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Monday, April 19, 2021

Fact Check: Obama lied

President Barack Obama has indicated a willingness to drop a government-run health care plan from any overhaul. The White House says that’s not a shift. Actually, it is.

Fierce proponents of a government-run health plan for months, Obama and senior administration officials, bowing to pressure from Republicans and skeptical voters, suggested that such a public option is not do-or-die.

"All I’m saying is, though, that the public option, whether we have it or we don’t have it, is not the entirety of health care reform," the president told a town hall-style audience in Grand Junction, Colo., on Saturday. "This is just one sliver of it, one aspect of it."

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Public option: Obama’s changing positions

The Obama administration is sending mixed signals on its commitment to publicly funded, government-run health insurance as a supposedly indispensable component of health-care reform.

Over the weekend, President Obama said that the public option was not "the entirety" of health-care reform, and his secretary of Health and Human Services said that the public option was not the "essential element" of reform and suggested that instead the administration might be open to health-care cooperatives as an alternative. And Obama press secretary Robert Gibbs indicated that the public option might be only one way of achieving the administration’s overriding goal of choice and competition.

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Obama: From one extreme to another

Critics are shouting extreme things about the Obama administration, it’s said, and there is some truth to the charge as well as a reason for it — the administration is doing extreme, off-the-wall things, hopelessly leftist things, such as appointing John Holdren director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

There they go again, say Obama supporters about the Holdren complaints, but the complainers have been right about a wasteful, politically shaped stimulus package, about overreaching health-care proposals, about an utterly pointless, economically dangerous global warming cap-and-trade bill, and it seems to me they have a strong case against Holdren, a professor of zany alarmism.

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Administration should do more for veterans

The problem that President Obama was about to address was unconscionably big and growing worse: The huge backlog of Veterans’ Affairs benefits claims filed by men and women who once fought America’s battles — only to discover they now must battle their own government, just to get what they already earned.

And the setting and audience where the president would be unveiling his plan for resolving the problem was also big, and appropriate: A speech to the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, gathered in Phoenix on Monday, plus all those watching on cable news television.

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