Same old, same old from Obama on healthcare

September 2, 2009

What is POTUS going to say that is any different, really. The risk of the Tune Out factor is growing. This, from a pro-ObamaCare blogger:

The problem is – Obama has already been specific about nearly all of this — frequently! The 8 insurance regulations he favors are not only in both bills, they’ve been the centerpiece of the “Health Insurance Reform” attempt at rebranding in August. Obama has already specified his preferred way of paying for reform — a cap on charitable deductions for those making over $250,000. And he spent an entire presidential campaign saying that he didn’t want to raise taxes on those making less than $250,000. None of these items are particularly suspenseful, and it would indeed be a surprise if he deviated from what’s been his normal script.

Granted, he hasn’t before specified the level of subsidies he wants to give to the uninsured. But if it’s 400% of the federal poverty line ($88,000 for a family of 4), it’s no surprise as both the House and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee provide subsidies to that level. If it’s less than that – say the 300% that the Senate Finance Committee is rumored to be toying with – then it would be a surprise. It would also be a bad policy concession.

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