Scared Monkeys refutes Obama’s claim that preventative care would save money. “Preventative medicine saves lives, it does not save money,” they say. “In fact it cost more money. Preventative care means that you have to test and pay for all people, even one’s who never end up developing any type of disease.” Thus we spend more money and save lives — two things conservatives adamantly oppose.
QandO finds failure in presumed success with Obama’s public option. “If the public option does not have the same ‘overhead’ going towards ‘profits, excessive administrative costs and executive salaries,'” they reason, “then won’t it be passing those saving on to consumers? And if so, won’t that price the private plans out of the market? After all, why would anyone choose to pay more for coverage if they don’t have to?” This dangerously efficient system must be stopped, or insurance companies will be more likely to perish than patients.
“There he was, looking left and right, left and right, left and right, at his teleprompters,” claimed Freedom Eden. “He’s a bad actor. He’s unconvincing as a president.” “A childish man-child that’s a whiny-ass baby that’s thinks everything has to be his way or no way,” says Angry White Guy. “He gave a big call-out Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Governor Sarah Palin for standing up against the bill,” says Amorian, perhaps having viewed a poorly-subtitled version of the speech. “Having a common social enemy may have worked in Nazi Germany, Barack Obama, but it will not work in the USA. ”
“I can’t believe anyone is watching,” says Ann Althouse. “I’m irritated as hell by the standing ovations. I can’t believe anyone is watching.” Althouse is a Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School.
“Finally, he dragged the body of Senator Edward Kennedy out of his fresh grave and used him again as a prop to push his partisan vision,” says Flopping Aces. “Never let a dead Senator go to waste,” says Chicks on the Right (also: “Michelle Obama’s Pepto-Bismol-BOW-inspired outfit was heinous”).
One thing they did like was Congressman Wilson’s heckling. “The South Carolina Republican was courageous enough to call President Barack Obama a liar on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives,” applauds Bob McCarty. “WATCH PELOSI’S FACE WHEN JOE YELLS OUT… PRICELESS!!!” says Annuit Coeptis, and chides John McCain for disagreeing: “GO HOME JOHN McCAIN!!! THIS SISSIFIED ATTITUDE IS ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS WHY McCAN’T COULDN’T.” “Nancy Pelosi now dispatching a hit-team to take out Joe Wilson,” claims Weasel Zippers. “That’s nothing,” shrugs Serr8d, “I was calling him a liar throughout the speech.” And Ann Althouse says Obama started it by saying the claim that he wanted to kill old people was a lie — thus the President was “guilty of disrespecting his critics,” and deserved to be heckled. “I suppose that Obama supporters are using it to try to paint all the critics of the proposed legislation as louts to be dismissed out of hand,” she adds. (Why would they bother?)
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin responds on her Facebook page: “Finally, President Obama delivered an offhand applause line tonight about the cost of the War on Terror. As we approach the anniversary of the September 11th attacks and honor those who died that day and those who have died since in the War on Terror, in order to secure our freedoms, we need to remember their sacrifices and not demonize them as having had too high a price tag.” That’s why we have links, folks — to show that we’re not just makin’ stuff up.