They sound smooth and authoritative when Barack Obama speaks them.
And people who have little to no understanding of the complex issues
underlying them, believe him. He’s so…..self-assured, among other
But as Rich Lowry calls it at NRO, it is “exceptionally brazen sophistry”.
Pres. Barack Obama knows health-care policy. Give him an
hour and a half to hold forth, as ABC News obligingly did at a
town-hall meeting, and he will invariably impress with his fluidity.
This makes it all the more remarkable that he often appears unable
to understand how his health-care program threatens private insurance.
At a recent press conference, Obama argued that the very notion of it
doesn’t compute: “If private insurers say that the marketplace provides
the best-quality health care, if they tell us that they’re offering a
good deal, then why is it that the government — which they say can’t
run anything — suddenly is going to drive them out of business? That’s
And he thus fools some of the people some (okay, maybe all) of the
time. But plenty of experts are warning Congress and the public about
the dangers of this plan as it is.
Private insurers are at a disadvantage vis-à-vis the
federal government because they don’t have the power of the government
to dictate prices to doctors and hospitals. That’s what Medicare does,
and why it pays less for health services than private insurers.
Surely Obama understands the competitive advantage that this confers
on the government. If the public option in ObamaCare underpays
providers in a similar fashion, it will charge cheaper premiums than
private insurance. Employers will dump their employees into the public
plan, and a massive “crowding out” will occur. The respected
health-care research firm The Lewin Group estimates as many as 119
million people could migrate from private insurance to the government
plan, whether Obama considers it logical or not.
Follow the logic…..that of the Lewin Group, of the Heritage Foundation, among others. This much is clear:
Obama wants to pretend that getting to universal
coverage is an essentially costless, win-win proposition, when it will
come at enormous expense and disrupt the insurance of millions of
Americans happy with their health care.
Everyone wants health care reform. The president wants dialogue, or so he says. These people are eager to engage him on it.