Obamacare

I didn’t watch the Obama health care infomercial on ABC last night.  Watching Obama doing anything turns my stomach.  The Business & Media Institute has an analysis entitled, ABC ObamaCare Special Turns Into Presidential Filibuster:

Call this a teachable moment, but even with ABC’s best-laid plans to kickstart the debate about health care reform and not allow the “Prescription for America” special to become an “infomercial,” as many have complained – the president spent more than twice as much time as his questioners vaguely answering or not answering the questions asked of him. But the network consistently presented the event as part of the need to fix a “broken system.” When asked, every one of the 164 hand-picked audience members said they felt that health care needed to be changed.

While Obama had to field some difficult questions — from the audience and ABC — he faced no Republican critics of his proposals. The network also allowed him to dominate the program with long-winded and vague answers. Out of the 75 minutes the network dedicated over the two programs (commercials excluded), the president managed to take 60 percent of that time: 45 minutes to give 19 vague responses – not exactly the “dialogue” advertised by ABC:

The Narcissist in Chief really likes to hear his own voice.   Continue reading, ABC ObamaCare Special Turns Into Presidential Filibuster

Just who are all those uninsured that require the Federal Government to take care of them?  Larry Elder writing at Jewish World Review offers some clarity in the following two commentaries. ‘45 Million Americans’ — Who Are Those Guys?:

About 45 million Americans lack health care insurance. Or do they?

A pro-“universal health care” television host recently cited this widely accepted “fact.” The number is bogus.


Here’s the skinny.


Start with the math. We have 300 million Americans. Subtract the 45 million — 15 percent of us — with no health insurance. That leaves 255 million Americans, or 85 percent, with it.


And the insurance is lousy, right? Not according to a 2006 ABC News/Kaiser Family Foundation/USA Today survey. It found that 89 percent of Americans were satisfied with the quality of their
own health care.


Nearly half of the 45 million fall in the category of my 26-year-old nephew. He smokes cigarettes, dates, eats out, goes to movies and, like all young people, lives through his cell phone. With a slight change in priorities, he could afford health insurance, the cost of which at his age and health starts at about $100 a month. Take a look at a Reason Foundation video (http://reason.tv/video/show/560.html) of interviews with a bunch of non-health-insured 20-somethings.
Continue reading here.

And here’s the second piece‘45 Million Americans’ — Who Are Those Guys?, Continued:

Last week’s article on why 45 million Americans go without health care insurance touched a nerve and generated many questions and assertions:

“Come on! Obviously the American health care system IS broken! That’s why our life expectancy is so much lower and our infant mortality rate is so much higher than in other countries.”

Elder: Ezekiel Emanuel, a medical adviser to the President (and brother of Rahm, the chief of staff), once told me, “Life expectancy is one of the dumbest ways to measure the quality of a nation’s health care.” Quality of medical care does not — by itself — determine life expectancy. For example, deaths from accidents and murders are much higher in America than in other developed countries. Texas A&M health economist Robert Ohsfeldt and health economics consultant John Schneider calculated that if accidental deaths and homicides during the ’80s and ’90s were removed from the calculations, life expectancy in America would have ranked at the top of all developed countries. What about personal behavior? Obesity leads to serious health problems, including heart disease. One-third of Americans are obese — almost 50 percent more than the British and Australians, over 100 percent more than the Canadians and Germans, about 250 percent more than the French and 1,000 percent more than the Japanese. Read the whole piece here.


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