By Michael Lordi
We can now see the astonishing parallels between Obamacare and a stool sample – You have to pass both to know what’s in them.
And with each probe of this Big Government cow pie, the more odious it gets.
Nothing was more revealing about the true nature and intent of the Affordable Care Act than two separate but related occurrences that happened Wednesday. The first involved testimony delivered before a House Energy and Commerce Committee by Katherine Sebelius, the ham-fisted Secretary of Health and Human Services and inventor of the Obamacare Death Panels. Moments before her testimony began, the administration’s troubled Healthcare.com website went down. This was unbeknownst to Sebelius, who midway through her testimony felt she was putting the situation in perspective and the inquiring House members in their place by telling them, “The website never crashed. It is functional, but at a very slow speed and very low reliability.”
Unfortunately for Sebelius, CNN was covering her statement using a split screen showing her reading the never crashed portion of her prepared remarks alongside “The system is down . . .” screen message.
It was a perfect metaphor for the administration’s view of its superiority over constitutional governance: Lecture, berate and condescend the Legislative branch, pointing out Congress’s knuckle-dragging inability to grasp and appreciate the inexplicable greatness of what the president and team is doing, and then leave in a huff only to slip on a banana peel upon harrumphing out the door.
The second moment came the same day during a pep talk to supporters President Obama delivered at a health care rally in Boston. Obama wanted to deflect outrage over the growing number of Americans who are receiving health insurance cancellation notices despite his promise that anyone who likes his coverage can keep it under Obamacare. Like a champion Three Card Monte street operator, the president flung misdirection by blaming the cancellations on “bad apple insurers” that don’t offer enough coverage.
That was bad enough, but Obama went a step further that momentarily dissolved the coolness façade exposing the real purpose of his signature presidential achievement:
“One of the things health reform was designed to do was to help not only the uninsured but also the under-insured. And there are a number of Americans, fewer than five percent of Americans, who’ve got cut-rate plans that don’t offer real financial protection in the event of a serious illness or an accident.
Translation: “You people are so stupid, you won’t pay for a health care policy that covers all of what I think you need (like birth control for senior citizens and second graders, and sex change operations for clergy). That’s why I have to pick one for you.”
To the president, this may have been a passing thought in his speech, but it reveals volumes. It’s the reason why the HHS reviewed the insurance choices made by consumers in the individual policy market and condemned them to the ash heap of frugality. “There must be equality in insurance,” HHS ruled once the inconvenience of the Supreme Court’s contorted decision was behind them and no one was looking. “And what’s with this risk crap?”
Proponents argue that the higher levels of mandated coverage should cost more. People, goes the Liberal mindset, are willing to pay for the greater peace of mind, although Liberals never disclose the data source that helped them draw this conclusion.
Nope, the real reason for the higher pricing is to drive more people out of the private insurance market and into the salivating maw of the taxpayer-subsidized Obamacare exchanges. From there, it will be an easy jump into a single-payer system run by the benevolent IRS.
The Wall Street Journal summed that up best:
“None of this is an accident. It is the deliberate result of the liberal demand that everyone have essentially the same coverage and that government must dictate what that coverage is and how much it costs. Such political control is the central nervous system of the Affordable Care Act, and it is why so many people can’t keep the insurance they like.”
And the administration can’t do that while pesky insurance companies remain in the way, desperately trying to stay in business. To achieve the dream of total control over citizens’ health and one-sixth of the economy, government must clear the field of competition. So, insurers have to be flushed, thus the president’s “Who You Gonna’ Believe, Me or Your Lying Eyes?” assault in Boston.
Obamacare isn’t about a flat-lining website. It goes much deeper into the arrogant paternalism and lust for power that animates the Liberal mind.