Do-Never

Do-Over

Two things I find interesting in this article. First, the picture. It’s a very carefully framed photo with the words “Health Care” on a banner. The letters look hand-made, like high school students might make a banner for a pep assembly. When O calls spirits from the Vasty Deep, the damn things really come*. Invoking the words “Health Care” brings forth from the ethereal plane all sorts of bureaucratic minions from the swirling fog. The land darkens. The words might be invoked with the best of intents, but dark agents of deception are calling the shots. ObamaScare, or ACA, or whatever, has NOTHING to do with “Health Care.” It is a law passed to force people to buy insurance from insurance companies. Whenever a middleman gets in between a buyer and seller, count on it costing you more. Did you think that all those insurance companies are selfless non-profits?

The second thing I find interesting is the comments. 6833 and counting! Who would want to read that many comments? Anyone willing to weigh and consider 6833 comments would probably also have read the entire ACA law. I sampled a few comments and saw a trend. The commenters were merely bickering partisans, Republicans vs. Democrats, rooting for their team or pet notion. I didn’t see anyone asking the basic questions that should be asked. Is this law good? Is it good to force people to buy something they might not be able to afford, that they might not want? Will a forced purchase of insurance benefit anyone without loss on the part of another?

*Shamelessly plagiarized from Richard Mitchell, The Underground Grammarian. Rest in peace, professor.

Posted by Dave

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