In his weekly radio address today, President Obama assailed the critics of the current efforts at health care reform:
And let me start by dispelling the outlandish rumors that reform will promote euthanasia, cut Medicaid or bring about a government takeover of health care. That’s simply not true.
Ok, the reader of the transcript or listener to the speech thinks to himself. He’s going to show how the proposed legislation will not lead to all the evil things that the critics are claiming it will. Unfortunately, they will read on or listen in vain. No evidence is given. President Obama evidently believes it is enough to have said: “That simply isn’t true.” Because he said so.
The next five minutes of the six minute address are mostly given over to demonizing the insurance companies, and explaining all the unfunded mandates he hopes to foist upon them, and all the things he will force them to do, or not do:
We’ll require insurance companies to cover routine checkups and preventive care . . .
We’ll stop insurance companies from denying coverage because of a person’s medical history . . .
With reform, insurance companies will also have to limit how much you can be charged for out-of-pocket expenses. And we will stop insurance companies from placing arbitrary caps on the amount of coverage you can receive in a given year, or a lifetime . . .
But government isn’t taking over health care. The President ended with statements about those who are trying to politicize the health care debate:
There are those who are focused on the so-called politics of health care; who are trying to exploit differences or concerns for political gain. And that’s to be expected. That’s Washington. But let’s never forget that this isn’t about politics. This is about people’s lives. This is about people’s businesses. This is about America’s future. That’s what’s at stake.
Indeed! America’s future is at stake. And the President wants that future to be socialist, with individual rights tossed overboard. This isn’t about politics, Mr. President? Think again. As long as health care is left to individuals in a free market, it is not about politics. But it is you, Mr. President, who are politicizing health care, by forcing the health care industry to become an arm of the government, in all but name. Who do you think you’re kidding?