5:13 p.m. (Pacific Time) – When President Obama promises that his reform plan will “keep government out of health-care decisions”... and that reform will “not be paid for on the backs on middle-class families”... he is acknowledging the profound problems inherent in the concept of socializing medical insurance.
Now we can debate whether or not those promises he just enunciated make any sense...
5:28 p.m. – The main thing I wonder, based on Obama’s opening statement, is:
1) If the government “limits” the amount of money insurers can “force you to pay out of your own pocket,” and;
2) If “no insurer will be able to deny you coverage for a preexisting condition,” then...
... will this destroy the basis upon which health insurance is a profitable enterprise? And, therefore, will private companies stop selling health insurance because there’s no money in it?
And if private companies get out of the insurance business, does that mean the U.S. government will become the only player in the game?
Will “reform” be a side road towards a single-payer system?
5:34 p.m. – Wow. Is Obama on the defensive or what? ...
5:57 p.m. – I am amazed that Obama answered the Skip Gates question... and especially to say the Cambridge police “acted stupidly.” That’s gonna suck a lot of attention away from health care, which was supposed to be the President’s focus. ...
6:17 p.m. – Actually, I’m a little cheesed off that Lynn Sweet even asked him about Prof. Gates. Is Barack Obama the Negro-in-Chief or the Commander-in-Chief?
7:08 p.m. – MSNBC’s Chris Matthews just echoed a point I made here on Sunday.
Regarding the press conference, Matthews asked, rhetorically, whether President Obama had explained why we need to change the health-care system, what those changes would be, and how America would pay for it.
“It’s not clear to me,” Matthews said, “that he did any of those things.” Whoa.
And Matthews wants health-care reform!
8:13 p.m. – Even MSNBC’s Ed Schultz – Obama’s biggest cheerleader on a channel full of cheerleaders – says the President’s performance tonight was too “passive.”