After PLEDGING his ENTIRE campaign & presidency to "CHANGE!" - especially in the vital area of HEALTH CARE, which costs are DESTROYING American families by the thousands every month
(in medical bankruptcies and _declined_ coverage), President Obama this week went before cameras to say, "they [major health-care companies] are PLEDGING to CUT THE RATE OF GROWTH, of NATIONAL HEALTH CARE SPENDING, by 1.5 percentage points a year, an amount that is equal to over TWO TRILLION DOLLARS."
AS IF! a 1.5% reduction in America's NIGHTMARE Health-Insurance premiums is the "CHANGE!" the candidate Obama PROMISED his supporters on the campaign trail!
AS IF! a "VOLUNTARY PLEDGE" by the health-care industry heavies would amount to a HILL OF BEANS when American consumers get their health care bills - TEN YEARS FROM NOW!!
Mr. Obama THINKS WE ARE FOOLS, if he thinks Americans would settle for a lousy 1.5% reduction in health-care premiums as fulfillment of his "Change!" pledge;
and he IS A FOOL HIMSELF, if he thinks the Health Care heavies will actually DELIVER on his DAMNED 1.5% chump-change "breakthrough" !!
Sure enough, this Friday on a conference call with 230 companies, one of the attendees of President Obama's "health conference" told those other companies THE EXACT OPPOSITE!
- That the industry had NOT made a committment to Reduce patient & consumer health costs!
The A.H.A. [American Hospital Association] DID NOT COMMIT to SUPPORT the OBAMA HEALTH PLAN' or budget.President Obama is shaping up to be WORSE than President Bush, who at least DID NOT PRETEND to be concerned with exploding health-care costs for Americans.
The [health industry] groups DID NOT SUPPORT REDUCING THE RATE OF HEALTH SPENDING by 1.5 percentage points annually."
Richard Pollack, Executive Director
American Hospital Association
President Obama PRETENDS to be concerned, he PRETENDS to be doing something...
he goes before cameras to tell us "WE HAVE A WATERSHED EVENT, the Health Care companies have PLEDGED to reduce costs by 1.5%"....
ONE-point-FIVE LOUSY PERCENT!
Mr. Obama is TELLING HIS MILLIONS of supporters that the BIG "CHANGE!" he promised, at best, amounts to ONE-point-Five LOUSY PERCENT -
...and within days, the Industry goes behind the President's back to tell their members "WE MEANT NO SUCH THING!"
SHEER STUPIDITY, and SHEER FRAUD, coming from the Obama White House - the BEST he can do is TRY to get a lousy _1.5%_ for America's besieged health care consumers, and even THAT sad pledge is nothing BUT A FARCE - is NOTHING BUT a PRELUDE to the HEALTH INDUSTRY going to Congress & Obama to DEMAND BILLIONS in OUTRIGHT BAILOUTS !!!
EVERY DAY that President Obama gets his advice from the BANKERS & NEO-CONS who form the top levels of his White House, he digs his administration deeper in a hole of incompetence and impotence - if not SHEER FRAUD.
Report: Health Care Leaders DISPUTE Obama's Description of Cost-Cutting Pledge
President Obama said Monday that six major health care organizations pledged to "cut the rate of growth of national health care spending by 1.5 percentage points each year, but three days later those organizations said they never committed to specific annual cuts and that the president's description of their promises has their members up in arms.
Weekly Remarks by President Obama, May 15, 2009
But we know that our families, our economy, and our nation itself will not succeed in the 21st century if we continue to be held down by the weight of rapidly rising healthcare costs and a broken healthcare system. That’s why I met with representatives of insurance and drug companies, doctors and hospitals, and labor unions who are pledging to do their part to reduce healthcare costs.
These are some of the groups who have been among the fiercest critics of past comprehensive healthcare reform plans. But today they too are recognizing that we must act. Our businesses will not be able to compete; our families will not be able to save or spend; our budgets will remain unsustainable unless we get healthcare costs under control.
These groups have pledged to do their part to reduce the annual healthcare spending growth rate by 1.5 percentage points. Coupled with comprehensive reform, their efforts could help to save our nation more than $2 trillion in the next 10 years -- and save hardworking families $2,500 each in the coming years.