We hope Santa Claus delivered new electronic calculators to members of Congress last week - assuming the majority in the Senate and House of Representatives know how to use the devices. Apparently, they do not.
The Senate passed a health care bill, and now differences between it and the House version are to be hammered out. While that means final details may change, here is the three-part claim liberals are making about "Obamacare":
First, it will provide health insurance for 30 million people who do not have it now.
Second, it will reduce health care costs for most Americans.
Third, it will be done without increasing the national debt.
In other words, supporters are claiming the measure will provide Americans with something for nothing.
That simply does not add up. Providing new health insurance policies for 30 million people who allegedly cannot afford them now will cost an astronomical amount of money. Someone will have to pay the bill.
That "someone" is tens of millions of Americans whose health care costs will go up - and whose choices will be limited - in order to fund the liberal program.
Nearly $500 billion is being slashed from the Medicare program for senior citizens. President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and their cronies insist that will not lessen the quality of care available to Medicare patients. By what magic do they believe that is possible? Or is it more likely that they really do not believe their own claims?
On second thought, perhaps it is America citizens who will need the calculators - to figure out how they can afford the costs of the legislation Obama is expected to sign next year.