Monday, September 10, 2012

Obamacare Described in One (Rather Long) Sentence

It takes an M.D. to reduce the monstrosity that is Obamacare to just one sentence for us. That sentence is, to be sure, rather long, but the statute is 1,000,000 times longer. So please listen to the one-sentence summary of Obamacare given at an Illinois rally for Romney by Dr. Barbara Bellar, who is the Republican candidate in her district for the Illinois State Senate. Below the video, I give a transcription (H/T: Ed Morrisey, of HotAir), so that you can follow her delivery of this gem:

So, let me get this straight.  This is a long sentence.  We’re going to be gifted with a healthcare plan [which] we are forced to purchase and fined if we don’t, which purportedly covers at least 10 million more people without adding a single new doctor but provides for 16,000 new IRS agents, written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn’t understand it, passed by a Congress that didn’t read it, but exempted themselves from it, and signed by a President who smokes — [laughter] — same sentence! — with funding administered by a Treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes, for which we will be taxed for four years before any benefits take effect, by a government which has already bankrupted Social Security and Medicare, all to be overseen by a Surgeon General who is obese — [laughter] — and finally, financed by a country that’s broke.

Oh -- and be sure to catch her tagline at the end!

That about sums up where we are. That we have gotten to this point is a national disgrace.

1 comment:

  1. This can be humorous if viewed as a parody of arguments against the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Bellar passes along one implicitly dubious notion after another: a mortal can choose not to be in the health care market; that choice does not result in passing along costs to others; increased health care consumers won’t result in increased numbers of doctors; increased public servants, i.e., IRS agents, are bad, notwithstanding the fact that increased employment in any sector raises consumer demand; politicians read every page of complex legislation instead of passing it along to aides who summarize it; the personal faults of the president, treasury chief and surgeon general are relevant to anything; four years is a shockingly long time to accrue revenue in order to provide benefits to the population; and the Republicans didn’t inherit a surplus economy and proceed to bankrupt it with wasteful tax cuts for the wealthy, financial deregulation, an unfunded pharmaceutical program, and two simultaneous, unnecessary wars.

    While I would prefer the single-payer coverage that exists among all of our Western allies (“Marxist” lands such as Canada, England, Israel, Germany, France, etc.), I support this reformation of the worst excesses of private insurance. Among its benefits: lifetime caps are abolished; the deficit will be reduced, according to the CBO; those with “pre-existing conditions” are no longer denied coverage; millions more will be covered; and my children can stay on my plan until age 26. Quelle horreur!