If you have it Tivo’d, don’t waste your time watching it. Bret Baier, the interviewer, tried very hard, but President Obama didn’t feel like actually answering questions. The Google results tonight are full of write-ups from the usual outlets, mostly starting with, “Gee, he interrupted the president a lot!” Well, when you answer a simple question with five minutes of bloviating, president or not, you’re going to be asked to please, maybe, could you at least sort of address the question?
In the Navy, we were a little less tactful: if you bloviated for several minutes without answering the question during a qualification board, you were likely to be interrupted with some variation on, “So, you don’t know the answer, huh?” Or, as my DH muttered repeatedly during the interview, “ATFQ!” (Translated as: Answer The Question)
After ten minutes or so of the back and forth, my seven-year-old asked, “Why does he keep making excuses? Why doesn’t he just answer the question?”
You could’ve written President Obama’s lines a year ago:
- Nobody will lose their health care they have now.
- People are losing their homes, isn’t that horrible and shouldn’t the government fix that?
- It’s going to save the government money.
- We’ll all know what’s in the bill by the time it’s up for a vote, because it’ll be online for everyone to read.
And if you still believe any of that, I’d like to sell you some oceanfront property in Arizona, or at least it will be, when the Big One causes California to sheer off the continent… or after pigs fly, whichever comes first. Which will happen at about the same time that an expanded government entitlement program saves massive amounts of money while improving quality.
(In another of those *weird* totally-not-related news items, the Drudge Report posted a Seattle article saying that Washington State Walgreens just announced that it will not accept any new Medicaid patients after April 16. The Walgreens spokesperson said they can’t afford to serve those people and make enough money to cover their expenses. Sort of like all the doctors around here who have a quota on Tricare patients (military members’ families are under Tricare); something about the government-set payment levels not being enough to cover the doctors’ overhead, so they can only afford to take so many Tricare patients.)
After some initial verbal jousting, President Obama “answered” the first question by stating that those who vote for the bill will be voting for health care reform… and those who vote against the bill will be showing that they are against health care reform and for the status quo.
I guess he’s right, in a twisted sort of way: all of the pro-life Congress members are voting to maintain the status quo, where the federal government is prohibited from funding abortions or forcing physicians to perform abortions.
Now, of course, President Obama is trying to set up a nasty little black-white divide. I believe the Bush line was, “You’re either for us, or you’re against us.” (I seem to remember the Left pillorying him for it, too… not holding my breath for the condemnation of President Obama…)
I am solidly against the current health care bill:
- I don’t want the federal government involved in any more extra-Constitutional projects. In fact, I want them out of all their current extra-Constitutional affairs.
- I don’t believe that more handouts is ever the good decision.
- When 46% of doctors say they’d probably leave practice if this monstrosity passes, I pay attention. I wish Washington would.
President Obama’s accusations notwithstanding, I am for health care reform. I want to see tort reform and the removal of the state laws banning buying insurance across state lines. I want to see what McCain proposed: de-couple health insurance from your job, putting you in charge of your health care, instead of your boss. Make it so that your health care is yours, regardless of where you’re working, or even if you’re working. Why should we be enslaved to the consideration of, “Well, I hate my job, but I can’t quit, because I’d lose my health insurance”?
However, since Pelosi, et al, have decided that those ideas are useless and ignorable, we won’t be getting those changes.
We’re being offered CHANGE! And we’re being told we’d better like it as-is, because President Obama is tired of pretending to answer our questions.