Friday, November 22, 2013

Rebranding, Really?

Sometime back, during one of his interminable speeches, President Obama used the term Obamacare. Then he gave one of his well rehearsed pauses. Gave a big grin, like a thought just entered his head that had never been there before. He looked at his audience and said "Obamacare, you know, I like that name, yeah".

I know what he was thinking. He was thinking that his devoted public was spontaneously naming this great new health care plan after him. Wow, for ever in the annals of history, it will be called Obamacare.

That was then. This is now. The wheels are falling off the cart and the ox has died. There is a very good chance that this journey is over. Republicans, even the RINOs, never climbed aboard the wagon for this trip.  And now many Democrats are jumping out of the back of the cart and running for the hills.

Those that live and work in the White House operate like a huge ocean liner. That is they do not change direction quickly or easily. They are caught up in an ideology that transcends all logic. To there minds, government control of health care is the goal. To accomplish this they will do or say just about anything. Barack Obama may be an ideologue, but he is not a fool. He realizes that the shinola is very near the rotor. He wants no back splash. As usual, he claims ignorance of the details and lines up those that will go under the bus.

So to improve Obamacare the first thing they will do is rebrand it. That should make those luckless souls that are losing their health care insurance feel a lot better. No Democrat, in the future, will allow the word "Obamacare" to pass their lips. They are once again exactly where they started out. Henceforth it is back to being "the Affordable Care Act. If there was ever a misnomer........ 

So while health care is in turmoil, turmoil that was unnecessary, they are forging ahead full steam. The only thing that they can think to do, is the equivalent of rearrangeing the deck chairs on the Titanic.

While we are talking about Obamacare and rebranding, there is another term that is bouncing around in the news to make people with big rate increases think that the government is on their side. (They aren't.) That term is "government subsidy". Their claiming that the government will help out with the increased cost of health care. But there is no such thing in the real world as a government subsidy. They would be giving you other peoples money. Money that they worked for. They take money away from people, that they have decided with their superior intellect, have more than they need and give it to those they think have been cheated in life's lottery.

So they mess up the economy even worse than it has been. They change a few words and were supposed to smile and say "thank you". No thank you! Jobs are down. The economy is not growing. Low interest rates and quantitative easing are building a huge financial bubble. While incomes for the poor and middle class are going down, the to ten percent are getting richer than ever. Does that sound like a government that is trying to help you? It sounds like the precursor to a huge financial explosion to me. Maybe we can just rebrand it.

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