To the Editor: Did Latta watch the same speech the rest of us did? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Elizabeth Vogtsberger   
Wednesday, 16 September 2009 08:40

Correction: Quote in letter is clarified
An editing error occurred in Wednesday's letter to the editor entitled "Did Latta watch the same speech the rest of us did?" The quote by President Obama should have ended with "Nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have." The sentence following that quote was a statement by the letter writer, Elizabeth Vogtsberger.

During his address to Congress on September 9th, President Obama promised his audience "If you misrepresent what's in this plan, we will call you out." It is time to call out Rep. Latta who, in his "response" to the president's speech published by the Sentinel on 9/10, still insists on engaging in the familiar practice of spreading misinformation about the president's plan - a tactic Obama denounced on Wednesday night because it "robs the country of our opportunity to solve a long-term challenge."
After reading Latta's statement, I have to ask, did he watch the same speech as the rest of the country?
Instead of specifically responding to the president, Latta remains committed to the deliberate obfuscation of conservative leaders responsible for such confusion throughout this debate. Latta argues the plan will be "financed with tax hikes and fees." However, at no point in his address did the president make this claim. Instead, his plan will "(find) savings within the existing health care system" by "Reducing waste and inefficiency in Medicare and Medicaid."
Funds the government cannot glean from reform of preexisting programs will come from "revenues from the very same drug and insurance companies that stand to benefit from tens of millions of new customers" under the new plan. I know concern over how to pay for this reform is great, but the president's goal plan is to help Americans "realize greater security, not higher taxes."
Next, Latta claims there is still "no guarantee that people will be able to keep their current coverage if they are satisfied." Honestly, I am baffled as to how anyone can continue to spread this falsehood when Obama answered this concern head-on.
If viewers take nothing else away from Wednesday's speech, they should remember the president's pledge that "If you are among the hundreds of millions of Americans who already have health insurance through your job, or Medicare, or Medicaid, or the VA, nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have. Let me repeat this: Nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have. The question of whether or not we will be forced to adopt unwanted insurance plans simply does not exist anymore."
Finally, I would encourage all Americans who share Latta's opinion that Obama continues to offer "no real explanation" of his plan to consult a transcript of his 9/9/09 address ( as well as a summary of the plan released by the White House via CNN on 9/9 (
Elizabeth Vogtsberger
Bowling Green

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 September 2009 07:35

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