Tuesday, May 18, 2010

"If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan"

Remember those words, uttered over and over again by rote, from our Dear Leader? As just one example, here is a full quote on this subject from President Obama in a speech he gave on June 15, 2009 when the debate over the Health Control Law was beginning to heat up:
“[N]o matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what. My view is that health care reform should be guided by a simple principle: fix what’s broken and build on what works.”
The whole time that Obama was slinging this hash, pundits and policy makers on the conservative side of the aisle were yelling at the top of their lungs that Obama could only make this claim if one did not take into account the change in behavior that the new law would effect among doctors and health care providers once implemented. Statist busybodies have never been good at either comprehending or caring about the impact that their harebrained legislative schemes can have on the behavior of the people out there who are directly or even indirectly affected by such legislation.

The classic example of this is the belief that raising taxes will continue to bring in more and more revenue rather than reduce revenue by pushing people to find ways to hide or reduce the income that they have to declare.

Now, it appears the conservative punditry has been proven correct in their denunciations of Obama's insistence that his (and the Dem-controlled Congress') beloved Health Control law will not affect the access that people have to their preferred doctor or health insurance plan.

Dr. Scott Gottlieb lays all this out in a column for the Wall Street Journal. Give it a read.

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be." -Thomas Jefferson

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