Newsflash: Pinocchio renounces his title! After having watched our President explain the intricacies of Obamacare (e.g. “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor”; “If you like your plan you can keep your plan”; “The average family will save $2,500” and “We will save the endangered unicorn”) the prevaricating puppet realized that he could never reach the levels of dis-ingenuousness practiced by our mountebank-in-chief. By comparison Pinocchio is the honest man for whom Diogenes searched vainly. By the way Obama was 0 for 3 on his sales points. In addition there have been no unicorn sightings…so 0 for 4!
But it is possible that Senor Pinocchio has overreacted. Remember that Nancy Pelosi said that in order to divine the wonders of the so-called Affordable (did anyone bother to look that word up?) Care Act it had to be passed first. It is altogether possible that our President knew and understood only two words in the legislation…”Barack” and “Obama”…both found on the signature line. That said it is fair to point out that Obama may actually have believed each of his comments because many observers realize that he is wandering in a labyrinthine maze of self-delusion. Not quite the way Clinton created a new reality each and every day but a close parallel. Perhaps Obamacare should be renamed: “Wedon’treallycare” but it will cost you to find that out.
Reflect on the argument the administration made in support of the Act, i.e. that there were 30 million people without health insurance. This past week Obama announced with appropriate chest thumping that the number of uninsured had been reduced from 44 million (say what?) to 28 million. So how did it leap to 44 million after the law was enacted? Curious that. So we should break out the bubbly because the number has now been reduced to about where it started. There is precedent for this sort of tomfoolery…recall that the Obama administration ran the annual deficit up to more than $1 trillion and then ballyhooed the fact that it had, through belt tightening approaching the level practiced by Francis of Assisi, reduced it to $500 billion. Only a liberal could fall for that bit of chicanery but then it is a symptom of liberal delusion.
During the top secret, Roswell like, clandestine, not to observed by anyone but the Illuminati drafting of the Wedon’treallycare legislation a policy wonk named Elizabeth Fowler, while wringing her hands, made the claim that the US is the only developed country that does not guaranty healthcare to it’s citizens. In fact, during a recent Republican debate a comment was made about people dying in the street because they had no health insurance. If that were the case each and every dead body would have been pictured on the front page of the New York Times (‘All the news that fits we print”) above the fold. Haven’t seen any such coverage? Then you may assume that it hasn’t happened. It may not be a guaranty but everybody gets the healthcare they need which is one reason that staying in a hospital costs almost as much as staying in a Trump hotel.
And how about those death panels! One pictured the Roman Emperor and several Roman senators (all Republicans no doubt) giving either a thumbs up or thumbs down for specific medical cases. Or as the Big O said: sometime you just have to give granny some pills while you wait to get that will into probate. The hyperventilating began because Tina Fey, or was it Sarah Palin, used the term to describe decisions that would be made regarding the rationing of care. Now if healthcare is a Right as argued by the madman of Vermont there should never be a case where anyone is denied the full array of medical options.
Sadly the bill does provide that there will be a rationing of care based on age, the seriousness of the calamity and, dare I say, the cost of the care. When that decision is made by some faceless, nameless bureaucrat the result will likely be death. So maybe it is not a panel but rather just a single Caesar that passes the death sentence. If Ted Cruz needed an immediate heart transplant or face imminent death he would be on the transplant list just behind anyone named Clinton or Bozo the Clown. I am quite certain that politics will enter into the calculus at one point or another.
Now suppose that it was determined that 24 ounce sodas, steak tartare and ice cream are not healthy and some six sigma practitioner tied that data to an increased cost of healthcare is it not plausible that those dietary necessities would be banished by the nanny state or Michael Bloomberg “for our own good”. And what is to done about obesity (a recipe for an early, and perhaps desirable, escape for our liberal utopia)? Mandatory exercise and dietary restrictions? See Bloomberg in New York City for the test program.
Smoking and Obamacare could kill you!