A recent news article reminded me of one of my favorite movies, so please allow me to first show you the article, and then we’ll discuss the film.
“…The Obama administration is delaying another piece of Obamacare – this time postponing online enrollment in some of the small-business exchanges scheduled to open Oct. 1, sources tell POLITICO.
Small businesses looking to enroll in coverage on so-called SHOP exchanges run by the federal government will be able to submit a paper application on Oct. 1 – they just won’t be able to enroll online…”
Sadly, this wasn’t the first time. The Washington Times reported that as of September 11th, the President had already signed “…14 laws which amend, rescind, or otherwise change…” the Affordable Care Act. Which would make this latest change #15, unless a few more snuck in during the last couple of weeks.
Additionally, states are reporting they don’t even have the infrastructure ready to properly implement the health care exchanges when this national embarrassment is slated to begin October 1st. Plus, don’t forget that we’ve seen part-time jobs systematically replacing what were full-time jobs, and company after company dropping their employees’ coverage altogether, relegating those individuals to the government health exchanges, …some of which aren’t actually “functional”.
Let’s hear it for ‘Progress’!
And what is the White House’s reaction? How are they interpreting these manifest signs? Are they shelving the law, or even merely delaying it, horrified by their nightmare in the offing?
All of which puts me in mind of one of my favorite old movies, ‘Jaws‘. Recall, a super-sized shark was gobbling up Amity Island’s locals prior to the summer tourist kick-off. Aware they’d be effectively lining up swimmers as a beach-wide hors d’oeuvres tray, Police Chief Brody and marine biologist Matt Hooper repeatedly beg the mayor to close the beaches: they aren’t close to ready, and disaster is trolling their waters:
- Mayor Vaughn: “I don’t think either of one you are familiar with our problems.”
- Hooper: “I think that I am familiar with the fact that you are going to ignore this particular problem until it swims up and BITES YOU ON THE A**!”
That’s pretty close to the situation we’re facing with Obamacare: we have a ravenous, indiscriminate monster approaching, which has already cost our country real jobs, money and opportunity. The exemptions which the President keeps passing out like candy are an implied acknowledgement he’s aware his precious law is fatally flawed. But even though the Administration insists these are all isolated occurrences, they’re not: they’re evidence, clear indications of the menace swimming just offshore.
The real problem is the law itself, and (as in the movie) unless someone kills it, the problem won’t magically disappear just because we close our eyes and pretend it’s not there.
Senator Ted Cruz did his best Brody/Hooper imitation during his marathon stem-winder, highlighting many of the defects in Obamacare: its deleterious effect on hiring and health care access, and on the number of people willing to become (or remain) doctors. He spoke about the immoral exemptions granted to both Congress and various White House pals, and the issues endangering full-time employment, …and the list goes on.
It was a bravura performance, but it will all be for naught if enough of us don’t stand with him, and insist that our Senators do, as well.
Because Obamacare is here, …and it’s hungry.
LOVE that scene, Bret!
Heck, I love the whole movie, …but that’s one of my favorites.
It’s one of my all time favorite quotes. I use it as a catch phrase for whenever I run into a problem larger than expected.
Yea, I get hit in the back of the head a lot, but only by my friends. 😉
This analogy is better than ANY that I have heard… absolutely fantastic JTR. p/s: JAWS is one of my favorite movies too! 😀
So glad you liked it, Teach, …and tickled you like the movie, too.
But as for Obamacare, I’m dumbfounded by the sheer hubris of this White House.
Comparing this law to ‘JAWS’ may be being unkind to the shark…
You are probably right… at least with the shark, we as individuals have the freedom to choose whether we want to ‘go into the water’ or not! Not to mention the scary music that warns us of the impending doom! 😉
Hmm….I wonder what would happen if I just “exempt” myself. How long would it take before they caught it…
I’m wondering the same thing, Sally. My guess is it’ll depend on how many bigger, “tastier” folks are in front of us.
They’ll get around to us eventually, though: of that I’m sure.
The shark was smarter than the people who put this debacle of a law together…
A pretty low bar, Pgh, but I catch your drift.
Evil doesn’t need to be smart: merely determined.
It is indeed the law itself which is dangerous. I know when the Justices ruled it constitutional as a tax we had some serious problems.
I STILL want to know who had what on Justice Roberts. He did a major flip flop and the American people should know why.
Only one person can answer why he caved and that’s Roberts himself. His flop shocked me tremendously. I expected more of him (I don’t know why, they all seem to cave these days )
I completely flipped-out last year when the decision came down, calling it the most unjust law ever passed in our country’s history:
And I haven’t changed my opinion one iota, either.
Left a comment in that post…. 🙂
I’ll go read it now, Slayer…
I was pretty steamed when I wrote that post.
Could you tell…?
That was you steamed???? Very composed, articulate and educated. And that’s the difference between a true conservative and a brainwashed libiot. Libiots spout nonsense in their largest “man” voice while conservatives remain sane and rational.
Obamacare is not just JAWS, it is an entire school of sharks!
Report Claims Obamacare Will Subsidize as Many as 111,500 Abortions Per Year: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/09/26/report-claims-obamacare-will-subsidize-as-many-as-111500-abortions-per-year/
That… is beyond disgusting.
And the truly scary thing is, stuff like this is intentional.
Thanks for sharing the link, Teach, …even though it’ll give me nightmares tonight.
“The real problem is the law itself, and just like the movie, unless someone kills it, the problem won’t magically disappear just because we close our eyes and pretend it’s not there.”
That pretty well sums it up.
And you’re right, unfortunately: that really does pretty much sum it up.
Doesn’t look like they’re opening their eyes any time soon, either.
Much like Obama, Congress, and all others exempted, Mayor Vaughn doesn’t get in the water but will stand on the beach and encourage OTHERS to get in…..
Perfectly said, ….as usual, Hatfield.
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Where is Captain Quint (Robert Shaw) when you need him.
With apologies to Robert Shaw:
“…Y’all know me. Know how I earn a livin’…
I’ll catch this law for you, but it ain’t gonna be easy.
Not like a little Motion to Censure, or some Committee Resolution.
This Law? Swallow you whole.
Little shakin’, little tenderizin’, …an’ down you go…”
Love Jaws! When it comes to Obamacare, I imagine you, from another Spielberg flick, marching into enemy territory to save private Ryan, who represents the last of our freedoms (his brothers all dead).
It’s a perilous journey, but freedom is worth fighting for!
Keep up the fight (and be careful when swimming)!
Will do, Greg, on BOTH counts. 😀
And at least with folks like you around, I won’t be marching alone…
Ah yes, the chances are better with Jaws. But the risk is getting eaten alive in either case.