As a general rule, I like being right. Whether in politics, or when my child has “looked everywhere and it’s not there,” or whatever the occasion. It feels good to be right, especially when somebody else is insisting over and over that I am wrong.
The bestest part is when an opponent actually realizes his mistake. Awareness dawns; the arguments trail off . . . oh the joy of that moment.
What a shame I haven’t been able to enjoy being right about Obamacare. Vats of Schadenfreude are ready for drinking. It looks delicious, this German brew. Then the flood of painful stories on the internet, as well as first-hand accounts from friends, puts a damper on the mood.
Also, I can’t stop wondering. How will this play out? I’d love to assume that this train wreck will prove once and for all what a monumentally bad idea it is for the federal government to “fix” all societal woes.
“We’re talking belief here, and affiliation of the deepest sort. Self-image and self-worth. I can’t quite imagine most of the people I know turning their backs on liberalism—or even, really, on Obama, more than feeling just a mild diminution of admiration—as a result of this.”
A friend recently sent me an elated message about how her die-hard-liberal mom was now Officially Disillusioned with Obama. That’s practically a miracle itself, but here’s the thing. In order for the story to be a success, her mom can’t just be disillusioned with one politician. She has to understand the fact that federal bureaucracies shouldn’t control gigantic swathes of our economy.
If it were just a matter of website glitches, the media would be able to stay in protect-the-president mode. But “you can keep your plan” and “we will save you money” went straight into the toilet. And things will continue to worsen. So in order to preserve their beliefs, liberals will have to blame President Obama.
Bill Clinton has already demonstrated how to throw Obama under the bus. This editorial is another example. The editorial board is reduced to writing things like:
“With his presidency in grave peril, President Obama had little choice . . . .”
Watch out for those buses, Mr. President. And notice how the underlying belief in a totalitarian system remains unshaken:
“No doubt, this is an ugly chapter in the long march toward universal coverage. But a return to the bad old days would be worse.”
Ah ha. The long march toward universal coverage. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are in lockstep. The President says he isn’t, but previously said he was. Perhaps the President knew all along that Obamacare would fail, and in the midst of the crisis he intends to usher in a universal, single payer system.
If that is the case, it appears that implementation of the Obamacare failure is not going according to plan.
Hmm. What exactly was the plan? So far, it looks about as well-conceived as the underwear gnomes’ plan for profit:
- Phase One: Implement Obamacare
- Phase Two: ?
- Phase Three: Universal Coverage!
Poor planning notwithstanding, we may get there. After all, how much of a stretch is it to imagine the United States nationalizing the healthcare industry, when you consider these facts:
“We long ago socialized education. We’ve practically socialized home mortgages. We’re willing to socialize car manufacturing losses. We’ve accepted the socialization of big bank losses. We’re well on our way to socializing even groceries . . . .”
The Democrats assumed they didn’t have to plan that part. They thought the arguments against insurance companies and in favor of further government intervention would write themselves.
In my adult experience, I have never seen government malfeasance laid so bare. Charles Krauthammer is right; a tremendous opportunity exists.
We just have to keep hammering away at the lies (or broken promises, or misspoken words, or whatever works best for your audience). Most importantly, we have to hold all Obamacare advocates’ feet to the fire, not just the President’s.
If the pain of Obamacare is as big and bad as I think it will be, maybe we don’t have to convert the die-hard liberals, anyway. If there are still enough people out there snoozing their way past politics, maybe the pain will finally wake them up.
We can fill in Phase Two, and turn the plan into this:
- Phase One: Implement Obamacare
- Phase Two: Hold Obamacare Advocates Responsible for its Myriad Failures
- Phase Three: Repeal Obamacare and Implement Real Free Market Solutions!