For those who maintain unqualified support for President Obama to those who are steadfast in their opposition based on evidence the President refuses to answer direct questions which would expose his flawed agenda the following excerpt from an ABC transcript is presented. It is of course from the July 24th airing on ABC of a ‘special’ called Prescription for America. Try to find the President’s direct answer to the following specific question.
SAWYER: We have a question from Dr. Gail Wilensky, who ran Medicare in the Bush administration. Your question?
Gail Wilensky, Senior Fellow, Project HOPE: I want to go back to how we pay for the expansions. Estimates, as you indicated, probably $1.5 trillion to cover everyone. You mentioned savings in Medicare and Medicaid, $500 billion to $600 billion, from the numbers you’ve provided. Another $300 billion from additional revenue. That leaves about $300 billion to $600 billion more. What do we do in ways that CBO will count so that we can actually get everybody covered?
GIBSON: And run that down in about 30 seconds.
OBAMA: Look, that’s the challenge. And, obviously, there’s a vigorous debate taking place. There are a whole host of ideas, some that cut across parties. There are people who think that we should tax benefits — health care benefits at a certain level, cap the deduction. There are others who proposed a surcharge on high-income individuals. There are other cuts that may be obtained that ultimately we could find scorable.
Here’s my general point, because I know that we’re starting to wrap up. This is not an easy problem, and it’s especially not an easy problem when the economy is going through a difficult phase. You know, we’ve taken a body blow to the economy, and families were oftentimes hurting even before then.
But the one thing I’m absolutely confident about is that, whenever this country has met a significant challenge to our long-term well-being, that we ultimately rise up and meet it. And this is one of those moments where the stars are aligned.
We’ve got insurers who are interested, doctors who are interested, nurses, patients. AARP is here, and they’ve seen some of the potential benefits. We’re actually going to be filling the donut hole. Drug companies have said that they’d be willing to reduce the cost for seniors for prescription drugs as part of health care reform.
But we have to have the courage and the willingness to cooperate and compromise in order to make this happen. And if we do, it’s not going to be a completely smooth ride. There are going to be times over the next several months where we think health care is dead, it’s not going to happen.
But if we keep our eye on the prize, and if we recognize that America’s always stood up to these big challenges, and we can’t afford not to act, then I’m absolutely convinced that we can get it done this time.
GIBSON: Mr. President, thanks. We’re going to take a break. Be right back.
GIBSON: So that concludes our primetime special of “Prescription for America,” but your local news is coming up next, and we hope you’ll stay with us. The president is going to stay with us. Our audience stays with us. And we will have more questions for him about health care reform during the “Nightline” half-hour.
That’s right! President Barack Obama took his by now well-known leap into campaign mode and avoided the question entirely. So what does that do for your comfort level on a massive government plan to ‘reform healthcare’? Although there were moments where Mr Obama appeared to be genuine and forthcoming on his plans for healthcare reform any honest discussion on the issue was quickly dispatched in favor of a tightly scripted, liberal media and White House tag team public relations promo. In the President’s own words we can get this done if everyone gets behind it. The trouble is no one knows what it is we’re supposed to get behind as a specific proposal with all the required information does not exist. But that’s okay as the POLS in DC who support this simply want you to sign on and let them fill in the blanks. How reassuring. NOT!
transcript source: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/HealthCare/story?id=7920012&page=1