The 3 boxes of freedom; the soap box, the ballot box and the ammo box
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama used only-in-Washington accounting Wednesday when he promised to overhaul the nation's health care system without adding "one dime" to the deficit. By conventional arithmetic, Democratic plans would drive up the deficit by billions of dollars.
The president's speech to Congress contained a variety of oversimplifications and omissions in laying out what he wants to do about health insurance.
A look at some of Obama's claims and how they square with the facts or the fuller story:
OBAMA: "I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits either now or in the future. Period."
THE FACTS: Though there's no final plan yet, the White House and congressional Democrats already have shown they're ready to skirt the no-new-deficits pledge.
Kliphnote:Just vote on. Get it done. Many people don't care how much it cost. Just give everyone all the health care they need. Make it 100% coverage for everything. Just raise taxes to pay for it if we have to. Health care for all Americans! But it will cost you more. Let's hope the care will not go down.
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