The whoppers have to be pretty big before the AP decides to chronicle “iffy” statements made by the President in his 12th speech to the nation on Health Care Reform. ObamaCare (a grand scheme to take control of 20% of the US economy and insert the government between you and your doctor).
So when hell freezes over we want to make sure you are on the front lines of this news.
Here is how the bad news was delivered:
WASHINGTON – 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:
Unlike Rep. Wilson of South Carolina the AP can’t quite come out and call the President a liar but this comes pretty close. Here is an abridged list of falsehoods found by the AP fact checkers. You can rest assured that this is likely to end up being a short list and more will emerge.
OBAMA: “I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits either now or in the future. Period.”
THE FACTS: Though there’s no final plan yet, the White House and congressional Democrats already have shown they’re ready to skirt the no-new-deficits pledge.
The administration also said that since Obama already had included the doctor payment in his 10-year budget proposal, it didn’t have to be counted again.
That aside, the long-term prognosis for costs of the health care legislation has not been good.
CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf had this to say in July: “We do not see the sort of fundamental changes that would be necessary to reduce the trajectory of federal health spending by a significant amount.”
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. The Congressional Budget Office analyzed the health care bill written by House Democrats and said that by 2016 some 3 million people who now have employer-based care would lose it because their employers would decide to stop offering it.
OBAMA: “The reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.” One congressman, South Carolina Republican Joe Wilson, shouted “You lie!” from his seat in the House chamber when Obama made this assertion. Wilson later apologized.
THE FACTS: The facts back up Obama. The House version of the health care bill explicitly prohibits spending any federal money to help illegal immigrants get health care coverage. Illegal immigrants could buy private health insurance, as many do now, but wouldn’t get tax subsidies to help them. Still, Republicans say there are not sufficient citizenship verification requirements to ensure illegal immigrants are excluded from benefits they are not due.
Watcher Note: Actually Wilson was correct. Democrats intentionally decided NOT to include standard verification requirements that are already a part of other federal programs. The Democrats fully plan to undercut the American taxpayer and subsidize illegal immigrants with your hard earned dollars. Democrats and Barack Obama are lying.
OBAMA: “Don’t pay attention to those scary stories about how your benefits will be cut. … That will never happen on my watch. I will protect Medicare.”
THE FACTS: Obama and congressional Democrats want to pay for their health care plans in part by reducing Medicare payments to providers by more than $500 billion over 10 years. The cuts would largely hit hospitals and Medicare Advantage, the part of the Medicare program operated through private insurance companies.
Although wasteful spending in Medicare is widely acknowledged, many experts believe some seniors almost certainly would see reduced benefits from the cuts. That’s particularly true for the 25 percent of Medicare users covered through Medicare Advantage.
OBAMA: Requiring insurance companies to cover preventive care like mammograms and colonoscopies “makes sense, it saves money, and it saves lives.”
THE FACTS: Studies have shown that much preventive care — particularly tests like the ones Obama mentions — actually costs money instead of saving it.
Bad news for the President. If the AP goes bad he really has to be off track. Of course we have known that for quite some time.
Perhaps the press is reading the tea leaves. It is going to be a long 31/2 years and already Americans are starting to distrust the President. He can partially thank his attack dogs Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. The strategy of attacking everyday Americans because they want the government to keep their hands off their health care is a losing proposition. Better, it has exposed certain Democrats for the power hungry liars that they really are.
BTW, the image above was a perfect screen capture from the guys and gals at Hot Air. It really says it all.
Update and Correction: In the first paragraph I inserted a typo stating that the President made his 112th speech to the nation on ObamaCare. The actual number is 12 although it certainly feels like 112. I corrected the number. Also, the Provocateur notes that the AP has been fact checking Obama for a while. I take him at his word and perhaps hell froze over long ago for certain segments of the AP. I change the headline to note Provocateurs insights!