Ed Morrisey notes that President Obama may have blundered into a Dukakis moment last night during the ABC broadcast from the White House:
Barack Obama got ABC to move their news division into the White House in order to make the big pitch for his egalitarian, everyone-gets-treated-equally ObamaCare push. Instead, Obama fumbled into a Michael Dukakis moment that exposed him as a hypocrite. ABC itself leads with Obama’s response that he wouldn’t stay within his own plan for his family:
President Obama struggled to explain today whether his health care reform proposals would force normal Americans to make sacrifices that wealthier, more powerful people — like the president himself — wouldn’t face.
[the president was asked 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.
So ObamaCare for thee, but not for me? Hope and change, baby!
William Jacobson adds:
And therein lies the paradox and fundamental fraud of the Democratic health care proposals. The wealthy, including the President and Congress, always will be able to get whatever care they want, by paying out of their own pocket or purchasing extra private coverage at substantial cost.
As the health care debate escalates, and the recession deepens, more and more people in the private sector are going to focus on the differences between the benefits they earn and the benefits the public sector enjoys. Perhaps it takes wave after wave of news like this to get private sector employees (and voters) to focus on the ever expanding benefits given to government employees.
While the private sector goes through a gut wrenching restructuring it is time to ask what sacrifices are being made by government employees.