More fun with health care videos

Andy Matthews

I’ve just thought of another hilariously absurd element of the video the White House has released in at attempt to rebut the damning footage of Barack Obama clearly professing his support for a single-payer health care system.

The administration’s video features two clips of Obama stating emphatically that those who like their current insurance plans will get to keep them. These clips supposedly support the claim of Linda Douglass, the narrator, that those who are circulating the incriminating footage are trying to “make it sound like he’s saying something that he didn’t really say,” as Douglass puts it.

Now, I won’t dwell too much on the obvious problem with the logic here – proof of Obama saying one thing on one occasion does not prove that he did not, on another occasion, say something else – and will instead focus on what I think is the biggest problem with the administration’s video.

Douglass sets up her clips by saying, in reference to those who are promoting the supposed lies: “Here’s a clip that they probably won’t show you.”

Except there’s one problem. The video that got all of this started, the one that features Obama’s statements in favor of a single-payer system, does include clips of Obama denying he wants a single-payer system. No, it’s not the exact same footage Douglass uses, but the substance is the same.

That, after all, was the obvious point of the original video that the White House is trying so desperately to discredit: that Obama is saying one thing today, but was saying something entirely different not long ago, in front of different audiences.

All the White House’s rebuttal video has done is further validate the point of the original video: Obama is talking out of both sides of his mouth.