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Why Obamacare Made Me Facepalm

Picture of Captain Picard holding his hand on his face, with the caption, "FACEPALM: Because expressing how dumb that was in words just doesn't work."

 

Before I begin explaining why I face-palmed at Obamacare, I want to send out a big, sarcastic congratulations to all the professionally paid right-wing, conservative political analysts who spent the past year screaming about how evil and socialist Obamacare is and how it’s going to bankrupt the country and end civilization as we know it.

Yes, there are serious problems with Obamacare, but America never really had a chance to have a logical, objective conversation about what those problems are or how they could be rectified, because the whole debate was hijacked by shock jocks who wound down the clock blindly raging about how Obama is the demon spawn of Hitler and Stalin. All intelligent opposition to Obamacare has been drowned out by white noise that effectively allowed Obamacare to pass without facing any real opposition. The way I see it, Fox News deserves as much credit for passing Obamacare as Obama does. For that, every conservative pundit who has called Obama a socialist in the past year wins a double facepalm.

 

Photo of Captain Picard and Riker holding their hands on their faces, with the caption, "DOUBLE FACEPALM: When the fail is so strong, one facepalm is not enough."

 

The problem with Obamacare is it doesn’t address the root cause of why health care in America is unaffordable, which is health insurance companies inflating health care costs beyond reason. This isn’t a profound secret. Everyone in the world outside of Washington D.C. and the Fox News headquarters already knows it.

Health insurance companies don’t exist to help people. They exist to make a profit, and they try to make as much profit as possible by charging customers as high of prices as they can get away with while paying out as little as possible, the same way auto insurance artificially inflates the cost of car repairs.

If you can’t pay the inflated costs of medical insurance, then you can’t get health care… even though it would have been affordable without the intervention of the insurance companies… who are supposed to exist to help you get healthcare.

 

 

Obamacare says the way to fix the problem created by insurance companies, is to require everyone to buy insurance, which is like telling villagers who keep getting attacked by wolves they can stop the wolves from eating a few people by forcing everyone to line up to have a bite taken out of their leg.

Granted, there are some provisions in the 900+ pages of Obamacare that try to reign in how much profit insurance companies get to keep, but if the Dodd-Frank bill has taught us anything, it’s that wealthy companies can neuter legislation in part or in whole, at will, as it suits them. So I don’t expect any part of Obamacare that stands between insurance companies and their profit margin to last more than two or three election cycles.

Even if I’m just being paranoid, and Obamacare doesn’t turn into a werewolf in sheep’s clothing, it still doesn’t take the consumer out of the wolf’s mouth in the first place. What it does is set another precedent that the government can make up whatever taxes it wants and force everyone to have to pay it whether they like it or not. If we can be punished in any way whatsoever for not buying mandated car or health insurance, then we’ve set a precedent where the American people can be treated like criminals for any arbitrary reason the government decides. Yesterday we were forced to buy car insurance. Today we’re forced to buy health insurance. Who knows what we’ll be forced to pay tomorrow.

Obamacare isn’t the apocalypse, but it’s a step in the direction of a dystopian police state. When you include it with getting fined for jaywalking, having to allow security guards to fondle your genitals at the airport, getting spied on, and all the other little violations of personal liberty the government says you have to put up with, they all add up to a well paved road to a terrible place you don’t want to be.

For all Obama’s campaign promises about hope and change, look what Obamacare has given the American people: A gigantic pile of bureaucratic regulations nobody even understands. Before Obamacare, I wasn’t able to afford to get a wart removed from my hand. Now I need a law degree to figure out how to get a wart removed from my hand. When people said they wanted change they didn’t mean they wanted life to be more complicated.

I don’t want to have to figure out which insurance plan best fits my needs. The insurance plan that best fits my needs is the one that doesn’t confuse me so emasculatingly I don’t realize I’m getting raped.

You don’t need 900 pages to solve the problem of health insurance. Profit is the problem. The best product is the one that costs the least and has the highest return. When insurance companies exist to make a profit, it’s literally impossible for them to offer the cheapest product with the highest return.

