Obama lies (or misleads) on health care

Michael F. Cannon (Cato) and Ramesh Ponnuru (National Review Online) list 21 misleading or false statements in president Obama’s speech about health care a couple weeks ago.  Here’s the list.  To see why these are false and/or misleading, read the article on how Obama misleads.

1. “Buying insurance on your own costs you three times as much as the coverage you get from your employer.”

2. “There are now more than 30 million American citizens who cannot get coverage.”

3.”And every day, 14,000 Americans lose their coverage.”

4. “One man from Illinois lost his coverage in the middle of chemotherapy. . . . They delayed his treatment, and he died because of it.”

5. “Another woman from Texas was about to get a double mastectomy when her insurance company canceled her policy because she forgot to declare a case of acne.”

6. Rising costs are “why so many employers . . . are forcing their employees to pay more for insurance.”

7. Rising costs are “why American business that compete internationally . . . are at a huge disadvantage.”

8. “Those of us with health insurance are also paying a hidden and growing tax for those without it – about $1,000 per year that pays for somebody else’s emergency room and charitable care.”

10. “[Reform] will slow the growth of health-care costs for our families, our businesses, and our government.”

11. “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.”
12. Requiring insurers to cover preventive care “saves money.”

13. “The [bogus] claim . . . that we plan to set up panels of bureaucrats with the power to kill off senior citizens . . . is a lie, plain and simple.”

14. “There are also those who claim that our reform efforts would insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false. The reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.”

15. “Under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions.”

16. Critics of the public option would “be right if taxpayers were subsidizing this public insurance option. But they won’t be. I’ve insisted that like any private insurance company, the public insurance option would have to be self-sufficient and rely on the premiums it collects.”

17. “And I will make sure that no government bureaucrat or insurance company bureaucrat gets between you and the care that you need.”

18. “I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits – either now or in the future.” “The plan will not add to our deficit.”

19. “Now, add it all up, and the plan I’m proposing will cost around $900 billion over ten years.”

20. “The middle class will realize greater security, not higher taxes.”

21. “I won’t stand by while the special interests use the same old tactics to keep things exactly the way they are.”


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