The Chart

I wasn’t going to write about Obama’s Health Care plan, but since his speech last night (what a load of crap that was), and today’s Roll Call email, I felt the need to weigh in on this.

According to Roll Call:

Democrats are preventing Republican House Members from sending their constituents a mailing that is critical of the majority’s health care reform plan, blocking the mailing by alleging that it is inaccurate.

House Republicans are crying foul and claiming that the Democrats are using their majority to prevent GOP Members from communicating with their constituents.

The dispute centers on a chart created by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Republican staff of the Joint Economic Committee to illustrate the organization of the Democratic health care plan.

You’ve probably seen the chart by now, heck, it’s even on T-shirts.

dems health care on a chart

For a larger image click HERE

Rep. Kevin Brady’s chart identifies at least 31 new federal programs, agencies, commissions and mandates that he says would accompany the House Democrats’ plan. Democrats argue that the chart depicts a “Health Insurance Exchange Trust Fund” that is “simply a recipient of IRS funds, with no outflow. … This is false.”

Brady adamantly denied that the chart was misleading and said Democrats are simply threatened by the content of the graphic.

“I think their review was laughable,” Brady said. “It’s … downright false in most of the cases. The chart depicts their health care plan as their committees developed it.”

“The chart reveals how their health care bureaucracy works, and people are frightened by it,” he added. “So this is their effort to try and discredit” the chart.

Republican Members have made 20 requests to mail a version of the chart to their constituents and have been told that the requests are being delayed while the commission reviews allegations that the chart is misleading.

“Hiding the truth about wildly unpopular policies is a Democrat specialty,” said one GOP aide. “I’d like to see the flow chart on how Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi plans on implementing the open and transparent government she keeps promising everyone.”

So I am guessing that the chart also disputes a lot of the remarks that the President made last night. In fact, I think that speech created more questions than answered.  And some remarks, I felt were very dishonest.

“…and we passed a recovery act that has already saved jobs and created new ones, delivered billions in tax relief to families and small businesses, and extended unemployment insurance and health insurance to those who’ve been laid off.”

He has already passed on his campaign promise to not have more than 8 percent unemployment, and has the audacity to face the American people, and say he has saved and created anything but bigger government? Well he didn’t really FACE anyone did he, he was facing his teleprompter.

He also cited as a reason for quick action, rising costs of health care. Yet even the Congressional Budget Office says the plans being offered will not decrease costs, and in fact, will increase them.

Another thing he said:

And the fact is, even before this crisis hit, we had an economy that was creating a good deal of wealth for those folks at the very top, but not a lot of good-paying jobs for the rest of America.

I am sorry, I don’t know ONE person at the bottom getting a bailout. If this is true, the President needs better PR, as the only people we hear of getting bailouts are the ones at the top. The rich and the frivolous get the bailouts so they continue to be rich and continue to be frivolous.

Oh, and this is something during his speech that really got me. When did it change from a Health Care plan to a “Health insurance reform” ???  Since he went for a prime-time press conference, his second, I expected something new, something revealing. We got nothing new. Just a lot of slick talk, to quiet the TRUTH that is out there, like Brady’s chart and  Congressional Budget Office prediction of more spending.

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