Obama To Address Congress

By Caomhin

Obama sure does live primetime addresses, doesn’t he?  I’ll be interested in watching at least the highlights in this one, however, as even though poll after poll shows the American people staunchly opposed to his plan (Republican, Independents, Libertarians, and Blue Dog Democrats alike), it sure does sound like he’s going to go into that speech in full blown scold mode:

“Congress is coming back from recess and over the last few days key Republicans have made it abundantly clear that they are not seriously interested in a bipartisan solution,” said Dan Pfeiffer, White House deputy communications director.

Republicans, sensing a possible Democratic soft spot ahead of next year’s mid-term elections, said a big new public speech was not the answer.

“Obviously, we want to hear what the President has to say, but the American people don’t want a new speech, they want a new plan,” said Michael Steel, a spokesman for House Republican Leader John Boehner.

“We need to scrap the Democrats’ government takeover of healthcare and start over on a real, bipartisan plan for reform,” he said.

The White House either has no concept of mathematics (entirely possible given their putrid and completely off base economic predictions at every turn), ignores every single poll being released, or refuses to believe that town hall protestors are real people…or maybe even all of the above. This bill is a disaster and the American people know it.  As I mentioned before, it’s not the GOP who’s really driving this opposition, it’s the will of the American people, and the Administration and the Liberals in Congress have no regard for it.

Their propaganda is extremely transparent and baseless as well.  The American people, even the mainstream media, knows that the Democrats have all the votes they need to pass this bill without a single Republican vote, and they have the stones to go out and the say the GOP is blocking this abomination.  Even if they wanted to, they couldn’t, and the Democrats know this, believe me they know this, and yet, they try to use the Republicans as scapegoats?  I find that highly amusing.

Excluded in this bill are plans to let insurance companies compete across state lines, tort reforms, expansion of HSA plans, the ability to roll over FSA funds from year to year like HSAs allow, and many, many more provisions that could greatly assist the healthcare market.  Instead, Democrats have chosen to provide cover for some of their biggest donors (trial lawyers), turn the healthcare system over to the bureaucrats in Washington, allow for taxpayer funded abortions, pay for illegal immigrants’ health care, etc.  All this rolled up into a deficit expanding bill.  Here’s the large, PDF version of the bill if you need it.

Sen. Tom Coburn wrote a great piece for The Wall Street Journal that was published today. I’d highly urge everyone to read this, but particularly those who are undecided on the issue or our friends on the other side of the aisle.  It’s also a great read for anyone who is trying to gauge the political climate right now.

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