The more President Obama talks about the supposed joys of his Affordable Health Care law, the more he resembles a political Mad Hatter, devoid of reason, absent logic and ignorant of facts.
At a Rose Garden event Monday, the president's theatrics were on full display. With a chorus of supporters behind him, Obama blamed the "slow, wonky" rollout of health insurance enrollment on too many people trying to log on to the government's new marketplace website at the same time. He labeled the false start "glitches." This isn't a glitch; it's a disaster.The administration is asking for a lifeline from the private sector to offer technical help.
Ponder this for a moment: The very people who claim they are sufficiently competent to run health care, which constitutes about one-sixth of the nation's economy, can't manage to launch a workable website, even though they had at least three years to set it up. Keep in mind this is also the same government that is having trouble making Medicare and Social Security permanently solvent.
The Obama administration has spent $200 million on its flawed marketplace system to sign up (so far) untold "thousands" -- the president said thousands -- not the seven million, out of 40 million uninsured, he and other top officials predicted. He now wants to spend even more to hire people who actually know what they are doing. Why didn't the administration consult Silicon Valley first?
Let's put it in a way everyone can understand. You buy a can of sardines at the supermarket only to discover when you get home that the tin has been recalled because its contents are tainted and may make you sick. You return the sardines to the store, but instead of simply exchanging the tainted ones for untainted ones, the manager wants to charge you again for an untainted tin. Would that be fair? Would it be legal? Don't think so.
From the beginning, Obamacare was a tainted tin of sardines. It can't live up to its promises. It can't deliver health insurance we are used to at affordable prices. People are being laid off, not hired, reduced to part-time employment. They cannot shoulder the burden of purchasing overpriced, mismanaged health care. They'd like to exchange Obamacare for something that works, but the administration won't take back the tainted fish. And now we all will have to pay, and pay...
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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