White House celebrates 7 million people forced, by law, to sign up for insurance
A happy, happy President Obama declared "victory" yesterday when he announced that 7 million people had signed up for insurance under Obamacare.
What exactly was he celebrating? Seven million people had the decision of whether they wanted insurance, and what kind of insurance they thought they needed, taken from them and placed in the hands of government.
I suppose if you're a closet authoritarian, there is much to celebrate witht this "victory." But it's a victory over what? In order to be victorious, there must be an enemy to vanquish. What exactly was "vanquished" by the administration setting a ridiulously low-ball goal of signups and then achieving it?
Freedom of choice was defeated. I guess that's significant. But in essence what the White House is celebrating is that people are obeying the law and getting health insurance. Seven million Americans chose to buy health insurance rather than deal with those kindhearted folks at the IRS. So this is to celebrate?
If they make such a fuss about people obeying the individual mandate, imagine the celebrations for some other "victories":
1. Making a complete stop at a stop sign must touch off celebrations that go on far into the night.
2. Crossing the street when the "Walk" sign is flashing calls for a ticker tape parade.
3. Paying your taxes on time should make April 15 a national holiday.
I'm sure you can think of a few other "victories" for which we can put on a rally in the Rose Garden and pat ourselves on the back for doing such a great job.