President Obama made his pitch for government health care at a town hall meeting on Tuesday:


PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: People say, well, how can a private company compete against the government? If you think about it, UPS and FedEx are doing just fine. Right? No, they are. I mean, it's the post office that's always having problems.


That's supposed to make me want government-run health care? I guess the world makes a lot more sense when you're reading from a teleprompter.

But, that wasn't the only gem from the town hall meeting. Apparently Obama still thinks doctors are all greedy, cash-hungry, limb-cutting monsters:


PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: If a family care physician works with his or her patient to help them lose weight, modify diet, monitors whether they're taking their medications in a timely fashion, they might get reimbursed a pittance. But if that same diabetic ends up getting their foot amputated, that's $30,000, $40,000, $50,000 — immediately the surgeon is reimbursed.


You'd think the men in tweed at the White House would have figured out, "Hey, this didn't go so well last time — with the whole tonsil thing. Maybe we shouldn't do it again?"

Nope. Instead, they step it up. Now doctors are slashing feet for cash.

Maybe it's about time someone in the media starts asking why the president is protecting these doctors. I mean, he must have information that others don't have; where is he getting these stories?

Here's the One Thing: Where are the tough questions? I'd even settle for the simple questions, like: Mr. President, can you name a doctor that has ripped kids' tonsils or lopped-off feet for cash? Just one?

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The media had no trouble running with false stories on George W. Bush's National Guard service and that Bush blew up the levees in New Orleans. But God forbid we find out details on Obama's health plan — I mean, other than "health care for all."

Oh, Glenn! You keep talking crazy "death panel" stuff. This health care plan is great for seniors.

Yes, I know, I know. I saw President Obama say the government won't pull the plug on grandma:


OBAMA: The rumor that's been circulating a lot lately is this idea that somehow the House of Representatives voted for "death panels" that will, basically, pull the plug on grandma because we've decided that we don't — it's too expensive to let her live anymore. The intention of the members of Congress was to give people more information so that they could handle issues of end of life care, when they're ready, on their on terms. It wasn't forcing anybody to do anything.


That is so comforting.

But will the media ask the president about his comments from way, way, way back in April when he said in an interview with the New York Times magazine: 'You just get into some very difficult moral issues" when considering whether "to give my grandmother, or everybody else's aging grandparents or parents, a hip replacement when they are terminally ill... The chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives are accounting for potentially 80 percent of the total health care."

It is only a difficult moral issue for the government. Even Barack Obama knows what you should really do: "I don't know how much that hip replacement cost... I would have paid out of pocket for that hip replacement just because she's my grandmother."

Why won't someone other than Major Garrett and Jake Tapper call him out on this blatant intellectual dishonesty?

Which do you believe? The "won't pull the plug" thing or the old people's cost-per-breath ratio?

Oh, you can count on the media to show up when Sarah Palin says she's worried about the prospects of her special needs child, Trig, being at the mercy of "death panels" under universal health care. The media blasts her for being a kook.

Why is that ridiculous? Have you looked at what Obama's closest advisers believe? Palin's not the one with the "complete lives system" — Obama's advisers are.

And apparently, as that April interview revealed, Obama is concerned about those old people as they soak up 80 percent of health care costs. It's a moral dilemma for him. So these old people have lots of candy around the house, but gosh darnit, they are so expensive to keep ticking!

Of course, the "rationing" talk is all predicated on an "emergency" or a "crisis," they say. Yet another question not being asked by the media: Is there any foreseeable emergency or crisis in our near future?

No way, the stimulus passed! The recession is over! The worst is behind us! We're not monetizing our debt or anything.

Really? We're not monetizing our debt? No, I'm sure the media would have reported if the government were creating new money to buy government debt and that the Fed was on its way to buying up over half a trillion in government debt. Or that we are closing in on what Forbes.com calls our "Zimbabwe moment."

We could never suffer Zimbabwe's fate of hyperinflation and collapse. Oh, what turned those Nazis into Nazis? I remember: hyperinflation of Weimar.

No, this is America. We're immune to crazy inflation.

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