Today the president cranked up the road show which we are warned will continue daily for the next three weeks to tout the virtues of Obamacare. He used a tried and true formula that direct mail marketeers have employed for decades. Perhaps you’ve received some literature from them in the past.
If you have you’ll recognize the shtick. On very inexpensive paper you will be solicited to explore the wonderful new system that the mailer has discovered which is guaranteed to turn your humble financial life into that of an affluent nabob. The “system” is guaranteed and fool-proof. If you only remit the modest sum of $8.95 which includes the shipping charge, you will soon have delivered to you the secret of how to become wealthy almost overnight.
Naturally, in order to convince you to part with this modest sum of money, not only does the discoverer of this remarkable system share with you the story of his personal success, he includes the testimonials of a variety of earlier subscribers who attest to their own new found wealth as they employed the system they received. These testimonials bear their abbreviated names, such as Sharon L. – Daytona, FL or Larry C. – Indianapolis, IN.
If you are still doubtful, thinking to yourself, “Why would anyone give away this key to riches for such a modest price,?” the author has an answer. You see he has already made more money than he can ever spend, now has four houses on both coasts with a Rolls Royce in the driveway of each and two chateaux overseas and it is because he is so grateful for his good fortune that he wants to share his wealth creating system with other, less fortunate souls. Of course, that begs the question, “Why didn’t you just send me the book for free instead of sending me an ad for it?”
Once again, there is an answer in the material. You see the author does not want to “Cast his pearls before swine,” and your modest “investment” is merely an expression of both your commitment and your good faith, proving that you are the kind of person who will actually utilize and deserves to be blessed by this remarkable discovery.
I couldn’t help but think of these many mail solicitations that I have received over the years as I listened to the president today. The presentation, replete with testimonials about people who have benefitted from Obamacare lacked as much credibility as any of the “get-rich-quick” schemes that I have been offered. Which is not to say that there are not people who will indeed benefit from the law – and that is a good thing. But the honest question which everyone, irrespective of party affiliation should be asking is, “At what price?”
Anytime a law is enacted it affects people. That is, in fact, the reason for creating it in the first place. And the more sweeping the law, naturally the more people who are affected by it. Obamacare is as sweeping a law as has been passed for perhaps close to a century. Therefore, we should not be surprised that millions are being affected – and at this point in time, it is fair to say that those effects have predominantly been perverse.
The stated goal of this program is to “insure every American” – yet we know that by the administration’s own admission, they still expect that 30 million will remain uninsured. So if that is the fundamental premise and reason for implementation, it is flawed from the beginning.
In part because of the inadequacy of the website, fewer enrollees have signed up than are necessary for this plan to work (hence today’s dog and pony show – to tout the “improvements” and get the gullible to sign on). What the president omitted from his presentation is that for every person signing up for Obamacare, fifty have already lost their coverage due to Obamacare – and more of those cancellations, far more, can be expected next year.
But this attempt to sell America on Obamacare focuses only on one side of a multi-faceted issue. It emphasizes the importance of getting insurance but it fails to address the question of “What do you do with it once you have it?”
More and more we are hearing from the medical community that they simply will not honor or participate in this program. So, in essence, you now have a wonderful magic card and a plan booklet that is unusable. Most of us would not consider that to be a benefit – especially when you realize that you were forced to buy this product of dubious value.
The president likes to make comparisons between Obamacare and its problems and the glitches that Apple has had with various product releases. It seems to me that there is a fundamental flaw in that argument – or maybe two.
The first is that within a short period of time and at minimal cost, Apple fixed its problems. The same cannot be said of Obamacare the law or Obamacare the website.
The second is that by simply letting the public know when the latest iPhone is going to be released, people in the droves queue up at their local Apple store to be one of the first to buy it. Obamacare – not so much.
It is, in a world of “change” and “moving on” perhaps arcane to mention an old adage which I first heard from my Grandmother. And though it may be old-fashioned and trite, it’s still true.
“You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.”