Obama’s new health-care argument: A primer

President Obama promised Wednesday to do everything in his power to persuade the country in the next few weeks that the Congress should pass a health-care bill, even if Democrats use reconciliation to get it done.

In his speech, the president previewed the case he’ll be making as he goes to Philadelphia on Monday and to St. Louis on Wednesday. Here are four of the core points to Obama’s argument about his health-care proposal:

1. It’s not a government takeover of health care
Obama said “government-run health care” would be “neither practical nor realistic.” Democrats argue that with a “public option” off the table, there is no argument to be made that their plan increases government control of the health-care sector, and Obama said his plan would “give the American people more control over their own health insurance.”

Rep. Mike Pence, Indiana Republican, used the phrase “government takeover” at least five times in a TV interview immediately after the president’s speech. Obama’s proposal would require all Americans to have health insurance and would give the federal government regulatory powers to determine what constitutes a qualified plan. The government would also have the power to set prices for insurers. Republicans also point to what they say are 159 government “boards, commissions and programs” that would be created by the Senate bill.

2. Republicans are ideologically committed to protecting health insurance companies, but he wants to protect Americans from the industry
Obama has been making this point since hosting last week’s health-care summit. It’s a stretch to say Republicans are ideologically committed to the insurance industry, since most Republicans are ideologically committed to limiting the power of government – the application of that ideology does mean that many Republicans oppose regulation they consider burdensome. But it’s a rhetorical shortcut that gives the president an effective point of attack.

“Republicans in Congress … believe the answer is to loosen regulations on the insurance industry,” he said.” I’m concerned that this would only give the insurance industry even freer rein to raise premiums and deny care.”

He argued that he will give more control of health care companies to Americans “by holding insurance companies more accountable.”

Republicans say they have their own ideas on how to protect consumers from health care insurance abuse.

Kevin Smith, a spokesman for House Minority Leader John Boehner, Ohio Republican, said their plan “establishes universal access programs to guarantee access to affordable health care for those with pre-existing conditions.”

“Our plan also prohibits an insurer from canceling a policy unless a person commits fraud or conceals material facts about a health condition,” Smith said.

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  • theveed

    “Republicans are ideologically committed to protecting health insurance companies, but he wants to protect Americans from the industry.”

    If he really wants to protect us why doesn’t he castrate himself as deterrence from screwing us?

    • doncicciofitipaldi

      You are a complete mo_ron.

      • theveed

        I suppose you like getting it up your culaid, you frigging degenerate!!!
        POW POW POW!!! That’s three lefts to your face for wasting my time you irrelevant maggot

  • erick1740

    The white coat props were really funny, the man has to be a complete dolt. There was one woman in scrubs, she was on stage with him. Who the hell would wear scrubs to a meeting with the president? A dem SEIU member, maybe.

    • hurtzallot

      Barney Franks Proctologist?

      • hurtzallot

        You know, in Arkansas, they’re now legally married.

  • desmo1121

    Lies….. How this man can hold the highest office and lie to the American people. Even when the truth is pointed out in front of him on live TV, he still continues the charade.

    No wonder why there is so much content against this administration right now.

    • doncicciofitipaldi

      Because “the truth” you keep talking about is nothing but lies which you believe to be the truth. Its that simple.

  • scorpioman

    You guys were right in the fact that Obama is a little bit like Bush. He’s using majority rule the same way Bush did. Except he’ll be using majority rule to help Americans instead of giving tax cuts to the rich. How does that feel asswipes?

    • erick1740

      You mean that obama is helping, by destroying our economy and usurping our freedom. The american people should be ashamed at the disaster they voted for last year, if we don’t get rid of them this country will not survive.

  • windrdr

    Point 5 – Vote for my plan, and and get your FREE Federal Judicial Appointment for a family member. We call it “family coveage”.

    Offer valid only till there are enough votes to ram this sucker down the throats of the American public! Act fast!

  • moira1987

    “We’re not doctors…but we play doctors in televised public relations stunts.”

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kelly-Hardy/100000099984163 Kelly Hardy

      This is getting so ridiculously childish. He did the White coats in the past and it was found many were not even Dr’s. Isn’t it against the law to dress up and pose as a Dr. to deceive the public? I think it is. For one a Dr. does not go around dressed like he is at work. Why not have surgeons running around in scrubs?…This photo invalidates his credibility. His message invalidates his credibility.

      • hurtzallot

        This cat don’t care, he lost all credibility in Copenhagen……twice.

        • doncicciofitipaldi

          First…learn the English language. The go practice it in Copenhagen. Maybe you’ll come back wiser and with a different perspective of the world.

      • sunnyr

        The more Obama talks, the less the people are going to buy what he is trying to sell. After a while they just tune him out. No one believes him anymore.