There are sinister forces at work on the American people. Our welfare is seen by them as an impediment to the realization of a goal, and they have seen to it that there isn't much we can do about this. Few are immune to its dastardly magic.
Late last week, Former Governor and Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean came out loudly against the abominable Senate health care "reform" bill, insisting that there is no realistic option remaining but to kill the bill dead. Too many compromises have already been made, and yet the bill only gets more odoriferous as time passes. Over 50% of the Democratic Party members polled recently by Democracy For America want the coverage mandate rejected if there is no public option.
But they aren't being heard. In just about a week, this Lieberman's Monster dropped voter support from 59% to only 33%. MoveOn.org opposes the bill. The National Organization for Women opposes the bill. The AFL-CIO opposes this bill. And they are only the beginning.
There are many reasons not to support this bill. Columnist Joe Galloway echoed the sentiments of many when he insisted that it's "Time to Pull the Plug on Health-Care 'Reform'." The idea that you can't be refused coverage have been no guarantee that your rates won't be increased over your medical condition. There is no rate ceiling provision to keep your coverage costs within reason. And there is nothing to protect you against your insurance company denying you care between passage and the law going into effect in 2014. If you die, then you decrease the surplus impoverished population, don't you? Bigger Bonuses, Ev'ryone!
Insurance companies and health care providers are already coming up with revenue enhancements that clearly can't be covered by the existing bill. Many are now charging admission at the door, as if health care was entertainment. It may be to these Scroogy greedheads, for these "fees" won't be covered by your policy. Strategies are also being devised to evade state regulation of the industry that just might cut you a better break than the Federal government will.
This bill is so bad that many unexpected people came out against this bill. Not the least of these was State Rep. Jim Campbell of Newfield ME, who resigned his Republican Party membership due to his party "failing to address the health care crisis in a meaningful way." Did he not hear Sen. DeMint proclaim that Republicans were doing all they could to promote health care reform? I guess Campbell didn't get the talking points memo.
But lo and behold! Up in the sky! It's absurd! It's inane! It's faster than a Swift Boat slander, more powerful than the smell at a Teabagger protest, and able to leap to the most illogical conclusion in a single bound! But it ain't Superman! Nor is it Sarah Palin!
No, something really wicked this way comes! But what? I doubt it was anyone at the White House, for they have been blasting their opponents on the Left so often that the Left isn't hearing them anymore. Besides, they had to go on TV and make nice comments about Dr. Dean themselves, so you know this wasn't anything they thought up. And it sure wasn't Obama. He's so last year, already! As if! Health care good? WHAT—ever, Barry! Gag me with one of your thirty pieces!
No, it had to be something else, something so powerful that even Dr. Dean could not withstand its evil power, pressured beyond tolerance into announcing on Meet The Press this morning that "the Senate bill had actually improved over the past few weeks" and that he would now work for its passage. Who is he now, really? He's not last week's Dr. Dean! Either he was convinced to visit that secret lab in Stepford, or else someone slipped one of those nasty alien pods (Dick Cheney?) next to him while he slept.
So, WTF? I can't say for certain. But here's what little I know:
The available clues revealing the identity of such an entity are few, but there is one fact that cannot be denied: investors like the Senate bill. Health insurance stocks are at a 52-week high. This IS the intended result of investing heavily in Senators, after all.
Hmmm. Go on, Watson!
I have no specific information regarding a similar trend in drug company stocks, but The White House blocked provisions that would have affected those profits. (Maybe one of my few readers knows something about this and can offer a link to the information in the comments?)
Elementary, my dear Watson! Go on!
Are employers threatening to cut jobs if they have to continue to pay for health care coverage? According to former South Carolina Senator Fritz Hollings, all the big money interests are against American jobs already, so this threat can't be rejected lightly. It isn't the worst threat out there, either. In fact, you can even watch that one on your video streaming device and see for yourself!
Come, Watson! There's no time to lose!
Obama has to know that once he gives all he can, he's expendable. He's likely to lose his Congressional majority and his re-election prospects. He has, after all, lost the meager support I was giving him in the hope that I was wrong not to vote for him. I'm sorry to report that I don't think so anymore. I'm hardly alone in this conviction. There are enough of us that "serious" commentators are already discussing Obama's pending change of fortune.
So when I heard that I could send Obama my own personal Christmas Card, I jumped at the chance to express my (in)gratitude to him:
Dear President Obama
Thanks for nothing. No jobs. No health care. No end to the Terror Wars Against Terror. No reversal of too many Bush policies. No hard line against rewarding the banks which killed the American Dream. No protection of the people from rapacious credit card issuers. No climate protection. No green industrial creation. No visionary leadership.
I hope that you have a good holiday season, for too many who voted for you won't. On their behalf I say to you "Thanks – for nothing!"
Here's what I got back:
Thank you for signing a Holiday Card for President Obama.
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Thanks again for your support,
Ah, so! Now it becomes clear! Obama is in the White House to generate profits for himself and his cronies! We're supposed to be too dumb to figure out that he's just a highly-compensated advertising shill just like Stephanie Courtney, the actress who plays Flo for Progressive Insurance (although I'm sure she isn't making nearly as much for her role-playing!). He's only into us for our money! And we thought he was a liberal progressive last year! He's nothing but a corporatist conservative con artist selling Regressive Insurance!
There are only two other conclusions I can draw right now:
* At least Stephanie Courtney has to mask her true appearance before she gets into character. That way you know it's only make believe.
* At least Stephanie Courtney has character.
Obama's got nothin', nothin' but a lot of disgust over what could have been and is not. In this case, 'twould be better never to have loved at all than to have loved and been betrayed.
I fully understand how Elin feels. But she will be able to afford good health care for herself and her kids no matter what happens with this bill. I can't. Neither can most of you.