Yesterday ObamaCare, the Frankenstein monster of our generation, came alive. It birth was not smooth with “glitches” blamed by Dr. Obama, our modern-day equivalent of the Dr. Frankenstein from Mary Shelley’s famous novel, on “start-up problems.”
Obama incredulously likened these issues to problems encountered by Apple’s recent introduction of new operating software for its I-phone. The analogy was hardly appropriate as few experienced issues with the introduction of the new I-phone. If anyone did, they had recourse. They were not forced to buy a phone, either via threat of taxation or punishment under the law. Furthermore, the government had three years and unlimited funds to prevent the fiasco that occurred.
Many who tried to obey the law and sign up for this ill-conceived monstrosity found the websites dysfunctional. Others who managed to get a live person in lieu of the website(s) were just as frustrated with the lack of direction. Some compared the experience of getting a live person to dealing with the mutant off-spring from a Department of Motor Vehicle’s father and an Internal Revenue Service mother.
Mary Shelley, the author of the famous novel Frankenstein, must in some strange way be thinking “I told you so” from some distant grave. One can imagine the creature known as ObamaCare thinking these thoughts expressed by her fictional monster:
“Hateful day when I received life!’ I exclaimed in agony. ‘Accursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust? God, in pity, made man beautiful and alluring, after his own image; but my form is a filthy type of yours, more horrid even from the very resemlance. Satan had his companions, fellow-devils, to admire and encourage him; but I am solitary and abhorred.’ – Frankenstein” ― Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
There Is No Surprise Here
The rude birth of ObamaCare should surprise no one. Even the Statists who pushed it, viewed it more as a vehicle to control every aspect of the lives of the people who serve them. It could never improve the overall delivery of healthcare in the country. The US already had the best medical care system in the world.
That medical costs were considered too high relative to other countries was like comparing apples and oranges. The “equity” of poor versus rich in terms of medical care costs could have been handled without creating a Rube Goldberg contraption that was doomed from the start.
ObamaCare was never intended to improve the healthcare system in the US. It was to be the ultimate redistribution scheme. It was the fruition of Otto von Bismarck’s wildest dreams — a tool of government that would ensure loyalty from one class of voters while enabling government to gain almost total control over every aspect of citizen behavior. It was, from the very beginning, the ultimate leap forward by the predatory Welfare State.
In 2009, this website had a post discussing ObamaCare as the Pallbearer For American Freedom where it was stated:
Perhaps more important than the effects on the quality of health care will be the effects on every aspect of our lives. Ayn Rand’s warning long ago has finally come true under the Trojan Horse known as health care reform: “We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.”
The disastrous economic effects were foreseen in many articles and have already come to fruition. Employment has been adversely affected with many relegated to part-time employment as a result of the impending legislation. Indications are that costs will not be reduced but greatly increased. The supply of doctors is precariously threatened as many consider early retirement rather than reduced incomes and the hassles of this new government program. The federal deficit is likely to balloon as a result of cost overruns, possibly as high as four hundred percent.
Now the monster is born and is stirring. One can only hope that it is slayed before it can do its ultimate damage.
James S. Taranto, of the Wall Street Journal, expresses the views of many in this passage:
We hope it [ObamaCare] fails spectacularly because that would provide an emotionally satisfying dramatic conclusion. If Barack Obama is forced to spend, say, the last two years of his presidency contending with the undeniable failure of his signature initiative, that would be a fitting punishment for the hubris of his first two years, especially since the imposition of ObamaCare on an unwilling country was the main consequence of his hubris. [Taranto quote from email. Link not found.]
The country does not deserve the nonsense that it will be put through as a result of Boy Blunder’s arrogance and ineptness. Nor does it deserve the sub-par healthcare system which is an inevitable result of the legislation.
For those who object regarding the good intent of ObamaCare, another quote from the novel is appropriate:
“There is love in me the likes of which you’ve never seen. There is rage in me the likes of which should never escape. If I am not satisfied in the one, I will indulge the other.” ― Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
Frankenstein may have been created out of love, but it will unleash its rage on the country. There is no other ending possible. It must be killed before it kills.