Lost among current concerns over the White House’s foreign policy “successes” is an issue much closer to home: the Affordable Care Act and its deleterious effect on our healthcare system, our economy and our nation’s psyche.
Maybe it’s just me, but I’m not seeing the term “Obamacare” used as much as I once did. Of course, that’s likely due to journalists’ desire to shield Obamacare’s namesake from news like this, from Investors Business Daily:
“…Forty-six percent of Americans now describe health costs as a “hardship,” up from 36% in 2013…”
A “hardship”, you say? Almost HALF of the country?
Early in Barack Obama’s presidency, I remember seeing a creepy picture someone had photo-shopped to make him look like the Joker from The Dark Knight, portending sinister things to come. Fast-forward five years. I’m afraid they were giving the president way too much credit.
Rather than appearing as some conniving genius mad for power, Obama looks like a fool frantically trying to keep his whole façade of power from crumbling.
Between Barack and a Hard Place
Our POTUS still doesn’t seem to grasp how image shapes perception, especially in the media. For example, he recently appeared on Zach Galifianakis’ Web comedy show, “Between Two Ferns.” Galifianakis’ purpose in this show is to get laughs by asking extremely awkward questions and putting his guests in the worst light possible. That’s the joke: everyone gets to look either rude or foolish.
Obama managed to look both.
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Tagged ACA, Affordable Care Act, comedy, current-events, economy, health care, humor, media, movies, Obama, Obamacare
There’s a reason that the Affordable Care Act was named such: it was purported to make health care more affordable for one and all. Cost and affordability was its entire raison d’être, and naysayers were either shouted down or called bold-faced liars.
But reality doesn’t much care about someone’s preferred talking points, and it was a foregone conclusion that costs for this legislative Golem-on-steroids were going to skyrocket far beyond the benign assurances of Obamacare’s most vocal proponents.
Tellingly, that hasn’t been just the opinion of various wild-eyed conservative pundits like yours truly, but also that of a living liberal saint in American political history:
…but only because it’s politically expedient for the Democrats, of course.
First, allow me to provide a quick “refresher” sheet of the various and sundry changes which the president has already unilaterally enacted regarding Obamacare (*click* the image for full-size view):
And now, for the latest “adjustment” of His Lordship’s Glorious-yet-Ever-Changing Healthcare Plan for the Great Unwashed:
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Tagged Affordable Care Act, delay, Guy Benson, Jonah Goldberg, Obama, Obamacare, politics
Obamacare was born solely out of a raw desire for power, and passed only through distortions, lies, the most extreme partisanship, sleazy political maneuvering and myriad since-broken promises. And even though all of the President’s fancy assurances about the Affordable Care Act weren’t real, the people whose lives it’s currently destroying ARE.
So as a quick ‘refresher course’, this brief video (below) just came out today from the fine people at Heritage.org. As you watch it, keep in mind there’s simply no repairing a law that came about as a result of this many lies.
Which is why we don’t want this legislative nightmare “fixed”, …we want it gone:
Some excellent work here by the news team at WTAE Pittsburgh.
Quote of the year:
“I don’t know how President Obama thinks that he’s helping us. Because, …because we can’t afford this”.
That was Guy Benson’s über succinct and sniper-level accurate take on the President’s latest “pep rally” on the Affordable Care Act. Nothing new, nothing insightful: just more of the same sclerotic verbiage which we’ve heard from him so often, I’m surprised I don’t mumble it in my sleep.
Maybe that’s why it reminded me of something Mitt Romney said back in January of 2012:
“…This has been a ‘Groundhog Day’ presidency. He keeps saying the same things and we keep waking up with the same things going on. Nothing changes,” Romney said.
“He keeps saying these great things he’s going to do and yet it’s the same picture every single morning…”
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Tagged ACA, Affordable Care Act, Groundhog Day, health care, Obama, Obamacare, politics, Romney, speech
Glad to see Bill Whittle’s alter-ego, Mr. Virtual President, has decided to wade back into the verbal fray this week.
Bill does his normal exemplary job in the clip below, pointing out some commonsense solutions to our current self-induced health care travails. And no, his solutions do NOT include adding a staggering, stumbling Federal Government bureaucracy as a go-between twixt us and our doctors.