Headin’ for the last roundup. The big sleep. The long goodbye. Deep-six. Pushin’ up daisies. Kicked the bucket. Bought the farm. Passed on. We use euphemisms such as these because we can’t bear to use the words die or death. Dying is a concept most people don’t want to think about, understandably, so using nicer sounding terms is easier to take. But those terms don’t change what death is. Death is death no matter what you want to call it.
The same goes for other euphemistic terms. You can change what you call a thing but the thing is still what it is. As Shakespeare famously put it, “That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Conversely, that which we call sewage by any other name would still stink to high heaven. And this brings me to Barack Obama and his honorable promises.
In selling his mandatory Obamacare health plan to the American people, Obama has been saying over and over again since 2009 that if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor and if you like your current health care plan you can keep your health care plan. Period. He has been saying it again and again for years using the exact same phrase. The following is a direct quote from his speech to the annual meeting of the American Medical Association on June 15, 2009:
“No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what. My view is that health care reform should be guided by a simple principle: fix what’s broken and build on what works.” He lied. He lied in 2009. He lied in 2010. He lied in 2011. He lied in 2012. And he’s lying now.
There are still some people who refuse to use the “L” word. Some politicians, broadcasters, and pundits won’t go near the word; I guess they believe that saying Obama LIED is tantamount to calling him a racial epithet or something. But it is what it is. You can say he “misled,” or you can say he was “disingenuous,” or you can say he was less than truthful. You can use a million euphemisms for it, but it all adds up to the same thing, the man is a liar.
And this time Obama can’t pretend that he didn’t know anything as he’s done for every scandal that has arisen during his administration, from the justice department Fast and Furious gun-running, to Benghazi, to the IRS conservative targeting scandal, to the Healthcare.gov website failure. This time Obama OWNS this debacle. The so-called Affordable Healthcare Act is Obama’s big legacy for better or worse and he has built his entire presidency around it.
He always knew it was a lie when he looked into the camera and told us we could keep our doctors if we wanted to and we could keep our insurance plans if we wanted to. He knew damn well it was a lie, he also knew that if he didn’t lie about it, there was a strong chance that he couldn’t get the bill passed. He certainly wouldn’t have had the support of the majority of Americans who were already on healthcare plans and satisfied with what they had.
He knew he was lying because he knew that his healthcare scheme simply couldn’t work if people were allowed to keep their current insurance and doctors. The entire working middleclass needs to be forced into the government system in order for it to pay for healthcare for the people who don’t work. Otherwise the pyramid scheme caves in. It was never about “lower healthcare costs for all of us” it was always about taking from the healthy workers to pay for the poor sick non-workers.
But Obama couldn’t say that. So he lied.
Thanks to Obamacare many millions of people are losing their doctors and current health insurance and are being forced into the new system which they can’t even get into because of website snafus. Even once they get on, for many it will mean paying more money for inadequate or unnecessary coverage. Some people will have a lag time between insurance coverage, for those with catastrophic illnesses it is literally a case of life or death.
In the midst of the Iraqi war, leftists’ favorite bumper sticker was, “Bush Lied, People Died.” That was itself a lie, Bush never knowingly lied about WMDs, but to the devoted leftist, it didn’t matter. The horrible irony is, we now have a leftist president who really did knowingly lie about Obamacare and there is a very strong possibility that many American people will die because of it. And if the word die bothers you, just say, kicked the bucket or passed on.