Newsweek, still carrying water for Obamacare, details the supposed “top 5 lies about Obama’s health care reform” in the forthcoming issue. Not surprisingly they completely ignore the lies spread by Obama himself.
Here, in very abridged form, are some of the whopping lies about health care reform from the President himself.
1) The first lie is that there is an actual Health Care Reform plan from President Obama.
The White House talks about what they’re for (and against), but purposely did not submit proposed legislation to Congress. They’re relying on Congress to draft legislation that meets their goals. This makes it infinitely easier to discuss specifics of “their plan” that are hard to fact check because there is no plan.
2) “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.“
Keith Hennessey, upon whom most of the information below relies, shows that’s not true, and that even underestimates the possibility that the legislation is designed to eventually destroy the employer provided insurance market via the “public option.”
3) “This is not about putting the government in charge of your health insurance”.
If it wasn’t about putting the government in charge it wouldn’t take over 1,000 pages to legislate. Read Keith Hennessey’s full health care debate post to see several examples of how the rhetoric from Obama details several ways he’s promising that government will be in charge.
4) “And we will do this without adding to our deficit over the next decade. First of all, I said I won’t sign a bill that adds to the deficit or the national debt.“
The CBO shredded that statement when H.R. 3200 was first introduced, and to date no one on Capital Hill has figured out a way to pay for Obamacare. This pledge is from the same man who swore he would accept public financing (and the limits they impose) for his Presidential campaign.
5) “I don’t have to explain to you that nearly 46 million Americans don’t have health insurance coverage today.“
But it would help if you quit lying about that statistic. It is amazing what scant mention the fallacy of the “46 million uninsured” gets in coverage of health care reform. There number of people without health care coverage who may (or may not) need coverage far smaller; it’s actually in the 10 to 15 million range.
These are just five quick items I picked out from among the many Newsweek missed. I imagine that our commenters will have their own lists…