This morning’s White House reminder that Obamacare open enrollment is starting again was probably a better choice for a weekly address than trying to get us whipped up in favor of more executive action (see: Stakeholders in Immigration Order Don’t Include You). It still seemed poorly timed, given the damaging press about how we were fooled into agreeing with what will probably constitute the president’s only accomplishment worth mentioning. One thing we can take comfort in is that there is still hope. We aren’t all dumb Americans. Some of us pay attention. We didn’t vote for Obama, his party, or anything they support.
Will dumb Americans spread the word on health care?
The White House is urging us to get the word out to pump up the Affordable Care Act numbers:
So spread the word. Tell your friends and family members to get covered. Talk to folks in your church or your classroom.¹
The suggestion makes sense. Someone has to pay. No enrollment means no money except for the health care tax, fine, or whatever you wish to call it. If you were dumb enough to vote for Obama and believe the torrent of liberal propaganda that preceded the ACA’s passage, you probably don’t have a problem bothering others by talking about it during a church service or college lecture.
Conservatives, forget Gruber. He’s just a distraction.
The unpleasantness over Jonathan Gruber was too well-timed for Republicans and conservative media to not hammer away at. Too bad. This is the kind of pointless, distracting irrelevancy that wastes time and serves little purpose other than riling conservatives who didn’t support the ACA anyway. Dumb Americans did. Should these revelations be a surprise? Would we have been any more dumbfounded if Gruber’s remarks had been uttered by the president?
Still stuck in minority leader hell, Nancy Pelosi completely missed the point when she addressed the newest health care embarrassment in a press conference:
So I don’t know who he is. He didn’t help write our bill. With all due respect to your question, you have a person who wasn’t writing our bill commenting on what was going on when we were writing the bill who has withdrawn some of the statements that he made. So let’s put him aside.²
Pelosi has seen better days. In happier times, Obamacare was just another example of how Democrats took advantage of their majority status to deluge their supporters with disinformation so they could do whatever they wanted from the Recovery Act, to Obamacare, to Dodd-Frank. Immigration would have been next, but they didn’t get away with that one, or at least not yet.
Anyone naïve enough to believe that any member of Congress comes to work in the morning wondering how to make the life of the common man better is a fool and probably shouldn’t be allowed to vote for Obama or anyone else. If they want to proselytize about the joys of government health insurance, that’s their problem. That a hired gun made unflattering remarks about these dumb Americans is hardly worth mentioning. Instead, think about what those running the show must be saying about the voters who elected them while they laugh and slop scotch on each other’s pinstripes.
Worst Political News Story This Week published November 15, 2014.