Joe Biden says that SC Rep. Joe Wilson's outburst, "You Lie" was an embarrassment. Coming from Joe, someone that has a vast knowledge and understanding of how to embarrass one's self, that really carries some weight. But in last night's Presidential address to a joint session of Congress, Joe Wilson's remark, albeit poor decorum, was the only thing we can be certain was truthful.
Even the Associated Press, not a bastion of right wing pundits, came out and said that President Obama wasn't fully upfront, ( translation: was Lying) about the facts he laid out in his speech last night.
OBAMA: "I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits either now or in the future. Period."
THE FACTS: Though there's no final plan yet, the White House and congressional Democrats already have shown they're ready to skirt the no-new-deficits pledge.
OBAMA: "Don't pay attention to those scary stories about how your benefits will be cut. ... That will never happen on my watch. I will protect Medicare."
THE FACTS: Obama and congressional Democrats want to pay for their health care plans in part by reducing Medicare payments to providers by more than $500 billion over 10 years. The cuts would largely hit hospitals and Medicare Advantage, the part of the Medicare program operated through private insurance companies.
OBAMA: Requiring insurance companies to cover preventive care like mammograms and colonoscopies "makes sense, it saves money, and it saves lives."
THE FACTS: Studies have shown that much preventive care — particularly tests like the ones Obama mentions — actually costs money instead of saving it. That's because detecting acute diseases like breast cancer in their early stages involves testing many people who would never end up developing the disease. The costs of a large number of tests, even if they're relatively cheap, will outweigh the costs of caring for the minority of people who would have ended up getting sick without the testing.
OBAMA: "Nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have."
THE FACTS: That's correct, as far as it goes. But neither can the plan guarantee that people can keep their current coverage. Employers sponsor coverage for most families, and they'd be free to change their health plans in ways that workers may not like, or drop insurance altogether. The Congressional Budget Office analyzed the health care bill written by House Democrats and said that by 2016 some 3 million people who now have employer-based care would lose it because their employers would decide to stop offering it.
In the past Obama repeatedly said, "If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period." Now he's stopping short of that unconditional guarantee by saying nothing in the plan "requires" any change.
And through out his whole speech he kept on referring to his plan, "In the plan that I'm proposing" and phrases as such, but I have one question....What Plan! If you asked him, "what page can we find where it says this or says that". He has no plan of his own. There are the 2 plans being considered by the house, and another or two being considered by the Senate, so what plan is he referring to? No wonder the biggest laugh from the attending congressman and senators was when he said, "Now we still have a few details to work out...." Ya Think!
The one man telling the truth last night, Joe Wilson, will now become the whipping post for the left, and they will ignore the mis-truths and down right lies said last night. For that I'm not happy....oh but deep down inside I'm saying "thanks Joe, you're right, he has no clothes!"