What you see above is brand new, just released video from the House Republican Conference. It features some of the statements made by the the president and the president’s flunkies–including Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, the latter being the guy who just recently compared fellow Democrats to “f*cking retarded” and then apologized to people with special needs for lumping them in with Democrats–addressing the GOP as obstructionists, as the “party of ‘no,’” and then contrasts those statements with remarks made by Obama himself when he met with House Republicans late last week.
This has been addressed before here at America’s Right, most recently a week ago when, in his first true State of the Union address, the president discussed his hemorrhaging bid for socialized medicine through health care reform and asked that “if anyone from either party has a better approach that will bring down premiums, bring down the deficit, cover the uninsured, strengthen Medicare for seniors, and stop insurance company abuses, let me know.”
In addressing President Obama’s veiled but nonetheless unwarranted shot at Republicans, I pointed out that the GOP has indeed offered ideas. Frankly, with the Democrats’ continued insistence to everyday Americans that Republicans are not participating in the process, it’s worth going over again. Here’s a partial list of what was introduced by Republicans and when:
- May 2009: The Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2009
- June 2009: The Medical Rights & Reform Act
- June 2009: The Help Efficient, Accessible, Low-cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act
- July 2009: The Empowering Patients First Act
- July 2009: The Improving Health Care for All Americans Act
- July 2009: The Promoting Health and Preventing Chronic Disease through Prevention and Wellness Programs for Employees, Communities, and Individuals Act of 2009
- November 2009:The Improved Employee Access to Health Insurance Act of 2009
- November 2009:The Health Insurance Access for Young Workers and College Students Act of 2009
Also in November 2009, House Republicans released a plan of their own for health care reform, the Affordable Health Care for America Act. It focused on modest tort reform, the facilitation of interstate competition among health insurance providers, and increasing incentives for states to bring down premium costs, and for individuals to make use of health savings accounts. In total, the Republican plan topped out at roughly 230 pages, and according to the Congressional Budget Office would have a ten-year cost to taxpayers of only $61 billion while cutting the deficit by $68 billion — the plan put forth by Democrats stood instead at more than 2,000 pages in length, and was scored by the CBO and other organizations at anywhere from $1.05 trillion to $2 trillion.
And health care is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. For example, in his State of the Union address, Barack Obama asked lawmakers for a Web site devoted to earmark transparency. “Tonight,” he said, “I’m calling on Congress to publish all earmark requests on a single Web site before there’s a vote so that the American people can see how their money is being spent.” In reality, though, the people dismissed by the president and others as the “party of no ideas” was one step ahead. In fact, Republicans were one step ahead of the president by five whole months. Consider this, from back in August of last year:
Perhaps, from this point forward, before Rahm Emanuel or Robert Gibbs or the president himself opens their mouths and accuses their Republican colleagues of obstructionism, they should have a look at what was already proposed. Moreover, they should look at the actions of their own party, the folks Emanuel thinks are so “special.” The ideologues on the left in Washington are the ones saying “no” to C-SPAN cameras. They’re the ones saying “no” to the majority of Americans who want nothing to do with health care reform. They’re the ones saying “no” to Republicans who want to be involved in a bipartisan process from the ground up.
I like what the House GOP did here. I like the aggressiveness I saw from Congressmen Tom Price and Jason Chaffetz and Paul Ryan and Jeb Hensarling and others last week. This president and this administration absolutely must be called out on their doublespeak and hypocrisy. It’s just too bad that they’re giving the House GOP and the rest of us paying attention so much darned material.