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In an attempt to save his stalling efforts to nationalize health care, President Obama has stepped up his rhetoric in the hopes of calming fears.  He’s seen the polls continue to crater, whether they are reflecting his personal popularity or public sentiment over his proposed health care plan.  It seems the only polls rising are those reflecting people who are happy with their current health care.  This should not come as a surprise, as the more people learn about the hidden gems in this 1,000+ page leviathan, the more they realize how far-reaching and permanent its effects will be on their personal freedoms and liberties.

Once again, he’s anchored one of his main arguments in a false dilemma: “What is truly scary is if we do nothing.”  Clearly, the vast majority of Americans agree that there are problems with our current health care system.  However, an increasing majority of Americans also agree that Obama’s solution would result in an outcome that is worse than what we currently have.  Further, they understand that there is a difference between fixing something and completely replacing it with something new.  They know that if you want to only want to remodel your living room, you don’t burn your house down and rebuild it from scratch.

In spite of the fact that Obama’s main impetus has been to scare Americans into action (see also: The Stimulus, Cap and Tax), he turns and levels charges of fearmongering against his opponents.  In one breath he will assert that it is “truly scary” if we do nothing, and in the next breath he will claim his opponents are attempting to “scare and mislead the American people.”  Does he not see that this empty argument could be reversed and still be as substantial?

“It is truly scary if we act too quickly and make too many vast changes to our health care system.  If you disagree, you’re simply trying to scare and mislead the American people.”

Further, he seeks to mischaracterize opposition to his proposals by calling them “wild misrepresentations that don’t bear any resemblance to anything that’s actually being proposed.” (emphasis added)  Let’s take a quick look at a couple of those “wild misrepresentations”:

Wild Misrepresentation #1: “Health care will be rationed.”

Congress’ Health Care Bill H.R. 3200, Page 29:

“(A) ANNUAL LIMITATION.—The cost-shar-
ing incurred
under the essential benefits pack-
age with respect to an individual (or family) for
a year does not exceed the applicable level spec-
ified
in subparagraph (B).
(B) APPLICABLE LEVEL.—The applicable
level
specified in this subparagraph for Y1 is
$5,000 for an individual and $10,000 for a
family
. Such levels shall be increased (rounded
to the nearest $100) for each subsequent year
by the annual percentage increase in the Con-
sumer Price Index (United States city average)
applicable to such year.”

Wild Misrepresentation #2:The federal government will have direct, real-time access to all individual bank accounts for electronic funds transfer.

Congress’ Health Care Bill H.R. 3200, Page 58-59:

‘‘enable the real-time (or near real-
time) determination of an individual’s financial
responsibility at the point of service
and, to the
extent possible, prior to service, including
whether the individual is eligible for a specific
service with a specific physician at a specific fa-
cility, which may include utilization of a ma-
chine-readable health plan beneficiary identi-
fication card”

‘enable electronic funds transfers, in
order to allow automated reconciliation with the
related health care payment and remittance ad-
vice;”

Notice any similarities between the “Wild Misrepresentations” and the actual House Bill?

Obama tells us that health care will not be rationed and that anyone who suggests it will be is engaging in scare tactics.  Yet, on Page 29 of House Resolution 3200, we are clearly told there is a limit of $5,000 for an individual and $10,000 for a family in the first year.  Obama tells us that the idea of our personal bank accounts being opened and accessible to the government is a wild misrepresentation, yet Page 58 of HR 3200 clearly states it will enable the real-time determination of our ability to pay at the time of service.

Are we engaging in “scare tactics” when we simply point out that the House Bill states it will limit the amount of insurance we can access, while maintaining the ability to take the money out of our bank accounts if we exceed our limit?

Clearly, Obama’s rhetoric does not match up to the facts.  While he was able to utilize the power of the Internet to run an amazing presidential campaign, he has forgotten that citizens can utilize the same power of the Internet to quickly access and read the actual health care bill.  He can engage in the same scare tactics he accuses his opponents of using, however at the end of the day he cannot dispute what is written in black-and-white in H.R. 3200.  The fears people have over this monstrosity of a bill are well-founded and valid.

Ultimately, it seems Obama does give us one great piece of advice: “Spread the facts.”

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Written by ericcvorst

August 11, 2009 at 1:44 pm

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