Healthcare.Gov: Let’s Talk ObamaCare on Thanksgiving!

So, it’s that time of year again. Two days from now overeating, overdrinking, and over-analyzing (well, at least in my family!), coupled with that general groggy feeling following too much tryptophan-laced food, and alcohol of various kinds, will overshadow the train wreck that is Washington, D.C., if only for a day or two. Oh, but wait! Not so fast! The brainiac marketing teams at Healthcare.Gov and have another idea: Discuss the (we’ll-fine-you-if-you-don’t) “need” for purchasing federal government mandated health insurance policies with your family!

Junior’s imagination is right. The folks definitely joined a “cult.” Of personality, that is. For the rest of us who recognized this monstrosity for what it really is, here are a few of the fine suggestions from Ace over at Ace of Spades to get you through “the talk:”

  • Remember when you called me crazy for saying Obama wanted to “spread the wealth around,” based on not a scrap of evidence except for Obama himself saying he wanted to spread the wealth around? Yeah, there’s a NYT article that says that Obamacare is fundamentally a redistributive program — which means it “spreads the wealth around.” Yeah you were wrong on that, too.
  • Remember when you said that it was only “REPUBLICAN LIES!!!” that Obama’s “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan” promise was itself a lie? I hate to keep coming back to this point, but you were way wrong on that one too.
  • Remember when you gleefully, giddily declared the end of the Republican Party and a new era of Proud Progressive dominance? Yeah, the current political Big Story is whether or not Obamacare will wind up discrediting progressivism for just an election cycle or two, or as much as a generation. It looks like you were wrong about that.

That ought to silence the ObamaCare cheerleaders. Stick a fork in it.

But, be forewarned: Careful what you eat this week. By all means, don’t get a bone lodged in your throat or contract a virulent strain of E. coli, though, because—surprise, surprise—Sarah Palin, viciously vilified for her exposure of its existence, was right. Call it what you will, there is indeed a Death Panel—also known as the IPAB, packed with an unchecked panel of political appointees—buried deep within the Kilimanjaro-sized mountain of rules and regs in the inaptly titled Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare (yeah, you can run, Democrats, but you can’t hide from that turkey). And while Mark Halperin over at Time magazine may be a little slow on the uptake, he’s now speaking the truth about one way the ACA will control costs:

“It’s built into the plan. It’s not like a guess or like a judgment. That’s going to be part of how costs are controlled,” Halperin told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

“We do need to do some of that in this country, because we can’t afford to spend so much on end-of-life care. A very high percentage of our healthcare spending is for a very small number of people at the last stages of their life,” he said Monday.

“I’m not saying the system shouldn’t allow that, but there’s too much cost. There’re judgments have to be made.”

There it is. Judge, jury, and executioner. Brought to you exclusively by Your Federal Government.

So this Thanksgiving, as I give thanks for my life, my family, my friends, and for the wee gift of a break from discussing Everything ObamaCare (no, Mr. Obama’s Big G will not be intruding on our holiday chitchat), I also want to thank the Mark Halperins of our lapdog media for finally doing their jobs. Four years too late.

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