An Article Full of Fail

How so?  You may ask.

Let’s start with the title.

Obama: Romney would take health care back to 1950s

Even though I have no actual experience with the 1950s, my first thought is:  would that be bad?

Let’s assume that Obama is not claiming Romney would outlaw all medical breakthroughs discovered since 1959.  To assume otherwise wouldn’t be reasonable.  (Or would it?)

Also, to be fair, I am ignorant of the Bad Stuff (other than the Korean War) that happened in the 1950s.  So I may not be a good judge.  If, for example, the President had said, “Romney would take energy back to the 1970s,” well if taken at face value I would say, yikes.  That Romney fellow is no good!

But the 1950s?  Weren’t those the post-WWII boom years?  What’s wrong with going back to that?  In the ideal world, maybe we could go back to the pre-WWII era of health insurance.  (P.S. I can’t believe I just linked to an article co-authored by Ezekiel Emanuel.)

Let’s move on from the title, and look at the first sentence of this article.  “. . . Republicans would seek to strip away health care benefits for [women] and cut funding for contraceptive services.”

Surely this sentence suffers from a typo.  In order to be accurate, it should read like this:  “Republicans would seek to strip away health care benefits for [women] by cutting funding for contraceptive services.”

Ah, those slippery collectivists nowadays feel no embarrassment when their one concrete–albeit ridiculous–example is the only evidence available of a long list of alleged wrongdoing.  By the way, who is supposed to fund the contraceptives, and thus be responsible cutting the funding?  I thought those evil Catholic churches were supposed to do it.  How would Romney be in control of them in this wonderful nation which separates Church and State?

Nevermind.  On to sentence number two:  “Obama sought to draw a stark contrast with presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney, saying his rival intended to take his health care law and ‘kill it dead’ on the first day of his presidency and ‘get rid’ of Planned Parenthood.”

Ooh, looks like a case of projection here.  Perhaps the Left’s feelings on unborn children (“kill it dead,” “get rid”) are to blame?

Sentence number three is a doozy:  “They want to take us back to the policies more suited to the 1950s than the 21st century,’ Obama said, arguing that the decisions affecting a woman’s health are ‘not up to politicians, they’re not up to insurance companies, they’re up to you.’

Ugh.  I’m sorry.  Did Mr. Single-Payer-Universal-Healthcare-Coverage just try to say that a woman’s healthcare decision is up to her?  And not up to the provider?  Because when a government-mandated monopoly provides the service, well it won’t have any opinion on what must be provided . . . will it?


Okay, at this point I have to skip a few sentences so fluffy and boring that they don’t even warrant fisking.

Here’s the next quote screaming for clarification:  “Obama said women’s issues resonated with him because of his wife, first lady Michelle Obama, and his late mother.  The president said he wanted to ensure that Mrs. Obama ‘has control over her health care choices’ and noted that his mother would have been 70 this year had she not died from cancer nearly two decades ago.”

Clearly his wife and mother make women’s issues “resonate” with Obama.  Because his wife and mother are women.

How exactly does empathy with females make you a better candidate?

Oh yeah.  It doesn’t.  Especially when spouses have expensive habits.  That’s why Obama must rely on the debunked claim that his mother’s death was caused by the failure of an insurance company.

(P.S.  Debunked = Fail.)

Now we get to the really meaty part of the article’s failure:  “The president was introduced by Sandra Fluke . . . . Fluke gained notoriety after conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh called her a slut because she supports the Obama health care law’s requirement that insurance companies cover contraception.”

I love this particular bit of journalistic fail because it admits the larger failure of the leftist powers-that-be:  without conservative attention, darlings of the left like Fluke would remain unnoticed.

Seriously. Look at the quote.  The article is AP, and it plainly doesn’t state that Fluke gained notoriety by being an advocate of reproductive justice.  Or that she gained notoriety by speaking in Congress.  She gained notoriety by getting called a slut by Rush Limbaugh.  Still, the dunces of the left actually thought this transgression would shut Limbaugh down.

Whew.  No more fisking.  The hour has grown late.  Here’s the article if you’d like to deconstruct the rest.  Greg Gutfeld artfully concludes this post, by juxtapositioning Sandra Fluke with Rachel of the viral Chick-fil-A video featuring that chucklehead who got himself fired.

Totally worth your precious viewing minutes.  And if that’s not enough Leftist Failure to satisfy your appetite, try the offerings at Twitchy:  #Obedience!



