Mr. Obama wrote me again. I guess I'm on his e-mail list. This time he reminded me of the importance of rushing to pass another ONE TRILLION DOLLAR-PLUS bill through Congress.
So I watched his press conference tonight. Question after question, answer after answer had me scratching my head, wondering, "What did he say? Did he answer that question?" Like the push to pass the Big Government Stimulus Package, he was again urging Congress to act now, do it fast, or doom and catastrophe lay around the corner.
Mr. President, you stated again that Americans want something done now, else we will see skyrocketing premiums and deficits left to our children to pay. Isn't that what we are getting with the bailouts -- bills left to our children (and children's children) to pay?
And, Mr. President, you didn't say anything about all of the illegal aliens who will be covered by your bill. They are, after all, a part of that 45 million "Americans" who you claim are not covered. And, Mr. President, I just read this comment from your first pick for Health and Human Services director, (tax-evading) former Senator Tom Daschle: "[H]ealth-care reform will not be pain free. Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them." This according to Bloomberg. So health care reform means less care for senior citizens -- "Get used to it, Grandpa. You gonna die soon, so forget that hip operation, or the cataract surgery!"
And Mr. President, why is it that most Americans don't see the urgency of getting this reform bill passed? Could it be that your type of health care reform is not a priority because most of us LIKE our health care plans? A Zogby/University of Texas poll says 84% of Americans are satisfied with their health care. Might it also be that we are more concerned about all those jobs you promised that the Big Government Stimulus Package was supposed to deliver?
And, Mr. President, is there anything in this big 1000-plus page bill that addresses those high priced lawsuits and malpractice expenses that doctors have to contend with, that are a true contributor to higher premiums and stress on medical professionals? And now I hear that this bill also includes taxpayer-funded abortions for "poor women" as a part of their (not the unborn baby's) health-care. Do you really think most Americans want to foot the bill for abortions?
As you answered the Press' questions tonight, I didn't hear these issues addressed, and what you did address, like getting treatment for a "bad sore throat," sounded rambling and incomprehensible. (I suppose it's the usual case of you trying to explain something that you and Congress haven't read.)
So I ask you, sir, What's wrong with slowing down and allowing the light of day to shine on this big bill? Do you fear that the more we learn, the less we'll like? What's wrong with debate? Are we not allowed to question what you people pass onto us to pay for and live with? Your press conference tonight convinced me again that you and your Administration are hastily pursuing change that most Americans neither want nor understand.