Saturday, January 13, 2007

Bush Looks in Mirror on Health Care?

President Bush rushed to defend his “New Way Forward” in Iraq by discounting his critics.

"To oppose everything while proposing nothing is irresponsible," he said.

Did his nose grow in Pinocchio like fashion as he finished the sentence? With growth of 6 million people in the U.S. without health insurance on his watch, Bush could be accused of “proposing nothing”.

In 2003 Medicare Chief Tom Scully hinted at an innovative proposal that would decrease the number of uninsured by 5-6 million from the total of nearly 40 million. Tom sprinted off to make big bucks in the private sector before revealing Bush’s strategy. Data shows not a cut but an increase of that magnitude. This amounts to a 10-12 million person shift from Tom’s tantalizing suggestion.

In healthcare evidence shows Bush has obviously “proposed nothing”. According to his statement, Bush himself “is irresponsible”. Why am I not surprised he can see the stick in another's eye yet miss the log in his own?

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