Saturday, November 17, 2012

Reading Rush: A Conspiracy Theory Just Crazy Enough to Work

When attempting to listen to Rush Limbaugh on the radio do you find yourself slamming your head into the steering wheel repeatedly until blood is streaming down your face while the other drivers in traffic look on in horror? Well, he's worse when you can actually read a transcript of what he's saying.

Are you aware that the regime has moved the dates that the states must be in compliance setting up an Obamacare health care exchange? The date was today. You had to have it set up today. If you didn't have it set up today, there wasn't gonna be an exchange in your states. And that's not good. Well, it would be good, actually, but for Obama, it wouldn't be good because the health care law does not allow the federal government to run the exchange. The states have to. They haven't changed it yet. It was an error. But guess what Obama did? He moved the date. And in some cases, it's all the way to February.
Now, I'll confess if you had told me that Rush would be upset by a delay in the implementation of Obamacare, I would have been surprised.  But don't worry, there's a perfectly logical explanation:
Now, when I first saw that, I said, hmm, I wonder why. I got my answer today in the New Orleans Times-Picayune editorial of Bobby Jindal. Very smart move by Obama. You move the date, allowing the media to trash all of these governors. There are a lot of Republican governors who have said -- Scott Walker's one in Wisconsin -- there's not gonna be a federal health care exchange in this state. Look, the governors are the last line of defense now. The states are the firewall. So the editorial on Jindal is the template. The media is going to be jumping all over these governors from now until February, accusing them of being heartless, no compassion, not even caring whether people have health care or not.

In fact, it'll be worse than that. Remember the line from the New Orleans Times-Picayune editorial at Jindal. "With every decision Jindal makes, comma, the message becomes clearer to hundreds of thousands of Louisiana residents who are uninsured: The state has no interest in helping you." Well, shazam. By the time Obama and his media buddies are finished, every Republican governor will be accused of having no interest in seeing to it that you have health insurance. That's right. And I want you Republican consultants to tell me what you're gonna do about this. I want to know. Are you gonna keep bitching at Mitt Romney? Are you gonna keep claiming that Romney goofed up here, goofed up there?

Meanwhile, the same old attack is gonna happen. Republicans are heartless, mean-spirited, extremist, and in states with largely black populations, racist. They don't want you to have health care, don't want you to get health treatment, medical treatment. Get ready. This New Orleans Times editorial is the template for what's gonna happen. And that's why the regime moved the deadline back, to give the media months to trash these Republican governors.
So to summarize, because no one should actually read all that, President Obama's evil plot is to put healthcare decisions in the hands of Republican Governors who will then refuse to help anyone and be painted as monsters for letting the uninsured die.  No, I'm not exaggerating, that's literally what Rush believes:
In fact, it'll be worse than that. Remember the line from the New Orleans Times-Picayune editorial at Jindal. "With every decision Jindal makes, comma, the message becomes clearer to hundreds of thousands of Louisiana residents who are uninsured: The state has no interest in helping you." Well, shazam. By the time Obama and his media buddies are finished, every Republican governor will be accused of having no interest in seeing to it that you have health insurance.
There is of course one little problem with this conspiracy theory about Obama playing 11th Dimensional Chess:  Republican Governors actually have to have "no interest in seeing to it that you have health insurance."  See if they cared at all about their citizens, Obama's evil plot to make them look like monsters, it wouldn't work.  In fact if they cared at all about the uninsured, this would be a golden opportunity for Republicans to look like heroes.

Now this is a crazy conspiracy theory because, as Rush admits in the first paragraph, the delay is to allow time to correct a minor error in the original law.  But what does it say that that's what makes this crazy and not the assumption that Republicans don't care about the uninsured at all?

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