President’s address to a joint session of Congress, Sept. 9
The plan I’m announcing tonight would meet three basic goals. It will provide more security and stability to those who have health insurance. It will provide insurance for those who don’t. And it will slow the growth of health care costs for our families, our businesses, and our government. . . . Now, add it all up, and the plan I’m proposing will cost around $900 billion over 10 years. . . . Most of these costs will be paid for with money already being spent–but spent badly–in the existing health-care system. The plan will not add to our deficit. The middle class will realize greater security, not higher taxes. And if we are able to slow the growth of health care costs by just one-tenth of 1% each year–one-tenth of 1 %–it will actually reduce the deficit by $4 trillion over the long term.
President Obama at the GOP House Issues Conference, Jan. 29
I mean, the easiest thing for me to do on the health-care debate would have been to tell people that ‘what you’re going to get is guaranteed health insurance, lower your costs, all the insurance reforms, we’re going to lower the cost of Medicare and Medicaid, and it won’t cost anybody anything.; That’s great politics. It’s just not true. So there’s got to be some test of realism in any of these proposals, mine included. I’ve got to hold myself accountable.
“easiest thing …would have been able to tell people…” — But, Mr. President, on national television on September 9th, that is exactly what you told people. Now, in a rare moment of candor you admit that it was not true. And the Left wonders why their health care payment system “reform” is bombing? Maybe because it doesn’t add up, and the President has admitted as much…
[Quotes reported in the Wall Street Journal’s Best of the Web]