Obama's Actual Health Plan Remains Murky

Thursday, 17 Sep 2009 03:49 PM

By Grover Norquist

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President Barack Obama spoke at length Sept. 9 about what he called “my plan” before a joint session of Congress. Since that time, he has talked about “my plan” quite a bit. By our count he has mentioned the “plan”:

  • 28 times at the joint session of Congress on Sept. 9

  • 6 times at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Sept. 10

  • 15 times at his Minnesota healthcare rally on Sept. 12

  • 8 times speaking with members of the AFL-CIO on Sept. 15

    But exactly where is Obama’s actual plan? The House and Senate have introduced at least four Democrat healthcare proposals — at least two versions of H.R.3200, the Senate HELP Committee’s bill, and the recently released Baucus proposal. All of these are real plans — hundreds of pages long — that may be enacted into law. Obama’s “plan”, so far as we can tell, is three pages of bullet points on the whitehouse.gov Web site.

    When are these bullet points going to be translated into an actual piece of legislation? Obama swears that his proposal will not raise taxes on the middle class or drive Americans out of their current insurance arrangement. Yet every one of the Democrats’ actual plans contain precisely those things Obama says he would never allow. He has not said he would veto those bills.

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