In my quixotic and lonely attempts to convert my Obamabotic friends, loved ones, and companions, as well as Facebook types, I’ve come across the retort that “well, Obama did ____”, where the blank is filled with some pleasant thing that the great deceiver has done for us. Sometimes its Federal student loan relief, or the GM bailout, but most often its the signature achievement of Obama’s first four years: Romneycare … I mean, Obamacare.
Now, there is plenty of left criticism of this dog’s breakfast that is Obama’s health insurance (not health care) plan. The plan is a give away to big insurance and big pharma; it does nothing to control costs; it doesn’t provide universal coverage; it needlessly costs lives while its provisions slowly kick in; it preserves the grotesque amount of administrative overhead characteristic of the American way of medicine. But don’t just take my word for it.
In fact, I’d go farther: the Obama program is really a vehicle for looting. In an act of government sponsored primitive accumulation, it forces masses of people into a mandated market. Without cost controls, and with the duopoly’s longtime abandonment of any concept of antitrust, the market will quickly implode, as price pressures will quickly overwhelm any but the richest person’s ability to afford health care. In the meantime, though, the usual suspects – FIRE – will cash out. Then it’s onto privatized education, and then water, and then … the genius of Wall Street will tell.
But more immediately, I’m struck by the peasant-like attitude of these progressive Obama apologists. Obama gave us universal health care. He gifted it to us. He was brave, generous, and kind – and we were passive, and grateful. This is president as Czar, and progressive as peasant. No doubt, Czar Barack’s shortcomings can be attributed not to his own venality, but to the machinations of the evil people around him. If only the Czar could see the real unvarnished truth, then he’d set us free. Or, perhaps, he’d give us an $8 / hour minimum wage. One can only vote, and dream, and wait.