Former president Bill Clinton is running interference for President Obama and laying the groundwork for Hillary’s 2016 presidential bid. Here’s what he said about the future of the response of Americans to ObamaCare:
“I just think that when all these dire predictions don’t come out, if they don’t — I believe that pretty soon, within the next several years, this will be like Medicare and Medicaid. And it’ll be a normal part of our life. And people will be glad it’s there.”
I’m sure every political tyrant said something similar. I can hear Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, and Vladimir Lenin telling their people. “In time you’ll learn to love Communism.”
ObamaCare is like the early stages of communism. Communist ideology is all about equality. “From each according to his ability, to each according to their needs” is a slogan popularized by Karl Marx in 1875. Sounds so . . . fair. It reminds me of a scene in the film Dr. Zhivago where Omar Sharif’s character returns to his home and finds it overrun with people. Equality was achieved. Everybody had the same medical care, living space, food, and nutrition needs. They were all “equally” malnurished.
Gen. Yevgraf Zhivago, Dr. Yrui Zhivago’s half brother and Communist Party member, after seeing Yuri pulling wood from a fence, made this remark:
“I told myself it was beneath my dignity to arrest a man for pilfering firewood. But nothing ordered by the party is beneath the dignity of any man. And the party was right: one man desperate for a bit of fuel is pathetic; five million people desperate for fuel will destroy a city.”
300 million people brought under the control of the government for healthcare will bring our nation to its collective needs.
Communist revolutions bring changes dramatically, sometimes overnight. Creeping communism takes time. There are stages to it. The Social Security program was borrowed from the German Socialists. It was a major plank in Adolf Hitler’s platform to get the people comfortable with the belief that the government could make them secure. Hitler followed and implemented Bismarck’s program “that included compulsory insurance for workers against old age, sickness, accident and incapacity, and though organized by the State it was financed by employers and employees.”
As William Shirer writes in his book The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (1960), it had “a profound influence on the working class in that it gradually made them value security over political freedom and caused them to see in the State, however conservative, a benefactor and protector.”
We eased into government healthcare with Medicare and Medicaid. The first people into the programs reaped the early benefits.
In the early years of Social Security, more than 30 people were paying in for every recipient. The pay-in costs were a total of $60 per year (employee and employer “contributions”: two percent of $3000 per year. Now it’s more than 6 percent on around $110,000 per year with three people paying in for every one recipient. Something’s got to give.
We have no idea what ObamaCare is going to cost or its long-term consequences. Think Walter White and Breaking Bad. The taxes to pay for ObamaCare are mostly hidden, but they’ve got to be paid be somebody. But Bill Clinton is telling us that we’ll all get used to it. Of course, as an elitist with special privileges, he won’t have to.