Those words are taken directly from Obama’s healthcare reform proposal posted on his White House website leading up to the “Healthcare Summit” being held on the 25th of February. One of the key elements in making the nationalization of our healthcare system “economically sound” – according to Obama – is the elimination of “waste, fraud and abuse” in Medicare (last year’s mantra) and government spending (now).
Allegedly, this will save us untold billions – possibly trillions – of dollars.
Well... I guess the question I have to ask is this:
If there’s that much “waste, fraud and abuse” in government spending at this point in time, be it in Medicare or spending in general (and I have no doubt there is), what are we waiting for? Wouldn’t any rational person think that eliminating that “waste, fraud and abuse” is not only the first step that should be taken before increasing any spending, but a basic fiduciary duty of Congress and the President owed to the taxpayers?
Are we being blackmailed? Is there an implicit threat that if we DON’T pass healthcare nationalization the “waste, fraud and abuse” will continue as some kind of penalty?
Or are these just more hollow words from the empty suit in the Oval Office?