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Arguing With Dictionaries Won’t Win Over Obamacare Critics

Barack Obama decided to argue with Merriam Webster this past weekend while pushing his health care overhaul.
It was a lousy decision.

Here is my latest column at American Issues Project:

On Sunday President Obama set a record by visiting five talk shows to push his proposed health care overhaul. After an initial bump in support for his plan following his address to Congress in early September 56 percent of voters nationwide now oppose the rationed health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. An NBC poll shows that 54 percent of Americans are more worried about government control of health care than they are worried about reform not going far enough. And 66 percent of doctors reject the democratic bill to overhaul the health care system. These troubling numbers prompted the president to take his message of universal health care to the top Sunday morning talk shows with the exception of FOX News Sunday which he decided to boycott. He followed this with an appearance on Letterman on Monday night. The president is throwing his full political weight behind an unpopular plan that will radically change the American health care system. Barack Obama decided this past week that it’s not the plan that he’s been pushing for months that’s at fault. It’s the American public who are at fault for not understanding the plan.

And so Barack Obama made the circuit on Sunday morning. Unfortunately, the president brought nothing new to the table and his appearances only brought more attention to his unrealistic interpretation of the proposal. On “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos Obama insisted that his plan requiring people to get health insurance and fining them if they don’t would not amount to a backhanded tax increase. When Stephanopoulos argued that this was a tax increase and used Merriam Webster’s Dictionary to back up his point the president actually challenged the definition of “tax.”

You can read the rest on Obama’s misrepresentations here. There is also a list of my recent columns on this page.

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