Personal Liberty Poll
Can’t afford Obamacare? Do a better job of organizing your priorities. Cancel your cable. Scale back your cellphone plan. Realize that your health is more important than your stuff. Control yourself.
That’s the message President Barack Obama sent this week at a town hall-style media event targeted at Spanish-speaking American audiences.
Responding to a question from a person who earns $36,000 per year but can’t find a health plan for less than $315 per month for his family, the President offered some sage advice. According to the website of conservative Hispanic group the LIBRE Initiative, Obama “responded that ‘if you looked at their cable bill, their telephone, their cell phone bill… it may turn out that, it’s just they haven’t prioritized health care.’ He added that if a family member gets sick, the father ‘will wish he had paid that $300 a month.’”
Obama said all this with a straight face, only one week after proposing an ambitious 3.9 trillion Federal budget for 2014 — and blaming Congressional Republican obstructionism for preventing him from padding it out even more. His belief in budgeting and self-restraint evidently applies to individuals, but not to governments.
“If the President actually believes that a family earning less than $40,000 per year can afford nearly $4,000 in health insurance premiums, then he truly does not understand middle-income families,” said LIBRE executive director Daniel Garza:
Americans do not need the President to tell them how to Budget their households. People are already cutting back on things like cable television and cell phones, just to compensate for an awful economy. This President promised he would deliver on affordable health care. Instead, premiums are up, out-of-pocket expenses are up, and overall cost of living is up. The President simply doesn’t get it. And his condescending attitude adds insult to injury.
While he was dispensing financial advice, Obama might as well have gone ahead and mentioned that Obamaphones can be had for free, and that anyone who’s eligible for a free Obamaphone is often eligible for a hoard of other free government stuff, too. But maybe that would have subverted the inherent logic, however fleeting, behind his puzzling dalliance with conservative financial values.