Stella Paul notes something I haven’t seen discussed elsewhere when it comes to Obamacare: the devastating effect it will have on people who travel or divide their time between two locations. The new policies are narrowly locked into local care providers. But people aren’t always in the same locality. Both of my children have been hospitalized while we’ve been traveling. If our insurance company hadn’t paid, we would have been out tens of thousands of dollars. Knowing that sickness can happen and that our insurance might reject our claims makes travel much less enticing.
The Left needs censorship because it’s ideas do not work in the real world. Only censorship can hide that fact long enough for the Lefts to have such a tight grip on the levers of power that, once the truth emerges, hapless citizens can do nothing to change the situation. The latest example of this is Covered Oregon’s insistence that those who know about its healthcare debacle must forfeit their free speech rights.
Speaking of censorship, one would think that Britain would be doing everything in its power not to become the living incarnation of Orwell’s 1984. Instead, though, it is hastening down that path, by refusing admittance to those who make factual statements about who Islamists really are and what they do.
Some people — most notably greedy insurers — have been voluntarily silencing themselves (self-imposed censorship, if you will), because they believed that the Democrats would reward them. Now that Obama is actively trying to destroy them, Jonah Goldberg wonders if these corporate worms will turn.
Speaking of worms turning, is it my imagination or are some courts getting a little more courageous about taking on Obama’s overreach. Gabriel Malor has what I think of as a great example of this judicial trend. No wonder Reid went nuclear in order to pack the courts.
By now, of course, you’ve heard about the young metrosexual nattily attired in a plaid onsie pajama and clutching a cup of hot chocolate, whose image went out in a Tweet from Barack Obama urging people to “talk about getting health insurance.” I call him “Princess Pajama Boy”:
Other people, much more witty than I will ever be, have been having way too much fun with this one. You can see collections of retweets and Photoshops here, here, and here. There’s a bit of overlap between the three sites, but still a lot of original stuff on each. Here’s my effort:
@BarackObama Looking at the kid in the photo, y’all are talking about “getting MENTAL health insurance,” right? That kid needs help.
— Bookwormroom (@Bookwormroom) December 18, 2013
And finally, the ad that everyone is saying is a political game changer:
UPDATE: I’m still laughing over the Pajama Game posters that Steven Hayward found.
UPDATE II: And still more posters, this time from National Review.