In our occasional series: Cato@Liberty points out President Obama's rhetoric at yesterday's "White House Forum on Health Care Reform":
In this effort, every voice has to be heard. Every idea must be considered.And contrasts with the simultaneous reality:
Of course, he spoke those words to a room that contained not a single advocate of free-market health care reform.In other words: who you gonna believe, me or your own eyes?
Trivial aside: The "who you gonna believe, me or your own eyes?" quote is often attributed to Groucho Marx, but was actually spoken by brother Chico in Duck Soup. Although he was disguised as Groucho at the time.
Richard Pryor did a variation, in an R-rated context.
Also at the forum, Obama said:
The cost of health care now causes a bankruptcy in America every thirty seconds.This was reported by Gary Langer of ABC News. Only problem, Langer says:
That claim, based on a 2001 survey, is simply unsupportable.More detail at the link. For a guy who claimed his election was due to an electorate who had "chosen hope over fear," he's certainly not adverse to dragging out scary-but-false statistics.