Leadership Through Disingenuity
Mr. Obama and his administration are so smart, so clever, so incapable of being honest or sincere, and only pretending to be.
The evidence of this is in their semantics. Their use of words to persuade is replete with inaccuracies, untruths, incompleteness, and guile.
A few examples:
The most famous is “If you like your plan you can keep your plan, period” repeated at least 60 times by Mr. Obama and replicated endlessly in the media as expected and desired by the administration. This phrase was specifically designed to relieve worried citizens of the fear that Obamacare would negatively impact them and to enable its passage. We also know that Mr. Obama and members of his administration knew their claim was disingenuous at best and an outright lie at worst.
Then there is the constant phrase used by Mr. Obama that healthcare.gov is a “marketplace” where you can “shop” for health insurance.
A “marketplace” brings to mind a farmer’s market where numerous independent sellers bring their wares and trade with consumers who voluntarily “shop” to meet specific needs.
Definition of “marketplace” – a place where various goods are bought and sold.
Definition of “shop” – to look for something that you want to buy.
Definition of “buy” – to get something that you want or need, usually by losing something else that is important.
Healthcare.gov in contrast is a place where those qualifying for subsidies are compelled to apply and then receive a list of health plans meeting the requirements of Obamacare, not the needs of the consumers. The sellers (the insurance companies) can only sell what the government approves. There is no negotiation. There is no real choice. There is no shopping. There is no marketplace. Healthcare.gov is only a vehicle through which consumers seeking subsidies MUST buy health plans approved by the government. Consumers not qualifying for subsidies can also go to health insurance company web sites to purchase Obamacare approved plans directly. There will not be any plans other than Obamacare approved plans after 2014 unless the law is changed.
Mr. Obama’s use of the terms “marketplace” and “shop” are conjured to make it all seem a routine free market environment where you go to get products you want at competitive prices. The words were chosen on purpose to corrupt the truth and persuade through misrepresentation and guile.
These unfortunate realities will hit home when each individual experiences Healthcare.gov.
Regards, Pete Weldon