 

 

I wish Obama was a socialist. Even if he won’t completely socialize health care, he could at least socialize the health insurance industry. If insurance still costs as much as possible and pays out the lowest return on investment, at least all the profit would go to the government, who could use it to subsidize health care instead of all that money going to an old, fat white guy’s bank account so he can buy a new private island.

However, if America nationalized the health insurance industry, it could charge affordable prices and provide a generous return, as well as subsidize unemployed people’s health care with the profits that used to go to insurance companies. No American would ever have to fill out another health insurance form ever again, and everyone would get health care without bankrupting the country.

But that’s never going to happen as long as big business controls the government. As long as elected politicians’ hands are tied behind their backs by golden handcuffs that their campaign contributors hold the key to, then the only change Americans can ever expect are more taxes, fines, and bureaucracy, just like we got with Obamacare.

 

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10 Things Obama Won’t Change In His Second Term

Photo of Iraqi children standing in rubble, with the caption, "Did you hear? Americans have just voted on whether the person firing the drone missiles at us is a democrat or a republican."

 

Note: This post was originally written on November 7, 2012

Barack Obama just won another four years as president of the United States, and I’d be excited about that, but as we all know, he hasn’t lived up to his 2008 campaign slogan of “hope and change.” Part of the blame lies with Republican politicians and the influence of Fox News for holding the Obama’s administration, the American political system, the American people, and to some extent, the world, hostage with their stubbornness and ignorance. However, Obama didn’t take a strong stance against a great many injustices. In the next four years, he’ll continue standing by idly while the rich get richer, the poor get poorer and humanity slides closer to extinction.

Here’s a list of things Obama won’t change in the next four years. In fact, these are all things that no Democrat or Republican candidate would have or will take a strong stance against for the foreseeable future. So remember this list every time you go to the polls.

 

1: Campaign finance reform

The main reason the world can’t expect to see America change or even move forward is because millionaires and billionaires fund politicians’ campaigns. As a result, American politicians are compromised before they even enter office. If they don’t play ball with the big political financiers then that money will go to fund their opponent in the next election cycle.

The rich only want their politicians to do one thing for them: make them richer at the expense of the poor. The richer the rich get, the more political power they can afford. The poorer the poor get, the less political power they can afford. Politicians know this, but they won’t put an end to it, because they’ll lose their career (and possibly their life) if they so much as talk about how important it is to take away rich people’s ability to unofficially buy political power through campaign contributions.

 

2: Holding politicians accountable

Politicians don’t have to take the same competency exams that soldiers have to take before enlisting. They don’t have to pass the same exams foreigners have to take before immigrating to America. They don’t have to take the same drug tests janitors have to take. When politicians prove their incompetency they don’t lose their job like teachers do. When they break laws, they rarely go to jail like voters do. When they go senile with old age, they’re not forced into retirement. They can even get convicted of corruption specifically and still be able to stay in office and run for higher offices. There’s no motivation for them to care, and since no politician is going to instate stricter standards for politicians they’re going to keep not caring about you.

 

3: Crushing protests

It would be hard to send a clearer message to the world that hope will be crushed and change will not be tolerated than ordering police to beat, mace, taze, arrest and disperse protesters. The American government sent that message to the world when the Occupy Wall Street protesters were terrorized by the police and discredited by the media. There’s no reason to expect any American politician will act any differently now.

 

4: The U.C.M.J

The Uniform Code of Military Justice violates the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Human Rights. The American public will continue spending trillions of dollars in taxes to support this inhumane document because no American politician will stand up against it.

 

5: Ethnic cleansing in Israel

What the Israeli government is doing to the Palestinians is ethnic cleansing at best. Given enough time it will be genocide, and the Israeli government will have all the time they need to exterminate the few Palestinians who remain in the concentration camps they’ve been corralled into because Israel has the full support of the United States government.

 

6: Predatory lending

Do you know why interest rates on loans are so expensive? Because that’s how bankers get rich. The higher interest rates are set on mortgages and business loans, the more landlords and business owners have to charge their poor customers to cover the cost. Banks are bleeding humanity to death so a few people can get obscenely rich, and they’re going to keep bleeding humanity to death because no American politician will stand up to big banks.

