In what can only be the providential hand of an almighty God with a great sense of humor… or someone in the government with a taste for accurate phone numbers, the Obamacare helpline is incredibly easy to remember.
“Far from being a mistype, that’s the official number that Health and Human Services wants Americans to dial when seeking health care. Obamacare’s national call center really did list its number as 1-800-318-2596, helpfully spelling out President Barack Obama’s tendency to blatantly flip the bird in plain view.”
By now, you’ve searched for a traditional American phone keypad and noticed that the 1-800 number spells out 1-800- FUCKYO (the 1 doesn’t stand for any letter). I’m not sure that a more accurate assessment of the Obamacare legislative process could be purposely invented.
We live in a democratic republic, and the danger of our system of government lies in the ability for culture to change in such a dramatic way that the very ground beneath our political feet shifts in ways our founders never intended. Our nation was designed to maximize personal responsibility and minimize government interference in our daily lives. The founders thought that they had built in the proper safeguards to ensure our defense from an ever encroaching bureaucracy – but they knew that any system could be corrupted.
“Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” — George Washington
What we’ve seen over the last (almost) 250 years is the slow degradation from libertarian republic to socialist democracy. Slow in the sense that this has been developing in starts and fits over our entire history. Some periods of time have brought incredibly quick change, while other periods have seen the negative effects slow to a crawl.
Sometimes we’ve been pushed away from individual responsibility by war (Civil War) or national crisis (the Dust Bowl), or at other times by cultural shift (the Progressive Era).
In our most recent slouch toward Gomorrah (let’s just call it the Obama era), it has been a combination of all three that has led to our movement leftward. Constant war in the Middle East, the 9/11 attack, the liberalization of our cultural attitudes, combined with our failing economy (brought about by bad liberal economic policy) has led to the embrace of certain “liberal” ideals.
“The American people would never vote for socialism. But under the name of liberalism the American people will adopt every fragment of the socialist program.” — Ronald Reagan quoting American Socialist Norman Thomas
The latest of the liberal ideals being “semi-socialized” medicine. Even now, a fully nationalized healthcare program would not be supported by most Americans, but this bastardization of socialized medicine has just the right amount of privatized pretense that many Americans bought into it hook, line and sinker. That was the best way to sell the program — “It’s not socialized medicine, there are still private companies involved!” The problem is, as we are all learning, Obamacare is designed to fail. And when it fails, the government will introduce an even more “liberal” healthcare program. In the very near future, there will be no private insurance companies involved… which is why the Obamacare help line phone number is so perfectly accurate.
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