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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Time For Talk About Obamacare Has Just Started Mr. President

Via Weekly Standard ""The time for talk is through." -- President Obama, talking to liberal bloggers on a conference call Monday night."

I don't think so.

No, the time for talk has just started, especially when Barack Obama doesn't even know the language of the bill, nor the provisions in the bill that would kill off private insurance.


Heritage: During the call, a blogger from Maine said he kept running into an Investors Business Daily article that claimed Section 102 of the House health legislation would outlaw private insurance. He asked: "Is this true? Will people be able to keep their insurance and will insurers be able to write new policies even though H.R. 3200 is passed?" President Obama replied: "You know, I have to say that I am not familiar with the provision you are talking about."

From and earlier piece:

"Protecting The Choice To Keep Current Coverage," the "Limitation On New Enrollment" section of the bill clearly states:

"Except as provided in this paragraph, the individual health insurance issuer offering such coverage does not enroll any individual in such coverage if the first effective date of coverage is on or after the first day" of the year the legislation becomes law.

Page 16 of the PDF file Mr. President, you should read it before pushing Congress to jam it through.

Obama is pushing Congress to pass a bill, anything, before their August vacation and now we find out that he doesn't even know the language written into the bill, Obamacare.

The American Spectator:

..... The Congressional Budget Office determined that none of the Democratic bills do anything to rein in costs -- the primary rationale for his health care drive. And the Mayo Clinic, which Obama has routinely praised as a model for the health care system, has blasted the House legislation. Yet Obama wants to rush legislation through so he has a victory going into an election year.

In fact, as CNN reported, "The Senate Democratic leadership and the White House are putting heavy pressure on the Finance Committee to adopt its health care plan before the president speaks to the nation (on Wednesday)." So in other words, Obama is trying to pressure the Finance Committee not to write the best legislation its members can, not to reach a bipartisan compromise, but to pass whatever bill they can before he goes in front of the television cameras to give a prime-time news conference.

Perhaps if Obama actually read the bills, he would understand why support for this particular is eroding, even within his own party.