Without question, the most damaging moment for Obama came when he acknowledged that in spite of the rationing implicit in his public health care plan, he would still pay out-of-pocket to obtain the best health care for his family. As reported by ABC’s Jake Tapper, “President Obama struggled to explain today whether his health care reform proposals would force normal Americans to make sacrifices that wealthier, more powerful people – like the president himself – wouldn’t face.”
Though it is not in the standard Republican playbook, the opponents of Obamacare should argue that his program is fundamentally unfair and at odds with America’s egalitarian commitments. Assuming that Republicans are correct, and the creation of a public-plan will lead to the collapse, rather than invigoration, of private health insurance, the end result of Obamacare will be a massive shift from an employer-based system of private health insurance toward government-provided care.
And Republicans need to note at every opportunity that after this transition takes place, the rich and powerful will still be able to get all the care they want. Last night the President spoke about the need to ration care to bring down costs. That can only be done in a public system. Those who have access to private health care will still have their choice of doctors, hospitals, and procedures.
In other words, Obamacare, contrary to its promise, will entrench rather than eliminate the Two Americas, maintaining a system of private coverage for the rich, and imposing a government bureaucracy that rations care on the middle class.
American people are - on the whole - opposed to the kind of draconian levelling that socialism and communism imposes on a nation. But it is useful to point out to those who support the equalization of outcomes, that those so-called egalitarian systems have superior outcomes for the powerful and the well-connected, as Obama made very clear an is medical care infomercial.
Jake Tapper at ABC news broke from the ranks of his brethren by highlighting the question that led to this devastating admission...
It's always the case that the elites set themselves apart. As in Animal Farm all animals were equal, some were just more equal than others.
President Obama struggled to explain today whether his health care reform proposals would force normal Americans to make sacrifices that wealthier, more powerful people -- like the president himself -- wouldn't face.
The probing questions came from two skeptical neurologists during ABC News' special on health care reform, "Questions for the President: Prescription for America," anchored from the White House by Diane Sawyer and Charles Gibson.
Dr. Orrin Devinsky, a neurologist and researcher at the New York University Langone Medical Center, said that elites often propose health care solutions that limit options for the general public, secure in the knowledge that if they or their loves ones get sick they will be able to afford the best care available, even if it's not provided by insurance.