Obama Forgets He Consolidated Health Care
By: Nicole Kaeding
Last night’s second presidential debate provided President Obama and Governor Romney another chance to define their campaigns and plans for the next four years. In all of the back and forth between the two candidates, President Obama slipped in one line that perfectly shows how out-of-touch he is from his own failing agenda.
About halfway through the debate, the President uttered this gem of a talking point.
“…A major difference in this campaign is that Governor Romney feels comfortable having politicians in Washington decide the health care choices that women are making. I think that’s a mistake. In my health care bill, I said insurance companies need to provide contraceptive coverage to everybody who is insured, because this is not just a — a health issue; it’s an economic issue for women.”
Does the President forget this giant $1.7 trillion health care takeover that consolidates vast amounts of power in Washington? Is it really lost on the President that in the first sentence he zings Romney for wanting politicians in control and in the very next breath touts his efforts as a politician to control health care choices?
Politicians and bureaucrats in 2014 will have unprecedented power to control the health care decisions of all Americans—men and women.
The political class in Washington, D.C., led by the president, passed a law that dictates that every individual must purchase insurance and then maintained what type of insurance they must buy. Insurance plans, per the law, must cover a long list of treatments, limit cost-sharing and must accept every individual regardless of previous health conditions. All of these requirements sound great in sound-bites, but only result in higher costs and less choice for consumers.
This sends a clear message to Americans: Any decision made by a woman, a man of a family is simply not as good as those made by politicians, and lobbyists, who passed this bill.
Perhaps the President also forgot about his Independent Payment Advisory Board. This board of 15 unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats is responsible for controlling the growth in Medicare spending. Their decisions carry the force of law and put bureaucrats—read politicians—between seniors and their doctors.
This list of ways his health care law consolidates power in the hands of politicians and bureaucrats is never-ending, but one thing seems obvious. To the president it is only consolidating health care choices when you don’t like the politicians in charge.