POTUS is stumbling badly here, and every deflected question and false promise –if you are insured, your insurance will be more stable– increases wariness on the part of millions. If you know what you are pushing and are confident of its merits, this much dissembling is unnecessary. Jake Tapper asked another great question about what sacrifices the overhaul will require of Americans, and the president works his way around to talking about the financial panic of the fall and winter. It is a filibuster, and a filibuster telegraphs insecurity about the merits of his radical proposals for American medicine.
UPDATE: Another pratfall on transparency. He made promises. He has not kept them. The dissembling is painful.
UPDATE: “A harder line on Wall Street” question when the country is watching to learn about their health care?
UPDATE: Steve Koff of the Plain Dealer asks for a commitment that the president and Congress will abide by “public option” benefits. Excellent question. President doesn’t answer. Dissembles again by suggesting FEHB has a public plan in it now, which it doesn’t. POTUS stumbling around now talking about insurance company profits, but no commitment on joining the public plan. POTUS refuses to commit there won’t be denial of services.
Koff follows up, and POTUS avoids committing Congress to live under the public plan while pointing out he has a doctor following him at all times.
LAST UPDATE: A very weak pitch for a plan in trouble. Be sure to sign the stop-Obamacare petition asap.