Yesterday I had a conversation with a fairly hardcore liberal friend of mine about Obamacare. While he really danced around the issue, he eventually admitted that it has now become obvious that the Obamacare role out has been a complete disaster. Even two weeks after the roll out, propagandists remain unable to register. Oh, I am sure the left is blaming this debacle on the IT people and evil rethuglican super-secret hackers like my buddy implied, but after an incredible $630 million price tag, the website can’t handle even a miniscule volume of users, and the software simply doesn’t work in any way or form. Too many systems had to be pulled together to give the government watchers the ability to collect all our data in one place, better to go after us when they decide we have outlived our usefulness to the regime, and this endeavor was doomed from the start. Heck, despite the qualifiers, even Ezra Klein, a rabid lib that he is, can’t do anything but admit Obamacare is a miserable failure. There is no way to dress and put make up this pig to make it look good, because it is just a disaster. And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, because it will remain that way. We are dealing with government here.
Anyway, back to the conversation I was having with my progressive friend. An article carried by USA Today about hospitals cutting staff, left most leftists, including the friend I was talking to, absolutely flabbergasted. After all, Obamacare was adding some 30 million new people to the ranks of those able to use healthcare, so how could it be that hospitals were cutting staff when the leftists could clearly see a need for more staff. It just didn’t compute for my progressive friend. Of course, it was blatantly obvious to me why they were cutting staff despite the supposed increases: this shit was going to bankrupt them. My doctor, citing his experience with other government programs and the absolutely horrifying pain it was to deal with the bureaucracy and the bureaucrats with delusions of grandeur that run them, had all but told me he would have to do the same. His choices were to drop government programs completely, cut his staff drastically, or simply sell his business and go do something else. And that was over 2 years ago, at the time that this idiotic Obamacare bill was being discussed. Hospitals, which were even more top heavy than my doctor’s business, would be faced with the same issue, only on steroids.
My progressive buddy could not get it. How could more people be entering the system and yet, service providers cutting personnel? The two didn’t mesh. So I pointed out that no business, and practically every hospital is a business, even the ones run by the VA, which have the advantage that they are businesses that can suck at the government’s teat, could survive for long if they were forced to operate at a loss. And have no doubt that Obamacare was going to force that on them. He still was not getting it. So I used the dirtiest word you could tell a progressive – profit – to illustrate the problem. After he spent a good 2 minutes spitting on the floor and prostrating himself while giving me a look like I had made some unseemly comment about his dead grandmother’s corpse being used ins some obscene sexual act, he basically told me that nobody doing healthcare work should be making any profits whatsoever. Profits are evil, don’t you know?
Well, I then pointed out that government should just mandate hospital workers work for a lot less money, or better yet, for free, so healthcare costs could be held down. His head almost exploded. See his wife is a nurse. I had a good laugh at him and pointed out that he couldn’t have it both ways. Then I felt bad because he almost had an aneurism dealing with that conundrum. In the end his solution was that there just “HAD” to be a way for people working in the medical industry to get paid for their efforts, education costs and time commitment, and their labor, and for healthcare costs to be kept low, but he couldn’t tell me how to do so.
He was expecting Obamacare to magically take care of that problem. After all, Obamacare was all about stopping evil private korporashuns from making profits off of other people’s plight while saving the downtrodden and neglected. That got me laughing again. I could tell I had burst his bubble and the peek at the real world I forced him to take would keep him from sleeping that night, but frankly, I didn’t care. People that refuse to deal with how the real world works and think unicorn farts and wishes can change that reality, need to feel the pain. He expressed a wish for things to work out well. I told him to shit in one hand and wish for things to work out well in the other, and see which one would fill up first.
I think he got the message. Now he is worried about his wife’s job and his free healthcare fantasies. And he desperately is looking for someone to blame. I told him Boosh was always the progressive standby, and it would be par for the course. He didn’t want to admit he wished he could blame Boosh somehow. Though titties.