COMMENTARY | During a recent Spanish language town hall meeting, President Obama had some stern advice for low income people who don’t think they can afford to pay the onerous premiums that Obamacare demands.
“I guess what I would say, if you looked at that person’s budget, and you looked at their cable bill, their cell phone bill, other things that they’re spending on, it may turn out that it’s just they haven’t prioritized health care because right now everybody is healthy. “
The epic condescension inherent in that statement is breath taking. Most people these days have their cell phone as their primary means of communications. Cable may be considered a luxury, but even a package with a lot of premium channels would not make up for the sky high premiums for even the so-called lower cost Obamacare plans.
Obama’s statement had all the odor of the lord of the manor lecturing the peasants about what they should or should not be allowed to have. The government has decided that everyone must have health insurance that is not so much tailored to individual needs, but rather with features as mandated by the health reform law. If that means that one can’t have a phone or watch the latest episode of “Game of Thrones,” then that’s tough. It is another annoying reminder that the purveyors of big government want to whittle away at every little bit of freedom, even that to talk in the phone or watch TV.
Mind, this provides an opening for any Republican candidate running against Obamacare. “Unlike the president, I think you should have a cell phone and cable if you want it.” First they want to take our guns, then they want to take away our smart phones and our HBO. The Republican candidate should ask his or her Democratic opponent if he or she agrees with the president. The answers should be illuminating,