published Friday, November 8th, 2013

Hart: Obamacare: Government minds your own business

By Ron Hart

Obamacare has blown up so dramatically that al-Qaeida might try to take credit for it. It's so bad Obama's political team has floated the idea of re-naming it "Bidencare."

Obama knowingly lied to the American people about Obamacare because he knew he could not sell it with the truth. "

What he didn't fib about, Obama sugarcoated. Given the nation's wanton obesity levels, he knew Americans would swallow anything with sugar on it.

The truth is that you can keep your insurance -- if Obama likes it. The one- size-fits-all insurance plans offered fit the government's need, not the customer's. This is thinly disguised redistribution of wealth to the moochers who support Obama; in essence, it's health redistribution.

The website debacle is a minor issue. They will get that fixed. Obama says he is mobilizing his nerds and it will be fixed in weeks. You just know that government can fix things in mere weeks; keep in mind, we still have troops in Germany.

Obamacare is an illustration of how government couldn't even run a church bake sale. Six people signed up for Obamacare on the first day, "Enrollment Friday," which was followed by "Identity Thief Saturday."

Obama says he would have taken care of this website issue had he only known. Our president has been too busy not knowing about Benghazi, IRS auditing his enemies, "Operation Fast and Furious," the wiretapping of Fox/AP reporters, NSA spying on Americans, and how many Americans have successfully signed up for Obamacare. Not knowing so much consumes a lot of his time these days.

The best way to show why a bureaucracy does not work is to let people witness one. These are people who see a banana peel 20 yards ahead of them and say, "Oh darn, here we go again."

Throw in an underlying political agenda and it gets even worse. The website does ask you to register to vote. Guess who 95 percent of the moocher class will vote for.

Forcing everyone to buy the insurance the Democrats deem necessary reveals their arrogance; they know what is good for us better than we do. There are gentler forms of persuasion than 20,000 IRS agents making people buy something. It is called the free market. And the cool thing about the free market is that it is "free," and was working just fine.

We should have learned all this by studying history. Authoritarian solutions in the form of forced compliance never work. The blunt hammer of government force is the very basis of Obamacare.

Admittedly, health insurance could have been better. We have never had a truly free-market medical insurance system. It was a quasi-monopoly in each state through licensing, insurance regulations and charters, and it existed under the thumb of state politicians.

The 51 percent of Americans who are conditioned to think the productive other 49 percent should take care of them don't have the intelligence to understand the direction this sends the country. The details are not as interesting as Kanye West/Kim Kardashian's latest engagement, so they don't pay attention. It's not, so they don't.

The freeloaders want what they were promised by Obama, and they want it now. Their thinking goes something like, "Who cares about future generations? What have they ever done for us?"

Now with Obamacare the feds, via the IRS, will control twice as much of a family's income. But don't worry. If you like your current paycheck, Obama promises you can keep it -- for now.

Ron Hart, a libertarian syndicated op-ed humorist, award-winning author and TV/radio commentator can be reached at or visit

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inquiringmind said...

Here is Hart again, drinking his own bile...

November 8, 2013 at 10:48 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

I must admit, Mr. Hart can be funny: "Obamacare has blown up so dramatically that al-Qaeida might try to take credit for it." And..."These are people who see a banana peel 20 yards ahead of them and say, 'Oh darn, here we go again.'" He had me chuckling there. He's right on with his humor but he's way off the mark with his reasoning, or rather his lack thereof. Like every other libertarian or teabagger, he's fond of referring to the have-nots as "moochers" and "feeloaders." I would like for him to have a sit-down with my neighbors, the family down the street from me, and use either of those pejoratives to their faces. They are a family four, with two kids. They lost their insurance because they maxed out their coverage when the father was involved in a car accident that had him in ICU for 3 weeks and then he had to have several reconstructive surgeries. Their insurance company cancelled their policy, their medical bills are sky rocketing, and they are faced with losing their home. Both he and his wife are the epitome of responsible parents, with college degrees, good jobs, and high morals. They would not be considered moochers by anybody's standards. But they are indeed moochers in Mr.Hart's eyes, for no other reason than, from a mere twist of fate, they have suddenly been cast into the ranks of the uninsured and the about-to-be-homeless.

