A.J. DiCintio
The dagger in the center of Obamacare's heart
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By A.J. DiCintio
November 25, 2013

Regarding humanity's earthly existence, the wise Ben Franklin warned, "He that lives upon hope will die fasting."

Barack Obama, however, has never put much stock in what classical minds have to say, preferring to seek wisdom from sources he deems enormously more learned and infinitely more hip.

In fact, Obama's own words provide examples of the kind of people whose intellectuality and hipness he admires; for he has written that among the most important "friends" he chose "carefully" were "Marxist professors" and "structural feminists," radicals who would be regarded as ridiculous fools if they weren't as dangerous as they are stupid and hypocritical.

It ought to come as no surprise, therefore, that in '08, candidate Obama ditched honesty about his political ideology in favor of appealing to voters with a message based upon vacuous hope, his campaign characterized by the ubiquitous photo in which he stares as if in communion with a far-off power whose message only he can perceive and decipher.

And it should come as no surprise that when President Obama turned his attention to the healthcare question, he reflexively based his plan on a double instance of the hope-shtick that got him elected.

Specifically, the president spewed a stream of false promises intended to instill false hope in a skeptical public even as he bought into his own baloney by merely hoping the scam he intended to force down the nation's throat would be accepted as irreversible by an eventually shocked and angered middle class.

Think of it. In 2010, Obama had only two options regarding a new healthcare policy; for he knew reality made the third option, a complete government takeover or "single payer" system, impossible.

He could put in years of hard innovative work aimed at devolving power to the states in a monumental effort to repair, reorganize, reform, and modernize the existing healthcare system, thereby improving care while saving lives as well as hundreds of billions annually, accomplishments that would earn the public's trust and thus make a sound, fair solution to the problem of the nation's uninsured all the more achievable.

Or he could scheme insidiously to reflect his collectivist ideology in a bogus reform proposal, lying a trillion dollar lie about its cost and a host of hellish lies about its permitting citizens to keep their current insurance policy, doctors, and hospitals to hide the reality Obamacare is based upon the failed, decrepit, big government monstrosity that is the sixties Great Society welfare model.

Unsurprisingly, Obama chose the latter option, which, by definition, requires paying off Big Government, Big Insurance, Big Pharma, and Big Democratic Constituencies that include Big Law and Big Labor with an annual pile of very, very Big Money.

Now, the president didn't have the guts to insist his congressional allies pay every cent of Obamacare's huge cost with a tax increase that had to hit the entire middle class.

As a result, he decided to partly satisfy the program's ravenous appetite for cash by robbing the middle-class-beloved Medicare program of $70 billion a year.

But Barack Obama needed a lot more money, a fact explaining why he has known from the beginning that Obamacare is fundamentally dependent upon forcing the entire middle class into government run "exchanges," where middle class citizens will pay more to purchase more restrictive health insurance in order to fund a bastardized monstrosity politicians and ideologues concocted by cobbling together the worst elements of the world's private and public healthcare systems.

In sum, therefore, Obamacare represents an essential part of fulfilling the liberal version of the American Dream; for with the institution of a new, gigantic federal bureaucracy (including 15,000 heavily armed IRS enforcers) it colossally increases the nation's redistribution of income as it necessarily takes the lion's share of the money to be redistributed from the middle class.

That is the option Obama chose, despite knowing that middle class income and wealth have been on a long, steady decline.

That is the option Obama had to lie about, unlike Thomas Edsall (NYT) who refused to lie when he quoted Professor Edward Carmines:

"The distinctive feature of the new health care law is its redistributive nature, which is mostly absent from Social Security and Medicare."

That is the option currently roiling the nation as 15 million dedicated, premium paying individual policy holders are forced either into the Obamacare exchanges or, unable to pay the higher costs, to go uninsured.

That is the option which next October, when the Obama-ordained reprieve from the "employer mandate" ends, will induce beleaguered employers to throw their hands into the air and send tens of millions more middle class workers and their families to the exchanges.

All the news is not bad, however; for lies that wring money from middle class wallets and, more importantly, peace from middle class minds represent a dagger in the center of Obamacare's heart.

After all, anyone who understands the American middle class knows its members are a trillion times smarter than liberal politicians think. They are, therefore, certain to see to it that there is no peace for Obama and his obsequious crew by taking care of the oxymoronically titled Affordable Care Act through a two year period ('14-'16) of electoral redistribution.

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A.J. DiCintio

A.J. DiCintio posts regularly at RenewAmerica and YourNews.com. He first exercised his polemical skills arguing with friends on the street corners of the working class neighborhood where he grew up. Retired from teaching, he now applies those skills, somewhat honed and polished by experience, to social/political affairs.

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