Thursday, April 29, 2010

Allow Me to Restate the Question More Concisely

"I believe Scott has the next question."

"Thank you, Mr. President. As you know, Medicare's Office of the Actuary prepared a report on the economic effect of your health reform package that concluded the new law would actually raise the cost of health care and drive as many as 15% of American hospitals into the red financially. Now it's being reported that the Department of Health and Human Services refused to review or release this report until after the vote on health reform. As one source is quoted, 'The reason we were given was that they did not want to influence the vote. Which is actually the point of having a review like this, you would think.' Mr. President, even if this report wasn't intentionally suppressed by your administration, isn't it fair to say the health reform bill was intentionally rammed through before this report could be analyzed and all the facts about the bill were known? And will you now admit your continuing claims that health reform will reduce costs and lower the deficit are nothing but empty political spin?"

"That's a compelling and important question, Scott, but allow me to restate it more concisely for the people watching at home. You're asking why are those Wall Street bankers so evil, and what will my administration's awesome new financial reform bill do about it?"

"Is there a damning report sitting around somewhere for that bill, too, Mr. President?"

"I believe Todd has the next question..."