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Thursday, September 10, 2009

AP Says Obama Health Care Speech Uses "Iffy Math" and "Variety of Oversimplifications and Omissions"

Gateway Pundit is reporting on the Associated Press article out on President Obama's speech last night that points out his use of "iffy" math, and says his speech had a "variety of oversimplifications and omissions" in laying out his plan:

President Barack Obama used only-in-Washington accounting Wednesday when he promised to overhaul the nation's health care system without adding "one dime" to the deficit. By conventional arithmetic, Democratic plans would drive up the deficit by billions of dollars.

The president's speech to Congress contained a variety of oversimplifications and omissions in laying out what he wants to do about health insurance.

A look at some of Obama's claims and how they square with the facts or the fuller story . . . . MORE


Diogenes September 10, 2009 at 12:02 PM  

You know, this is the one that really gets me:

"OBAMA: "Nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have."

THE FACTS: That's correct, as far as it goes. But neither can the plan guarantee that people can keep their current coverage. Employers sponsor coverage for most families, and they'd be free to change their health plans in ways that workers may not like, or drop insurance altogether."

There ARE no set-in-stone ironclad guarantees in life. As it stands right now, employers can change their health plans -- or eliminate them -- anytime they want. Would you prefer a law that says employers cannot change their health plans at all? Then you'd hear bloody murder being screamed by you rightwingers, that "the government is interefering with private business owners, the government is taking over the entire economy!"

You can't have it both way,s boys and girls. Pick a side and stick with it. Don't keep moving the target.

(By the wqay, did you notice that the AP says the CBO estimates that only 3 million people would be dumped from employer-provided private coverage into the public plan by 2013? That doesn't square with all the Republican neocon Chicken Littles who claim that "the government wants to take over your health care!", does it?)

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