What Obama lied about, many times, was being able to keep your health insurance if you like it. Oh, well, what he really meant to say was “You can keep your health insurance if I think it is good enough for you.”
That’s pretty harsh, saying that Dear Leader Barack lied. Well, it comes down to one of two choices. Either he knew that many Americans would be kicked out of their current insurance plans, and lied. Or, he did not know. Liar or ignorant fool whose eponymous health care plan is going down in (very expensive) flames. Which choice do you prefer?
Even the reliable mainstream media Obama-is-God cheerleaders have noticed. For example, the WaPo’s Fact Checker gives Obama four Pinocchios on this. That’s as high as the scale goes in the liar-liar-pants-on-fire department.
It all boils down to governing philosophy. As with so many Progressives, those cheerless folks who brought you Prohibition and affirmative action, they are hectoring nannies who know that they know what is best for you.
You, you shlub, don’t get to choose. You are too dumb to make the right choice, at least according to our ruling elite. In this case, in steps the Mighty Obama, who knows all and sees all. Most importantly, he knows what is best for you.
As a result, under the Orwellian-named Affordable Care Act, you will be required to buy a gold-plated policy that will cover many things that you don’t really need or want. And, given the choice, would not pay extra for. Hey, if you are a fifty-something man, why should your policy cover prenatal care?
The real issue for those losing their self-selected plans is that they are now going to be paying much more. Well, as liberals are wont to say, “the money has to come from somewhere” to cover all those poor people who are obviously more deserving of favor than you are.
In simplest terms, the premise among Obama and other leading Democrats is, per usual, they know what is best for us. It is their job to look after us mere citizens who are simply too stupid to look after our own best interests.
Even 20 years ago, the same mindset was in evidence. As cited today in the Wall Street Journal:
Back in 1993, during the fight over HillaryCare, Mrs. Clinton explained Democratic reasoning to then-House GOP Leader Denny Hastert. If Americans are allowed too much discretion over how they spend their health-care dollars, Mrs. Clinton said, “We just think people will be too focused on saving money and they won’t get the care for their children and themselves that they need . . .
“The money has to go to the federal government because the federal government will spend that money better.”
At least Hillary was honest. Obama and his minions lied. If there is any good news in Obamacare’s rollout, it is that it was cobbled together by incompetent trolls in the Obama administration.
Nothing but the best and brightest there. I suppose we should be grateful that they are so incompetent. Obama and his minions are, after all, attempting to socialize one-sixth of our economy. They don’t appear to be any better at central planning that the Soviet Politburo was.
Perhaps, now that the mainstream media actually appears to be paying attention to the problems that attend the attempt to centrally manage health care, we can actually repeal this monstrosity and start over.
As for starting over while Obama is president, I’d say there’s zero chance of anything significant in his second term agenda being passed that will survive presidential veto. As for health care, I’d simply say that Obama had his bite at the apple. Any attempts to “improve” it in Congress will look like sprinkling some perfume on a two-week old corpse that’s been rotting in the sun.
I’d say that “repeal and replace” is the way it should go, but that will have to wait until we have a president is is not named Obama (or Clinton).