- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 16, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

In the article “Obama uses Treasury data to sell health care overhaul” (Nation, Sunday), President Obama is quoted from his address to Congress last week as saying, “Everyone in this room knows what will happen if we do nothing. Our deficit will grow. More families will go bankrupt. More businesses will close. More Americans will lose their coverage when they are sick and need it the most. And more will die as a result.”

Later in the same article, Mr. Obama is quoted as saying in Minneapolis, “We’ve heard scare tactics instead of honest debate” from the opponents of his health care plan.

It seems Mr. Obama doesn’t realize that his own sky-is-falling proclamations are nothing less than the scare tactics he accuses his opponents of using.

In addition to not seeing his own rhetoric as fear mongering, the president seems confused about which side of the debate he is on. The disasters he predicts for American families would result from the passage of his health care proposal — not from its failure to pass. According to Mr. Obama, without his health care proposal, our deficit will grow and more families will go bankrupt — but it is his health care proposal that, if passed, would increase the deficit and make more families go bankrupt. Did he get confused about his position on health care reform, or did he misread his teleprompter?

JACK DUCKWORTH

Burke, Va.

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