Joel’s Political Prognostication of the Day: When America becomes a one-party state, all mention of the word “Obamacare” will be punishable by summary execution. Once our masters have the power not to be reminded of this disaster, they will choose not to be. In fact this might be the thing that triggers the transformation.
Everybody knows what that bright light at the end – or maybe it’s the middle – of the tunnel really is, but they’re gonna shovel on the coal anyway because what’s the alternative at this point?
For the sake of your mental health, don’t watch the following vid. I nag you because I love you.
Yeah, you watched it anyway, didn’t you? Because you never listen. And now you’re all scarred by having Michelle’s patronizing phiz shoved in your face first thing in the morning, but I’ll bet you’re no more inclined to go buy overpriced health insurance than you were two minutes in your past. And neither are the people the ad is aimed at.
There’s a reason for this, as I’m sure you already know.
The latest stunt by the administration not only underscores the contempt they have for people, believing they cannot take care of themselves, it reveals there is a valuable lesson they simply have not learned, even into the sixth year of an eight year term:
You cannot polish a turd.
Millennials are not refusing to sign up for Obamacare because of insufficient nagging by Mommy, or because the White House hasn’t produced the right animated GIF. They’re not signing up because they recognize it is a shit product.
You know this. I know this. There may even be someone in the federal government who secretly knows this, though I’d guess he’s keeping carefully to himself. But here we all are anyway, because what are they going to do at this point? Unwreck the train?
Meanwhile, apart from the nagging, reality marches on.
The industry complaints come less than a week after Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sought to downplay concerns about rising premiums in the healthcare sector. She told lawmakers rates would increase in 2015 but grow more slowly than in the past.
“The increases are far less significant than what they were prior to the Affordable Care Act,” the secretary said in testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee.
Her comment baffled insurance officials, who said it runs counter to the industry’s consensus about next year.
“It’s pretty shortsighted because I think everybody knows that the way the exchange has rolled out … is going to lead to higher costs,” said one senior insurance executive who requested anonymity.
The insurance official, who hails from a populous swing state, said his company expects to triple its rates next year on the ObamaCare exchange.
Again, nothing new. I knew it, you knew it, but nobody was supposed to come out and say it.
And here we all are. Hoarding extra-strength Tylenol and hoping we’ll have the fortitude to remove our own child’s appendix when the time comes because we know there probably won’t be a doctor waiting in a nice sterile surgery. Maybe we’ll be able to sneak down to Cuba or something.
The trouble with trains is that they’ve always been so very hard to stop when you need them to.