Tuesday, January 15, 2013


Last week I posted about Obama’s startling position that we don’t' have a spending problem. He sees it as a healthcare funding problem, and implicitly that he’s solved it.

Yesterday, the lead editorial in The Wall Street Journal raised the same point.

"We don't have a spending problem. We have a health-care problem." For our money—and yours—those are two of the most remarkable sentences our Orator in Chief has ever strung together.

So, he and the Democratic congressional majority passed Obamacare:

… Speaking at a pep rally for House Democrats shortly before they voted to pass what he called "one of the biggest deficit reduction measures in history," Mr. Obama said that "Everybody who's looked at it says that every single good idea to bend the cost curve and start actually reducing health-care costs are in this bill."

Except for … say … shifting the supply of healthcare professional to the right (but that might tick of the AMA). Last I checked, that’s how we teach freshman that prices go down.

One of my favorite quips about Clinton, and one which I’ve used many times even though I don’t know the source goes like this: what made Clinton an OK president was that he could BS, but he knew better than to believe his own BS. Not so Obama:

He seems to believe his own advertising. The White House position is that the government health gnomes now have the tools they need to solve the problem. And that would help explain why Mr. Obama refused to consider more than token reforms in the budget talks in 2011 or after the election.

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