My prediction for the health care ‘summit’

At the health care summit on Thursday, Barack Obama will:

  • Pinch his fingers together a lot.
  • Purse his lips a lot.
  • Pretend like he’s keeping his campaign promise to have open health care negotiations even though he’s only doing it after being called on the carpet about it and after the real “negotiations” (read: Democratic caucuses) are done.
  • Lie.
  • Say, “Let me be clear,” a lot and then not be clear.
  • Say, “You will be able to keep your health plan and your doctor” a lot.
  • Lie some more.
  • And stumble and fumble around when something gets out of his control.

Republicans will:

  • Be generally useless because they’re scared to death of being called the “party of no,” even when it’s a good thing to say no to something bad.

Democrats will:

  • Let their minds wander off to how much more money they can spend so they won’t feel guilty about something.

Here’s how Obamacare will work

  • Require health insurers to accept all applicants regardless of health at time of application or in past.
  • Require all people to have insurance.
  • All people, except those with the guts to tell the government to get lost, will get health insurance.
  • The premiums under these conditions would naturally go up, but …
  • President Obama’s health insurance price regulatory panel will control prices.
  • Insurers won’t be able to make a profit. (Surprise!)
  • Insurers will go out of business or be subsidized by the government.
  • Ultimately, all health insurance will go through the government, which will have total control over what procedures and care will be paid for.
  • Single-payer accomplished, Cap’n.

Oops!

Flacking for President Barack Obama’s “new” health care plan, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters assembled for yesterday’s press briefing: “The president posted ideas of his on the White House website today. We hope Republicans will post their ideas either on their website, or we’d be happy to post them on ours, so that the American people could come to one location and find out the parameters of what will largely be discussed on Thursday.” And this might have been a small bit of successful Obama administration gamesmanship on health care and transparency in government except for one small problem: reality. Not only do House Republicans already have their own health care plan, not only is it already available online, but the White House’s own website already links to it!

From here.

HELLO? WHITE HOUSE? ANYBODY LISTENING?

“Overall the president’s numbers have been between the mid and upper 40s since around Thanksgiving — they tend to get a little lower when health care becomes the primary focus, as it is now,” said Scott Rasmussen, the pollster.

HEY! OBAMA! IS THE COMMUNICATION GETTING ANY BETTER? HELLO?

via Polls: Obama’s Approval Dropping, Opposition Up to Pro-Abortion Health Care Bill.

Pelosi-speak: Mandate=choice.

Speakerette of the House Nancy Pelosi says that what Congress is really offering in its health care reform bills is a “consumer option,” not a public option:

“As we’re mandating that people buy insurance we are saying to them, you have leverage, you have another choice. This is your consumer option.” To back up her point, Pelosi said that the program would be self-sustaining and benefits would be paid for by premiums, not taxpayers.

Point 1: She actually managed to say that the government would both mandate insurance and offer a choice. Translation: We will remove your choice to buy insurance and offer you a choice of which insurance to buy. Take with one hand … well, take with one hand.

Point 2: The program will be “self-sustaining” and won’t be paid by taxpayers. Uh-huh, and Social Security will only put out benefits already paid in by the beneficiaries, and so will Medicare. Taxpayers won’t be affected by this at all. Nope, no way. Move on. Nothing to see here. Uh-huh. Liberal Democrats are going to institute a massive public insurance program that won’t affect taxes. And you can set up an ice cream concession in hell, too.