Debate Live Blog IV: Health Care

* Mitt’s indictment of Obamacare inexplicably omits slavery of individual mandate.

* BHO on Obamacare: “Insurance companies can’t jerk you around.” I like that one.

* Mitt’s excitement at memorizing Romneycare rap drawing him into really dangerous exposure of one of his major weaknesses. His mendacity about Dem partisanship on health care pretty breathtaking.

* Very labored BHO description of IPAB.

* Mitt just flat out lying about pre-existing conditions in his “plan.”

* Somewhere, Sarah Palin is screaming DEATH PANELS! DEATH PANELS!

* BHO really going heavily into “vagueness” theme.

* Conservative heads explode anew at Mitt the Reasonable Bipartisan.

* Afraid I know too much about health care policy to view Mitt’s rap as anything other than a pack of lies. Have no idea how it’s coming across to people who haven’t been marinated in health care debates.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.