"If they want to have that fight, we can have it," Obama told a university crowd in Iowa two days after putting his name on the most sweeping change in U.S. social policy in decades.Sounds sort of absolute. Has anyone informed him that the American people put the current government in office and can damn well take them out (note to libs--this is a figure of speech related to voting, not a death threat)? As to selling it, how about taking some questions from real reporters in a prime time press conference?
"I don't believe the American people are going to put the insurance industry back in the driver's seat. We've been there already. We're not going back," he said.
Or not. CNN is actually admitting they did a crummy job of reporting on the bill specifics beforehand by now admitting their failure and offering to explain its awesomeness:
So we've done the work for you. If you're going to take away just five things from the new legislation, here they are. If you manage to comprehend these five, give yourself an A+.Do they think we're a bunch of stupid twits? Here's CNN's five awesome things:
1) Health insurance companies can't discriminate against you because you have a pre-existing condition. No, now you can discriminate on the health insurance companies and your fellow citizens by not buying a plan until you get sick. Of course that will cost you plenty for being high-risk, but never fear--the Dems will legislate that out by 2014.
2) Young people can remain on parents' insurance until age 26. If they are enrolled in universities full-time. That's the restriction, wait, that's not--they still qualify even if sitting around in the basement all day in their underwear playing the Wii.
3) You could get a subsidy to buy insurance if you make less than $88,000 per year for a family of four. Why not just give subsidies to the truly poor and destitute and be done with the whole thing? That might take all of 20 pages.
4) If you don't get insurance from your employer, that might change. Nothing about the fines to individuals for some reason.
5) The health care reform legislation has some benefits for senior citizens, but it might have some disadvantages as well. Really? Was CNN spotlighting all these 'disadvantages' before Sunday or did it just dawn on them? Imagine the missed outrage.