Just on Monday, Labor Day, Obama labored to twist and butcher the truth: "Mr. Obama also repeated the biggest disinformation point of all, which is that those who disagree with his approach "don't have" any answers or solutions. "Their answer is to do nothing. Their answer is to do nothing," he insisted twice, which simply is not true. Almost nobody suggests that we "do nothing." Again and again, conservatives have offered multiple proposals for health care reform only to have Mr. Obama deliberately ignore or ridicule them.
"For just a small sampling of the competing proposals that Mr. Obama labels as "nothing," consider these: 1) Various lawsuit reforms to keep down medical malpractice premiums, whose costs are passed on to consumers. 2) Allowing health insurance to be bought and sold across state lines. 3) Allowing the tax break for health insurance to be claimed by individuals as well as by businesses. 4) Increased use of health savings accounts. 5) Creation of "health stamps" for low-income people who otherwise wouldn't qualify for tax credits. 6) Allowing doctors who provide pro bono care to treat the value of their time spent doing so as a charitable deduction from their income taxes. 7) Allowing states to band together in regional insurance-pooling arrangements. 8) Various measures to make it easier for patients to figure out the costs of various services and doctors' fees so they can comparison-shop. ..."