This week in politics, Obamacare rolled out the biggest bunch of hogwash ever seen on the American dole.
Then, we had the gushing news about the über happy new Obamacare member. He's 21 and has never had insurance. He's thrilled with paying only 18% of his income on his new healthcare. Even though he could have purchased his own policy for less than 5% of his income before Obamacare — if he's had the pudding to do it.
Oh, and it turns out he didn't actually sign up in real life. That was just a fun little story from a former Obama campaign volunteer. Cute!
For research purposes, I just tried to access HealthCare.gov while writing this post. I got this message:
The system is down at the moment. We're currently performing scheduled maintenance. Please try again later.
Because every sound business performs “scheduled maintenance” in the middle of the day during the middle of the workweek.
Oh, wait. This is the government we're talking about. It's not a sound business and they are in the habit of lying, so this is perfectly normal.
President Obama decided the best way to defend this monstrous debacle was to compare it to Apple Computer, a company that produces amazing product after amazing product, but encounters some bugs once in a while.
Charles Krauthammer summarized this latest tactic precisely:
An iPad or any of the other stuff Apple has produced: beautiful machines that might have a glitch. Obamacare is a constellation of glitches, inside of which, perhaps, takes a Rube Goldberg machine.
For that, I offer this image as throwback to Lloyd Bentsen. (Making clear that telling someone they are “no Jack Kennedy” is an incredible compliment.) If you're too young to remember this, I want you to know that I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, your youth and inexperience.