Wednesday, September 9, 2009
After Sarah Palin spoke out last night about the Health Care Bill (see previous post), the White House has chosen to respond. In the past, the president and his administration have been quoted as saying they never think about Sarah Palin. Granted, many people do speak without thinking, so maybe this is one of those cases. Perhaps they are not thinking about her, but they are certainly speaking about her.
Here is what the White House said today:
On Gov. Palin's Attacks
Every non-partisan organization that has looked at her claims say they are false. And the ideas in her op-ed are both scary and risky. Eliminating Medicare and giving our seniors vouchers instead is a bad idea that we shouldn't adopt.
This health care issue runs deep for people, which is why Sarah Palin will not let it go, and we cannot afford to let it go either. It's too important, which is something I wrote about in a post last month called,"Yeah? Well, Yo' Momma!"
Sarah Palin hasn't backed down simply because the White House singled her out. Weaker vessels probably would, but no, she continues to be a voice crying out for the health and well-being of Americans.
Read her response:
I'm pleased that the White House is finally responding to Republican health care ideas instead of pretending they don't exist. But in doing so President Obama should follow his own sound advice and avoid making "wild misrepresentations". Medicare vouchers would give everyone on Medicare the chance to decide for themselves which health plan to use, rather than leave that decision to government bureaucrats. Such proposals are the kind of health care reform that Republicans stand for: market-oriented, patient-centered, and result-driven.
The White House talking points leave the rest of my arguments unanswered. They don't respond to the idea that all individuals should get the same tax benefits received by those who get coverage through their employers; that we must reform our tort laws; and that we should allow Americans to buy insurance across state lines. The White House also fails to respond to the Nyce/Schieber study indicating that wages will fall if the government expands coverage without reducing health care inflation rates.
One last thing: after President Obama's speech tonight, listen for which pundits use the words "false", "scary", and "risky" in describing the proposals I put forward. That's how you'll be able to tell who the White House counted as "allies" worthy of receiving its talking points.
 See http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0909/White_House_talking_points_blast_Palin.html.
 See http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/16/opinion/16obama.html.
Be sure to tune in to the President tonight because this health care issue is of the utmost importance--and pay close attention to the conversation of the mainstream media afterwards. Will the president's "allies" reveal themselves once again, as Sarah predicts? I'm not a betting woman, but still I'm compelled to say, "You betcha!"