Over at the Whitehouse.gov blog we have this little tidbit:
Scary chain emails and videos are starting to percolate on the internet, breathlessly claiming, for example, to "uncover" the truth about the President’s health insurance reform positions...
For the record, the President has consistently said that if you like your insurance plan, your doctor, or both, you will be able to keep them. ...
There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the record??? Um, which record would that be?
Perhaps, its this record from Newsbusters, a complete transcript of what candidate Obama told folks at SEIU's New Leadership Health Care Forum on March 24, 2007:
As I indicated before, I think that we're going to have to have some system where people can buy into a larger pool. Right now their pool typically is the employer, but there are other ways of doing it. I would like to -- I would hope that we could set up a system that allows those who can go through their employer to access a federal system or a state pool of some sort. But I don't think we're going to be able to eliminate employer coverage immediately. There's going to be potentially some transition process. I can envision a decade out or 15 years out or 20 years out where we've got a much more portable system. Employers still have the option of providing coverage, but many people may find that they get better coverage, or at least coverage that gives them more for health care dollars than they spend outside of their employer. And I think we've got to facilitate that and let individuals make that choice to transition out of employer coverage.
Newsbusters also provided links to the complete video of what candidate Obama said that day and the complete transcript.
Or perhaps these Democrats admitting that what they would like to see is for private insurance to go away.
The Administration's response, the same response it has had for the Townhall meeting's protesters, has been to attack. Across the country real people have been raising their concern at the attempt to ram another spending bill down our throats without even giving the bill a read. Concern abounds that the "tweaking" of a good healthcare system in need of a scalpel, has been replaced with a needless overhaul and the attempt to eliminate or minimize private insurance and replace it with a government run behemoth that like medicare and Social Security before it will lead to increased taxes and bankrupt programs.
So what has been the government's "hope and change" response to sincere concerns? Ridicule.
Now I have no illusions about these matters. I know full well that partisans are amongst the crowd, liberals have done this for years, but to dismiss valid concerns as "angry mobs" is to prove the accusation of desperation and being out of touch.
Finally there is this from Townhall, which sums it all quite nicely:
"...I hope I'm not the only one who is uncomfortable with the White House asking people to report instances of what the administration deems "disinformation," or to "flag" dissension and people who challenge the administration's assumptions about what its plan for a government-run health care system would look like.
Perhaps we should all go and "flag" the videos of Obama himself talking about how much he wants a single-payer system. Disinformation from his own mouth. Should we "flag" links to reports from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office that say this plan's cost is beyond astronomical? So much "disinformation" coming from those awful nonpartisan budget analysts!
Give me a break, Obama. People don't like snitches, but no one likes a liar.