President Obama: 1; Representative Cantor: 0
On June 15, 2009, Rep. Eric Cantor released a statement rebutting President Obama's remarks to the AMA before the address was finished. Evidently, the statement was written before the author had a chance to read the transcript.
Rep. Cantor: For His Own Choices, Against President Obama's Choices
Rep. Cantor Stated That, Unlike Democrats, House Republicans Were Dedicated To Increasing Choices And Access For Americans
Rep. Cantor: "The debate surrounding health reform in America has begun in earnest. House Republicans stand ready to work with the Administration and the Democrat Majorities in Congress to craft a common-sense solution that preserves flexibility and choice, increases access, and lowers the cost of care for working families and small businesses." [RepublicanWhip.House.gov, 6/15/09]
The President Outlined His Plan That Would Increase Choices And Access To Health Care For Americans
President Obama: "If you don't like your health coverage or don't have any insurance, you will have a chance to take part in what we're calling a Health Insurance Exchange. This Exchange will allow you to one-stop shop for a health care plan, compare benefits and prices, and choose a plan that's best for you and your family - just as federal employees can do, from a postal worker to a Member of Congress. You will have your choice of a number of plans that offer a few different packages, but every plan would offer an affordable, basic package. And one of these options needs to be a public option that will give people a broader range of choices and inject competition into the health care market so that force waste out of the system and keep the insurance companies honest." [President Obama's Remarks to the AMA, 6/15/09]
Rep. Cantor: Next Time, Please Read The Remarks Before Responding
Rep. Cantor's Release Asserted That The Republican Health Care Reform Plan Would Be Better For American Patients
Rep. Cantor: "To be clear, Republicans are not satisfied with the status quo, and we will move forward with a vision to address the health care needs for both patients and doctors. Specifically, we believe there is a better way and our reform principles will outline an approach that increases coverage and maintains the doctor-patient relationship, while improving quality without breaking the bank." [RepublicanWhip.House.gov, 6/15/09]
President Obama's Speech Clearly Laid Out How Health Care Reform Will Help American Patients As Well As The American Economy
President Obama: "If we do that, we can build a health care system that allows you to be physicians instead of administrators and accountants; a system that gives Americans the best care at the lowest cost; a system that eases up the pressure on businesses and unleashes the promise of our economy, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs, making take-home wages thousands of dollars higher, and growing our economy by tens of billions more every year. That's how we will stop spending tax dollars to prop up an unsustainable system, and start investing those dollars in innovations and advances that will make our health care system and our economy stronger." [President Obama's Remarks to the AMA, 6/15/09]
Rep. Cantor: Behaving Just The Way The GOP Would Have Him Behave
Rep. Cantor's Statement Included The Standard Republican Fear Mongering
Rep. Cantor: "Unfortunately, in what has become a Washington tradition, hope of bipartisanship has quickly evaporated in the summer sun. Democrats are touting a government-run health care option that creates an unlevel playing field leading to the destruction of the private market, reducing choice and putting Washington bureaucrats in charge of family health care decisions." [RepublicanWhip.House.gov, 6/15/09]
In The Speech, President Obama Remarked Upon The Very Tactics Rep. Cantor Used
President Obama: "We know the moment is right for health care reform. We know this is an historic opportunity we've never seen before and may not see again. But we also know that there are those who will try and scuttle this opportunity no matter what - who will use the same scare tactics and fear-mongering that's worked in the past. They'll give dire warnings about socialized medicine and government takeovers; long lines and rationed care; decisions made by bureaucrats and not doctors. We've heard it all before - and because these fear tactics have worked, things have kept getting worse." [President Obama's Remarks to the AMA, 6/15/09]
Not To Mention The Fact That President Obama Is Committed To Preserving Patient Choice
President Obama: "I know that there are millions of Americans who are content with their health care coverage - they like their plan and they value their relationship with their doctor. And that means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what. My view is that health care reform should be guided by a simple principle: fix what's broken and build on what works." [President Obama's Remarks to the AMA, 6/15/09]
Rep. Cantor: In Need Of Math Tutoring
Rep. Cantor Questioned How The Obama Administration Would Pay For Health Care Reform
Rep. Cantor: "There is a growing chorus of concern about the Democrat's trillion dollar government health proposal. More campaign-style events and speeches do not give the American people the answers they need. Can Americans keep what they have if they want to? How will this Administration pay for it? Is it productive for government to restrict our doctors' ability to treat patients as they see fit? Serious questions remain unanswered, and it's time for the Administration to end the happy talk and get down to the difficult decisions ahead." [RepublicanWhip.House.gov, 6/15/09]
In His Speech, President Obama Clearly Laid Out His Payment Plan For Health Care Reform
President Obama: "Altogether, these savings mean that we have put about $950 billion on the table - not counting some of the longer-term savings that will come about from reform - taking us almost all the way to covering the full cost of health care reform. In the weeks and months ahead, I look forward to working with Congress to make up the difference so that health care reform is fully paid for - in a real, accountable way. And let me add that this does not count some of the longer-term savings that will come about from health care reform. By insisting that reform be deficit neutral over the next decade and by making the reforms that will help slow the growth rate of health care costs over coming decades, we can look forward to faster economic growth, higher living standards, and falling, not rising, budget deficits." [President Obama's Remarks to the AMA, 6/15/09]
Rep. Cantor: In The Market For A Reliable Clock
If The Misrepresentations In The Statement Weren't Enough, Rep. Cantor Released His Comments Before The President Was Finished Speaking
Rep. Cantor Statement: "Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) today issued the following statement after President Obama addressed the American Medical Association in Chicago..." [RepublicanWhip.House.gov, 6/15/09; emphasis added]
False: The Statement Was Released Before The President Finished Speaking.
Un-timely Tweet: Cantor Spokesman Badly Timed His Twitter Update. Brad Dayspring, Rep. Cantor's Press Secretary, tweeted "Cantor on AMA Speech: 'Serious questions remain & it's time for the Administration to end the happy talk" at approximately 12:54 pm. [Twitter.com/BDayspring, 6/15/09]
Note: President Obama finished speaking at the AMA Conference at approximately 1:10pm, EST.
(a la Jon Stewart) Oh, GOP! Is there *nothing* you can't be wrong about?