10 thoughts on “An Article Full of Fail

  1. neenergyobserver 9 August 2012 at 12:20 am Reply

    “Sentence number three is a doozy: “‘They want to take us back to the policies more suited to the 1950s than the 21st century,’ Obama said, arguing that the decisions affecting a woman’s health are ‘not up to politicians, they’re not up to insurance companies, they’re up to you.’“

    Ugh. I’m sorry. Did Mr. Single-Payer-Universal-Healthcare-Coverage just try to say that a woman’s healthcare decision is up to her? And not up to the provider? Because when a government-mandated monopoly provides the service, well it won’t have any opinion on what must be provided . . . will it?”

    That’s even better than fail. In the 1950s (well I do remember the 60s) a womans contraceptive choices were up to her, because she paid for it, like we all did for routine medical care, cash on the barrel head, no government, no innsurance company involved, and about $10 for an office call.

    So he’s saying that Romney’s right, except that in his generosity with our money, he wants to pay for it right? No controls of course, they might catch fraud or cronies if they did that. Jeez, is there a brain, just one, left in Washington?

  2. edge of the sandbox 9 August 2012 at 12:59 am Reply

    I’m always amused when I hear that if so-and-so is elected, education will go back to the 50s.
    I’m also amused by the women who are willing to sell their souls for $10 a month. Seriously? Is that what you want from your President, $10 worth of contraception?

  3. Debbie 9 August 2012 at 6:40 am Reply

    Not to mention that free contraception is actually available now in the form of free male and female condoms (given out by county health depts, universities, local area cbo’s) and family planning clinics that offer free or low-cost contraception based on income. I know this because our CHD has over 20 cases of condoms stacked in a corner just waiting to be distributed about the county. They were paid for by the state through various grants from the CDC and HRSA. Ms. Fluke would have qualified for free contraception from her local family planning clinic due to being a full-time student with no income.

  4. NRA 9 August 2012 at 9:03 am Reply

    Back to the days when decisions were private matters between a patient and her physician? But clearly neither a patient nor a doctor have the moral right nor the expertise to make such decisions. Those… must be left to the proper authorities.

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  6. Bob 9 August 2012 at 2:21 pm Reply

    Hey, as long as women can be guaranteed they can do whatever they want and not be punished with a baby — or have to pay for their contraceptives or abortions themselves — that’s all women really care about, isn’t it?

    Oh, and they also want to be sure that a whole truckload of other people’s money will continue to be given to Planned Parenthood (the ultimate death panel).

  7. Wayne 9 August 2012 at 3:30 pm Reply

    The 1950’s. Who was president during that time? Oh, yeah. Some guy that guided the Allies to victory over the Nazi’s in World War II. What was his name again? Oh, right. Dwight D. “Ike” Eisenhower. Lest Mr. Obama forget, it was Eisenhower that was at the forefront of Civil Rights during the desegregation of public schools. Ike and Obama have two things in common. They both played a lot of golf and they have both held the highest post in the land. Other than that, I will refer to the campaign slogan, “I like Ike!”

  8. Always On Watch 9 August 2012 at 3:47 pm Reply

    In the 1950s, medical advances fell much shorter of the bar that we set today. That’s one negative about the 1950s.

    But there were positives back then as well, and I know because I was alive and aware in the 1950s:

    1. Doctors made house calls. Yes, indeed, they did. With great frequency if situations warranted a house call. In fact, the family doc attended the funerals of the patients that passed away.

    2. General practitioners practiced hands-on medicine and didn’t farm us out to specialists at the drop of a hat.

    3. Tort liability was not a factor for doctors — not to speak of, anway. As a result, most established doctors offered care for free if they knew of the need. No Medicare or Medicaid back then, you know.

    [Sidebar: Medicare does have its good points as does Medicaid. Back in the 1950s, adult children were financially responsible for paying the nursing-home bills of their parents. My own family went through this, and much was sacrificed when Grandma finally had to go to the nursing home because of her violent dementia. No college fund for me! And I was an only child]

    4. Doctors would barter. For example, my mother’s doctor took vegetables from our garden and car repairs in trade for treating Mom, whose health insurance was cancelled upon her cardiac disability at the age of 44.

    5. Lots fewer regulations for prescriptions and the method of prescribing those medications. In fact, the doctor wasn’t required to see you to write a prescription if you were a regular patient of his.

    The above are just a few specifics that I personally recall from the 1950s.

  9. Always On Watch 9 August 2012 at 4:08 pm Reply

    Forgot to mention what is, perhaps, the most important one of all: no gate keepers in 1950s! Gate keepers burgeoned upon the development of HMO’s and, soon enough, every health insurance company had a gate keeper, more properly called an cost-efficiency expert.

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