Remember back in the 1970s when celebrities used to rail against “the man”? Well guess what? Now they are the man. And these same celebrities, and their younger counterparts, who consider themselves to be self-styled, counter-culturally cool and hip icons, are now literally shilling for a massive state takeover. Hollywood’s elite are no longer speaking truth to power; they are speaking for power. Their support of the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act (aka “Obamacare”) shows us just how far they have fallen.
The recent announcement of a one-year delay in the implementation of the employer mandate portion of Obamacare is the first serious indication that the administration sees that the wheels are coming off the Obamacare bus. Why else would they announce something so major during a holiday weekend? The formal announcement came through a “Treasury Note,” which was nothing more than a blog post which had the hilariously Orwellian title of “Continuing to Implement the ACA in a Careful, Thoughtful Manner.”
And in its effort to “carefully and thoughtfully” implement the law, the Obama Administration has been looking far and wide, leaving no stone unturned in an unrelenting search for help with coercing and manipulating young and healthy people to enroll in costly new health insurance by this fall. Clearly the administration is worried about the very real possibility that its signature piece of legislation may very well fall flat on its face unless they get the young and healthy to pull the Obamacare wagon. A tall order when you consider that, according to polls, younger consumers will choose to pay the $95 annual penalty instead of insurance coverage.
Time to bring in the celebrities!
Trevor Neilson, a veteran of the Clinton White House and celebrity representative, said he’s in talks with the Obama administration and that his clients (including Eva Longoria and John Legend) are “looking at ways to be involved.” “I think the White House is very wise to identify partners to help market the Affordable Care Act,” Neilson said.
It leaves one wondering how many of these “partners” are actually going to enroll in Obamacare, when they have their own private physicians on speed dial and never have to wait for an appointment like the rest of us. Hey, but if that beautiful movie star compassionately tells us that Obamacare is indicative of the Second Coming, then it surely must be true!
In reality, celebrity “endorsements” make it far more difficult to have a rational debate. While one side is presenting boring facts (like the one that the “Affordable Care Act” could cost some families as much as $20,000 per year) the other side is presenting visions of utopia straight from the mouths of glossy movie stars wearing $2,000 Louis Vuitton pumps.
If this tactic sounds familiar, you need only look back at the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, when NYC Mayor “Nanny” Bloomberg assembled a group of celebrities to seriously stare into the camera and shill for gun control.
Naysayers are saying that the NRA recruits Hollywood types all the time for their agenda, but the big difference is that the government uses taxpayer money to sling their “bravo sierra” while a private entity uses its own funds.
Meanwhile the administration has the additional predicament of selling the fact that the IRS will be the agency which will actually be implementing Obamacare. Surely the leftist media and celebrities will turn on the IRS in light of its latest scandal of its political targeting of American citizens and using taxpayer funds for extravagant conferences, right? Wrong!
Since the scandal broke, the administration had its leftist media sycophants parroting the White house talking points on the IRS: “It was a few rogue agents in Cincinnati,” and “The targeting stopped in 2012,” and “Liberal groups were also targeted,” and, of course, “The case is solved.” All of these claims have since been proven false.
Of course, every one of these IRS supporting useful idiots will shriek when the shoe is on the other foot, and eventually, it will be.
As Greg Gutfeld recently said on The Five: “The IRS is now a political attack machine arm of the Obama Administration. Essentially the IRS has become MSNBC with authority. It’s the Huffington Post with a search warrant. It’s Sandra Fluke with subpoena powers.”
Does anyone actually trust these overzealous bureaucrats to take on the implementation of one-sixth of our economy? What if you donate to a cause they don’t like? Would that mean that you will be last on the list for a heart transplant? As it is, between the IRS, the AP scandal, the Benghazi cover-up and the NSA spying scandal, Americans have little faith in U.S. political institutions. It is no longer sufficient just to say, “trust us.”
Dan Henninger wrote in the Wall Street Journal of big government: “Excepting the military’s fighting units, the Federal government has become a giant slug, like Jabba the Hutt, inert but dangerous. Like Jabba, the government increasingly survives by issuing authoritarian decrees from this or that agency.”
The reality is that the vast majority of Americans liked their health care and their insurance plan; they just thought it was getting too expensive. Obamacare was supposed to solve that problem. It hasn’t, and it won’t. And if an administration must use celebrities to push out propaganda to get Americans on board with Obamacare, it makes sense that the rest of us are looking at this legislation with the utmost suspicion. While coating fecal matter with glitter might make it prettier, it’s still a turd underneath.
If only we could just resurrect Dr. Jack Kervorkian to euthanize this legislation and put us out of our misery.