Tuesday, October 22, 2013

It's The Private Sector, Stupid

Rush Limbaugh speculates 

Now that the government is legally in charge of health care, what's so bad about it screwing up so bad, so much, that people demand it be simplified?  And what would simplify it?  Get rid of these insurance companies, for God's sakes, that's where all the confusion is. You have this company here and that policy there and this deductible over here. Just get rid of that, let the government do it.

Good idea, Rush!  That, though, is his nightmare scenario.  But he is sure the problem is government and in rambles

Everybody working there wants to impress the boss, but you add the liberal political aspect to this, the true believer, big government's the solution to everything aspect to this, and there's no reason why this shoulda happened except one thing. And that is these people are genuinely incompetent. They haven't the slightest idea what they're doing.  They don't know what to do.  And their arrogance and their condescending view of people outside of government makes it -- they're only gonna hire people who've worked in other governments. You know, they'll use private sector people as props, bring 'em in for photo-ops. Buffett in now and then whenever you need him, get a photo op having lunch with Steve Jobs, but that's as far as it goes...

Nobody in this regime's got any private sector experience because they hate the private sector.  They despise it.  They think it's the problem. Just like the United States is the problem in the world, the private sector is the problem in the US economy.  

If you listened to Limbaugh's entire program- and closely- you probably would realize that private contractors have been in charge of devising the federal government health care website.  But as the preceding indicates, the intent is that the listener hear the music, not the lyrics, and blame government and Barack Obama. And an evil conspiracy of liberals, who are all around:

We sit around and we think that all these media people, they're just on the same page as the Democrats, and they are.  They're all the Democrat Party. They're all hacks.  Just some of them act as journalists.  Others are in the cabinet.  Others in the regime.  Others in think tanks.  They're all Democrats and they're all oriented toward one thing, and that's the advancing of the leftist agenda. 

Evidently, that "leftist agenda" includes the 55 companies handling the coming out rollout of HealthCare.gov. Those would be private companies, the backbone of the free enterprise system.

As expected, government-obsessed Limbaugh does not criticize any of these companies, even the main contractor, CGI Federal, which as of June had received $88 million of the $354 million which had been spent.  Nor does Limbaugh give any indication that, as Ezra Klein observes

The part of Obamacare that's troubled is the part Democrats lifted from Republican policymakers. It's the part that tries to integrate private insurance companies with government systems in order to create a universal insurance system that's subsidized by the state but run by private companies. The part that's working well is Medicaid -- which is to say, the part that's working well is the part that expands an existing, government-run, single-payer system.

Jonathan Schwarz, who explains how his life may have been saved by passage of the Affordable Care Act, summarizes it well:

So we don't have to just beat Ted Cruz so hard he flees back to Alberta. We have to get rid of the parts of Obamacare that may help the private insurance industry keep squeezing us like an anaconda. And we have to keep and improve the good parts, so the Affordable Care Act is just the first step to the only system that's ever worked anywhere on earth: universal, high-quality health insurance and health care for everyone.

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