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July 30, 2009
Rove: 'Obama's Great Health Scare'
Writing in the Wall Street Journal , Karl Rove turns the tables on President Obama and shows how it is he, not health reform opponents, who are practicing scare tactics to advance their agenda:
A Fox News Poll from last week shows that 84% of Americans who have health insurance are happy with their coverage. And because 91% of all Americans have insurance, that means that 76% of all Americans will be concerned about anything that threatens their current coverage. By a 2-1 margin, according to the Fox Poll, Americans want coverage from a private provider rather than the government.
Facing numbers like these, Mr. Obama is dropping his high-minded rhetoric and instead trying to scare voters. During last week's news conference, for example, he said that doctors routinely perform unnecessary tonsillectomies on children simply to fatten their wallets. All that was missing was the suggestion that the operations were conducted without anesthesia.
This is not a healthy way to wage a policy debate. It also risks making the president look desperate at a time when his proposals are looking increasingly too expensive for Americans to accept.
Last weekend, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) demolished Mr. Obama's claims that his plan cuts the growth of future health spending and won't add to the deficit. Responding to a White House proposal to create an independent panel to recommend Medicare cuts, the CBO said on Saturday that "The probability is high that no savings would be realized" in the next decade, while entitlement spending would rise $1.042 trillion. The CBO did say there might be $2 billion in savings in the second decade of the program-a pittance.
Judging by the polls, Obama's believability on health care is tanking, which explains his fear mongering. You can always tell when a president is in trouble when he stops arguing the facts of his position and resorts to warning of dire consequences unless his agenda is passed. It is the strategy of the loser and the result in this case will probably backfire on the president.
Read Rove's entire piece.