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Democrats Dying for Good News are Grasping at Obama's Health Care Illusions

The Democratic party has massive pent-up demand for good news on health care — i.e., they haven’t had any and Obama’s brightly colored abstract art painting of a health care speech has temporarily put the Democrats in a trance like state.

They will snap out of it, because the experienced veterans of health care warfare will help them.

One very experienced Democrat, a former Senate staffer who appears ofter on cable talk shows was very, very angry this morning. He believes Obama has completely destroyed the chance the nation had to get health care reform accomplished.

He simply stated that President Obama was not telling the truth on many key points in his speech yesterday.

Obama’s first point:

First, if you are among the hundreds of millions of Americans who already have health insurance through your job, Medicare, Medicaid, or the VA, nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have. Let me repeat this: nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have.

Obama wants to mandate all these new benefits — which he says he will do for free — for everyone’s health plan, and then he says your plan will not change. As soon as your plan changes — you are forced into the government-run, government-controlled health information exchange that dictates all plan designs of every insurance plan. But Obama keeps repeating what cannot be true.

Secondly, this Democrat was incensed that President Obama again said this plan will not increase the deficit:

I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits – either now or in the future. Period. And to prove that I’m serious, there will be a provision in this plan that requires us to come forward with more spending cuts if the savings we promised don’t materialize.

Obama is living in fiscal fantasy land. The last “spending trigger” for Medicare was simply ignored by Congress and then the law that contained the trigger to cut spending was simply changed so the trigger no longer existed. It has happened time and time again with any spending trigger, for decades and decades in Washington, including all the way back to Gramm-Rudman-Hollings, the great spending containment law that passed in the mid 1980s.

Everyone knows that Congress cannot cut Medicare. Everyone knows that this means it adds to the deficit. Everyone except Obama. Again, the Democrats are grasping at illusions because that is all they have left from ObamaCare. Who really believes that “fraud and abuse” savings will fund the lion’s share of a $1 trillion plan. It is laughable.

Third, when Obama said there “are now more than thirty million American citizens who cannot get coverage,” this Democrat immediately understood that the White House, by not using their usual 40 million person number (which is wrong, and everyone knows it) Obama was really telling Congress that the White House has given up on covering everyone. As CNN reported less than an hour ago:

In his Thursday briefing, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that the 30 million figure was used because the administration is limiting who can be covered and therefore he argued the different number is the most appropriate.

In addition, those Dems reading the tea-leaves and parsing the Obama speech has come up with one other conclusions worth mentioning:

a) Obama has abandoned any hope of a public option in the Senate or in the final billl which the left cannot stand.

Simply put, hard-core experienced health care former staffers understand President Obama is not telling the truth about his two main points for people who have health insurance:

1) Your health plan will change;

2) The deficit will increase (this link is about an op-ed from the WSJ on why ObamaCare will cost $2 Trillion, not $1 Trillion, and here is just a taste: “Previous experience with changes in the marginal tax rates of high-income individuals implies that the current proposal to raise the marginal tax rate to about 50% from today’s 40% would produce only about half of the official revenue estimates.”)

The left wing of the Democratic party in the U.S. House will realize this over time, and will get increasingly restless.

Furthermore, Obama was LYING about abortion. ObamaCare covers it, it even has explicit language to insure there are plans in every sector of the country that cover abortion.

There was nothing new in Obama’s speech. But CNN’s polling of massively under sampling Republicans, over sampling Democrats creates more happy-talk that will evaporate in the hot political sun of opposition by the American people.

Make no mistake, Obama continued his untruth campaign and the Democrats, desperate for any good news, have suspended their normal political skills and appear to just believe.

And there is one rule of politics that you cannot, ever, violate, and that is you believe your own propaganda.