Saturday, January 30, 2010

Obama to America: there were elements of death panels in the health care bill

Both the headline and the body are edited, with some text disappeared and some text changed, to reflect my new understanding of Pres. Obama's statement. I originally read the statement as "you cannot keep your doctor." I was wrong. Rather, the statement was, in so many words: yes, there were death panels.

Have skimmed through video of Obama and House Repubs. I rechristen the event

"The Gouge Your Eyes Out Due To Obama's 'Baffle Em With Bullshit' Answers Event"

My title for the event is only 1/20th as long as Obama's typical answer, and 1/40th as long as Obama's occasional answer, and 1/80th as long as a couple of answers where Obama really got rolling and threw in kitchen sinks from the Philippines AND Hawaii AND Pepperdine AND Columbia AND Pahkeestahn AND the South Side of Chicago.

Two things struck me:

First, more frivolous, but it did strike me: in my estimation, Pres. Obama is a lie-a-minute man. In basketball, they used to have the concept of a "point-a-minute" player, i.e. a player who averaged one point for every minute he played. Pres. Obama has adjusted this concept to politics.

Second, Pres. Obama admitted that a couple of health care provisions get "in between you and your doctor in your decision making". Therefore, Obama was saying, basically, "death panels", i.e. we promised no one would get between you and your doctor; we called Sarah Palin a damn liar; but, um, she was kinda right, b/c there would've been people and/or regulations and standards in between doctors and patients.

Tom Bevan, at Real Clear Politics, has the Obama quote:
For example, we said from the start that it was going to be important for us to be consistent in saying to people if you can have your -- if you want to keep the health insurance you got, you can keep it, that you're not going to have anybody getting in between you and your doctor in your decision making. And I think that some of the provisions that got snuck in might have violated that pledge.

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