Thursday, September 17, 2009

A devastating critique of Obama by George Will - "An increasing number of Americans do not believe that he believes what he says."

George Will in his usual concise, erudite writing style has written a biting critique of President Obama in a Newsweek column entitled, "Mitch McConnell Smiled? Why Obama is CPR for GOP." The gist of it is people no longer believe what Obama says despite his constant speeches and talks to the American people.

Will begins by writing:

On the 233rd day of his presidency, Barack Obama grabbed the country's lapels for the 263rd time—that was, as of last Wednesday, the count of his speeches, press conferences, town halls, interviews, and other public remarks. His speech to Congress was the 122nd time he had publicly discussed health care. Just 14 hours would pass before the 123rd, on Thursday morning. His incessant talking cannot combat what it has caused: An increasing number of Americans do not believe that he believes what he says.

Regarding the condition of our health care system:

He says America's health-care system is going to wrack and ruin and requires root-and-branch reform—but that if you like your health care (as a large majority of Americans do), nothing will change for you. His slippery new formulation is that nothing in his plan will "require" anyone to change coverage. He used to say, "If you like your health-care plan, you'll be able to keep your health-care plan, period." He had to stop saying that because various disinterested analysts agree that his plan will give many employers incentives to stop providing coverage for employees.

Concerning "scare tactics" and Medicare:

He deplores "scare tactics" but says that unless he gets his way, people will die. He praises temperate discourse but says many of his opponents are liars. He says Medicare is an exemplary program that validates government's prowess at running health systems. But he also says Medicare is unsustainable and going broke, and that he will pay for much of his reforms by eliminating the hundreds of billions of dollars of waste and fraud in this paragon of a program, and in Medicaid. He says Congress will cut Medicare (it will not) by $500 billion—without affecting benefits.

Concerning uninsureds and insurance companies:

He says the nation's economic health depends on controlling health-care costs. Yet so important is the trial bar in financing the Democratic Party, he says not a syllable in significant and specific support of tort reforms that could save hundreds of billions of dollars by reducing "defensive medicine" intended to protect not patients from illnesses but doctors from lawyers. He has said he will not add a dime to the deficit when bringing 47 million people into government-guaranteed health care. But Wednesday night, 17 million went missing: "There are now more than 30 million American citizens who cannot get coverage." Almost 10 million of the uninsured are not citizens, and most of them are illegal immigrants. Presumably the other 7 million could get insurance but chose not to. Democrats propose fines to eliminate that choice. He suggests health-insurance companies are making excessive profits. But since 1996, profits of the six such companies in the S&P 500 have been below the 500's average. He says a "public option"—a government insurance program—would not be subsidized to enable it to compete unfairly with private insurers. (The post office and the government's transportation -"public option," Amtrak, devour subsidies.) He says the public option is vital for keeping health insurers "honest"—but that it is only a wee "sliver" of reform. About that, Nancy Pelosi -disagrees.

President Obama is quickly pushing aside George Bush as one of our more polarizing presidents and he's still in first eight months of his presidency.


zzz said...

George Will is highly disregarded by his own peers, and is debunked regularly in his columns. He has been acussed of right out lies and that is what you use as a reference point?

Once again, the MFC proves that anyone saying something that will back what they want they will join forces with.

you can say things as loudly as you want. You can say things as many times as you want, but it doesn't make it true.

The world is not flat.

Jesus was a liberal said...

Dear readers, before believing all you read, here, from George Will, or anywhere for that matter, please take this definition into heart.

"" Yellow journalism is a type of journalism where sensationalism triumphs over factual reporting. This may take such forms as the use of colorful adjectives, exaggeration, a careless lack of fact-checking for the sake of a quick "breaking news" story, or even deliberate falsification of entire incidents. ""

Now that you have that information, Please go ahead and read the George Will article and all other articles written in life.....