During his speech about his national health care plan Barack Obama spoke to the issue of the bill’s potential to add to the federal deficit. Mr. Obama said,

Here’s what you need to know. First, I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits – either now or in the future. Period. And to prove that I’m serious, there will be a provision in this plan that requires us to come forward with more spending cuts if the savings we promised don’t materialize. Part of the reason I faced a trillion dollar deficit when I walked in the door of the White House is because too many initiatives over the last decade were not paid for – from the Iraq War to tax breaks for the wealthy. I will not make that same mistake with health care.

Democrats continue to claim that their health care legislation will not increase the federal deficit, even though the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has revealed the truth: the bill actually increases the deficit by $239 billion. A recent study by the Lewin Group found that “[i]n the second 10 years…the proposal would add an estimated $1 trillion to the federal deficit.”

Which is it?

Reflecting upon Obama’s words about the conditions to be met before he signs HR-3200 into law, it would appear the bill is doomed to fail and turns Mr. Obama into a prophet.

However, if the bill passes and the deficit is increased as the CBO indicates, that makes Mr. Obama out to be either a liar or a hypocrite.

His plan for paying for “The Plan”

Second, we’ve estimated that most of this plan can be paid for by finding savings within the existing health care system – a system that is currently full of waste and abuse. Right now, too much of the hard-earned savings and tax dollars we spend on health care doesn’t make us healthier. That’s not my judgment – it’s the judgment of medical professionals across this country. And this is also true when it comes to Medicare and Medicaid.

Does anyone other than myself see the hubris in that statement? Mr. Obama is telling America that if you help him pass HR-3200, he will be able to fix the waste and abuse within the existing health care system.

Do we actually need HR-3200 to do that? What’s wrong with the idea of fixing the waste and abuse within the existing health care system first and seeing how it performs WITHOUT HR-3200? Does HR-3200 contain some kind of magic elixir which both fixes existing systems and makes itself immune to the same type of problems?

It’s tantamount to a new car dealer telling you that if you buy his new car soon – and it must be by the end of September – you will never again experience a flat tire – ever.

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