Obama Ridicules Conservative Disinformation On Health Reform: ‘Granny Is Safe!’

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The GOP and their lies about health care reform should be ridiculed at every turn…

Think Progress

The conservative campaign against President Obama’s health care reform law has been built around baseless distortions and fabrications about the policy, such as its mythical “death panels” that would “pull the plug on grandma,” the false claim that the law is “job killing,” and the equally false claim that the law will “explode the deficit.” President Obama has largely avoided taking on this disinformation directly, but in a speech today sponsored by the pro-reform Families USA, the president lambasted these conservative falsehoods, saying the fear mongering “just doesn’t match up to reality.” And noting that conservatives tried to claim the law is “granny-threatening,” Obama joked, “I can report that granny is safe!”:

OBAMA: Now as important as what is happening right now, is what isn’t happening right now. You may have heard once or twice that this is a job-crushing, granny-threatening, budget-busting monstrosity. That’s how it’s been portrayed by opponents. But that just doesn’t match up toreality. […]

And I can report that granny is safe! In fact, grandma’s Medicare is stronger than ever. And if she was one of the millions who fell into the donut hole last year, she’ll received a $250 check, or soon will, to help her afford her medicine, and a 50 percent discount on brand name drugs, as part of the affordable care act.

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Conservatives are forced to resort to deception on health care because Americans overwhelming don’t want the Affordable Care Act repealed and favor most of its components. Meanwhile, Republicans have no clear plan to address health care on their own, should their doomed repeal bid actually succeed.

West Wing Week 1/28/11

The White House

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This week, the President delivered his State of the Union address, focused on jobs and the economy, and he took those ideas on the road traveling to Upstate New York and Wisconsin.

For Obama, Egypt a balancing act


The White House tiptoed gingerly toward solidarity with the protesters thronging Egyptian streets on a day of escalating rhetoric that culminated Friday evening with President Barack Obama making a televised appeal to the nation’s leader, Hosni Mubarak, to halt his crackdown and reform the government.

“This moment of volatility has to be turned into a moment of promise,” Obama said, while calling on Mubarak “to refrain from any violence against peaceful protestors.”

His statement – after a half-hour call with Mubarak in the middle of Egypt’s night – capped the swift progression of the U.S. position as the White House struggled to stay ahead, and on the right side of, the widening protest movement.

Obama stopped short of endorsing the protesters’ calls on Mubarak to step down, citing the American “close partnership” with Egypt. Mubarak himself rejected the call in a speech to Egyptians in which he warned of “chaos” and said he had fired his cabinet.

Obama’s careful formulation – he also called on protestors to keep the peace – embodied an administration struggling to respond to the rapidly changing conditions in Egypt and in a larger sense to reconcile the universalist idealism and foreign policy realism that Obama seeks to simultaneously embody.

Its response to the protests in Egypt shifted markedly in the course of just a few days, starting with Vice President Joe Biden’s insistence Thursday night that Mubarak is not a “dictator.” First Secretary of State Hillary urged the Egyptian government to “restrain the security forces…allow peaceful protests” and to restore Internet access. Then White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs warned the Egyptian government that continuing the U.S.’s $1.3 billion in military aid will depend on its response to the protests.     More… 

The Week In One-Liners



The week’s top 10 quotes in politics: 

“We didn’t elect Superman, we elected a human being.” – Colin Powell, on President Barack Obama. 

“I’m trying to stay out of prison, obviously.” – Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, on his current goals. 

“Am I looking at the right camera?” – White House advisor David Axelrod, mocking Michele Bachmann’s confusing Tea Party Express interview, during his own TV interview. 

“In spite of the fact that I’m now on TV, I don’t want to be on TV.” – Former President George W. Bush, telling C-SPAN how low-key he’d prefer his life to be. 

“Granny is safe.” – President Obama, defending his health care bill from the “death panel” charges. 

“I can’t spell at all. … In fact, you don’t have to know how to spell anymore” – Vice President Joe Biden, revealing one of the perks of power. 

“It’s a tricky job. I’m sure I wouldn’t be any good at it.” – Incoming White House press secretary Jay Carney, assessing the job in a 2006 interview on C-SPAN. 

“I’m Italian. We don’t have problems with olives.” – Rep. David Cicilline, dinging Rep. Dennis Kucinich in an interview with ABC News. 

Promiscuous.” – Former President Bill Clinton, describing political advisor David Gergen’s political switch-hitting, while in Davos, Switzerland. 

“Back off.” – Sen. Harry Reid, issuing a warning to the White House on its efforts to rein in congressional earmarks.