Thursday, June 25, 2009

Why I Seldom Talk Politics Anymore

This is why I seldom talk politics anymore.

Last night, according to Real Clear Politics and ABC's Jake Tapper and Karen Travers, President Obama exposed himself as a hypocrite who will force "normal" Americans to make sacrifices that wealthier, more powerful people -- like the president himself -- wouldn't face.

According to Tapper, President Obama let the cat out of the bag when he tried to answer "probing" questions from a couple of neurologists.

After stumbling through an irrelevant talking point about his grandmother, the President concluded his answer by saying he would want the best care for his family, meaning, I take it, that if his plan didn't cover a recommended treatment option, he'd pay for it himself. Well, that's a shock.

Here's the question.
DR. DAVINSKI: If your wife or your daughter became seriously ill, and things were not going well, and the plan physicians told you they were doing everything that could be done, and you sought out opinions from some medical leaders in major centers and they said there's another option you should pursue, but it was not covered in the plan, would you potentially sacrifice the health of your family for the greater good of insuring millions or would you do everything you possibly could as a father and husband to get the best health care and outcome for your family?
Now why would a man as educated and bright as the President of the United States answer a question that implies there are no limits to private insurance, that private insurance covers everything and only "public" insurance plans limit treatment options?

Maybe it's the venue. I have to believe that in a private conversation with Dr. Davinski the President eventually would have gotten around to pointing out that no private insurance plan covers everything, that the insurer always decides what they'll cover and what they won't, and that rich people like the President and Dr. Davinski always have the option of paying for something their insurance won't cover themselves. He might even have gotten around to pointing out that good healthcare is rationed in the United States on the basis of income. Rich people get it, poor people don't. Why not level the field a little with a public option?

And maybe the president's heart is just not into defending the public option.


quinn the eskimo said...

Gotta say, there are moments when waves of hatred just overcome me. What do you call it when you want to see an entire class of people torn down, beaten in the streets, and made to suffer? Is that bad?

And I want the doctors to suffer even more. Really.

Billy Glad said...

I can't help thinking how Bill Clinton would have with great charm turned that doctor upside down, inside out, used him to make his own points, made him look foolish, and sent him home thinking the President of the US was the best friend he had. I've said it before, I'll say it again. Obama is way out of his league. He just can't handle rich people. It's the CA fundraiser all over.

GirlfromtheBronx said...

"Now why would a man as educated and bright as the President of the United States answer a question that implies there are no limits to private insurance, that private insurance covers everything and only "public" insurance plans limit treatment options? "

I dunno. Maybe he's tired? Maybe he didn't have enough smokes that morning and was in withdrawal?

But what I do know, is all your "non-political posting" is making me very nervous. My head is spinning. And I may have to change my avatar to

See ya later, Komoagators!

BK said...

The health care debate is the most heart wrenching topic - I HATE it and I know deep in my soul that government bureaucrassy is not the answer - never has been, never will be.

We had no law but love, and no occupation but labor. No government, no taxes, no public debt, no politics. —recollections of an oldtime resident of Tombstone AZ

quinn the eskimo said...

Speaking truth to the powerless - our new motto.

Obama's smart. He can be clear & even tough with political opponents - but there's no GOPers with real power.

It's against the real power-holders, that's the question - can he stand up to them? On finance, health, the military? I'm not seeing it.

Right now, it's just looking more and more preppie every day. And I fuckin' HATE preppies. Even more than doctors. ;-)

P.S. You know who he reminds me of? More and more, every single day? BLAIR. I shit you not. Think about it. That awful ability to beat the opposition to shit, and look better than the status-quo... but no fundamental ability to challenge or even stand up to the wealthy or the powerful. Actually, no DESIRE to. So all progress has to be achieved within that teeny constraint.

Billy Glad said...

Sure it is, BK. We're talking about administering an insurance plan. Government bureaucrats are as good at things like that as corporate bureaucrats. In this case, they'll probably be better, because they'll care about the public's health, not corporate profits or physician's incomes. Kristof knocks one out of the park. And with a sense of humor. Obama's problem is, as Subject Of Science said, he missed a few floors on the way up. Just about everybody is kicking his ass. I think it's that experience thing.

Tom Manoff said...

I'm worried. There was a time when Pitt-River Man would calm me down on Obama. Now he's freaking out in bold caps. Billy looks ready to rumble on. Billy and Pitt River on the same side? Times are rough.

Rootman said...

What Obama knows is that he only has to be ahead at the buzzer. No reason to get the rich all in a huff right now. It's going to be about votes in the Senate.

Billy Glad said...

That sly old Obamaman. Here he had me thinking he didn't know nothing at all.