ObamaCare was never about health, never about insurance, and never concerned with the poor and disadvantaged.
Those are simply the rhetorical means by which the Democrat party seized and continues to seize unprecedented levers of power.
Democrats achieve their aims by taxing the middle class—calling them rich— and creating a whirlwind of oppressive laws and Byzantine regulations that stifle individual initiative. The goal of the Democrat party is to create a society of one-size-fits-all, where government becomes the arbiter for every decision in the life cycle.
The postmodern Democrat party has become a mirror of classic Marxism. Sure, the Democrats appease with rhetorical bows to the free market. But with coercive laws and by shamelessly demonizing the opposition, the Democrats have boldly embraced the tactics and strategies of authoritarian regimes.
When there is a Republican POTUS, Democrats self-righteously lecture that “dissent is the highest form of patriotism.”
But with Obama in power, dissent is the quickest way to an IRS audit.
The scenario is one we normally associate with the old Soviet Union.
A citizen has cancer. His insurance policy is cancelled because of ObamaCare. Our unfortunate citizen has the chutzpah to appear on Fox and tell his story.
And then a strange thing happens to our man with cancer and no insurance, a plot twist right out of your Orwellian nightmare…
Mark Steyn at NRO:
In Ian Fleming’s Goldfinger, the eponymous Auric Goldfinger observes:
“Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times, it’s enemy action.”
That may be overly generous.
A couple of weeks back, cancer patient Bill Elliot, in a defiant appearance on Fox News, discussed the cancellation of his insurance and what he intended to do about it. He’s now being audited.
Insurance agent C Steven Tucker, who quaintly insists that the whimsies of the hyper-regulatory bureaucracy do not trump your legal rights, saw the interview and reached out to Mr Elliot to help him. And he’s now being audited.
As the Instapundit likes to remind us, Barack Obama has “joked” publicly about siccing the IRS on his enemies. With all this coincidence about, we should be grateful the president is not (yet) doing prison-rape gags.
Meanwhile, IRS chief counsel William Wilkins, in his testimony to the House Oversight Committee over the agency’s systemic corruption, answers “I don’t recall” no fewer than 80 times. Try giving that answer to Wilkins’s colleagues and see where it gets you. Few persons are fond of their tax collectors, but, from my experience, America is the only developed nation in which the mass of the population is fearful of its revenue agency. This is unbecoming to a supposedly free people.