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David Ripley: The President’s Big Speech

September 10th, 2009 by Halli

By David Ripley, Idaho Chooses Life

Regardless of where you stand on the political spectrum, we all have to admit that the guy can give a heckuva speech. His voice is soothing, manners smooth; you find yourself wanting to believe him. And, after all, he is The President of the United States.

Yet the disturbing truth is that President Obama is a practiced and stylized “messenger of misinformation.” (Calling him a ‘liar’ is just rude).

President Obama turned to the American people, looked us straight in the eye from the most honored podium in American history … and tried selling us one more time on the wonders of his plan to remake American society through his health care “reform”. Here are some of the more obvious lies he tried selling us:

1. Mr. Obama said that his plan would be paid for through a massive cut in expenditures for Medicare and Medicaid: “Reducing the waste and inefficiency in Medicare and Medicaid will pay for most of this plan”. Yet, just two paragraphs earlier, Mr. Obama said, “That is why not a dollar of the Medicare trust fund will be used to pay for this plan.” So which is it? Are America’s elderly going to suffer if Congress whacks some $500 billion from the Medicare program to create a whole new entitlement program? While there is no doubt there are the time-honored “waste, fraud and abuse” in this program (like everything the government touches) – it is pretty darn hard to believe that a half-trillion dollars can be shifted out of the program without impacting some old woman’s ability to get the treatment she needs. You can decide for yourself whether the President’s claims that he will not raise taxes or deficits to finance his $900 billion expansion are at all credible; but please do so with a cold eye toward the historical record of Congressional fiscal irresponsibility.

And please bear in mind that there are grave moral consequences to an apparent ponzi-scheme approach to financing this whole fantastic project: Without adequate funding, this nationalizing of health care threatens the health and lives of those most dependent upon health care. The elderly and infirm will almost certainly face rationed health care as the federal government necessarily makes wholesale decisions about how to allocate insufficient public resources.

Given President Obama’s value system, there is every reason for the public to be scared about giving the federal government such incredible power.

End-of-Life care is one of the crucial issues at stake here. But there are two other vital deceptions launched by the President last night:

2. The President claimed that, under ObamaCare, “federal conscience protections will remain in place.” That statement demonstrates some amazing contempt for the intelligence of American voters. The fact is, President Obama has used his executive power to repeal the conscience protections enacted by President Bush; Obama has NOT replaced them and the current legislation does nothing to restore protections for America’s health care professionals.

3. Mr. Obama claimed, again, that his revolution would not include “federal funds to pay for abortions.” In this story line, Obama follows Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Idaho’s own Walt Minnick. These folks are happily arguing that ObamaCare will not allow tax funding for abortions because of the Hyde Amendment.

Anticipating such deceptions, Doug Johnson of the National Right to Life Committee issued a public statement last night, explaining that the Hyde Amendment has nothing to do with ObamaCare:

“In reality, the Hyde Amendment is not a government-wide law – it applies only to funds appropriated through the annual appropriations bill that funds the Department of Health and Human Services….[None] of the funds that would be expended by the public plan, and none of the funds that will subsidize the purchase of private insurance plans, will ever flow through an HHS appropriation bill. Therefore, none of the funds will be covered by the Hyde Amendment.”

You may be tempted to just shake your head at the complexity, the confusion. Who is telling the truth?

If you are tempted to take the easy path, why not pay critical attention to the motives of this president? His politics and values? He has advocated public funding of abortions throughout his public career. In soliciting the backing of Planned Parenthood, Mr. Obama pledged:

“[I]n my mind, reproductive health care is essential care. It is basic care, and so it is at the center, and at the heart of the plan I propose.”

We submit to you that Mr. Obama is working very hard to deliver on his dark promise.

The content and implications of ObamaCare are patently troubling to (almost) anyone armed with the facts . But it is perhaps even more disturbing that we apparently have a man in the White House with a conscience so coarsened that he can intentionally mislead Americans on matters so crucial; one can’t avoid being a bit scared at the display of such overweening self-confidence in his ability to pull it off.

It is obvious that our nation is in desperate need of God’s help.

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