Monday, August 10, 2009

Michael Barone Joins The White House Watch List on Healthcare

Michael Barone has written a column that will get Linda Douglass upset. He bases it on this video:

Here is what Barone has to say:
One video is worth a thousand words (or, as in this column, about 730). The video in question, put together by a group called Verum Serum, shows public statements by three advocates of single-payer (government monopoly) health insurance explaining that a health care bill with a "government option" would move America toward a single-payer government health care system. You may not have heard of the first two, Rep. Jan Schakowsky and professor Jacob Hacker. But you have heard of the third, President Barack Obama.

He goes on to describe who these people are. Quite illuminating was Dr. Hacker, who shopped what is now known as the "obama plan" around to the Democrat 2008 candidates for President. Illuminating about how much of a deception this plan is toward going to socialized medicine is what Dr. Hacker says in the video. Here is a transcript:
"Someone told me this was a Trojan horse for single-payer. Well, it's not a Trojan horse, right? It's just right there. I'm telling you. We're going to get there, over time, slowly, but we'll move away from reliance on employer-based health insurance as we should, but we'll do it in a way that we're not going to frighten people into thinking they're going to lose their private insurance. We're going to give them a choice of public and private insurance when they're in the pool, and we're going to let them keep their private employer-based insurance if their employer continues to provide it."

Barone, of course, as most of us "mobsters" do, sees through this false option as well:
Of course, there's no guarantee employers will. Many employers, single-payer advocates hope, will be happy to let their employees go onto the government plan. The Lewin Group, cited often by various analysts, estimates that a government-option plan, depending on how the law is written, could move as many as 100 million households off private insurance and onto the government plan in a few years.

What is so disturbing, is that now, the White House is trying to rewrite history. Obama as a candidate for Senate said he has always advocated for single payer, that is, government paid for and operated health care. Now, he and Linda Douglass at the fishy site are trying to say "nothing could be further from the truth." Do these people even know truth anymore?