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Wrong Place, Wrong Time, Wrong Message, Wrong Sender, Wrong Audience

September 27th, 2013 - 10:07 am

But other than that, Professor Ditherton Wiggleroom was great on the stump:

“One congressman said that Obamacare is the most dangerous piece of legislation ever passed,” Obama said in Largo, Md. “Ever, in the history of America, this is the most dangerous piece of legislation. Providing — creating a marketplace so people can buy group insurance plan, the most dangerous ever.”

“You had a state representative somewhere say that it’s as destructive to personal and individual liberty as the Fugitive Slave Act,” he added. “Think about that. Affordable health care is worse than a law that lets slave owners get their runaway slaves back. I mean, these are quotes. I’m not making this stuff up.”

Here’s the thing. He is making this stuff up — the stuff about ObamaCare creating a free market, and making health care affordable. What ObamaCare does is set up little boutiques where everyone (which is hardly anyone) is forced to sell overpriced, fancy goods to people who are required to buy them.

I’m not sure where that’s free and I’m not sure how that’s affordable — but whatevs, right? Gotta make a speech to drum up support.

But the speech Wiggleroom gave is not the type of speech that wins the middle. It’s the kind of speech that rallies the base. The most recent Rasmussen robopoll shows that only 30% of Americans think ObamaCare will actually improve the economy. Curiously, about 30% of the electorate consists of Democrats.

In other words, the base is pretty well rallied. The Kool-Aid drinkers’ tongues are all stained bright red. And he’s not going to win over any Republicans, period. Certainly not after the way he’s treated them the last five years, beginning with “I won.”

What Wiggleroom needs to do is appeal to middle of the country, where there are still some hearts and minds to be won. His problem is, those hearts and those minds are sitting atop empty wallets.

Empty because of ObamaCare and nearly five years of Obamanomics.

They’re not listening to the Professor anymore — and for good reason.

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I remember as a kid reading the Tom Swift Jr books. Seem to recall that health care in that environment was provided by the company (Swift Enterprises, iirc) in the form of a company doc and staff in an infirmary for most day to day stuff.

When I worked overseas most health care was provided by a company doc and staff in an infirmary for most day to day stuff. Stuff they couldn't handle was covered by a service contract with a local hospital and other specialty clinics.

Companies that are large enough to go it alone could still do this. I'mna thinking smaller companies ought to be able to band together and contract for health services with independent care clinics/hospitals. Or enter into contractual agreements with larger organizations.

Yeah, you wouldn't necessarily be able to go to 'your' doctor if you wanted the company to pay for it. 20 years in the army and a number of years overseas and even now as someone eligible for VA care and I never had a 'my' doctor. Things still worked out.
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"In other words, the base is pretty well rallied. The Kool-Aid drinkers’ tongues are all stained bright red."

And the MSM's lips are stained dark brown.
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For the WIN.

I mean, DAY-um.
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Excuse me. I have to go rinse my brain out.
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"Providing — creating a marketplace so people can buy group insurance plan, the most dangerous ever"

... yeah, one wonders whether he actually believes that, or thinks anyone else will.

For all the crap people gave him, I don't recall George W. Bush ever saying something that completely and pointedly false; plenty of things I disagreed with in his interpretation of ambiguous or interpretable facts and positions, sure. But not simple falsehoods.

Does the President really not know that there was a nationwide insurance market before just now? (And individuals don't buy a "group insurance plan", do they?)

Baffling.
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The "group insurance" thing is actually approximately correct, as far as I can tell. Obamacare turns insurance companies into a sort of common carrier arrangement, where they have to accept all comers and everybody gets the same rates regardless of whether they get sick.

That's not "insurance", strictly speaking, but employer-provided "group insurance" never was really insurance.
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