January 30, 2010


Obama's Stunning Admission (Tom Bevan, 1/29/10, Real Clear Politics)

[I] haven't seen anyone focus on the President's rather stunning admission about the Democrats' health care legislation:

The last thing I will say, though -- let me say this about health care and the health care debate, because I think it also bears on a whole lot of other issues. If you look at the package that we've presented -- and there's some stray cats and dogs that got in there that we were eliminating, we were in the process of eliminating. For example, we said from the start that it was going to be important for us to be consistent in saying to people if you can have your -- if you want to keep the health insurance you got, you can keep it, that you're not going to have anybody getting in between you and your doctor in your decision making. And I think that some of the provisions that got snuck in might have violated that pledge.

If we take this statement at face value, President Obama is admitting the the health care bills passed by either the House or Senate (or both) contained provisions which were "snuck in" - presumably by Democratic members and perhaps on behalf of certain lobbyists - that would have in fact prevented people from keeping their current insurance and/or choosing the doctor they want.

Cover-up at White House: transcript shows Obama calling Hensarling "Jeb" (Todd J. Gillman, 1/29/10, Dallas Morning News)
Sorry, folks. Can't let this one go. It was on live national TV. The president clearly called Rep. Jeb Hensarling "Jim" repeatedly -- but not if you rely on the official White House version.

The transcript from Federal News Service -- a company that provides transriptions for news organization -- has the president calling him "Jim" three times.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 30, 2010 12:53 PM
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