By Doug Magill
If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair. C.S. Lewis
It is by now well known that our President and all of his fawning administration officials, duped Democrats and laughingly gullible journalists lied about Obamacare. It was never intended to cost less, provide more options or improve medical outcomes. It was, and is, nothing more than a scheme to destroy any remaining semblance of free-market medical care and replace it with government control. Which will leave all of us with a less options, poorer care and higher costs. And undoubtedly with fewer physicians and less innovation.
Anyone who studied the Democrats in power when Obamacare was passed understood that ideological objectives mattered more than anything. More than getting more people insured, more than improving medical care, more than making insurance affordable and more than giving people more control of their lives. It will reign in history as the biggest lie propagated by government in the history of the republic-turning-into-administrative-dictatorship.
Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini explained why Obamacare makes insurance more expensive, effectively outlawing cheaper coverage:
All of us knew in our student days of someone who sounded profound but actually espoused idiocy. Our narcissist-in-chief is constantly being exposed as an overwhelmingly hollow shell who does not understand or choose to understand significant issues. His language is a garden of barren branches that cuts off light and nourishes nothing.
The blunt tool of administrative fiat causes disruptions. Liberals sniff and loftily proclaim about sacrifices – as long as it’s someone else’s. Ultimately, by making individual choices impossible, individuals will suffer under Obamacare. And, for some of the most in need, it will result in fatal consequences.
Many Americans are very concerned about health care coverage when they reach retirement age. The strictures and costs of Obamacare are forcing many corporate plans to seek alternatives for their retirees, resulting in increased use of Medicare. Adults in those circumstances have in the past comforted themselves with the knowledge that Advantage plans would cover the gaps in Medicare. Unfortunately, the ideologues in Congress who crafted the health insurance legislation stripped Medicare Advantage to cover the gaping fiscal holes in Obamacare. It’s not being reported, but retirees are going to be devastated by their lack of coverage.
The words “efficiency” and “Federal government” will never be found together in a sentence. Those of us with familiarity with large bureaucracies know that as they grow they become slower, more cumbersome, and more bound up in process rather than results. The fact that the rollout of Obamacare was a systems failure of massive proportions bodes ill for anyone fantasizing about the capability of government managing health care any better than it does today.
Liberals who wish to manage others’ lives never really consider the implications of what they propose and wish to legislate. Obamacare is an even more massive example of unintended consequences. Particularly when it forces you into Medicare, and then allows the state to seize your assets.
The list of those hurt by Obamacare will be huge. It is perhaps just that the smarmy arts intelligentsia that so loathes the world west of the Hudson River will also be hard hit by the fraud of this legislation:
In a better world the press really would be the watchdog of our liberties. Sadly, most journalists have less knowledge of history and government than the average college athlete. And, they tend to betray the popular image by being followers of what is popular in their world and not independent at all. It is axiomatic then that they tend to lean left.
Left-wind media types often tend to ridicule conservatives rather than dealing in the intricacies of policies or legislation. Sometimes, the use of facts can prove more powerful than loaded language and stereotypes.
There are innumerable instances where the heavy hand of government, no matter how well-intentioned, has created problems more massive than the ones that caused it to be originally involved. The Endangered Species Act is one of the most glaring examples.
Liberal use of totalitarian dictates is becoming more obvious with Obamacare. There are many more examples, but the government now is attempting to impose a vision of how we should live. Like everything else, your choices will not matter.
Sometimes ideological decisions seem counter-intuitive even to our gentle neighbors in Canada. Pipelines have a purpose, and their construction generally improves safety and capability, encouraging economic growth.
Obama learned politics in the arms of the Daley machine in Chicago. So, it is no surprise he figured out that taking care of his friends will pay off, even if it does cost the United States $10 billion or so.
It has not been a good year for the global warming crowd hiding behind the pontifications of “settled science”. In fact, there have been a number of setbacks that should give everyone pause.
The lack of global warming in the last few years is being called a “pause”. One never ceases to be amazed at the ability of liberals to reinvent language to disguise truth. Except that this “pause” may last quite a while. Those of us who have worked with computer models know their bias toward the assumptions with which they are programmed. When reality really begins to diverge from the models, perhaps the models have outlived their usefulness.
One wonders how massive bureaucracies manage to manage themselves. Particularly in the civil service world where accountability is a distant memory. The EPA’s highest-paid employee turns out to have committed fraud on a massive scale, while pretending to be a CIA agent. You just can’t make this stuff up.
Access to power has induced more than a few of our elected representatives to enrich themselves. Once in a while it becomes so transparent as to become a parody.
Many entertainment icons take the time to visit with and entertain our troops (thank you, Bob Hope). Once in a while they learn a lesson themselves about what the military holds dear.
Doug Magill is a cancer survivor who knows more about dealing with the health-care bureaucracy than he ever wanted to know. He is currently a consultant, freelance writer and voice-over talent. He can be reached at email@example.com.