When President Obama announced last week that he had worked out a deal with various health care “stakeholders” to reduce health spending 1.5% per year, most of the “news” media reported the event by parroting the White House talking points.
It would appear, however, that the Obama talking points diverge somewhat from the actual agreement. According to AHA President Richard Umbdenstock, our fearless leader misrepresented the consensus reached by the group:
The groups, he said, had agreed to gradually ramp up to the 1.5 percentage-point target over 10 years — not to reduce spending by that much in each of the 10 years.
Now, why would our President fudge the facts? Well, it’s nothing new. He’s been lying about health care since well before the election. He has, for example, repeatedly told whoppers about how much money EMR will save the system.
In this case, the obvious reason is that he wants to pretend his government takeover of healthcare is actually a perfectly reasonable bipartisan reform effort. But this latest Obama whopper has caused a pretty serious rift within the lute:
Ominously for the Obama plan, the White House’s ham-handed use of the industry groups has made the industry nervous and caused the groups to start backing away.
The industry groups should be nervous. The One is obviously playing them for suckers, just as he did the chumps at Caterpillar. He did not, as claimed by the director of the White House Office of Health Reform, misspeak.