playing street ball who changes the out-of-bounds line so he can win.  Cheating and lying are still wrong, even if you are the President and you are very good with words.

Can anyone tell me why information like the above is not headline news?