Monday, August 24, 2009


President BO held one of his "famous" conference calls the other day. This one was with the National Council of Churches.

In it he said: "We are closer to achieving that reform than we have ever been and that's why we're seeing some of the divisive and deceptive attacks. You've heard some of them. Uh, ludicrous ideas for, ehh... Let me just give you one example. This notion that somehow we are setting up "death panels," uh, that would decide whether elderly people get to live or die. That is just an extraordinary lie."

Let's be clear. President BO, in the above remarks, is saying that "death panels" don't exist in his plan or the proposed legislation.

A woman with a 105 year old mother who had needed a pace maker when she was 100 years old, asked President BO whether that would be possible under his plan, given that her mother was very "spunky."

President BO's response at the time was: "I don't think that we can make judgments based on people's "spirit." Uh, that would be, uh, a pretty subjective decision to be making. I think we have to have rules that, uh, say that, uh, we are going to provide good quality care for all people. End-of-life care is one of the most difficult sets of decisions that we're going to have to make. But understand that those decisions are already being made in one way or another. If they're not being made under Medicare and Medicaid, they're being made by private insurers. At least we can let doctors know -- and your mom know -- that you know what, maybe this isn't going to help. Maybe you're better off, uhh, not having the surgery, but, uhh, taking the painkiller."

OK. Under the health care plans being considered by the Congress, the Senate and the president, there would be a "commission" to decide whether a particular procedure conforms with the balance between cost and benefit.

So it's a "commission," not a "death panel."

A rose by any other name.

Another point that President BO is fond of making is: "This is not just about the 47 million Americans who don't have any health insurance at all. Reform's about every American who has ever feared that they may lose their coverage if they become too sick, or lose their job, or change their job."

Notice the figure he uses (as does most of the Mainstream Media): 47 million.

That 47 million figure includes illegal aliens (undocumented workers). There are about 12 million of them.

Obama has said we're not going to insure them. He said: "We've heard that this is all designed to provide health insurance to illegal aliens, and that's not true."

What he fails to remind you of in this statement is that the Supreme Court's already ruled that illegal aliens have all citizen rights.

President BO has said: "You've heard that this is all going to, uh, to mean government funding of abortion. Not true."

Try to square that with his words to Bryan Howard, the CEO of Planned Parenthood : "In my mind, uh, reproductive care is essential care. It is basic care. And so it is at the center and at the heart of the plan that I propose. Essentially what we are doing is to say that we're going to set up a public plan that all persons and all women can access if they don't have health insurance. It will be a plan that will provide all essential services, including reproductive services."

Another point the President insists on making is that you can keep your present health insurance coverage if you like it, even if it is employer paid.

OK. Try this quote on for size: "I don't think we're going to be able to eliminate employer coverage immediately. There's going to be potentially some transition process. I can envision a decade out or 15 years out or 20 years out."

Now in my county automobile dealers are getting pretty upset. They've made a bunch of deals involving "Clunkers," which they have taken in trade on new cars, allowing up to $4,500.00 on them, for which they have yet to be reimbursed as promised by the "Cash for Clunkers" program put forth by President BO.

Several dealerships are sitting on the verge of closing down if they don't get their money pretty soon.

Of course the dealers can't take back the deal, because the "clunkers" have been destroyed, thus reducing global warming and decreasing the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere.

If you believe that, I have a proverbial bridge in...oh, never mind.

Now President BO wants us to go along with his health care bill the same way we went along with Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Post Office.

He's so honest, straightforward and integrity-filled.

Just trust him. OK?

PERSONAL NOTE (NOT USUALLY DONE ON A BLOG'S POST, BUT DONE HERE BECAUSE THIS IS MY BLOG AND I CAN DO WHAT I WANT) TO Douglas V. Gibbs OVER AT "Political Pistachio ": I read your blog almost every day and enjoy it a lot. I am have a hard time commenting and the comments I have left are not showing up. Is there something I'm doing wrong?


shoprat said...

If Obama care had existed 2 years ago my father, who is alive not, would be dead.

Joe said...

shoprat: It really is scary and too many people don't realize it!

Xavier Onassis said...

Joe - Just a quick reminder that the only reason YOU are still alive and able to make this blog post is due to the efficiancy of government health care and other citizen's tax dollars.

You might consider saying thank you. Just sayin'.

Oh, and BTW, you're welcome. I'm happy to help.

Gotta go!


Joe said...

XO: You COULD say that...but the last time, (stents #s 3,4 & 5)the good ole Medicare refused payment for an ambulance trip, a hospital stay and a life-saving procedure...more than the value of my home, more than my income and more than my savings, because they did not approve the procedure.

My old employer insurance would have covered most of it, leaving me only a couple of co-pays and a $1,000.00 deductible.

Only I don't have private coverage any more...Medicare will allow supplimental insurance, but not full private coverage.

I should have taken a pill to stop the pain while I died.

Thanks, XO, for your continued compassion.

You're really not a very nice human being...but then you never claimed to be, did you?

Just sayin'

Besides, I still had Medicare taken out of my Social Security and have to pay a premium for a supplimental policy.

Jennifer said...

Trust him, my butt! Maybe if he would put a bill worth supporting into Congress and let them really read it, then maybe I would give him a chance. I see the folly in it, and I just can't give him a free pass!

Bryan said...

"Let's Just Trust Him, Shall We?"

Oh, I think Psalm 118:8 would be better. :0)

"It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man."

Joe said...

Jennifer: But President BO is SO trustworthy....isn't he?

Bryan: You got that right.

Tom said...

Trust a politician, especially one like Obama?

Surely, you jest...

(and I won't call you Shirley...)

Joe said...

Tom: Jest see that you don't. ("Airplane" of my favorite movies.)

Pasadena Closet Conservative said...

Good luck to you, Mr. President. Your back-pedaling is going to wear you out before this is over, mark my words.

Average American said...

Just trust him. OK?

OK, I will trust him as far as I can throw him, about 3 feet. That only applies if I actually get to throw him!

Susannah said...

Joe, may I please interrupt the comment flow to speak w/ our friend XO?

Xavier~ Knock it off, already.

What you think is Joe's achilles heel, he has proven over & over is not. Comments such as this one (& others I've seen you make) only serve to cheapen whatever else you happen to say.

Apparently, you think it's fun: making a moot point @ someone else's expense. Heaven forbid you're ever in Joe's shoes, my friend. It won't be so funny then. If Mr. O gets his way - God forbid & heaven help us - you could find yourself in the cue for your 'end of life counseling.'

Quit being an a#$ & go find somewhere else to play.

Susannah said...

Trust him? Not on anybody's life!!

I've signed up for Bryan's plan.

Joe said...

PCC: Backpeddling is the specialty of most politicians, especially the mugwumps. You know: the bird that sits on the fence with his mug on one side and his wump on the other. Flys backwards. Only cares where he's been, not where he's going.

AA: I couldn't throw him 3 feet, or anybody else, for that matter.
And that' about how far we should trust him.

Susannah: Old XO has been here before. At least this time he didn't get nasty...unless you call talking about somebody being dead, nasty.

Anyway...thanks for the support.

Welcome back. I'm on the plan Bryan referenced, too.

Z said...

I can't even get past that AWFUL picture!!! Heh!

Someone mentioned the 'efficiency of gov't healthcare'? Medicare is BROKEN very soon, folks....WHAT?

Trust OBAMA, Joe? I will when you will. never

Susannah said...

No problem on the support side, Joseph!

I'm just thinking maybe XO's Mama didn't teach him his manners very well. Or if she did, he ain't mindin' her very good.