 

7: Manipulation in the media

Fox News argued and won a court case in Florida saying they have no obligation to tell the truth. They’ve been lying through their teeth ever since and have crippled their fans’ ability to think or act rationally. Now insanity is the norm in America.

Even less biased media outlets still bombard their audiences with commercial propaganda that convinces them to act on their base instincts and spend money they don’t have on products they don’t need. The media in America is more Orwellian than even George Orwell could have predicted. Every generation of American children is going to grow up getting mind-fucked because no American politicians will intervene on their behalf.

 

8: Fair wages and prices

The standard business model all around the world is for companies to pay their workers as little, and charge their customers as much, as possible so the owners can keep the lion’s share of the profit. Billions of people don’t live in abject poverty because they’re lazy and stupid. They’re poor because the only way the rich can get richer is to take more money from the poor. The rich are going to keep bleeding the poor to death with the consent of the politicians they’ve bought… politicians like Barack Obama.

 

9: The war on drugs

The war on drugs is a misnomer. It’s really a war on people. It’s an obvious and well-established fact the war on people is hurting more people than it helps. The only people it really helps are criminal kingpins and war profiteers like the gun and prison industries. While the poor live in fear and rot in jail, there are a lot of rich people getting richer, and they’re going to keep getting richer because no president will stand up for what’s right.

 

10: Equal rights for all

It’s still illegal for women to take their shirts off in the same places as men, which makes women second-class citizens. Obama isn’t going to fix that, I guess because equal rights aren’t as important as bailing out predatory lending institutions.

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Americans, You’re Not Represented In The 2012 Presidential Election

Note: I fear that if you change the names at dates, everything I say here will apply to every presidential election in the foreseeable future.

Every election season you hear people say, “If you don’t vote you can’t complain.” Anytime you complain about laws you don’t like, people will tell you, “You live in a democracy. If you want to change things then vote or run for office.”

 

 

This brings us to the 2012 presidential election between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, neither of whom represent the majority of their political party. Romney has a few die-hard fans, but most conservatives don’t like him, because he’s a big city fat cat pandering to poor country voters, and he doesn’t carry himself with the confident poise of a president. He almost seems terrified to be running for president because he knows he’s not very good at lying on the spot. Plus, he’s a Mormon, which to conservative Christians, means he believes in a false prophet. For a lot of reasons, Republicans just don’t want Mitt Romney to be their president, and they really, really don’t want Barack Obama again. So they’re unrepresented in this presidential election.

Obama also has some fanatical supporters, but most liberals don’t want to spend another four years watching him do everything they hated George Bush for. Obama-mania is over. He had his chance to change things, and he didn’t. He maintained the status quo to the point of standing by silently, consenting to police beating and arresting American citizens for protesting for freedom, justice, and representation in the nation-wide Occupy Wall Street protests.

So in the 2012 election, Americans get to choose between an old white guy who made a fortune in the financial sector squeezing the little guys and an old black guy whose campaign is funded by old white guys who made their fortunes in the financial sector squeezing the little guys. And both candidates are going to staff every government position in their power with old, rich people from the financial sector who made their fortunes squeezing the little guy.

If that’s enough to scare you into voting Libertarian, you’ll just elect an old white guy who wants to remove every safeguard that protects the poor from getting squeezed by the rich. So the 2012 presidential election is merely a charade where the American people get to choose who they want to represent the rich.

At the time I’m writing this, the 2012 election isn’t for another 6 months, but I can already tell you who’s going to win representation in the White House. The rich are, and the poor are going to be told if they don’t like it, they can change who represents the rich in the White House in four more years.

I can see how some people might not have seen this coming in the 2008 presidential election with everyone so excited about George Bush leaving and Obama-mania sweeping the nation, but I don’t know how it could be any more obvious in 2012 that none of the presidential candidates represent the American people. The sub-par choices should be the wakeup call that Americans will never be represented in any presidential election as long as they only get to choose between the puppets the Republican and Democratic parties nominate.

Update: I was right.

 

 

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This Was Your Life: Barack Obama

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Loki and his assistant criticize Barack Obama for the good things he didn't do as president of the United States

 

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