Saturday, July 18, 2009

President Repeats Debunked Claims on Health Care

We are getting down to the wire on the passage of government run health care. In his weekly address, the President re-iterated his statements that have been proven wrong with each and every breath.

House Republican Leader, John Boehner, sums it up:

Fact Check: President Repeats Debunked Claims on Health Care in Weekly Address
Democrats' Expensive Government Takeover of Health Care Will Add to the Deficit, Drive Millions Off of Their Current Plans

Washington, Jul 18 - President Obama is using his weekly address today to repeat some of the same claims that have been debunked time and time again during the health care debate. While Republicans have offered a better solution to give more Americans access to affordable health care without a small business tax, without raising health care costs, and without forcing millions of Americans off of their current plans, Democrats have stubbornly barreled ahead with their flawed government-run plan. Here are some previously-debunked claims the President resurrected in his weekly address today:

CLAIM: “I want to be very clear: I will not sign on to any health plan that adds to our deficits over the next decade. And by helping improve quality and efficiency, the reforms we make will help bring our deficits under control in the long-term.”

FACT: The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) yesterday released its cost estimate on the House Democrats’ government takeover of health care and found that it will deepen the federal budget deficit by $239 billion over the next 10 years. Will the President promise to veto it? House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) noted that the CBO’s findings are just the latest in a string of problems with the House Democrats’ government-run plan:

“In recent days, Congress’ official, nonpartisan scorekeeper, the Congressional Budget Office, has reported that the Democrats’ government takeover of health care will drive health care costs even higher and add hundreds of billions more to our budget deficit. When are Democrats going to admit that their claims about their government-run plan are pure fiction? Repeating the same disproven myths over and over again will not make them true. Instead, Democrats should scrap their costly, job-destroying proposal and work with Republicans on a real plan to give Americans better access to affordable health care.”

CLAIM: “Under our proposals, if you like your doctor, you keep your doctor. If you like your current insurance, you keep that insurance. Period, end of story.”

FACT: The Associated Press already reported that on this pledge, “White House officials suggest the president’s rhetoric shouldn’t be taken literally.” Maybe that’s because the Congressional Budget Office found that 23 million Americans would lose their current plans if a Senate Democratic health care “reform” bill was enacted. Worse yet, an independent study conducted by the Lewin Group predicted that 114 million Americans would be forced out of their current health care coverage, including more than 106 million Americans who currently have employer-provided health care.