ObamaCare: Cash for Clunkers II?

At his overproduced, obviously staged health care town hall meeting today in Portsmouth, N.H., President Barack Obama promised a little girl, concerned about the “mean” signs wielded by Nazi-sympathizing septuagenarians protesting government-run health care outside the building, that his plan will not “pull the plug on grandma.”

Hear the audio HERE.

During his answer, Obama mocked the terminology used by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to describe government intervention in end of life care, saying that he doesn’t support a “death panel,” and saying that nobody should worry that end-of-life care decisions would be made by the government “because we decided that it’s too expensive to let [them] live anymore.”

Whew. That’s good to know. Because, back in June, I could have sworn that I heard the president say something completely different about the prospect of government control in end-of-life care.

If you recall, that was the White House health care infomercial so graciously broadcast by the impartial and objective journalists at ABC News.

And then, of course, there were his comments back in April during which he questioned the economic sustainability of a health care system which allows for expensive medical procedures or those Americans already nearing death. From an April 29, 2009 Bloomberg report:

President Barack Obama said his grandmother’s hip-replacement surgery during the final weeks of her life made him wonder whether expensive procedures for the terminally ill reflect a “sustainable model” for health care.

The president’s grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, had a hip replaced after she was diagnosed with cancer, Obama said in an interview with the New York Times magazine that was published today. Dunham, who lived in Honolulu, died at the age of 86 on Nov. 2, 2008, two days before her grandson’s election victory.

“I don’t know how much that hip replacement cost,” Obama said in the interview. “I would have paid out of pocket for that hip replacement just because she’s my grandmother.”

Obama said “you just get into some very difficult moral issues” when considering whether “to give my grandmother, or everybody else’s aging grandparents or parents, a hip replacement when they’re terminally ill.

“That’s where I think you just get into some very difficult moral issues,” he said in the April 14 interview. “The chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives are accounting for potentially 80 percent of the total health- care bill out here.”

While I’m certain that the little girl from Massachusetts thanked the president for answering her question, perhaps little Julia, in the waning days of her summer, should have thanked him as well for clarifying his position on end-of-life care (even if she did ask about something completely different). Julia and the rest of us can now rest assured that the government absolutely, positively will not remove grandma from life support because of fiscal concerns — they’ll just deny grandma treatment that could extend her life in an attempt to stem government “waste.”

Given what the president said today and back in June, I am increasingly experiencing difficulty distinguishing the health care reform measures advocated by the president and the Democrats from the Cash For Clunkers program touted as such a success by the same people. Both interfere with the free market. Both would take serviceable, working entities–in one case, a person, while in the other case, a vehicle–and either significantly shorten its life span, or snuff it out altogether. Both would do so in a half-hearted attempt to foster the increased effectiveness that a younger fleet would purportedly bring to America, as well as the cost savings associated with preventing the need for bearing increased costs associated with those entities–cars, humans–as they advance in age.

Unfortunately, the two programs bear another similarity — they don’t apply to Congress. Just as our elected officials on Capitol Hill will not subject themselves to the public option for health care, they refuse to voluntarily turn themselves in at the electoral dealership for newer, younger, more efficient models, despite being in desperate need of oil changes, tune-ups, new tires and an abundance of bodywork.



  1. Anonymous says:

    brilliant comparison

  2. Rix says:

    Well, there is a small difference. Cash for Clunkers mostly benefits the unions, whereas ObamaCare is a payout to urban poor and illegal aliens. The former are steadfast Obama voters while the latter… oh, wait…

  3. linder says:

    Seriously, does the President know anything about Medicare and supplemental Medicare Advantage insurance coverage? From the audio of his townhall today, I think not! He sure gets a free pass to spout off anything that he thinks will help him, regardless of how accurate it is.

  4. T.Nelson says:

    I LOVED that town hall. Obama hikself said that the government cannot do things as well as the private sector when he used the Post Office vs. Fed Ex analogy to show why private insurance will be okay. He said himself that it's the Post Office that can't do things right, but UPS and Fed EX are just fine. Did anyone else catch that? Hilarious!!!!!


    Give credit where credit is due…. Pelosi is having tons of bodywork done, most of it on her grille.


    When you absolutely, positively need to get that surgery overnight… Private healthcare.


    MedEx for short….

  8. Linda says:

    Well said once again! BOTH of these programs are a disaster.

  9. Anonymous says:

    From a President who stated just last week that he hasn't read the entire health care plan—how can he support it? Today, he stated that "UPS and FedEx are doing just fine,its the Post office that is always having problems". Can someone tell Mr. Obama that UPS and FedEx are privately owned…the US Post Office is run by the GOVERNMENT.

  10. Linda says:

    Someone I know said that there was someone outside her local grocery store last week with impeachment signs and petitions.

  11. BAD BOYS BAD BOYS says:

    NO need to impeach a usurper. A simple arrest will do.

  12. T.Nelson says:

    I think he knows he's in wayyyy over his head and is trying for the martydom option…first he pisses off the police, now he's messing with postal workers! He's not making friends in the right places!
    C'mon, it's only a joke! Don't flag me!

  13. WANDERING EYE says:

    From TOTUS:
    What a day in New Hampshire. Big Guy decides to ad lib one of his patented comparative examples to simply things for the simple country folk we were talking to today, and he goes off script to do it. Wow.

    Of course, comparing Big O's health care plan to the post office makes sense … if you're talking about the dead letter office. That'll teach him to go off script.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Obama's plan requires people to take the public option when they change jobs. Will that mean that our 'dear leaders' will have to take it when they are voted out of office?

  15. goddessdivine says:

    Have you seen this spoof? http://www.cradlesforcodgers.com/index.html

    Pretty darned funny.

    Hey, isn't the Post Office struggling financially right now? Just sayin'…..

  16. Randy says:

    "Logan's Run" depicts a society where people who turn 30 are terminated in a public display when the green stone in their palm turns red.

  17. Still a Patriot says:

    Hi Jeff -

    I read a good article on Pajamas Media about Sarah Palin's views in the health care debate. One of the comments was from an Obama supporter who is very upset with him – she calls one of his comments inhuman. She had a terrible experience with a family member where the money ran out & they had to pull the plug, & suffers the pain & guilt of that decision. She thinks Palin's take is accurate.

    I think more & more people are waking up – especially the more he runs his mouth.


  19. Anonymous says:

    A nice analogy, dude. You are spot on. Again.


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