Here Come The Fibs, Distortions and Lies
Stanley Feld M.D.,FACP,MACE
As we approach November 6th (election day)
we will be subjected to more fibs, distortions and lies from President Obama
and his administration.
He has had a miserable record during his first term in
office. The only tactic he has left is to make villains out of Mitt Romney and
Paul Ryan while he makes promises he cannot keep. He has not kept most of the
promises he made before he took office.
As soon as Paul Ryan finished his speech at the
Republic convention he was accused of telling lies.
Carl Sandburg said in The Prairie Years “If you tell a lies enough times it becomes
the truth. The problem is a liar must have a good memory.”
Mr. Sandburg left out the fact that your audience has
to have a good memory to recall your first lie. One of the lies President Obama
told was the lies of Jonathan Gruber in 2009.
At the height of the Obamacare debate, Mr. Gruber’s
lie was all over the op-ed pages throughout the nation. Mr. Gruber, an MIT
economist and architect of Obamacare, stated that Obamacare would reduce the
cost of healthcare insurance for everyone.
we know for sure “is
that [the bill] will lower the cost of buying non-group health insurance.”
permits children under 26 years old to stay on their parents’ healthcare
Immediately, the parents’ healthcare insurance premiums rose
is now telling state governments that the law will significantly increase the
cost of insurance for everyone.
The result is the opposite of the promise.
President Obama brags about this achievement. In
reality he gave the healthcare insurance industry an excuse to raise premiums.
Jonathan Gruber asserted that in 2016, young people would save 13 percent, and older
people 31 percent, on their insurance premiums.
“President Obama, too, touted the
bill’s ability to “bend the cost curve,” repeatedly
promising that the law would “bring down premiums by
$2,500 for the typical family.”
Jonathan Gruber now: “Obamacare will increase premiums by 19-30 percent.”
President Obama now figures he can call Paul
Ryan a liar.
He has a sympathetic audience in the traditional
media. However, President Obama with Obamacare is throwing Grandma over the
cliff. In fact it looks like he is pulling a Thelma and Louise with the United
Sates of America.
President Obama still seems like a nice guy. Everyone
would love to believe in him but they just can’t trust him.
his speech Paul Ryan said,
“And the biggest, coldest power play of all in Obamacare came at
the expense of the elderly.
You see, even with all the hidden taxes to pay
for the health care takeover, even with new taxes on nearly a million small
businesses, the planners in Washington still didn’t have enough money.
They needed more. They needed hundreds of billions more.”
“So, they just took it all away from
Medicare. Seven hundred and sixteen billion dollars,
funneled out of Medicare by President Obama. An obligation we
have to our parents and grandparents is being sacrificed, all to pay for a new entitlement we didn’t even ask for.
The greatest threat to Medicare is Obamacare.”
Paul Ryan’s statement is correct. President Obama accused Paul Ryan of leaving
the $716 billion dollars in Medicare. He did but he does not use it for
Obamacare. Mitt Romney will repeal Obamacare his first day in office.
$716 billion left in Medicare by Paul Ryan will shore up the solvency of the
Medicare program itself.
is what President Obama was using the $716 billion dollars in Medicare cuts for.
Notice the $1.2 trillion dollars in new taxes and the $716 billion dollars in
Medicare cuts are being used to pay $644 billion dollars for Medicaid expansion
and $1.19 trillion dollars for subsided exchanges. The a deficit would be $141
anyone believe the deficit would be that low? I doubt it.
President Obama was going to cut $542 billion from
Medicare in the original CBO scoring.
turns out that President Obama is the liar. Someone ought to tell President
Obama, “The public is getting tired of
his lies once they understand them.”
Ryan also said,
“President Obama created a bipartisan
debt commission. They came back with an urgent report. He thanked them,
sent them on their way, and then did exactly nothing.”
Paul Ryan is
absolutely correct. Simpson and Bowles are still steaming about their
commission’s treatment by the President. Paul Ryan then went on to say,
“Republicans stepped up with good-faith reforms and solutions
equal to the problems. How did the president respond? By doing
nothing – nothing except to dodge and demagogue the issue.”
This is what Erskine Bowles,
President Clinton’s former chief of staff and the leader of President Obama’s
deficit commission, had to say about Paul Ryan in September of 2011;
telling you, this guy is amazing. I always thought I was okay with arithmetic.
This guy can run circles around me. He is honest, he is
straightforward, he is sincere. And the budget he came forward with
is just like Paul Ryan. It is a sensible,
straightforward, honest, serious budget and it cut the budget deficit just like
we did by four trillion dollars.”
Obama attacked Paul Ryan by saying Ryan voted against the Simpson-Bowles
traditional mainstream media has supported President Obama’s attack without
fact checking. The media was satisfied that President Obama’s message
neutralized Mr. Ryan’s attack on the President.
mainstream media never bothered to find out why Paul Ryan voted against the
media figured it, the media, is the message. President Obama figured the
media’s message would take care of Mr. Ryan. Mr. Ryan was clearly a hypocrite
to the mainstream media.
true that Paul Ryan voted against the Simpson-Bowles recommendations because Simpson-Bowles
raised taxes while doing little
to nothing about health-care spending, the biggest driver of
rejecting Simpson-Bowles, Ryan decided to put forward his own plan for deficit
reduction the Path
the other hand this is what Erskine Bowles had to say about President Obama’s
“President Obama, as you remember, came out with a budget.
And I don’t think anybody took that budget very seriously. The
Senate voted against it 97 to nothing.
He therefore, after a lot of pressure from folks like me, he came
out with a new budget framework. And in that budget framework, he cuts the
budget by four trillion dollars over twelve years. And, to be candid, this four trillion dollars cut was very heavily back-end loaded.
So, that if you looked at it on a ten-year basis and compared apples to apples,
it really was about a two and a half trillion dollar cut.”
More tricks to deceive the public. I could go on and on. Americans
have been fibbed and lied to by its purveyor of hope (President Obama).
However, I think President Obama has lost his tall with the
public. He is now calling for sympathy. He wants the public to let him finish
the difficult work he started.
I hope the public does not give him that chance.
The opinions expressed in the blog “Repairing The Healthcare System” are, mine and mine alone
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