Actually, Obama Does Kinda Lie

The big faux outrage coming from Dear Leader’s big performance yesterday was when Congressman Joe Wilson (yes, THE Joe Wilson) yelled out “You Lie” when the Prez claimed ObamaCare doesn’t provide tax-payer insurance to illegal immigrants. And while that wasn’t entirely true, it was still inappropriate to heckle the president at a big address like that. Rep. Wilson apologized. I’m over it.

The ironical thing is that President Obama has in fact been lying aboot his health care plan since it was first announced. He lies every time he claims the Republicans don’t have an alternative (we’ve presented nine of them). You would have to be an idiot to believe him that he’s going to created a new $900,000,000,000.00 entitlement that is deficit neutral. And most of his other claims have caused the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to squirt milk out their nose.

And that’s not even counting his speech last night. Here’s JBdotC senior truthiness correspondent Matt Welch with more…

The lies last night began in Obama’s opening paragraph. “When I spoke here last winter,” he began, “credit was frozen. And our financial system was on the verge of collapse.” In fact, Obama spoke on Feb. 24, at least six weeks after credit markets began to thaw, and one week after he proclaimed that the passage of his $787 billion stimulus marked “the beginning of the end, the beginning of what we need to do to create jobs for Americans.” Obama’s speech that day wasn’t about staving off a collapse, it was about cleaning up the mess and tackling long-ignored issues. Such as health care.

Again and again last night, the president’s numbers didn’t add up. “There may be those—particularly the young and healthy—who still want to take the risk and go without coverage,” he warned, in a passage defending compulsory insurance. “The problem is, such irresponsible behavior costs all the rest of us money. If there are affordable options and people still don’t sign up for health insurance, it means we pay for those people’s expensive emergency room visits.” No, it means that, on balance, the healthy young don’t pay for the unhealthy old. The whole point of forcing vigorous youth to buy insurance is using their cash and good actuarials to bring down the costs of covering the less fortunate.

Such fudges reveal a politician who, for whatever reason, feels like he can’t be honest about the real-world costs of expanding health care. “Add it all up, and the plan I’m proposing will cost around $900 billion over ten years,” he said, trying hard to sound like those numbers weren’t pulled out of Joe Biden’s pants, and won’t be dwarfed by actual costs within a year or two. “We’ve estimated that most of this plan can be paid for by finding savings within the existing health care system–a system that is currently full of waste and abuse,” he said, making him at least the eighth consecutive president to vaguely promise cutting Medicare “waste” (a promise, it should be added, that could theoretically be fulfilled without drastically overhauling the health care system). Any government-run “public option,” he claimed, somehow “won’t be” subsidized by taxpayers, but instead would “be self-sufficient and rely on the premiums it collects.”

Make sure you read the entire piece because there’s a lot more and it’s chock full o’ links that back up everything Welch calls out the president on.


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