Donald Lambro

Back to the video and the actor repeating his "I'm not a doctor" mantra to underscore that they should distrust anyone dispensing medical advice who is not a doctor, then back to Obama who is at it again. This time, he is talking

about "a blue pill and a red pill," suggesting the blue generic pill is the better choice because it was "half the price of the red pill." Of course, that is not always true. In some cases, the generic can be less effective.

The video ends showing a prescription pad signed by President Obama.

By using a bit of humor in a deadly serious subject, the video deftly underscores one of Obamacare's biggest flaws: bureaucratic federal rules and regulations that will dictate what medical options you will have under a government-run system. It may not include the pacemaker that seniors need, or it may mandate generic drugs that aren't right for your loved ones. Maybe the rules will suggest that you take a painkiller instead.

Obama has hammered away at this point, most recently at his last news conference when he said he wanted Americans to get the best care, just not the most expensive. What is he suggesting? That his healthcare plan may not cover certain costly lifesaving procedures or treatments? It sounds that way and smacks of rationing or worse.

Republicans will be running a lot of ads like this throughout August to throw the Democrats on the defensive and get more Americans thinking that maybe this $1 trillion-plus spending scheme isn't the way to improve our healthcare system or make it more affordable.

But a strategic part of this grassroots offensive against Obamacare is taking place at town meetings where angry voters are telling Democrats to vote against it.

In central Texas, Rep. Lloyd Doggett faced a rowdy crowd in Austin, chanting, "Just say no." At a Morrisville, Pa., restaurant, "an impatient, frustrated crowd" met Rep. Patrick Murphy, reported the Bucks County Courier Times. Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius ran into similar opposition at a weekend town meeting.

The American people, God bless 'em, don't like what they've heard about Obama's plan. Forget what Democrats hope to vote for after Labor Day. This plan may be effectively defeated in the wars of August by an angry electorate that wants the government to keep its hands off their healthcare decisions.


Donald Lambro

Donald Lambro is chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.



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