I love vintage television, and one of my favorite old shows from when I was growing up was WKRP in Cincinnati. If you’re familiar with it, you might know what I’m about to write. One of the most memorable episodes was a Thanksgiving episode where the station manager, Mr. Carlson, had planned a big surprise radio promotion at a shopping mall.
Carlson’s plan was to have a helicopter, pulling a banner proclaiming “Happy Thanksgiving from WKRP”, flying over the shopping center—while dropping live turkeys. While the station’s newsman, Les Nessman, gives the play-by-play of what’s unfolding at the mall, Dr. Johnny Fever and the other staff members are back in the studio listening to the whole fiasco. They all know what Mr. Carlson didn’t know: turkeys have wings- but they don’t use them. Later, a very disheveled and exhausted Carlson returns to the station and delivers the classic line, which is a twist on an even older classic line: “As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.”
Maybe that’s what Barack Obama thought in the days following the launch of Healthcare.gov, the error-ridden website that serves as the gateway to his signature “reform” of healthcare for our nation. You see, the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has an appearance of being both affordable (hence the name), and of increasing access to care for those most in need of it. However, there’s no wind beneath the wings of this over-sized turkey.
Millions of Americans, once content with the healthcare they’ve been receiving and the doctors and hospitals they use, are being told they cannot keep the plans they liked. Many are being steered towards other plans that, while comparable to what they had, are costing them more, and require them to give up the doctors they’ve built relationships with over time.
So bad have the bad stories been that BarackObama.com has put out a video—aimed at young people, of course—that encourages families to have “The Talk” about healthcare over your holiday meal. This is meant to encourage young healthy individuals—on whose backs Obamacare must be carried— to sign up for coverage. Coverage they can neither afford nor do they need (do young, unmarried men really need to have maternity coverage and free mammograms?). The video conveniently leaves that inconvenient information out of “The Talk”.
Bringing up a topic like Obamacare before, during or after your Thanksgiving dinner is generally a very bad idea. I have visions of mashed potatoes flying across the table and gravy boats “mysteriously” ending up in liberal laps.
Not to worry. If you chicken out of having The Talk over turkey, the media will help Obamacare rise from the ashes. One supposedly “non-partisan” organization, Families USA, was given a $1 million grant to help find people who actually have good stories to tell about Obamacare, and then make sure the media highlights them. Families USA has close ties with the administration and George Soros—so much for being non-partisan. The grant they received was from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which just so happens to be located in the same office building as Families USA and Enroll America, an organization begun by the Families USA co-founder and executive director in order to raise money to fund enrollment in Obamacare. Not only do these entities share the same building, they share the same office suite. How cozy is that?
The next deadline for having the Healthcare.gov website up and running at full steam is this Saturday. However, administration officials are encouraging people to “take turns” so to speak in signing up for it, fearing that the website will crash again from being overwhelmed by healthcare shoppers. Reports say it was designed for about 50,000 users at a time. That’s fifty thousand. If Amazon and Ebay worked this way, we would never have heard of them. Adding to the website’s problems, it was announced today that small businesses have been given a one year delay for when they must sign up.
So as you sit down to your turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes, don’t think about the turkey that one party shoved down the throats of Americans via Obamacare. Think about all the things we still have that we can be thankful for like our families (even the knuckle-headed liberal relatives) and that we live in America…and for the brave men and women standing in harm’s way for us. And if you are lucky enough to have either not gotten through to sign up for healthcare, or are just planning to pay the fine— you can be thankful your name and other personal information are not yet in the hands of faceless government bureaucrats.