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Apr 15 2013

Scarborough: ACA Intentionally Creating Tyranny

Rick Scarborough, a long time religious fraud who has now extended his reach into politics even more than he had before by forming Tea Party Unity, has a new article out that claims that the Affordable Care Act is deliberately intended to create chaos and tyranny:

But it’s even more serious than that. In an April 7 article on Forbes.com, “Look Out Below, the Obamacare Chaos Is Coming,” Peter Ferrara warns that despite Barack Obama’s promise that “if you like your health insurance, you can keep it,” the system is engineered for destruction – on purpose.

Despite rhetoric to the contrary, I believe the goal of Obamacare has always been to drive everyone into a single-payer, government system. Once that goal is achieved – and it is about to be achieved – Big Brother Government will control every citizen who wills to live and find medical care. Only the lion-hearted will escape the tyranny to come, at the peril of their own lives … IF WE DON’T WAKE UP NOW!

Yeah, just like this has led to tyranny in England. And Canada. And France. And Australia. And every other nation with universal health care. Oh, it hasn’t? How about that.

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  1. 1
    richardelguru

    Guess why I’m gonna retire in the UK (I have dual citizenship). It’s that wonderful (compared with the US) single-payer, government system.

  2. 2
    Avo, also nigelTheBold

    Big Brother Government will control every citizen who wills to live and find medical care.

    He says this, seemingly without comprehending that you could replace Big Brother Government with insurance companies.

    Why is it people do not trust the government, the purpose of which is to provide for common infrastructure and the well-being of its citizens, but trust implicitly corporations, which are designed to maximize profits? Yes, I get the government can be inept, but so can corporations. Yes, I get the government can be malevolent, but so can corporations — and at least with government, we have a vote.

    People can be such slaves to their fucking political biases, sometimes.

  3. 3
    Gvlgeologist, FCD

    Despite rhetoric all evidence from the world of reality to the contrary, I believe the goal …

    Fixed that for him…

  4. 4
    blf

    England … Canada … France … Australia.

    All those are icky furrin places where they don’t speak Usain. Some of them even use fancy elitist words like I don’t want to talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal food trough wiper! I fart in your general direction! Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!

  5. 5
    raven

    Guess why I’m gonna retire in the UK (I have dual citizenship). It’s that wonderful (compared with the US) single-payer, government system.

    Two of my friends left the USA last year.

    They were also dual European-US citizens. It was our health care systemt that drove them out. They both retired early and ran the numbers and couldn’t afford to stay here and buy insurance for the both of them.

  6. 6
    Randomfactor

    The argument seems to be that if insurance companies aren’t free to gouge their customers or if those customers have a less-expensive alternative, they’ll go out of business.

    I don’t have a problem with that.

  7. 7
    Modusoperandi

    … I believe the goal of Obamacare has always been to drive everyone into a single-payer, government system.

    If only…

  8. 8
    auditorydamage

    What’s really funny about the reactionary freakout is that the bill was heavily watered-down in a misguided attempt to appeal to corporatists who wanted to ensure the private insurance companies could maintain their racket. Anyone remember “there will be a public option”?

    If it’s broken and half-assed, they can blame their buddies in the GOP, the Blue Dogs, and Connecticut for Lieberman – that seems to have been their goal all along, tanking any hope of reform. Oh well – when you make reform impossible…

  9. 9
    Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    @nigel:

    But we can always trust companies to have our best interests at heart. For example, Enron.

  10. 10
    flex

    @nigel,

    There are plenty of reasons, of varying importance, including four century old cultural ones.

    However, there are a couple of factors which I think are paramount.

    First, there has been 40 years of conservatives beating the, “Government Bad!” drum. This has had an impact.

    Second, we are to some extent cursed with one of the things we want in our government; transparency.

    Government transparency gives opponents the ability to find and capitalize on mistakes, errors, and stupid decisions made in government. It also gives fodder for complaining about things which are really of value, but are less well understood or easy to make fun of.

    Government transparency is needed to allow us to verify that our government is being operated the way we want it too, i.e. ethically and fairly. But it has it’s downside as well.

    Private corporations are probably just as likely (and in my experience more likely) to be inefficient, wasteful, and unethical. But because they do not share their mistakes with others, it’s easy for people to claim that they are more efficient than government.

    My experience in both arenas has convinced me that, generally, government is far more concerned with finding good suppliers, writing good contracts, and getting the best value for their money. This doesn’t mean that there isn’t waste in government, only that it is less common but far more visible.

  11. 11
    Akira MacKenzie

    Nigel @ 2

    Why is it people do not trust the government, the purpose of which is to provide for common infrastructure and the well-being of its citizens, but trust implicitly corporations…

    Well, speaking as a former conservative-turned-libertarian-turned-socialist, the usual cant as I remember it is that governments have a monopoly on force while corporations and other free market ventures don’t. Governments can make people do things and horribly punish you if you don’t. Meanwhile, Corporations can’t create laws, they can’t send men with badges and guns to make you purchase their products, they can’t put you in jail, and if you don’t don’t like what the corporations are doing, you can simply not work for or buy their goods and services.

    Yeah, yeah, I know…

    Then there is decade after decade of right-wing pundits comparing government action, for good or ill, as “fascism” and “communism” while praising capitalism as patriotic as Mom, apple pie, baseball and JEEZ-us. Any corporate misdeed is either spun as a misunderstanding, a utter fabrication by the “liberal media,” or blamed upon “big government.”

  12. 12
    cptdoom

    Anyone remember “there will be a public option”?

    Exactly, auditorydamage – in other words there is no mechanism in the ACA for a huge public program to grow out of it, so Scarborough is being an idiot (perhaps that was not necessary to mention).

  13. 13
    grumpyoldfart

    Medicare in Australia cost me about 2.5% of my wages when I was working, and nothing since I retired. I haven’t paid one cent to a doctor for forty years and never more than $5 for a prescription (usually $3.50). My mother had a hip replacement for less than $400.

    If that’s tyranny, I can handle it.

  14. 14
    Akira MacKenzie

    What’s really funny about the reactionary freakout is that the bill was heavily watered-down in a misguided attempt to appeal to corporatists who wanted to ensure the private insurance companies could maintain their racket. Anyone remember “there will be a public option”?

    But that was all a part of our chessmaster president’s master strategy: When the checkers playing Republicans shout “King Me,” Obama turns over his. The only thing that matters is that we got a deal.

  15. 15
    Akira MacKenzie

    If that’s tyranny, I can handle it.

    YOU can handle it, but what about those hard working achievers and makers who have the product of their genius, created by the sweat of their underpaid employee’s brows, taken from by by the government? That’s THEIR money your stealing, moocher! Money that you have no right to. Now those entrepreneurs and captains of industry won’t be able to afford their third Italian villa or will have to settle for last years model of private jet!

    I don’t know how you filthy European commies do it in Australia, but in God-blessed, freedom-loving AMERICA, we have a work ethic: If you haven’t earned it through undignified, low-paying, backbreaking labor, then you don’t deserve it!

  16. 16
    Akira MacKenzie

    EDIT: Sorry for the grammar/spelling mistakes. My day is just starting and I’m in a rush. I have to get ready for another 9-10 hours of humiliating, stress-inducing, work taking calls from morons,

  17. 17
    Modusoperandi

    Akira MacKenzie “I have to get ready for another 9-10 hours of humiliating, stress-inducing, work taking calls from morons…”
    /me puts down phone

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