Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A review of broken promises

“The plan I’m announcing tonight," President Obama said on September 9th, "will slow the growth of health care costs for our families, our businesses, and our government."

“My plan," the President said, "would bring down premiums by $2,500 for the typical family…"

“I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficit," the President said, "either now or in the future."

"No family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase," he said. He said he wouldn’t cut Medicare. People who like the plans they have wouldn’t lose their coverage.

And, Americans were promised an open, honest debate. "That’s what I will do in bringing all parties together," then-Senator Obama said on the campaign trail, "not negotiating behind closed doors, but bringing all parties together and broadcasting those negotiations on C-SPAN."

But the bill raises health care costs, according to the White House OMB.

While Obama states the current bill will reduce the deficit by $132 billion over 10 years, this is chump change compared to the $10 trillion in deficits his spending is forecasted to cause. If I owe my credit card company $10,000, this is like making a payment of $132. That doesn't even cover the interest.

If the bill will cost $2 trillion by most estimates, how is this lowering the deficit? This can only happend through higher taxes.

It raises premiums according to the the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office talking. It raises taxes on tens of millions of middle class Americans.

It plunders Medicare by half a trillion dollars and forces people off the plans they have — including millions of seniors.

It allows the federal government for the first time in our history to use taxpayer dollars for abortions. It raises feeds and taxes across the board, and the states may have to raise taxes to fund unfunded provisions of this 2,000+ page atrocity.

So a President who was voted into office on the promise of change said he wanted lower premiums. That changed. He said he wouldn’t raise taxes. That changed. He said he wanted lower costs. That changed. He said he wouldn’t cut Medicare. And, that changed too.

The fact the Democratic leadership had to bribe many of its members to vote for the bill should give you pause, if nothing else.

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