Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Someone Needs to Ask President Obama...

I'm beginning to think that President Obama simply can't get through a press conference or a town hall meeting now without uttering at least one howler that, if President Bush had said it, would have been the cause for a week's worth of ridicule from all corners. Today, President Obama held a health care town hall meeting in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and did it again:

[President Obama] also disputed the notion that adding a government-run insurance plan into a menu of options from which people could pick would drive private insurers out of business, in effect making the system single-payer by default.

As long as they have a good product and the government plan has to sustain itself through premiums and other non-tax revenue, private insurers should be able to compete with the government plan, Obama said.

"They do it all the time," he said. "UPS and FedEx are doing just fine. ... It's the Post Office that's always having problems."
Someone needs to ask President Obama when, exactly, the Post Office lost its legal monopoly on the delivery of first-class mail, and when UPS and FedEx began competing with the Post Office in that area.

Someone needs to ask President Obama how, considering the quasi-governmental Post Office is still "always having problems" even with a government-provided monopoly, the Public Option is going to "bend the cost curve" down instead of making it explode.

Someone needs to ask President Obama when, exactly, the government began to dictate the specific level of services that UPS and FedEx are required to provide in overnight and package deliveries, where those companies actually do compete with the Post Office, as I understand the government will be dictating to private insurers under currently proposed legislation.

And someone needs to ask President Obama what, exactly, we will be spending that estimated $1 trillion or so of government money on if the Public Option is going to be funded strictly through "premiums and other non-tax revenues." Not to mention what, exactly, he means by "other non-tax revenues."

Someone? Anyone?

And they wonder why the protesters at town hall meetings are angry...

UPDATE: The video:

Someone needs to ask President Obama when, exactly, private insurers went into competition against Medicaid and the Veterans Administration.