Barack Obama ran for president espousing a far different health reform plan than he is about to give us. My latest piece for the American Spectator argues that he deliberately perpetrated a bait and switch on the voters:
On a host of reform issues, including insurance mandates, taxing health benefits and patient choice, Obama has demonstrated that his campaign rhetoric was utterly disingenuous.
Read the entire article here.
It would appear that the president’s health care “reform” project is now doing so poorly in the polls that first lady Michelle Obama has been called in to help save it:
First lady Michelle Obama sought support for the administration’s health-care plans from family advocacy groups and health-care professionals, saying the treatment of women under the current system is ‘unacceptable.’
However, the first lady’s track record at the University of Chicago Medical Center should make her husband’s advisors a little nervous about deploying her in this debate.
The UCMC program, known as the “Urban Health Initiative,” features a gang of “counselors” whose job it is to “advise” low-income patients that they would be better off at other hospitals and clinics.
The UHI has been so successful in getting rid of unwanted patients that the medical center expanded it and hired none other than David Axelrod to sell the program to the public.
But not everyone was sold. Dr. Nick Jouriles, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians suggested that the initiative “reflected an effort to ‘cherry pick’ wealthy patients over poor.”
The UHI has also drawn criticism from Senator Charles Grassley and Congressman Bobby Rush, both of whom are very concerned that the program is a thinly veiled dumping scheme.
So, if I were one of the president’s advisors, I’d discourage any effort to send the first lady out to pimp Obamacare. It’s a tactic that could prove very embarrassing.
While the president tries to recruit an army of underage Obots by taking his increasing creepy message to America’s schools, the people at the other end of the age spectrum are more and more suspicious of his intentions:
Polls show seniors … are more likely than other age groups to think Medicare, the government-funded health program for the elderly, will be worse off under any health-care reform.
And, unlike the school kids Obama is attempting to indoctrinate, these suspicious seniors actually vote. This is costing AARP, which has been drinking the Obamacare Kool-Aid, a noticeable portion of its membership:
Since July 1, many of the 60,000 AARP members who have quit over concerns about health care legislation said they were worried it could lead to cuts in Medicare.
And well they should be. As I have pointed out here, there is no doubt that Obama and his minions in Congress are planning to stiff the seniors in order to pay for Obamacare.
The president continues to lie about that, but his plan definitely involves cutting Medicare Advantage, a wildly popular program among poor and minority seniors. And this is very dangerous for the Dems.
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