The White House's Broken Health Care Promises

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on February 25, 2010

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Explained and detailed by Comrade Domenech. For all those who discuss the supposed fact that the White House finally put out a health care “bill” . . . well . . . betcha didn’t know this:

Despite the moniker of ObamaCare, Obama has still not proposed one piece of health care legislation. He completely ceded authority to the House and Senate in forming their respective bills—which is how he ended up in this mess to begin with. This did not change on Monday, when the White House posted its version of a health care “bill”—in reality, a lengthy opinion document outlining policy aims, based on the previously passed Senate bill and with only token nods toward bipartisan ideas.

No actual legislation was posted online, and none has been shared with the American people or Congress. When the Congressional Budget Office was asked by many members to provide an assessment of the cost of the president’s proposal, CBO responded, “CBO cannot provide a cost estimate for the proposal without additional detail.”

As always with policymaking, the devil is in those details. By not sharing them, Obama shows once again that this summit is about political posturing, not good policy.

The good Mr. Domenech goes on to explain that the upcoming White House health care summit will be nothing more than “a political kabuki dance.” It’s easy to see why.

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