And people like them are not the exception to the rule. There are hundreds of thousands and even millions more decent, responsible people who are without health insurance through no fault of their own. Mr. Hart, you go on to say, "And the cool thing about the free market is that it is 'free,' and was working just fine." How is it possible for you to be so clever and witty in one instance and then turn around and say something so utterly stupid the next? No, the free market is not "free" and it has not bee working fine, at least not when it comes to health insurance. It is too damn expensive for the average person! And long gone are the days when one could easily find a good job that provides good insurance coverage. And for those who are able to afford expensive individual plans, those plans are rife with exclusions and limitations.

Our health care system has been broken, unfair, and inefficient for a long time and has been in dire need of fixing. Just because you have been fortunate enough to never suffer an accident such as my neighbor has suffered or the many others who have experienced such a twist of fate, you have the audacity to call them moochers and think of yourself as being among the good, the deserving, the productive in our society. Sir, however bad a moocher might be in your eyes, your are something far worse. You are a disgusting, arrogant, pathetic excuse of a man.

Obamacare might be flawed in many ways but at least it is an attempt to do something about the shame and disgrace of our country having nearly 50 million people uninsured and at risk of poor health and early death.

November 8, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.
librul said...

Ron Hart...Blah, Blah, Blah...libertarian this...libertarian that...more blah...blah...blah.

What's YOUR solution, Ron? Everybody should just keep buyng those junk policies, right? The Insurance-hospital-pharma cartels will take care of you, right? The same old broken system is "where it's at", right? The same old "pay for junk and we'll cancel you if you get sick" companies offer real peace of mind, right? The same old "sorry 'bout that pre-existing condition but we don't care if you're gonna die" compassion, right?

NO - the ACA is an attempt to end the cartels' stranglehold. It is an effort to create a system that places more value on people than profits. And because of this, all these libertarian wonks and the Republican fiscal vampires in Congress are all in a tizzy because their corporate sugar-daddies are getting what's been coming to them for decades. HOOOORAY for the ACA!!!!!!!!!!

November 9, 2013 at 8:24 a.m.
kellie2479 said...

Gosh you liberals have the DNC talking points down.

Like most who realize government is not the solution, I really value the steady tone of freedom and individual responsibility that Ron Hart evokes. He is intelligent, and comes off as folksy. He is from Tennessee, so that makes sense.

And Ron Hart is very funny. More than I can say for the mean snarky comments of those above.

The humor works to keep us entertained and laughing.

November 9, 2013 at 2:53 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

"Government is not the solution"..."freedom"...."individual responsibility"...Wow, somebody has the RNC's talking points down, too. You know what? Sometimes government IS the solution. If you righties would stop demonizing government and acting as if it is ALWAYS the bogeyman, we might actually do something positive for a change and get out of this gridlock and stagnant cesspool of do-nothingness that has afflicted this country for so long. The free market has its place and no liberals are calling for dismantling it and opting for pure socialism, so cease and desist with your knee-jerk insinuations that we're all a bunch of card-carrying communists. And righties don't have a monopoly on freedom and individual responsibility. We libs love our freedom just as much as you and we are every bit as responsible. We are not looking to government to be a "nanny state," as most of you righties like to call it. We just believe that the safety nets that government can and should provide are basically a good thing, not a bad thing.

November 9, 2013 at 3:20 p.m.
kellie2479 said...

You guys love to call names, but I am a libertarian. We differ in large and stark ways from the Republicans. So you can shelf your canned sniping.

Hart is an intelligent and entertaining writer. He is well educated and successful. He writes with honesty, intellect and a great light hearted wit. I cannot say that about the vile things you guys write.

November 9, 2013 at 4:27 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Pardon my canned sniping, kellie2479. It's all we irresponsible, mooching libs can do, I guess, because we're so focused on mooching and taking from others that we have nothing of substance to relate, unlike you deep and principled libertarians. But I have a hard time taking you seriously when you talk about the integrity, intellect, and honesty of Mr. Hart when he so freely uses the terms "freeloaders" and "moochers" to describe the have-nots or even anyone who supports Obama for that matter. When we libs call names it's canned sniping, but when your light-hearted funny many Hart does it it's called intellect and light-hearted wit? Yeah, right. Anybody who makes such sweeping generalizations as to automatically classify every uninsured, unemployed, or disadvantaged person as one of the "takers" and attempts to pit them against the "makers," I can't really regard them as being principled or honest. Mr. Hart can be funny, I grant you that. But he does so in a way that mocks and detracts from the truth, not supports it. Give me John Stewart any day over your guy Hart. But then, I guess in your opinion Stewart is just a vile canned sniper, isn't he?

November 9, 2013 at 5:17 p.m.
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