There is a certain disconcerting cognitive impact when juxtaposing two of the recent big news stories side by side: On the one hand, President Obama (no doubt imperiously half-astride the Oval Office desk in a stance that must surely be incredibly uncomfortable even the few seconds it takes the paid imperial court photographers to capture the mighty Emperor’s commanding stance for posterity) recently boasted to his aides that he is “really good at killing people”. Drone-killing is easy. Of course, lots of civilians were killed – the recent Human Rights Watch report makes gruesome reading (“The clothes of the women and children were hanging from the treetops with the flesh on every tree.”). But of course, who needs Guantánamo Bay when you can simply have a drone policy that counts “all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants …. unless there is explicit intelligence posthumously proving them innocent.” Pink mist unless proven innocent? (after the drone strike) – Yes We Can! To the present day, it remains unclear whether or not Obama’s 2009 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded by a committee consisting solely of Norwegian hipsters with an overly-enthusiastic sense of irony.
So it is more than a little disconcerting to see this asinine arrogance side-by-side with the now unquestionable incompetence of an administration which cannot manage a website, and a poorly-written healthcare law which now seems doomed to failure. As The Daily Show (in a holiday cooking mood) put it : a Clusterfucken : a disaster stuffed inside a travesty, wrapped in incompetence.
So as we learn that as many as 52 million Americans could lose or have lost old insurance plans, it’s fair to say that the President is a liar. Having sold the ACA with the lie “If you like your health care, you can keep it.” (teleprompter-ed at least 37 times on camera) he is in a bit of a corner. Or, as PolitiFact puts it “Pants on Fire“.
Thankfully, it is always useful to have a powerful Ministry of Truth to come to your aid in a time of crisis. So the diligent Party wordsmiths of the New York Times (the people who brought you “white Hispanic”) rifled through their Newspeak manuals and valiantly came up with an editorial that Obama “clearly misspoke”. Ever true to their Inner Party mission, they later doubled down with the superbly Orwellian “incorrect promise“. Truly a doubleplus good editorial.
Unfortunately, the never-ending cascade of government ineptitude cannot be contained by the lapdog media. So even as the grim mathematics of the policy set in (here in California alone more than 1 million Californians Having Insurance Cancelled Due To ACA” according to state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones). So as the Obama administration (and its diehard Ministry of Truth cheerleaders) desperately try to spin an anemic national enrolment of 106,000 and a seemingly Betamax website which will apparently be 404 for quite some time yet, perhaps it’s time to look at the ramifications for the US people.
A President as arrogant and unconcerned with the consequences of his actions as Obama spells trouble for US citizens. Remember the Newspeak lie : “‘If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan’?” How about the White House web page : “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” Sadly, as this heart-breaking WSJ Opinion piece by Edie Sundby confirms, even if your very life depends on maintaining your current insurance and access to specialist doctors – tough luck.
So, much like drone strikes, it seems that most Americans killed in the Obamacare strike zone will be regarded (posthumously) as “military-age combatants”. But I’m confident that both the imperial court photographers and the lapdogs at the NYT will clear that messy fact up – with a great picture of the President stepping on a desk and a fascinating new Newspeak phrase : “Ministry of Peace removes recalcitrant Unperson from existence after failing to comply with Ministry of Health regulations”