The Left Describes Obamacare
5:25 PM, Mar 8, 2010 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Last week, President Obama opined that health care "easily lends itself to demagoguery and political gamesmanship, and misrepresentation and misunderstanding." No one has done more to demonstrate the truth of this assertion than the president himself. In light of such concerns, the fairest thing might be to let the left describe Obamacare in its own words, free of any potentially false portrayals by those who oppose it -- namely, conservatives, independents, libertarians, and the bulk of the voters in Massachusetts.
So here is a description of ObamaCare in the Left's own words:
Over ten years, "start[ing] in 2014," it would cost "$2.5 trillion" (Sen. Max Baucus D-Mont.); it would involve "redistribution" of wealth, as the "Democrats propose to shift resources from the rich and the healthy to the poor and the sick" (Jonathan Chait, The New Republic); it would "cut hundreds of billions of dollars out of Medicare" (Sen. Dick Durbin D-Ill.); it would be "a massive giveaway to the insurance companies" (MoveOn.org); and, in regard to taxpayer funding for abortion, it would "take a big step forward from where the House left it with the Stupak Amendment" by substituting language that “was negotiated by Senators Barbara Boxer and Patty Murray" (Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius).
This summary, courtesy of the left, describes the proposed legislation quite well. This is what President Obama is peddling -- free of any demagoguery, gamesmanship, misrepresentation, or misunderstanding.
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