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20 August 2010

Deficit & Cost Reduction Dropped From Health Care Reform Talking Points

8th district Democratic Congressman Jim Marshall recently called health care reform "a disaster." [Stucka, Mike (2010-8-6). Marshall: Health care reform 'a disaster'. Macon Telegraph. Retrieved on 2010-8-20.] And he's right.

Politico reports that supporters of President Obama's health care plan --including the AFL-CIO, MoveOn.org and SEIU-- are now moving away from their previous assertions that the health care bill would reduce the deficit and health care costs.

Key White House allies are dramatically shifting their attempts to defend health care legislation, abandoning claims that it will reduce costs and deficit, and instead stressing a promise to "improve it."

The messaging shift was circulated this afternoon on a conference call and PowerPoint presentation organized by FamiliesUSA — one of the central groups in the push for the initial legislation.

The presentation's final page of "Don'ts" counsels against claiming "the law will reduce costs and deficit."

The presentation also counsels against the kind of grand claims of change that accompanied the legislation's passage.

Smith, Ben (2010-8-19). Dems retreat on health care cost pitch. Politico. Retrieved on 2010-8-20.

Am I the only one who suddenly feels hoodwinked and bamboozled?

The fact remains that the Obama-backed health care law was passed, not from a desire to actually improve the system, but to give the White House a much-needed political victory. This legislation stunk before, and now the stench is growing even stronger as people learn more and more about what is actually in the bill.

The only option left is to repeal the bill, then slow down and pass good legislation that brings real reform to health care.