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By Jeffrey Anderson via National Review Online

For an administration that says it’s committed to using empirical evidence to determine “what works,” and a president who says he’s “not an ideologue,” Obamacare’s marketing sure does rely on a healthy dose of fiction. The central inference behind the supposed need to pass Obamacare is that insurance companies are shamelessly gouging us and disproportionately driving up the costs of our entire health-care system. This is demonstrably false. But the Obama administration’s failure to recognize — or to admit — this inconvenient truth, largely explains why its proposed remedies would not only fail to drive health costs down, but would instead raise them up even further.

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From National Review Online by Dr. David Gratzer

Today, President Obama will meet with congressional leaders for a summit to discuss reforming American health care. The White House is expected to tout aggressive measures to reign in spending, and then contrast the president’s ideas with the smaller and — in the administration’s view — less substantive Republican proposals. And while the White House may or may not be successful in persuading Americans during the televised event, data from around the world suggests that White House proposals are unlikely to do much to “bend the curve” of health costs, to use the president’s favorite expression.

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A test of wills

It is hard to decipher whether the administration’s doubling down on healthcare reform today is a result of tone-deafness, arrogance, stupidity, or ideological rigidity. Best to conclude it is a mixture of all of the above. Regardless of the reason, there is only one response for freedom-loving people- gird yourself up and prepare to fight, again.

This escalation by the President puts the lie to his talk of bipartisanship and destroys the announced premise of the upcoming healthcare summit. Most would have expected the Democrats, given recent electoral history, to back off their proposals. Instead they are ratcheting up their proposals and their rhetoric, hoping to intimidate those who disagree into surrendering. It is time to fight…AGAIN!

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