Thursday, March 26, 2009

Barack Obama just likes nurses (but not marijuana)

Today Obama held an “internet town hall” in the lovely old town hall building in Internet, Pennsylvania, whose residents are evidently very interested in marijuana.

He claimed that he wanted to get to universal health care, but then gave a remarkably dumb reason for opposing single-payer:
The problem is, is that we have what’s called a legacy, a set of institutions that aren’t that easily transformed. ... And so what evolved in America was an employer-based system. It may not be the best system if we were designing it from scratch. But that’s what everybody is accustomed to. That’s what everybody is used to. It works for a lot of Americans. And so I don’t think the best way to fix our health care system is to suddenly completely scrap what everybody is accustomed to and the vast majority of people already have. Rather, what I think we should do is to build on the system that we have and fill some of these gaps.

So we should add more jerry-rigging onto the existing jerry-rigged insurance system because “that’s what everybody is used to.” Right.

IT’S A CRAZY IDEA BUT IT JUST MIGHT WORK: “I think you’re not going to see a situation where the U.S. automakers are gaining the kind of share that they had back in the 1950s. I mean, we just didn’t have any competition when -- back then, Japan was in rubble, Europe was in rubble -- we were the only players around. And that’s not going to be true.” But if Japan and Europe were... somehow... in rubble again, hmmm....

MICHELLE IS TOTALLY PUTTING ON THAT “NAUGHTY NURSE” COSTUME TONIGHT: Asked a question by a nurse, he said, “I’m biased toward nurses, I just like nurses.”

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, no, he doesn’t support legalizing marijuana.

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