Why Obamacare Is Just Like George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ [OP-ED]
With the Obama administration working and wiggling its way through problems with Healthcare.gov, the story line is sounding more and more like George Orwell's novel, Animal Farm.
The 1945 novel is a satirical story about the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, which brought rise to the Soviet Union. Orwell had written the story to tell the warnings and myths of the Soviet communism.
For those who are not familiar with the story, it is about an English farm where the animals overthrow the farmer to establish their own animal-centric society. The aim was to create a society where all animals were equal.
However, the society began to change as the ruling pigs started changing the rules on the society since the other animals couldn't read. The rules would be changed from something like "All animals are equal" to "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others" and secretly change "No animals shall sleep in a bed" to "No animals shall sleep in a bed with sheets."
The ruling pigs used their power to get and do what they wish like drink alcohol while the rules say they couldn't.
Let's look at Obamacare and how the Obama administration is handling the events after Healthcare.gov's launch.
The Affordable Care Act was presented as a way for those who are currently uninsured to get health insurance by mandating that everyone gets healthcare coverage. Since everyone is paying into the health insurance marketplace, it will help cover the costs for those who it will be a burden to cover. Thus, an attempt to make everyone more 'equal.'
And it's no secret that the Affordable Care Act is an extremely dense, long piece of legislation that makes it difficult for the average citizen to understand, much like the rules that were written by the pigs in Animal Farm that most of the animals couldn't read.
One of the first controversies coming out of Obamacare's passage was the fact that politicians in Washington do not have to purchase their insurance from a healthcare exchange. That compares to the pigs in Animal Farm getting alcohol for themselves, but ban it from the rest of the society.
Recently, there has been flak over the president's insistence that "if you like your plan you can keep it." But much like Napoleon and the ruling pigs in Animal Farm, that was changed to 'if you like your plan you can keep it if it is a quality plan.'
The message of Animal Farm is that those in power, no matter how much they promise equality, will abuse those powers to benefit themselves and lie and twist the truth.
Obamacare is not becoming what was promised by the White House in 2009.
There are better ways to fix the healthcare system, like by lowering the costs of medical care to make health care actually affordable. But my biggest concern is the way the process is being handled and the lies that are being told to Americans.
When our political leaders start changing their words to mean something else, that what had been said before isn't what they really meant, that is concerning. That is when their words do, in fact, speak as loudly as their actions.