With the Healthcare Reform Rush, Obama Admits He is Not Familiar With the Bill
While Obama’s healthcare legislation, H.R. 3200, has tanked to a disapproval rate of 50% across the nation, Obama is putting pressure on the U.S. House and Senate to quickly pass their versions of the bill before breaking for summer vacation at the end of July.
Meanwhile, a Bloomberg.com article explains that there is a hold-up due, in part, to “Democrats, who have majorities in each chamber, that have been stymied by squabbles within the party over the measure’s price tag and proposed new taxes.”
However, we Republicans know that there is a lot more reason to stall this bill than to instill even more taxes- the President does not appear to know a heck of a lot about his own "Obamacare" plan.
Obama hosted a conference call with leftist bloggers earlier this week, in which he urged them to pressure Congress to pass his healthcare plan as soon as possible. During this call, as reported by RealClearPolitics, a blogger from Maine asked Obama about Section 102 of the bill, which states the House health legislation would outlaw private insurance. The blogger asked, "Is this true? Will people be able to keep their insurance and will insurers be able to write new policies even though H.R. 3200 is passed?"- to which our very own president admitted, "You know, I have to say that I am not familiar with the provision you are talking about."
After just admitting that he is not familiar with the healthcare bill, Obama goes on to promise, “If you have health insurance, and you like it, and you have a doctor that you like, then you can keep it. Period.” Well which is it?!?! Yes- we can keep our existing health plans, but only if they can survive the wrath of Obamacare, which will slash and burn our preexisting healthcare plans with its slew of new regulations that our healthcare plans must conform to. And how can Obama even attempt to fulfill his promise to the U.S. public when he obviously has not even read through the bill himself?
As Senator John Cornyn has explained in a previous blog post, Congress must take more time to get healthcare reform right partly because "it seems like there's less concern in Washington about lowering health care costs than shifting those costs to the taxpayers."
Could Obamacare be yet another disguise for increased taxes? While there is so much still up in the air about H.R. 3200, one thing is for sure- unless Obama actually reads the bill and the Democrats in Congress stop forcing more and more taxes into this legislative proposal, there should be absolutely no rush on passing this healthcare bill.