This morning, the White House released a video by White House Health Reform Office communications director Linda Douglass, purporting to refute claims that President Barack Obama’s health care plan will not cause millions of Americans to lose their health insurance or doctor. Watch it:
The White House blog writes: “For the record, the President has consistently said that if you like your insurance plan, your doctor, or both, you will be able to keep them.” But all Douglass’ video really does is play clips of Obama making this same promise earlier this year.
But no one is disputing that Obama SAYS he wants to allow people to keep their insurance and doctor. Conservatives have been calling the public option a Trojan Horse for single-payer health care (which, by definition, means you would lose your current insurance and doctor), for a reason. The Greeks did not walk up to Troy, knock on the city walls and say, “Let us in so we can kill everybody.” No, they hid in a seemingly harmless gift, so the Trojans would let their guard down and bring them into the city. Only later, after time, did the Greeks spring the fatal attack. Obamacare is based on the exact same principle. Don’t believe us? Then watch Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) admit as much earlier this year:
Schakowsky tells her Health Care for America Now audience: “And next to me was a guy from the insurance company who argued against the public health insurance option, saying it wouldn’t let private insurance compete. That a public option will put the private insurance industry out of business and lead to single-payer. My single-payer friends, he was right. The man was right.”
Still don’t believe us? Then watch Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) admit as much just last week:
Frank tells a member of Single Payer Action: “I think that if we get a good public option it could lead to single-payer and that is the best way to reach single-payer. Saying you’ll do nothing till you get single-payer is a sure way never to get it. … I think the best way we’re going to get single-payer, the only way, is to have a public option and demonstrate the strength of its power.”
Still don’t believe us? Then watch Washington Post reporter Ezra Klein admit as much at Netroots Nation last year:
Klein tells his netroots audience: “They have a sneaky strategy, the point of which is to put in place something that over time the natural incentives within its own market will move it to single-payer.”
Still don’t believe us? Then watch Paul Krugman admit as much at a forum in New Jersey earlier this year:
Krugmans tells his audience: “[T]he only reason not to do [single-payer] is that politically it’s hard to do in one step…You’d have to convince people to completely give up the insurance they have, whereas something that lets people keep the insurance they have but then offers the option of a public plan, that may evolve into single-payer, but you can do it politically…”
Is the White House and Linda Douglass going to refute all the “disinformation” put out by the liberals quoted and filmed above?