Sunday, August 16, 2009

Details to follow

President Obama has an opinion piece in the New York Times today where he once again explains his plan for health care reform. Except there's no plan there, just the same amorphous promises that everything will work out: we'll simultaneously have "high quality" and "affordable coverage" while "bringing health care costs under control."

I think Obama is using Steve Martin as a policy adviser:

"You can be a millionaire and never pay taxes. You say 'Steve, how can I be a millionaire and never pay taxes?' First: get a million dollars."
And Instapundit puts it this way:

Obama: I’m going to turn healthcare upside down. Not sure how.
People: I don’t think I’ll like this.
Obama: Haters!
This whole process has been opaque and, even as the White House prepares to jettison the public option, there's this kind of imperious attitude that everybody who wants some details on the plan are "astroturfers" or shills of the evil insurance companies. Obama claims he wants debate but whenever he's pressed, he can't answer the most basic questions such as how to pay for healthcare or whether the federal government will just repeat the costly mistakes of reform experiments in Hawaii and Massachusetts.

Extra - Ann Althouse goes off on Obama's call for "conversation."

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