Barack Obama’s pants on fire

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary -

Sen. John F. Kerry, Mas­sachusetts Demo­crat, ex­plain­ing the foun­da­tion of his an­ti­war pol­i­tics: “I re­mem­ber Christ­mas of 1968 sitting on a gun­boat in Cam­bo­dia. . . . I have that mem­ory which is seared — seared — in me.” It was a lie. “Her breath­ing be­came la­bored and then she breathed her last breath,” ex­plained an emo­tional Demo­cratic Vice Pres­i­dent Al Gore, claim­ing how his sis­ter’s lung cancer death formed the foun­da­tion of his anti-to­bacco pol­i­tics. It was a lie. “I have vivid and painful mem­o­ries of black churches be­ing burned in my own state when I was a child,” claimed Demo­cratic Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton, ex­plain­ing the foun­da­tion of yet more gov­ern­ment ex­pan­sion. It was a lie. “I will never for­get watch­ing my own mother . . . wor­ry­ing about whether her in­surer would claim her ill­ness was a pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tion,” claimed Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Barack Obama, ex­plain­ing the foun­da­tion of Oba­macare. This too was a lie. Re­cent rev­e­la­tions by au­thor Janny Scott in “A Sin­gu­lar Woman: The Un­told Story of Barack Obama’s Mother” (River­head Hardcover, 2011), show that Stan­ley Ann Dun­ham, the pres­i­dent’s mother, was in fact well-in­sured and, what’s more, her health in­surance com­pany — those evil cor­po­ratists — never at­tempted to deny pay­ment for her health care. Stan­ley Ann’s out-ofpocket ex­penses amounted to “sev­eral hun­dred dol­lars a month.”

A year af­ter her cancer diagnosis, Stan­ley Ann ap­plied for dis­abil­ity in­surance, for which she was un­der­stand­ably de­nied. Again, it was dis­abil­ity in­surance, not health in­surance.

But there’s more to this story. As I wrote in my own eBook, “First, Do No Harm,” (HarperCollins, 2011), Barack and I share not only fam­ily ties, but also the scars of los­ing an in­flu­en­tial par­ent far too young. Lessons learned from those tragic events now in­flu­ence our na­tional health care de­bate but, sadly, it’s clear that the pres­i­dent’s pre­de­ter­mined agenda dis­re­garded the facts on the ground. What’s more, even the newly un­cov­ered de­cep­tion misses the big­ger point of Stan­ley Ann’s health care, which I de­scribed:

“Thus he wrote in ‘Dreams from My Fa­ther’ that he lamented see­ing his mother ‘suf­fer­ing be­cause of a bro­ken [Amer­i­can] health care sys­tem.’ But he ig­nores the fact that in her hour of need, Stan­ley Ann, an in­tel­li­gent, highly ed­u­cated woman then liv­ing in In­done­sia, chose Amer­ica’s health care sys­tem above all oth­ers. And it wasn’t the sys­tem that failed her. In fact, she was quite fortu- nate to re­ceive the best of care at Me­mo­rial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Cen­ter in New York (and later the Straub Clinic in Hawaii).”

Are we to be­lieve that Stan­ley Ann’s med­i­cal co-pay­ments were be­yond the means of her lov­ing son, who by this time was a Har­vard Law School grad­u­ate flush with a six-digit sign­ing bonus for his first book? More­over, are we as Amer­i­cans to tear down the finest health care sys­tem in the world based on — let’s be hon­est enough to call them what they are — lies?

The pres­i­dent’s mother wasn’t the only poor soul who was re­duced to an emo­tional black­mail pawn used in the dis­man­tling of Amer­ica’s health care sys­tem. Jour­nal­ist Michelle Malkin bril­liantly cat­a­loged sim­i­lar phony sym­pa­thetic sto­ries ped­dled by Mr. Obama and his Oba­macare pro­po­nents, in­clud­ing Otto Rad­datz, Robin Beaton, John Brod­niak, Natoma Can­field and Tif­fany Owens (whose young son, Marce­las, stood be­side Mr. Obama at his health care sign­ing cer­e­mony).

Each of these poor soul’s heart­break­ing sto­ries of a failed sys­tem were just that — sto­ries — fab­ri­cated by Team Obama and his co-con­spir­a­tors in their zeal to na­tion­al­ize our health care sys­tem at any cost.

Dishonoring the dead with de­cep­tion, as pa­thetic as that is, barely scratches the sur­face of the Oba­macare false­hoods.

You can keep your cur­rent doc­tor: Lie.

You can keep your cur­rent in­surance: Lie.

Hear­ings will be made pub­lic: Lie.

The deficit will be re­duced: Lie.

Four hun­dred thou­sand jobs will be cre­ated im­me­di­ately: Lie.

There are no death pan­els: Lie.

Taxes won’t be in­creased on fam­i­lies earn­ing less than $250,000 a year: Lie.

And all of this comes be­fore the first Oba­macare waivers ex­empted the White House’s best friends from the rules that you must fol­low.

This de­gree of dis­hon­esty is not merely tak­ing a mul­li­gan on the back nine or fudg­ing a cou­ple of pounds on your driver’s li­cense. There’s some­thing far more sin­is­ter at work here. Amer­ica is be­ing “fun­da­men­tally trans­formed” by de­cep­tion, and the ex­pla­na­tion is sim­ple: de­mo­graph­ics. In Amer­ica, self-pro­claimed con­ser­va­tives out­num­ber lib­er­als by a ra­tio of 2-to-1, ac­cord­ing to Gallup, or, more re­cently, al­most 3-to-1, ac­cord­ing to Ras­mussen. How else is a power-hun­gry rul­ing class to pry ever-more lib­erty from the peo­ple, other than to prey on Amer­i­cans’ higher an­gels of com­pas­sion with the de­mon of de­cep­tion?

Health care is, of course, but a sin­gle — al­beit crit­i­cal — front in the de­cep­tive battle for your lib­erty. The Earth hasn’t warmed in nearly 15 years, yet global warmists de­mand you sur­ren­der even more en­ergy free­dom to them with the “ca­pand-trade” scheme. Gov­ern­ment, not Wall Street, spawned the sub­prime mort­gage im­plo­sion of our econ­omy, yet reg­u­la­tors de­mand you sur­ren­der even more fi­nan­cial free­dom to them with the Dodd-Frank Act.

Now Amer­ica is in slow-mo­tion death throes be­cause of an un­fath­omable $14.5 tril­lion fed­eral debt, plus an­other $62 tril­lion in un­funded fed­eral li­a­bil­i­ties. Your in­di­vid­ual share? $245,000. That’s not a typo. Un­less you can cough up a cool quar­ter-mil­lion, you might con­sider sup­port­ing the Repub­li­cans’ “cut, cap and bal­ance” pro­posal. Or, if you be­lieve him, the pres­i­dent — who pre­vi­ously claimed that “rais­ing Amer­ica’s debt limit is a sign of [pres­i­den­tial] lead­er­ship fail­ure,” whose own mother’s death is not too sa­cred for use in his wan­ton de­cep­tion — has now found a more suit­ably sym­pa­thetic, emo­tional hostage: your grandma. If the debt ceil­ing is not in­creased, if the pres­i­dent is not al­lowed to con­tinue his wild orgy of spend­ing, then he claims he can­not guar­an­tee So­cial Se­cu­rity checks will go out on time. That is, if you choose to be­lieve him.

Dr. Mil­ton R. Wolf is a board­cer­ti­fied di­ag­nos­tic ra­di­ol­o­gist and cousin of Pres­i­dent Obama. He blogs at Mil­

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