Some people are saying that the New Hampshire Town Hall was a little bit staged. What do you think? Nine questions in an hour and lots of words but not much substance. Here’s just two things President Obama said yesterday that have been proven to be wrong:
1. President Obama: “The irony is that actually one of the chief sponsors of this bill originally was a Republican — then House member, now senator, named Johnny Isakson from Georgia — who very sensibly thought this is something that would expand people’s options. And somehow it’s gotten spun into this idea of “death panels.” I am not in favor of that. So just I want to — (applause.) I want to clear the air here.”
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Isakson Denounces White House Comments Connecting Him
To Terribly Flawed House Health Care Bill
‘This Is What Happens When the President and Members of Congress Don’t Read the Bills’
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today denounced comments made by President Obama and his spokesman regarding Isakson’s alleged connection to language contained in the House health care bill on “end-of-life counseling.”
Isakson vehemently opposes the House and Senate health care bills and he played no role in drafting language added to the House bill by House Democrats calling for the government to incentivize doctors by offering them money to conduct “end-of-life counseling” with Medicare patients every five years. Isakson also strongly opposed the House bill language calling for doctors to follow a government-mandated list of topics to discuss with patients during the counseling sessions.
2. President Obama: “We have the AARP on board because they know this is a good deal for our seniors.”
August 12, 2009, Tom Nelson, AARP’s chief operating officer, said, “Indications that we have endorsed any of the major health care reform bills currently under consideration in Congress are inaccurate.”
President Obama does this quite often, claiming endorsement or support when it does not exist. He keeps saying that if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, too. But he also promised to create 2.5 million jobs and that no one making less than $250,000 would have their taxes raised “one dime.” Then when it does not turn out to be true, they say, in effect, Well that was then and this is now.