Thomas R. Eddlem
President Obama used his weekly radio address this weekend to attack two health insurance industry-funded studies that concluded the President's healthcare proposal pending in Congress would increase overall medical costs for individual policyholders by thousands of dollars per year.
The U.S. Senate Finance Committee voted to send a health care “reform” bill to the full Senate by a 14-9 vote October 13. President Obama said the vote was a “critical milestone,” but admitted that he was not assured of the bill's passage. "Now is not the time to pat ourselves on the back," Obama said, urging supporters to "dig in and work even harder to get this done."
Senator Max Baucus introduced the first “deficit neutral” healthcare legislation on September 16, but the bill would increase most people's healthcare premiums and still “break the federal budget” — if you believe President Obama's July 22 prime time address to the American people. Back then, Obama stated: “We also know that with health care inflation on the curve that it's on we are guaranteed to see Medicare and Medicaid basically break the federal budget.”
President Obama proved he had nothing new in his political bag of tricks in his healthcare address to Congress on September 9. The most important part of the speech was not that he was retailing the same two specific examples of insurance mendacity he had been using for months, but that he revealed no new means of paying for the budget-busting program.
President Obama's HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius let out a significant trial balloon on CNN's State of the Union, indicating that the Obama administration may drop the “public option” proposal from its healthcare “reform” package.
The Obama White House has engaged in an attempt to mimic the vibrant opposition to its healthcare agenda by sending out an e-mail from White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod. “Dear Friend,” the August 13 message began, “This is probably one of the longest emails I’ve ever sent, but it could be the most important.”
President Barack Obama has been counterattacking against critics of his healthcare plan in recent days, cherry-picking the most outlandish “fishy” claims about his program.
President Obama revealed several inconvenient truths about his healthcare package at his Portsmouth, New Hampshire, “Town Hall” meeting August 11.
While President Barack Obama was in Guadalajara last weekend, his staff back in the White House was gearing up for a dirty political war against conservatives over the issue of healthcare.
Members of a coalition of moderate House Democrats called the “Blue Dogs” have struck a deal to move Obama’s health care legislation forward after the August recess.