During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama made a lot of promises to the American people about health reform. And he claims he has honored those pledges. Just last week, he told the Washington Post the following about the recently passed Senate “reform” bill:
Every single criteria for reform I put forward is in this bill.
If Obama believes this, he is delusional and should be impeached on the grounds that he is mentally unfit for office. If he isn’t delusional, then he is a liar. Or perhaps he has merely forgotten the “single criteria” [sic] he put forward concerning the individual insurance mandate.
During last year’s campaign, Obama ostentatiously proclaimed his opposition to such a heavy-handed use of federal power. In fact, he repeatedly attacked Hillary Clinton for advocating a mandate. During the Democrat debates, he invariably delivered the following canned line:
The reason people don’t have health insurance isn’t because they don’t want it, it’s because they can’t afford it.
How will the President reconcile this rhetoric with his support for a Senate bill that prominently features an individual mandate? Maybe he’ll do it the same way he finesses the presence in the Senate bill of a health benefits tax, an idea that he denounced when John McCain proposed it:
How can Obama possibly accept a bill that taxes health benefits after running such an ad? Perhaps the same way he reconciles his conscience with the Senate’s plan to kick millions of seniors off Medicare Advantage, a provision he endorses despite making the following promise:
First, if you are among the hundreds of millions of Americans who already have health insurance through your job, Medicare, Medicaid, or the VA, nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have.
The Senate “reform” bill cuts Medicare Advantage funding by $120 billion. The inevitable effect will be to drive many insurance carriers out of the MA market. This will in turn force millions of seniors back to traditional Medicare, which is more expensive than MA and provides fewer benefits.
These three “criteria for reform“ are just the most obvious of many that Obama has blithely abandoned in order to get a bill passed. Having accomplished nothing in his first year, he badly wants to claim he “reformed” health care. Thus, he pretends the Senate bill is what he wanted all along.
So, I guess the President isn’t delusional. He is just a cynical and facile liar.