With polls showing that a majority of Americans now disapprove of his handling of health care, Democrats in Congress fighting among themselves, the CBO rejecting the idea that any current plans reduce health care costs, and the August deadline for passing health care legislation looking more like a pipe dream with each passing hour, President Obama had a chance tonight to reset the debate. Instead, he rambled on, rehashing a series of wonky talking points, and he wasted so much time dodging questions that he only had time for 10 of them in a press conference that spanned nearly one hour.
When I get a hold of the transcript, I plan on pointing out numerous factual errors and — there’s no polite way of saying this — lies that Obama made in his remarks, but there’s one comment that really stood out for me. At one point, Obama made the insulting suggestion that when children go to doctors with sore throats, doctors consult payment charts, and unneccesarily remove kids’ tonsils just to earn extra money. Aside from being a cynical remark, it isn’t smart politically, as polling shows that Americans trust doctors far more than politicians when it comes to health care.
Also worth noting, at one point Obama said he wouldn’t support health care legislation that was “primarily” funded by raising taxes on the middle class. But does that mean he’d be open to a bill that was partially funded that way?