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Video: Obama Debunks John's "Outrageous Myth"

In response to If You Like Your Plan, 7 Million of You Can't Keep It:

John, why are you spreading "willful misinformation" about the president's health care plan?

All kidding aside,  rewatch this bravura performance of political mendacity from Obama's weekly address, August of 2009, in which he debunks all of the "outrageous myths" being spread by "people who would benefit the most by keeping things exactly as they are" -  and be appalled all over again.

The man is in a class all by himself:

 My favorite part: 

We’ve all heard the charge that reform will somehow bring about a government takeover of health care. I know that sounds scary to many folks. It sounds scary to me, too. But here’s the thing: it’s not true. I no sooner want government to get between you and your doctor than I want insurance companies to make arbitrary decisions about what medical care is best for you, as they do today. As I’ve said from the beginning, under the reform we seek, if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your private health insurance plan, you can keep your plan. Period.

Right. Obama thought the very idea of a government takeover of healthcare sounded scary, too - just like the folks. What an extraordinary thing to say given the fact that he was on the record touting a single payer system, just the year before!


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