Obama: Government Run Health Care for Thee but not for Me

Anyone see the Obama health care infomercial last night? Well, it seems no one else did, either based upon its dismal ratings. However, one little thing stuck out that I hope gets a lot of attention, and that was a pointed question by a doctor and Obama’s answer:

The probing questions came from two skeptical neurologists during ABC News’ special on health care reform, “Questions for the President: Prescription for America,” anchored from the White House by Diane Sawyer and Charles Gibson.

Dr. Orrin Devinsky, a neurologist and researcher at the New York University Langone Medical Center, said that elites often propose health care solutions that limit options for the general public, secure in the knowledge that if they or their loves ones get sick, they will be able to afford the best care available, even if it’s not provided by insurance.

Devinsky asked the president pointedly if he would be willing to promise that he wouldn’t seek such extraordinary help for his wife or daughters if they became sick and the public plan he’s proposing limited the tests or treatment they can get.

The president refused to make such a pledge, though he allowed that if “it’s my family member, if it’s my wife, if it’s my children, if it’s my grandmother, I always want them to get the very best care.

Every American wants the best care for his or her loved ones. What matters is whether every American can get the best care possible. With a public option, millions of Americans who have private health insurance that they are happy with would be forced off of that insurance and onto an inferior government run program, while President Obama can transcend that inferior care and go to extraordinary lengths to get the best care money can buy for his family. It’s sheer hypocrisy.

You can see the video at Real Clear Politics.

Ed Morrissey is spot on:

If ObamaCare isn’t good enough for Sasha, Malia, or Michelle, then it’s not good enough for America. Instead of fighting that impulse, Obama should be working to boost the private sector to encourage more care providers, less red tape and expense, and better care for everyone.

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