President Obama held his fourth nationally televised news conference yesterday — that is the same amount as President Bush held in his eight year term. That is the type of access that makes Obama so likable. He is also extremely well-coached in evoking emotion into the debate. If you were unfamiliar with any of the health care data then certainly last night you would think Obama is trying to do the noble thing and help Americans and fix a broken program.
The problem is that for those of us who are engaged in the debate, we are struggling to find straight answers from the president. Even worse, we are hearing some bogus reasons for an overhaul. First, the President tried to persuade you that “projections” of health care will bankrupt America. That is a tough argument to make considering the money we are spending on bailouts and stimulus dwarfs any type of health care spending. But for arguments sake let’s say we need to fix this problem and stop spending so much money. How would we fix that? Not by spending more money!
The other deceitful reason the President used last night is that our neighbors have better health care for six thousand less dollars. Why not change right? Not so fast, there is a reason people come from all over the world to have surgeries here in America. The reason is we do have the best health care money can provide. The President contradicted himself later in his speech by saying “he has the best health care in world.” So if we do have the best health care money can buy, what is the problem?
Obama touched on his agenda just a bit by saying we have almost 50 million uninsured people in the U.S. Now here is a reasonable argument for health care reform. Sure as the richest country in the world we can save money by insuring these people and in turn provide a health care safety net for all Americans. Republicans don’t want the government to run a bigger safety net; understandably they see that first safety net (Medicaid) is the problem bankrupting the health care system in the first place.