Obamacare is a Clunker


Just one week after it started the “cash for clunkers” program is out of money. Last week when the program was on the verge of shutting down White House officials said  “we are working tonight to assess the situation facing what is obviously an incredibly popular program.” Of course it is, any time that the government is giving hand-outs to people its going to be popular. The popularity of government hand-outs is precisely why health insurance companies are going to fail under the public option.

There is a slight silver lining to the whole issue. Ford reported an up-tick in sales for July, but that‘s not the good part. To be completely honest I don’t think a little over 1% in better sales is that big of a deal, but when you’re fishing in a near empty lake even a minnow is a good catch. The only good part about the whole Ford situation is that it is happening to Ford and not General Motors. Even if GM see’s a slight up-tick, its Ford that is getting all the press, not government owned General Motors.

This “cash for clunkers” issue might just play into the hand of the republicans when it comes to “health care” mostly for the reasons I addressed above.

It only took one week to speed through $1billion worth of taxpayer money. But lets take a look at what actually happened. $1billion of taxpayer money, your money, was allocated for the “cash for clunkers” program. 250,000 vehicles were taken off the streets. And that amounts to handing out $4,000 to people that owned vehicles that received poor gas mileage, otherwise known as “clunkers.” If that is not redistribution of wealth then what is?

As Republicans and conservatives try and warn the public about government run health insurance we need to use this clunkers program to point out what is sure to happen if the government gets involved in that area as well.

1. The quality of the government option will not be exceptional. The government option will definitely be cheaper than private insurance, but cheaper doesn’t always mean better. You all know what happens when people have a cheaper option, they flock to it. Look what happened with cash for clunkers, the allocated money was gone within a week. The same thing is bound to happen with Obamacare.

2. Your choices will be limited. At Burger King they claim that you can “have it your way,” the Obama administration is making the same claim. When you go to BK you ask for a burger with fries and a drink. But if you want Pepsi your out of luck, if you wanted buffalo meat you’re out of luck, and if you want crinkle-cut fries you’re out of luck there as well. You are stuck dealing with what ever Burger King wants to give you, you can‘t have it your way. Now just imagine that Burger King was the only cheap fast food joint in town! There is no difference with Obamacare. Once private insurance companies can’t provide viable costing insurance, because they can’t compete with the government, you’re going to be stuck with Pepsi, crappy hamburger meat and flat soggy fires. Look no further than the cash for clunkers program, you can’t buy just any car, it has to be “fuel efficient” so you’re operating on their terms once you get involved with their program. You can bet the same thing will happen with Obamacare.

3. “Cash for Clunkers” was “wildly successful” and that’s what scares me! The “wild” success of one company over another generally means that the other company will be forced out of business. I have no problem with that, because that is how the free market works, but when the “other company” is the government that is scary. If Obamacare is wildly successful you can bet that you’ll see the demise of private insurance companies soon thereafter.

Its not the federal governments role to get involved in the free market, and the Obama administration is already involved far too much, lets not let it get any worse. And if you don’t believe me watch the video!

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