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?
No one, and I do mean NO one, does political satire today quite like ReasonTV’s Remy. His efforts this time combine two major recent headlines, and he makes an inescapable (and deeply troubling) point.
Welcome to the new United States of America, where a people “…of the government, by the government, for the government…“, shall not perish from this earth:
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Tagged health, health care, military, political satire, politics, REASON TV, Remy, VA scandal, veterans
When you’ve lost NPR, …..
For the past few days NPR has run 3 separate stories on Obamacare and all of them have clearly shown the wake of destruction that this massive takeover of healthcare has left.
The first story was about a Cleveland, Ohio bar owner who is frustrated with his hike in insurance costs.
“They just seemed to keep going up every year,” he says. “One year we got a 38 percent increase; another year we got 11. One year we got 3.”
“This year, under the Affordable Care Act, he saw another hike — this one about 20 percent.”
“It just seems odd that we get such a drastic price increase when nothing has really changed with us as far as our employees and health issues,” he says.
“I always thought that health reform was needed of some type,” he says. “It just seems like … they botched it.”
The next day…
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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:
Seriously, who could be surprised about this anymore?
(via National Review Online) – President Obama is going back on another chief promise he made regarding Obamacare. In a recent interview, he said that people may have to change their doctors because of the health-care law.
In 2009, during debate about the Affordable Care Act, the president claimed that, along with being able to keep your current plans, “if you like the doctor you have, you can keep your doctor, too.”
But in a WebMD interview that aired on Friday, President Obama reneged on that assurance. “For the average person, many folks who don’t have health insurance initially, they’re going to have to make some choices and they might end up having to switch doctors, in part because they’re saving money,” he said.
Video of the exchange is below:
It is now painfully clear that all criticism or questioning of our President’s signature legislation is now officially prohibido.
Consider this an UPDATE to last week’s “Attempting to Silence #Obamacare’s Victims“:
So let’s review, shall we?
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Tagged 1st Amendment, broken promise, cancer, dissent, Gary Peters, health care, Julie Boonstra, Obamacare, politics, punish
“…and if your employer does offer health care, we’re gonna work with your employer to lower premiums by up to $2,500 per family per year…”
-(Barack Obama, repeated approximately 1.6 billion times)
This was NOT some minor aspect of the whole health care debate. It was a central, mantra-like selling point specifically designed to placate the country into believing the Affordable Care Act would be a huge cost benefit to one-and-all:
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Tagged expensive, health care, health care premiums, health premiums, Obama, Obamacare, politics, premiums, Tennessee