Soon after the French Revolution began in 1789, French Queen Marie Antoinette, upon learning the people had no bread to eat, is infamously alleged to have said, “Let them eat cake.”
In late October 2013, an equally tone-deaf President Obama, upon learning the unwashed masses of his country could no longer keep their desperately needed health care plans, defiantly told them to, “shop around.”
Really? That’s the president’s simplistic solution to the seemingly unstoppable and destructive virus he himself downloaded into what once was the best health care system in the world?
Is that all he has to say to the elderly woman whose policy is going from just under $60 per month to just under $600 per month?
Is that all he has to say to the literally tens of millions of Americans who have gotten or will get letters of cancellation from their health care insurance providers?
What is most interesting about the president saying that is that he did so with the aid of the same tool he once needed to address elementary school children — his teleprompter.
Meaning – and this would be hard to believe if his remarks from historic Faneuil Hall in Boston were not online for all to see — the president’s speechwriters and aides worked hard to come up with that phrase for Obama to then utter to the nation.
That embarrassing teleprompter policy proclamation would have been less painful for the president if it didn’t contrast with an earlier teleprompter proclamation he made. Actually, not a “proclamation.” It was an outright gold-plated promise to the American people:
“No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people. If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”
“No one will take it away, no matter what.” Until, of course, they do, and then the president’s only response -- other than his recent forced generic apology - to his broken promise to those most is need is to suck it up and “shop around.”
Like Marie Antoinette before him, Obama has been out of touch with the common people for most of his life. At about 19 years of age, he was inserted into the caring and protective bubble of political correctness and has since not had much contact with real people, real problems or original thought.
Today, Obama is a multimillionaire who has much more wealth, status and privilege than those evil “one percenters” he and his fellow Democrats continually blame for America's ills.
Unlike those one percenters, however, Obama is going to get the best government pension of all time once he leaves office, coupled with the best healthcare plan for himself and his family.
Obama can look forward to multimillion dollar book deals, giving dozens of speeches per year paying upwards of $200,000 each, a Secret Service detail and motorcade for as long as he lives, and a lifestyle the Queen of France would have envied.
When Obama reaches that plutocratic stage of his life, how many millions of poor and frightened Americans will have stopped “shopping around” for health insurance and simply given up?Douglas MacKinnon is a former White House and Pentagon official and author of the memoir â€œRolling Pennies In The Dark.â€ï¿½ (Simon & Schuster, 2012)