On Health Care Promises, I Agree With Obama: "We ARE Tired" (VIDEO)

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • David Sirota Newspaper columnist, radio host (AM760), bestselling author

There's a lot of righteous - and rightful - outrage that President Obama is now blatantly lying about his campaign promise to give every American a choice of a public plan for health care. But that's only the beginning of the broken health care promises if you watch this 48-second video:

So here you have candidate Obama on 10/4/08 reiterating how important the "detailed health care plans" are - how serious he thinks they are. And here we have President Obama now pretending he never "campaigned on a public option," even though it was right there in his campaign platform's detailed health care plans.

Let me echo candidate Obama in this video clip: Yes, indeed, "We are tired of watching as year after year candidates offer up detailed health care plans with great fanfare and promise only to see them crushed under the weight of Washington politics and drug and insurance lobbying once the campaign is over."

Of course, there are other health care promises still on the table. While much of the media discussion is on how the Senate bill's passage automatically means A) the health care negotiations are over and B) that a final health care bill will have no public option, I just want to remind folks that 60 House Democrats have pledged in writing - with no wiggle room - to oppose any final bill that has no public option. In other words, 60 House Democrats are on record pledging to kill a bill like the Senate's - and they have the mathematical numbers to do just that.

This is yet another reason the Senate should vote down the health care bill in front of it right now - because the House has already effectively said no to it. This is why Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), chairwoman of the powerful Rules Committee, just issued a CNN op-ed agreeing with my USA Today editorial today calling for the Senate to vote "no."