John Kerry, appearing this morning on Fox News Sunday, told a huge whopper, even by Washington DC standards:
WALLACE: Senator Kerry – and we’re running out of time in this segment, but I want to address something that McCain went after Obama on, and that is proposing more than $800 billion in new spending.
Doesn’t Obama have a government solution to every problem?
KERRY: No, absolutely not. If you look at his health care plan, which John McCain mischaracterized, calling it a government plan, you will see a plan that is entirely a market-based, market-oriented, free-choice plan, nobody mandated to do anything. So the answer is no, that’s not true.
Really, Senator Kerry? Nobody mandated to do anything? Can anyone think of any examples of federal laws that don’t require anyone to do anything? Don’t laws by definition require somebody to do something? Do liberals ever think before they speak? Do they ever consider the truthfulness of their statements before they make them? These are of course rhetorical questions.
Obviously, there are all sorts of mandates in Barack Obama’s proposed health care plan. And of course, this would only be a first step. Once they establish the collectivist notion that it’s the federal government’s responsibility to provide health insurance to every American, then there will be additional mandates and taxpayer expense later.
From the Obama website:
Require insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions so all Americans regardless of their health status or history can get comprehensive benefits at fair and stable premiums.
Prevent insurers from overcharging doctors for their malpractice insurance and invest in proven strategies to reduce preventable medical errors.
Make employer contributions more fair by requiring large employers that do not offer coverage or make a meaningful contribution to the cost of quality health coverage for their employees to contribute a percentage of payroll toward the costs of their employees health care.
Establish a National Health Insurance Exchange with a range of private insurance options as well as a new public plan based on benefits available to members of Congress that will allow individuals and small businesses to buy affordable health coverage.
The Obama-Biden plan will promote public health. It will require coverage of preventive services, including cancer screenings, and increase state and local preparedness for terrorist attacks and natural disasters.
A Commitment to Fiscal Responsibility: Barack Obama will pay for his $50 – $65 billion health care reform effort by rolling back the Bush tax cuts for Americans earning more than $250,000 per year and retaining the estate tax at its 2009 level.
So that’s the plan – higher taxes, and anti-market mandates, quite the opposite of Kerry’s ridiculous assertion.
As an aside, the opening line from Obama’s health care page:
“On health care reform, the American people are too often offered two extremes – government-run health care with higher taxes or letting the insurance companies operate without rules.”
This is also quite obviously untrue. Who’s proposing that there be “no rules” for health insurance companies? John McCain isn’t advocating anything like that. The Republicans in Congress aren’t advocating anything like that. It’s a complete and total straw man, they just made it up, with total disregard for the truth. We’re beginning to see a pattern here from Obama and his spokesmen, and it’s not change, or anything else, we can believe in.