This isn’t satire – it’s a real ad!

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I’ve seen it a few times but am finally coming round to see that the ad is not satire but is supposed to help market the Affordable Care Act (a name that is also not supposed to be satirical). Since it part of a series, and this article points out that the ad assumes that the age group this is supposed to appeal to ought to be insulted by being portrayed as such imbeciles, then maybe they really are just as clueless as the people who made these ads think they are.

The Obama legacy

Nothing like self interest to wake people up. Many a disaster in the Obama maladministration but they are either remote in place or in time. Debt levels and the deficit, Benghazi and the all round mishandling of foreign relations in the Middle East, the NSA, the IRS. All water off a duck’s back for the Obama constituency. But with the Affordable Care Act, now that’s getting close to the bone. Now people are paying attention and they will pay more attention as time goes by and their access to medical care disintegrates. From Drudge.

More states warn against Obamacare fraud…
SICK: Seniors lose their doctors…
‘Glitches’ hit paper, phone applications too…
Zero enrollments in Oregon…
Premiums double in Wisconsin…
School District Hit with $6M in New Costs…
10 Senate Dems demand delay…
PROPOSED LAW: ‘If You Like Your Health Plan, You Can Keep It Act’…

So far as the Obama legacy goes, this is it and it is a perfect fit.

Ignorance rules

Government-run anything is a disaster waiting to happen, especially government-run governments. It is just that everyone seems to have to learn it for themselves. Our generation learned from watching the Soviet Union (what’s that? say all the under-40s). Now they have to learn it from their own soviet-type leaders, as with the Affordable Care Act in the US. This is taken directly off the Instapundit page as printed. Hilarious for the rest of the world; insanity for the US.

OCTOBER 21, 2013
BYRON YORK: President leads a surreal pep rally for ailing Obamacare.

There was a lot of speculation about what President Obama would say when he made his first extended remarks about problems with the Affordable Care Act. Would he apologize? Would he crack the whip on his own administration, pledging that no more mistakes would be tolerated? Would he attempt to deflect blame to the Republicans who have long opposed Obamacare?

What few observers expected, given the ongoing failure of the Obamacare exchanges, was that Obama would hold a pep rally for the troubled system. And yet that is what he did. . . .

The president made a few more brief mentions of Obamacare’s technical deficiencies during his 28-minute speech, but in the end his Rose Garden appearance bore a great resemblance to the campaign-style speeches he made selling the health plan when Congress was considering it back in 2009 and 2010. (Minus, of course, the now-discredited promise that anyone who has coverage and likes it can keep it under the new system.)

Nothing about the event seemed to go smoothly. For example, Obama said anyone having trouble with the Obamacare website could call an 800 number to apply for coverage. “You can get your questions answered by real people, 24 hours a day, in 150 different languages,” Obama said. But a short time later, the Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein tried the system and tweeted what he learned: “Can’t make this up. Got through to 800 number, followed prompts, and got referred to Healthcare.gov.”

Then there were the people Obama used as backdrops for his speech, people he said have “benefited from the Affordable Care Act already.” It turns out that was a stretch. One was a man who works in a Philadelphia restaurant, does not have health care through his employer, but has, according to a White House press handout, “recently used Healthcare.gov to process his application and is waiting for the options for potential plans.”

Another was a man just out of graduate school who has no health coverage but “is planning to enroll after he explores his coverage options on the D.C. exchange.” Yet another was a Tennessee small business owner who “was able to register through Healthcare.gov and now plans to comparison shop for the best plan that meets her budget and needs.”

As success stories go, they didn’t represent much success.

A short time after the president’s event, White House spokesman Jay Carney was either unable or unwilling to offer background on the website’s problems, on the testing that took place before the rollout, on the contractor involved, or on whether the administration will penalize Americans for not buying insurance when the website on which insurance is sold doesn’t work.

Talk about a bad day at the White House.

Even the traditional media are noticing.

And then immediately after – which means in time sequence, immediately before – we find this about the Canadian health care system.

OCTOBER 21, 2013
GOVERNMENT RUN HEALTH CARE: Surgery Caps In Canada:

“There’s even more demand and they’re cutting back,” he said, adding he doesn’t blame the hospital or the surgeon, opthalmologist Dr. Barry Emara. But he believes people who’ve paid taxes to the Ontario government all their lives should get prompt access to health care now they need it. “It’s like a car insurance company saying ‘We’ve had two many accidents this year, we’re cutting everyone off.’”

The problem, according to hospital CEO David Musyj, is that the number of procedures – when it comes to cataracts, hips replacements and knee replacements – is capped by the Health Ministry. And hospital officials (up until October, cataracts were done by Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital, which has since transferred cataracts to Windsor Regional) were scheduling surgeries based on the previous year’s cap of 5, 022. Then in September, they learned the cap for the fiscal year that started April 1 would be 4,849. In 2010, there were 5,412 procedures, he said. In a guest column published in today’s Windsor Star, Musyj said the cuts are due to the continuing rise in health care costs and governments looking for ways to cope with them.

When the government runs health care, it gets worse, but more expensive. Kind of like health care websites. A move in the free-market direction would accomplish the opposite, but presents fewer opportunities for graft.

It’s bizarre how things can be ruined so quickly. No one any longer even knows how things work, specially the President of the United States and his Democrat allies. They have no idea like their Leninist friends and mentors.The damage they cause will be incredible.

Monty Python and the US economy

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Turns out I’m not the only one whose mind turned to this image this week. Here it is used to represent the supposed suicidal run at the American president over his Affordable Care Act. Charge of the Light Brigade kind of stuff, suicide mission and a rout.

Yet what’s a party going to do? If the only tactic is to stand still and be run over while the other side does what it wants, then do nothing and just get on with life. But if the aim is to try to avert a disaster, or at least to publicise that the aim is to avert a disaster, who is to say what is to be done?

The economics of the debt and deficits is pretty straightforward as is the likely disaster that is to follow the introduction of “Obamacare”. The politics, on the other hand, is a matter of political judgment of which most of the people who make it into Congress have at least some level of a proven expertise.

The problem of problems in the US remains the distortions created by the media. How to get any kind of non-Democrat message into the community is an unknown. The US is being ruined because there is no means to have conservative concerns widely discussed and treated with respect across most of the places in which the media might be expected to reach. The shutdown and the attempt to force a compromise was a tactic to try to achieve at least some kind of wider understanding that there are reasons for concern.

On the politics I remain agnostic and unsure but I am far from thinking it was a certain mistake.