So says a former Obama administration official. But that’s not all:
Former Obama administration official Melody Barnes says Americans opposed to Obamacare and big government should “back off” from their criticism — because without effective government, people can die.
Barnes, who was Obama’s assistant and director of the White House Domestic Policy Council until January 2012, was appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Friday. Speaking about Obamacare, Barnes said it’s “to everyone’s benefit that people back off of what was the Reagan administration legacy that government is bad, government workers are bad, and think about how we’re going to make this work.”
She added that disasters such as Hurricane Katrina prove that “if we don’t have an effective federal government, people get hurt. In fact people can die.”
Host Joe Scarborough pushed back.
“Why would I back off if I think health care policy is bad for the country in the the long run?” he asked. “The federal government is not competent enough to run it, and the launch has been terrible. (The Huffington Post’s) Sam Stein asks the question, ‘Are Republicans going to do their best to help this implementation?’ No, I don’t think they are. And I don’t think it means they’re unpatriotic if they don’t.
Got that, rubes? Without Big Brother and his unthinking legions of order-following, body-armor-wearing, trigger-happy troglodytes, people can die. Without the massive multi-trillion dollar, debt-financed bureaucracy, people can die. Without a neverending war over in the world’s sandbox, people can di–oh, wait. You see where this is going? This government-worshiping dunce imagines only an omnipresent, omnipotent State can prevent us from ever coming to harm. No, she didn’t say those words, but that is the implication. An “effective government” is a deliberately open-term, but it translates over easily into the more nuanced “Nanny state” that your average anti-Obamacare American understands very well.
Fact of the matter is…Obamacare is absolutely, positively, no-two-ways-about it horrendous. It always was going to be. That is its destiny. If you’ve ever been to the VA, you would understand that when government gets involved in medicine and treatment, it causes a mind-boggling number of problems, an galactic-scale avalanche of red-tape, an incalculable amount of wasted time, and petty, pointless frustrations by the intellectually deficient classes manning the bureaucracy along the way. America didn’t want this, it never did, but Congress saw fit to ramrod it down the public’s throat anyway.
“What’s that? You don’t want that? Sorry, I can’t hear you over the sound of how corrupt I am!”