Lately the media have been trotting out their timeworn strategy of lecturing the public that the only reason Democrats face imminent electoral trouble is that people are too stupid to know any better.
The New York Times recently published a front-page story warning that those who benefit most from Obamacare are the ones who are least likely to vote in this fall’s midterm elections. (Would that Democrats were lucky enough for that trend to continue, given the miserable experience signups have had finding affordable plans, competent doctors, and timely appointments.)
The problem, according to the Times, isn’t that Obamacare stinks—it’s that those for whom it was designed can’t comprehend the immeasurable largesse Democrats have generously bestowed upon them.
For example, young people who investigate what’s available to them and decide that their money could better be spent on things like paying back student loans for the college tuition Democrats artificially drove up, are shortsighted and don’t realize that they could at any moment fall out of a tree or acquire Zucotti Lung. Millennials couldn’t possibly be smart enough to have researched the healthcare exchanges’ premiums, deductibles, and copays and made a rational choice about where their limited funds should go. No—they’re too focused on booze and birth control.
Meanwhile, Republicans are allegedly busy spinning fantasies about the law and using ignorance and fear to drum up opposition to the bill. Representative David E. Price (D-NC) says of the health care debate and rollout, “There was an ability to exploit the unknown, to exploit the fear of people losing something that they have.” An ability to exploit the fear of people losing something that they have? Does Price think that that might have anything to do with the fact that people lost something that they had? Is it “exploiting the fear” of losing your baby if I point out that a kidnapper is about to run off with your stroller?
Jonathan Martin, author of the Times piece, reiterates Obama supporters’ point that because Obamacare wasn’t designed to be a universal, single-payer system like Social Security or Medicare, that made it easier for Republicans to dupe voters into seeing it as a wealth transfer from rich to poor. So a less universal transfer scheme involves greater redistribution than a more universal transfer scheme? Who does Martin think was going to pay for that universal, single-payer program—the mountain folk of Appalachia?
The media treat voters who are eligible to receive coverage, yet leery about accepting it, as either morons for not accepting free goodies from the government or monsters who want their communities to suffer. (Isn’t it liberals who are always accusing conservatives of being selfish and caring only about themselves?)
In an unguarded—and ill-advised—departure from script at the end of his press conference last Thursday, President Obama let loose the following tirade: “You have 5 million people who could be having health insurance right now at no cost to these states, zero cost to these states, other than ideological reasons, [Republican governors] have chosen not to provide health insurance for their citizens.”
Zero cost to these states—other than high startup costs at a time when most states are groping their way through budget crises, and the dollars they must shell out after three years once the free money from the federal government stops rolling in. Given his track record with blanket promises and black-and-white declarations on the glories of Obamacare, the President might want to modulate his healthcare assurances in the future.
The left refuses to acknowledge the existence of principled, thoughtful opposition to Obamacare.
But it’s liberals’ stupidity that got us into our current mess.
Skilled doctors are the centerpiece of our world-renowned healthcare system, and training new doctors is an expensive, labor-intensive process that takes more than a decade. Yet liberals touted Obamacare as a humane, utopian scheme that would somehow manage to cover millions more people and save billions of dollars—all without adding any new doctors to the rolls.
Suppose we grant liberals’ declaration that they’re wiser than conservatives. What good is a high IQ if it leads you to believe crap like that?
Liberals always accuse conservatives of being anti-intellectual, but there’s something to be said for common-sense insight. And it’s sad when some of the supposedly most intelligent minds in our society produce a destructive policy like Obamacare—then sneer at young, low-income, and minority voters for being too dumb to recognize the brilliance of their benevolent overlords.
- Obamacare Is A Democrat Attack On The Middle Class (personalliberty.com)
- Ted Cruz Blasts Notion Sebelius Resigned Because Obamacare Succeeded (breitbart.com)
- How Politically Risky Is Defunding Obamacare? New Poll May Shed Light (theblaze.com)
- Liberals are reacting to Obamacare failures exactly as conservatives predicted they would (theblaze.com)
- Report: California gets $1 billion for Obamacare ‘outreach’ (updated) (theblaze.com)