It’s highly unlikely that I’ll find myself in the audience for one of President Obama’s town hall meetings, and even less likely that I would be called on to ask a question. But, if I did have that opportunity, this is what I would ask.
Mr. President, I would like to assure you that your personal approval ratings in the polls will not fall below 60 percent between now and 2012. Of course, you and I both know that I don’t have the power to fulfill that promise.
For the past several months, you’ve appeared at other town halls and on nationally televised press conferences repeatedly assuring the public that if we like the insurance coverage we have, we’ll be able to keep it. As many independent fact-checkers have noted, that’s not a promise you can keep. Nothing in any of the legislation before congress would prohibit an employer from selecting the so-called public option, or even a different private option. Depending on the source, the inclusion of a public option in the plan would cause somewhere 11 and 103 million to have their insurance coverage changed whether they like it or not – and in direct contradiction to your oft-stated promise.
Mr. President, would you kindly stop making promises that you know you do not have the power to keep?
If any of you end up going to a town hall, you have my permission to use this “astroturfed” question.