Take blue pills and call me in the morning

At last night’s press conference Obama gave eleven meandering, non-answer answers which added up to more of the same conrtadictions and double speak.

Some highlights:

“If there’s a blue pill and a red pill, and the blue pill is half the price of the red pill and works just as well, why not pay half price for the thing that’s going to make you well?

Naturally the blue pill is less expensive than the evil red pill.

“Right now, doctors a lot of times are forced to make decisions based on the fee payment schedule that’s out there. So if they’re looking and you come in and you’ve got a bad sore throat or your child has a bad sore throat or has repeated sore throats, the doctor may look at the reimbursement system and say to himself, “You know what? I make a lot more money if I take this kid’s tonsils out.”

Really?  He thinks doctors routinely put children through a surgery which requires general anesthesia – and is quite painful – to make make an extra buck?

“You haven’t seen me out there blaming the Republicans.”

Except in his opening statement where he said I’ve heard that one Republican strategist told his party that even though they may want to compromise, it’s better politics to ‘go for the kill.’  Another Republican senator said that defeating health reform is about ‘breaking’ me.”

More fact checking here.

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3 thoughts on “Take blue pills and call me in the morning

  1. Strawmen, prevarication,twisting the narrative, this guy is a walking study of personality disorder.Wasn’t he a heavy cocaine user? Just sayin’.

  2. “Really? He thinks doctors routinely put children through a surgery which requires general anesthesia – and is quite painful – to make make an extra buck?”

    Eh, it could happen but its probably not common. Today’s litigious environment has made doctors very risk averse and they tend to exhaust every option before surgery. Even if that means that the patient is forced to suffer chronic and debilitating pain. One of my coworkers suffered from a slipped disk and was bounced from one “pain management specialist” to another. None of the prescribed medications and less invasive treatments were worth a damn. After several years of this, the disk ruptured and required surgery anyway.

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