I watched the town hall meeting held by President Obama in New Hampshire. Frankly, I was appalled. This was the most clearly staged town hall meeting in the history of town hall meetings.
Interesting how people across the country are upset when they attend these meetings, yet this one was so pretty, calm and sweet that it literally made me sick. If you think these people were random, you are wrong. They all had to have background checks and have their questions approved. I believe they were carefully selected and planted in the audience.
I have taken a transcript of this meeting and I am going to break it down....translate it, if you will, into reality.
Obama: "Now, this is obviously a tough time for families here in New Hampshire and all across America. Six months ago, we were in the middle of the worst recession of our lifetimes. I want you to remember what things were like in January and February. We were losing about 700,000 jobs per month. And economists of all stripes feared a second-coming of the Great Depression. That was only six months ago."
Translation: Ummm....I think we are still in a recession. Nothing has changed for the American people.
Obama: "So there is no doubt that the Recovery Act has helped put the brakes on this recession. We just saw last Friday the job picture is beginning to turn. We're starting to see signs that business investment is coming back."
Translation: Unemployment dropped from 9.5% to 9.4% in July. Way to go, big boy! The recession is over...YEEE HAWWWW!
Obama: "Now, let me just start by setting the record straight on a few things I've been hearing out here -- (laughter) -- about reform. Under the reform we're proposing, if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan."
Translation: You can keep them since they will be grandfathered in. They will not be allowed to sign anyone else up on the plan you have....and if you lose your job or they go out of business competeing with the government then you will lose that coverage and be forced to take a government approved plan. The reality is that the private plans and government plans are all the same under healthcare reform and will be nothing like the good plan you had before.
Obama: "You will not be waiting in any lines. This is not about putting the government in charge of your health insurance. I don't believe anyone should be in charge of your health insurance decisions but you and your doctor. (Applause.) I don't think government bureaucrats should be meddling, but I also don't think insurance company bureaucrats should be meddling. That's the health care system I believe in. (Applause.)"
Translation: Obama has not read the bill. He has even said in the past that it is cheaper to take a pain pill than to have surgery. Obama is not a doctor but that comment alone makes it very clear that the government will be in control of your treatment.
Obama: "If you do have health insurance, we will make sure that no insurance company or government bureaucrat gets between you and the care that you need. And we will do this without adding to our deficit over the next decade, largely by cutting out the waste and insurance company giveaways in Medicare that aren't making any of our seniors healthier. (Applause.) Right. (Laughter.) "
Translation: You will get care, but if you are a senior with a broken hip, expect pain pills and a wheelchair. He is going to cut that wasteful surgery you need.
Obama: "Our deficit will continue to grow because Medicare and Medicaid are on an unsustainable path. Medicare is slated to go into the red in about eight to 10 years. I don't know if people are aware of that. If I was a senior citizen, the thing I'd be worried about right now is Medicare starts running out of money because we haven't done anything to make sure that we're getting a good bang for our buck when it comes to health care."
Translation: Medicaid is broke, Medicare is broke...so let's make a new one and make it bigger and add at least 46 million more people in addition to those on medicare and medicaid. He is using a scare tactic with seniors telling them they could lose medicare if they do not support this reform. He has either lost his mind...or it is true that this is about power and control.
Obama: "And I do think that having a public option as part of that would keep the insurance companies honest, because if they've got a public plan out there that they've got to compete against, as long as it's not being subsidized by taxpayers, then that will give you some sense of what -- sort of a good bargain for what basic health care would be. (Applause.)"
Translation: Private health insurance is not going to be competition because they will be required to offer the exact same policies that the public option will offer. How can you have a government public option that competes with private, when the government controls the competition?
The reality is this. A public option will have extensive administration cost...especially if you are adding 46 million or more people. We all know that the government is the most wasteful spender of all. The waste they are going to cut will be the quality care that people need. The treatments deemed necessary for a quality outcome. If you need a hip replacement you are going to get pain pills and a wheelchair rather than the surgery if you are elderly.
Socialized medicine does not work. It has been tried in several states and other countries and it is not a success. Either the care is diminished or the cost bankrupts the system.
The government has no business in the healthcare of American Citizens. Yes, there needs to be programs like medicaid and medicare. Rather than revamp the whole system just make these two programs more effective and more available to other people. Allow people to buy medicaid if a public option is so important. Just stay out of the rest of the industry.
I believe healthcare reform will pass. I hope that the America people will accept nothing less than the exact same healthcare coverage congress has. Why do we deserve anything less?
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