Of all the offensive, sickening things we’ve had to witness during this administration, the sight of companies, unions, and other providers of health care plans having to run begging like supplicants to Uncle/King Sam to get waivers to continue their health care plan designs is near the top, if not actually there.
Michelle Malkin articulates the outrage:
At this point, the better question is: Who won’t be on the list after the Obamacare central planners fully acknowledge the destructive consequences of their schemes?
… Make no mistake: Team Obama isn’t granting the waivers out of bleeding-heart compassion for the affected workers, but out of a panicked urgency to avoid a public relations disaster.
As I’ve boiled it down before:
Old Democrat promise: Everyone gets to keep their health insurance.
New Democrat promise: You can keep your health insurance…if you BEG hard enough for an Obamacare waiver.
What King Sam giveth, King Sam can whimsically take away. This meets the dictionary definition of tyranny (“arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority”). It must be stopped.
Update, Nov. 18: In a nicely done post, Mark at WoMD links to a complete list of all of the whimsically lucky waiver winners.
Howler of the morning, in a story by former WaPo guy Howard Kurtz at the Daily Beast (aka where Newsweek went to quietly die):
From the moment (Keith) Olbermann was found to have donated money to three Democratic candidates, there has been a deepening sense of anger and frustration among his colleagues, according to interviews with eight knowledgeable sources. These sources, who declined to be quoted by name because of the sensitivity of the situation, say that several of NBC’s front-line stars, including Tom Brokaw, have expressed concern to management that Olbermann has badly damaged MSNBC’s reputation for independence.
Make that Howler of the Month.
Subtle but very real bias at KSBW.com:
Many Rally To Support Boy’s Flag Display
Motorcycle Riders Back Denair Teen
How “many”? Answer: Hundreds.
Who were these “motorcycle riders”? Answer: “hundreds of members of the American Legion Riders” — their identity is not in the body of the report.
Further, as reported elsewhere:
Cody Alicea, 13, was accompanied to Denair Middle School by a large group of motorcycle riders and several hundred others, all flying the American flag.
I guess KSBW wanted us to think that only motorcycle gangs support flying the flag. Zheesh.
Rhymes with Right has a modest proposal for solving the airport-body scan controversy. Make sure to get to the last five paragraphs.
Timothy Dalrymple has Obama and his current standing pegged perfectly (HT Instapundit):
The stinging rebuke the American electorate delivered in the midterm election has prompted debate among the professional commentariat and apparently also within the administration itself: is the problem with the policies that Obama has delivered or with a failure to promote those policies and their benefits to the American people?
Democrats would prefer to believe the latter. Since their policies are superior, they believe, supporting them is rational.
… The problem is not that Obama has not been selling. He has never stopped selling. The problem is that the American people aren’t buying it — because they are not buying him. The American people are not foolish; the problem is not with the sales pitch. The problem is, in part, the product.
… The Democrats have paid the wages of Obama’s spin. Independents and moderate Republicans who voted for Obama learned that they had been sold a counterfeit. Now the greater portion of Americans will not care what Obama says until they believe that he is genuine.
If there’s a genuine bone in the guy’s body, it has not yet been discovered.