Let’s take a stroll down memory lane shall we?
On a warm summer night in the summer of 2009 a youthful President, still glowing in the light of victory, both from the previous November and the subsequent spring when he bamboozled America into giving him about $800 Billion dollars in play money, set the second key nail in America’s economy.
Below is the exact speech by Obama from the East Wing of the White House copied from the White House’s site. While I could break down and refute nearly every sentence I limited myself to those below.
Note: In Green you’ll read targeted words from Barack Obama’s teleprompter. Disclaimer: He may not have been aware of what his teleprompter was planning to say. In (Red and parenthesis you’ll read the truth with links in blue)
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release July 23, 2009NEWS CONFERENCE
BY THE PRESIDENT
8:01 P.M. EDT
Good evening. Please be seated. Before I take your questions, I want to talk for a few minutes about the progress we’re making on health insurance reform and where it fits into our broader economic strategy.
Six months ago, I took office amid the worst recession in half a century. We were losing an average of 700,000 jobs per month and our financial system was on the verge of collapse.
As a result of the actions we took in those first weeks, we’ve been able to pull our economy back from the brink. We took steps to stabilize our financial institutions and our housing market. And we passed a Recovery Act that has already saved jobs and created new ones; delivered billions in tax relief to families and small businesses; and extended unemployment insurance and health insurance to those who’ve been laid off.
Of course, we still have a long way to go. And the Recovery Act will continue to save and create more jobs over the next two years — just like it was designed to do. I realize this is little comfort to those Americans who are currently out of work, and I’ll be honest with you — new hiring is always one of the last things to bounce back after a recession.
And the fact is, even before this crisis hit, we had an economy that was creating a good deal of wealth for those folks at the very top, but not a lot of good-paying jobs for the rest of America. It’s an economy that simply wasn’t ready to compete in the 21st century — one where we’ve been slow to invest in clean energy technologies that have created new jobs and industries in other countries; where we’ve watched our graduation rates lag behind too much of the world; and where we spend much more on health care than any other nation but aren’t any healthier for it. (This Free Republic article is a Cornucopia of direct and existential facts on WHY we pay too much. Spoiler Alert: It’s Government –>> http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/3000033/posts)
That’s why I’ve said that even as we rescue this economy from a full-blown crisis, we must rebuild it stronger than before. And health insurance reform is central to that effort.
This is not just about the 47 million Americans who don’t have any health insurance at all. Reform is about every American who has ever feared that they may lose their coverage if they become too sick, or lose their job, or change their job. It’s about every small business that has been forced to lay off employees or cut back on their coverage because it became too expensive. (Obamacare actually causing the cuts it claims to prevent –>> http://news.investors.com/politics-obamacare/110513-669013-obamacare-employer-mandate-a-list-of-cuts-to-work-hours-jobs.)
And it’s about the fact that the biggest driving force behind our federal deficit is the skyrocketing cost of Medicare and Medicaid.
I realize that with all the charges and criticisms that are being thrown around in Washington, a lot of Americans may be wondering, “What’s in this for me? How does my family stand to benefit from health insurance reform?”
So tonight I want to answer those questions. Because even though Congress is still working through a few key issues, we already have rough agreement on the following areas:
(If you have health insurance, the reform we’re proposing will provide you with more security and more stability. (Wasn’t it the left that was always asking: If you can’t afford the premiums and deductibles then how secure and stable is your health care coverage?) It will keep government out of health care decisions, giving you the option to keep your insurance if you’re happy with it. (Except for…not so much –>> http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/tygrrrr-express/2013/nov/19/lying-continues-obamacare-has-group-insurance-poli/)
It will prevent insurance companies from dropping your coverage if you get too sick. It will give you the security of knowing that if you lose your job, if you move, or if you change your job, you’ll still be able to have coverage. It will limit the amount your insurance company can force you to pay for your medical costs out of your own pocket. (But as other links in this article demonstrate, the premiums and deductibles are so high for so many that your out of pocket may be unlimited due to inability to afford a plan)
And it will cover preventive care like check-ups and mammograms
that save lives and money.
Now, if you don’t have health insurance, or you’re a small business looking to cover your employees, you’ll be able to choose a quality, affordable health plan (Obamacare proving more expensive than free market…as expected by those who understand basic economics –>> http://money.cnn.com/2013/11/21/news/economy/obamacare-affordable/),
through a health insurance exchange — a marketplace that promotes choice and competition. (Except Obamacare is NOT a free market. It DOES NOT promote choice, it limits them, with the foreseeable consequence –>> http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffreydorfman/2013/11/21/obamacare-and-healthcare-gov-show-how-government-fails-to-work/) Fina
lly, no insurance company will be allowed to deny you coverage because of a preexisting medical condition. I’ve also pledged that health insurance reform will not add to our deficit over the next decade. And I mean it. In the past eight years, we saw the enactment of two tax cuts, primarily for the wealthiest Americans, and a Medicare prescription program — none of which were paid for. And that’s partly why I inherited a $1.3 trillion deficit.
We also want to create an independent group of doctors and medical experts who are empowered to eliminate waste and inefficiency in Medicare on an annual basis — a proposal that could save even more money and ensure long-term financial health for Medicare. Overall, our proposals will improve the quality of care for our seniors and save them thousands of dollars on prescription drugs, which is why the AARP has endorsed our reform efforts.
Not all of the cost savings measures I just mentioned were contained in Congress’s draft legislation, but we’re now seeing broad agreement thanks to the work that has done over the last few days. So even though we still have a few issues to work out, what’s remarkable at this point is not how far we have left to go — it’s how far we’ve already come.
I understand how easy it is for this town to become consumed in the game of politics — to turn every issue into a running tally of who’s up and who’s down. I’ve heard that one Republican strategist told his party that even though they may want to compromise, it’s better politics to “go for the kill”; another Republican senator that defeating health care reform is about “breaking” me.
So let me be clear: This isn’t about me. I have great health insurance, and so does every member of Congress. This debate is about the letters I read when I sit in the Oval Office every day, and the stories I hear at town hall meetings. This is about the woman in Colorado who paid $700 a month to her insurance company only to find out that they wouldn’t pay a dime for her cancer treatment — who had to use up her retirement funds to save her own life. (Woman touted in 2012 Obama Speech misquoted By Obamacare exchange and now losing insurance –>> http://washingtonstatewire.com/blog/rude-awakening-for-federal-way-woman-who-got-shout-out-from-president-cant-afford-obamacare-policy-after-all/)
This is about the middle-class college graduate from Maryland whose health insurance expired when he changed jobs and woke up from the emergency surgery that he required with $10,000 worth of debt. This is about every family, every business, and every taxpayer who continues to shoulder the burden of a problem that Washington has failed to solve for decades.
With that, I’ll take your questions.