Bret, let me finish. If they don't, if they vote against, then they're going to be voting against health care reform and they're going to be voting in favor of the status quo.....
Excuse me? The vast majority of Americans understand that the status quo, as messed up as it is, is still much better than these "reforms". How dumb does the president think the American public is to consistently lie to them or to dictate what's best for people who are total strangers to him. Poll after poll shows the American people don't want this. Who does he think he is to effectively declare that he knows best?
The majority of Americans understand that this bill isn't about health care at all. It's purely an expansion of the Federal government into the deepest crevices of people's most private decisions, a huge tax increase, and a reduction of actual medical care in the United States. Previously, only fascist dictators carelessly shredded the constitution in pursuit of their preferred ends.
"...What the American people care about is the fact that their premiums are going up 25, 40, 60 percent, and I'm going to do something about it.
Yes we do care about that. However, two large reasons health insurance premiums increase so much is cost shifting from government-run Medicare and Medicaid (both of which denies more treatment than any private insurer) and to fund arbitrary government-imposed mandates. The bill Obama is pushing doesn't solve these problems. It greatly exacerbates them.
The only way to impose all the mandates the bill requires without increasing premiums is to extend meaningless coverage but deny actual treatment. How is that better?
Let me insert this. We asked our viewers to e-mail in suggested questions. More than 18,000 people took time to e-mail us questions. These are regular people from all over the country. Lee Johnson, from Spring Valley, California: "If the bill is so good for all of us, why all the intimidation, arm twisting, seedy deals, and parliamentary trickery necessary to pass a bill, when you have an overwhelming majority in both houses and the presidency?"
Good question. Obama never answered it.
I generally have a love/hate relationship with Fox, but this was a truly probing interview. Certainly a refreshing change from the usual fawning of other media outlets.
Personally, I'm disturbed how many people view this bill in light of one politician's personal political legacy and expect to extract great personal sacrifice for the glory of one man's ego? When did our roles switch and we became the servants of our public servants?
Let them know what you think.