Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Mr. President, Please Start Telling the Truth

President Obama continues to insist that the Democrat health care plan will not reduce Medicare benefits. He has gone so far as to say that people who disagree with him are lying, uncharitable and irreligious.

Well, count among that disparaged group Douglas Elmendorf, the head of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. Yesterday Elmendorf explained to senators that Americans now in Medicare's managed care plans would most definitely see reduced benefits under the Baucus bill -- like more than $100 billion over a 10 year period cut from the Medicare Advantage program.

Come on, Mr. President. Please start telling the truth. Pitch your plan as much as you want. Use the bully pulpit; use the old guard media who caters to your whims; use the power of your office to pressure the more independent members of your party.

But please cut out the lying. You're beginning to look both desperate and despicable by more and more Americans.

(Related to Obama's deliberate untruths on the question of "contained care" required by ObamaCare, see this quick video clip from yesterday.)