RUSH: Now, I mentioned earlier that the elements of State-Run Media, they gotta be getting guilty consciences in some of these places. I don’t know what else explains this. Robert Pear, Peter Baker in the New York Times today: ‘Experts Dispute Some Points in Health Talk.’ This is pretty brutal here. ‘Obama showed great fluency in the intricate details of health policy, but experts said some of his points were debatable.’ See, the inside-the-Beltway crowd love the fluency. They love the elegance, they love, ‘Oh, he’s so smart.’ They marvel at how deceptively he succeeds ’cause inside the Beltway, especially in post-Bush era they just love having somebody that can talk.
‘Mr. Obama said doctors, nurses, hospitals, drug companies and AARP had supported efforts to overhaul health care. While it is true the American Medical Association has endorsed a bill drafted by House Democratic leaders, a half-dozen state medical societies have sharply criticized provisions that would establish a new government-run health insurance plan. Likewise, Mr. Obama said Medicare could save large amounts of money by creating ‘an independent group of doctors and medical experts who are empowered to eliminate waste and inefficiency’ and hold down the annual increases in payments to health care providers. Far from supporting this proposal, the American Hospital Association is urging hospital executives to lobby against it. Of the proposed new cost-control agency, Mr. Obama said: ‘It’s not going to reduce Medicare benefits. What it’s going to do is to change how those benefits are delivered so that they’re more efficient.” What the hell does that mean?
‘Hospitals say the cuts could indeed cut services in some rural areas and from teaching hospitals, which receive extra payments because of higher costs. In seeking to portray health legislation as bipartisan, Mr. Obama said that 160 Republican amendments were adopted in a bill approved last week by the Senate health committee. Republicans said many of the amendments involved technical provisions and did not alter the fundamental features of the bill. The president said that health insurance companies were making ‘record profits.’ America’s Health Insurance Plans, the main lobby for insurers, contends that ‘for every $1 spent on health care in America, approximately one penny goes to health plans’ profits.’ Mr. Obama said he was not proposing to ration care, but just wanted to coordinate it better. For example, he said, he wants to eliminate repetitious tests ordered by different doctors for the same patient. … The president continued to take credit for deficit reduction by making a claim that has been challenged by many experts. ‘If we had done nothing, if you had the same old budget as opposed to the changes we made,’ the deficit over the next 10 years would be $2.2 trillion greater, the president said.
‘In fact, $1.5 trillion of those ‘savings’ are mainly based on an assumption that the United States would have had as many troops in Iraq in 10 years as it did when Mr. Obama took office. But before leaving office, President George W. Bush signed an agreement with Baghdad mandating the withdrawal of all American forces within three years.’ So there is no ten-year plan. ‘So Obama’s claiming credit for not spending money that under the policy he inherited would never have been spent in the first place,’ New York Times.
AP has one, a fact check, they outline the lies. Their headline: ‘Obama’s Health Care Claims Adrift?’ That’s just a polite way of saying he’s lying. How long do you think it took the AP-Obama headline writer to come up with that one? I’m not going to bore you. We’ll link to it at RushLimbaugh.com, but whole thing last night was just a sight to behold. It really was. What we had last night was arrogance on parade. You have to be arrogant and full of hubris to think you can actually go out and tell those kinds of lies and have them believed. You must have a really, really high impression of yourself. You must really believe the people in your audience don’t care what you’re saying. They just marvel that they’re in your presence and listening to you. We’re talking about an ego here that has no boundaries.