GET SHAFTED AMERICA

My column in today’s American Spectator discusses “Get Covered America,” the much-anticipated propaganda campaign from the Obama regime’s front group “Enroll America.” The alleged purpose of this campaign is to connect the uninsured to Obamacare’s insurance exchanges. But this suggests a question:

During the health reform debate, we were repeatedly told by the White House, congressional Democrats and their media allies that there were teeming millions of uninsured Americans crying out for coverage. Why, then, are these hapless wretches not already lining up to sign up? If our uninsured problem is so desperate, why do we need Enroll America to round up and herd people through the exchanges?

The answer to that question has long been obvious to those of us who bothered to do our homework—–America’s uninsured problem was a work of fiction:

The fabled uninsured entered the public consciousness when the advocates of socialized medicine realized their claim that government could provide health care more efficiently than could the private sector was not getting much traction with the general public. Thus, we began to see stories in the media about huge numbers of people going bankrupt and even dying for lack of health insurance.

If the actual number of uninsured even approached the figures we constantly heard from the government health care crowd, there would be no need for Get Covered America. The uninsured would line up for coverage just like job applicants line up at a soon-to-open Walmart.

So, what is the true function of “Get Covered America”? To find out, click here.

Comments 1

  1. Bob Hertz wrote:

    Good post, but let me offer one point.

    The people who line up at Walmart are looking for a paying job, i.e. they have a chance to get money.

    The health care exchanges offer one the obligation to pay money. Thus the lines for the exchanges are necessarily much shorter.

    When health care is offered for free, as happens in some of the health fairs that take place, the lines are indeed very long.

    Medicare Part A is free to seniors, and they are not shy about applying for it. The only reason we do not have lines to sign up for Part A is that 65th birthdays are spread throughout the year.

    The uninsured are a diverse group as you imply. Some want to live off the grid in all respects, and they want to stay off any government program (even if they need it).

    Others do want to buy insurance, but have no money left at the end of the month.

    The ‘solutions’ for these groups must be different. I think that your post somewhat obscures this fact.

    Posted 29 Jun 2013 at 3:22 pm

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