President Denies Any Alternatives to Obamacare
‘Disingenuous’ Is Too Kind A Word for Obama’s Falsehood
It sounds good, but he doesn’t mean it. To Obama, his plans to transform the nation are ironclad. Compromise is a dirty word.
Then, if the opposition or even members of his own party propose alternatives, he dismisses and distorts their ideas. Sometimes he claims they have not proposed alternatives at all.
Obama was at it in full force in his press conference before his August vacation when he delivered an angry defense of Obamacare. He stated flatly that Republicans are committed to denying health care to the uninsured. Then he charged that Republicans do not have a better idea.
“That’s hard to understand as an agenda that is going to strengthen our middle class,” Obama said. “At least they used to say, well, we’re going to replace it with something better. There’s not even a pretense now that they’re going to replace it with something better.”
Congressman Tom Price of Georgia chose his word carefully when he said the president is being “disingenuous” when he says the Republicans have no alternative to Obamacare. It was far too polite as well.
“The president knows that there are other alternatives out there, alternatives that put patients and families and doctors in charge, not Washington, D.C.,” Price said in an interview with Fox News.
An orthopedic surgeon who spent more than two decades treating patients in the metro Atlanta area, Price is the author of the Empowering Patients First Act. It would permanently repeal Obamacare and replace it with patient-centered solutions. Price previously introduced the legislation in the last two Congresses.
In a statement released when he reintroduced the legislation earlier this year, Price said his legislation is guided by four main objectives: ensure access to health coverage for all Americans; rein in out-of-control costs; solve insurance challenges of portability and pre-existing illness; and improve the health care delivery structure.
“President Obama’s health care law violates every principle of health care that Americans hold dear: accessibility, affordability, choices, innovation, quality, and responsiveness,” Price said.
“The law threatens the doctor-patient relationship. It empowers Washington bureaucrats at the expense of quality health care choices, and quite simply, the federal government should not be interfering with the most personal decisions in the lives of the American people.”
Price’s plan is “something better,” Mr. President. You may not like it one bit, but as Obamacare fails, you may be forced to at least consider alternatives. In the meantime, be careful about your “disingenuous” statements.
During the course of his career, Walker has worked in Chicago, Washington DC, New York City, and Phoenix. He served as a reporter in Chicago, a press secretary and speechwriter in Washington, and in numerous positions in New York in corporate and financial services communications.
Walker is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.