Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Obama Redux

Here’s the deal.

Fill a room with people who agree with you. On cue they will shout, whistle, applaud, and stomp their feet.

Then make your statements with confidence so they will believe you.

Talk about hope and change and new benefits for everyone that won’t cost anything.

And those poor saps at home will be convinced because you spoke with such conviction and everyone around you agreed with your statements…so they must be true.

Well, at least that’s what I saw last night.

But let’s take a look at some of his statements.

Like, “There are also those who claim that our reform effort will insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false — the reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.”

Now, he may have created wiggle room by parsing his words, “the reforms I’m proposing…” That is rather like the statements of Bill Clinton.

That aside, he is casting dispersions on the Congressional Research Service as well as Rush Limbaugh because both are saying that illegal aliens will be covered in a variety of common situations.

Part of the reason this distrust exists is because efforts to close such loopholes by adding amendments to the bill have been flatly rejected.

This from The Dakota Beacon
The House bill not only makes a major expansion of Medicaid eligibility but also restricts (in Section 1702) inquiries about immigration status. Efforts to fix this and to add enforcement provisions to HR 3200 were offered in the Ways & Means Committee by Rep. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and in the Energy & Commerce Committee by Rep. Nathan Deal (R-Ga.), but voted down. No Democrats supported Heller.

Democrats moved one step closer to giving free health insurance to the nation’s estimated 12 million illegal aliens when they successfully defeated a Republican-backed amendment, offered by Rep. Dean Heller, R-Nev., that would have prevented illegal aliens from receiving government-subsidized health care under the proposed plan backed by House Democrats and President Barack Obama.

The House Ways and Means Committee nixed the Heller amendment by a 26-to-15 vote along straight party lines, and followed this action by passing the 1,018-page bill early Friday morning by a 23-to-18 margin, with three Democrats voting against the plan.

Pardon us for not trusting Congress when they act so defensively.

Still, we’d like to see what he’s proposing that will specifically exclude illegal aliens, for HB3200 does not accomplish it.

And he earns no trust by ignoring this valid criticism, choosing instead to give the confident, flat denial.

On to the price tag:
He said: “I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits — either now or in the future.”
And “…we’ve estimated that most of this plan can be paid for by finding savings within the existing health care system.”

OK, now explain to us where the Congressional Budget Office is wrong in their analysis.

He spoke confidently, but ignored the facts already on the table from the CBO.

Pardon us, Mr. President, for not believing that your words alone will change the facts.

It was a great campaign speech, but doesn’t stand up to the scrutiny required for massive legislation. Sorry.

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