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LarryNaselli.com
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Up From Strawmanning

President Obama is infamous for employing Straw Man tactics to win arguments, but as the Public has expressed its collective revulsion at his pet plan for a government takeover or the Healthcare/Insurance industry, Obama has modified the technique. Rather than his usual mischaracterization of opponents' policy positions, Obama now claims that his opponents have no policy positions.

The sound byte of the day on the news is Obama complaining that American healthcare is in crisis and opponents of his Healthcare takeover have no solutions to offer. Not to put too fine a point on it, but Republicans in Congress and the George W. Bush Administration have been pushing serious healthcare reform for at least 15 years, but most of those reforms have been thwarted by Democrats, with the assistance of various GOP "Moderates."

Republican proposals include Medical Liability Lawsuit Reform, Medical Savings Accounts, Insurance Portability, Interstate Commerce in Health Insurance, Individual Vouchers for Medicare Members (i.e. Medicare Advantage), full deductibility of health insurance purchased outside of employer group plans.

Those are reforms I can think of off the top of my head. Is it conceivable that President -- and former U.S. Senator -- Obama is unaware of these Republican Healthcare Reform proposals? That is what one must believe in order to believe that Obama is not attempting to deliberately mislead the American People when he claims that opponents of Obamacare have no alternative solutions.


Posted by larry_naselli at 1:18 PM CDT
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