“It was like watching a three-card Monte game while simultaneously listening to a lawyer read from the Federal Register.”
Posted by danishova on July 23, 2009
Howard Fineman reviews Obama’s “lackluster” health care press conference. Some excerpts:
WASHINGTON – I’ve been covering Barack Obama for a few years, and it’s usually crystal clear what he is up to. Not last night. This is the first time I’ve asked myself: What was THAT all about?
His prime time press conference was worse than a waste of time. He spent an hour (with the aide of a soporific White House press corps) pouring sand (one grain at a time) into the already-slowing gears of the machinery of health-care reform…
Also, the president is playing the game very cautiously — letting Congress take the lead in making proposals, refusing, for the most part, to commit himself on exactly what “reform” really means.
Nor is he eager to talk about the sacrifices that will inevitably be required to extend the availability to health-care coverage to all and control costs at the same time. There WILL be cuts in spending on care, and there WILL be new taxes. But the president was unwilling to be specific on any of that.
It was like watching a three-card Monte game while simultaneously listening to a lawyer read from the Federal Register.
Obama repeated his generalized pledge to control costs and eventually “bend the curve” of health-care costs in this country. But he didn’t offer any new details about he might do it.
Hang on for the headline you won’t find in the headlines:
If you listened very carefully, you did hear one bit of news, but it was not one that the president was eager to turn into a headline. He said he did not want the burden of any revenue increases (that is, new taxes) to fall “primarily on middle class families.” That was an indirect acknowledgment that he would indeed accept SOME new taxes on the middle class to pay for health-care reform. That’s the first time he said that.
Meanwhile, thanks to Peter Fleckenstein (aka “Fleckman”) who is doing the work
Americans reporters don’t want to do, here’s a shocking list of items secreted inside the Democrat’s plan. I won’t bother trying to summarize the list because each and every item is frightening and deserves to be read in full, except to mention that ACORN, the "shell game played in 120 cities, 43 states and the District of Columbia”, is well rewarded.
Ed Morrissey parses Barry’s “weasel words” about middle class tax hikes.