During the war with Iraq several years ago, a somewhat comical character in Saddam Hussein’s regime kept telling the people in that devastated country that the war was going well. Allah is destroying the infidels, those rascally Americans, the Great Satan, and the nation of Iraq will triumph in the fight against American Imperialism and the tyrannical attacks on our sovereign nation.
The reason he was a comical character is that as he went on Iraqi television espousing all the victorious battles Saddam’s army was putting under the belt, the entire country was being pummeled to rubble by our US forces. So devastating was our march, some in the media were considering it a Goliath beating the hell out of a non-inspired David.
The whole time Baghdad Bob was waving the victory flag for the hometown cameras telling the Iraqi people that yet another skirmish for the Regime was being secured, the Iraqi army was blubbering like a schoolgirl and running for the nearest cave to hide in.
“Hail to our leader, the glorious Saddam, with another battle won, another step closer to the defeat of the Great Satan.”
Now, I don’t mean to mock the Iraqi people. They were Saddam Hussein’s most tragic victims, suffering from his megalomaniacal despotism more than anyone else. With his rape-rooms and children’s prison, the greatest beneficiaries of the fall of Iraq were the people of Iraq. Hussein was a little fish in a big bathtub, and like so many of his ilk, he let his ego run away with his border-limited power. When you are a ruler of some small Middle-Eastern State and bereft of intelligence and rational thinking to guide you, you tend to get discovered hiding in a hole, unshaven and dirty.
Oh yeah, and you get executed, too.
But unfortunately, you also have the power over the people you oppress, and you can send out some poor schmuck to tout the successes of an imaginary victory to try to keep your subjects blind to the reality of the situation.
Contrastingly, when you are the President of the most powerful nation on Earth, you refrain from such adolescent fantasies. Or so one would think.
Enter Baghdad Obama.
Regarding ObamaCare, the President said in an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly on the night of the Super Bowl, “Now it’s working the way it’s suppose to.” Obama admitted that of course there were few ‘glitches’ to contend with, but that’s all fixed, now.
I’d be curious to get the President’s definition of the word, ‘Glitch.’
But regardless, they’ve been taken care of, the wand was waved and the prince is no longer a frog. The glass slippers have turned Cinderella into a debutante and Ding Dong, the Wicked Glitch of the West is dead.
Let’s take a look at some of Obama’s Wicked Glitches,
According to The American Spectator, the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) reports,
“reduced incentives to work attributable to the Affordable Care Act” will cause a “decline in the number of full-time-equivalent [FTE] workers of about 2.0 million in 2017.”
The New York Post says,
“. . . between 6 million and 7 million fewer people will have employment-based insurance coverage each year from 2016 through 2024 than would be the case in the absence of the ACA.”
“About 31 million nonelderly residents of the United States are likely to be without health insurance in 2024, roughly one out of every nine such residents.”
The Heritage Foundation said,
“Nearly one-quarter of all seniors rely on Medicare Advantage, the private health care option in Medicare. However, Obamacare makes such deep cuts to that program that half of those covered will no longer be able to keep the coverage they have.”
“New taxes on drug companies ($27 billion) and medical device makers ($20 billion), as well as new reporting requirements and regulations imposed on physicians, will make access to health care and services more costly and difficult for seniors under Obamacare.”
‘No, Bill, you don’t seem to understand. My power grab of the American economy is working well. We’re just on the verge of “fundamentally transforming” America in to the Marxist nation it should have been in the first place.’
Baghdad Bob is back, only this time he’s not only working for Obama, he is Obama! Those who have lost their healthcare plan or their doctor that they could keep – PERIOD, are a bit confused. Some who have lost work hours, or even their jobs are questioning the clause, “Now it’s working the way it’s supposed to.”
‘You just don’t get it, people. It’s going great. Sure, it looks like the end of the our nation’s economy, but who are you going to believe, me or your own jobless uninsured healthcare condition?’
According to an Associated Press report, premiums WILL RISE under ObamaCare.
“There’s no question premiums are still going to keep going up,” said Larry Levitt of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a research clearinghouse on the health care system. “There are pieces of reform that will hopefully keep them from going up as fast. But it would be miraculous if premiums actually went down relative to where they are today.”
On Fox News Sunday Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) argued that unemployment due to Obamacare is nothing to be concerned about,
“The point I want to raise is that these jobs will be filled. It’s not going to have an impact on our economy.”
“We have people waiting to work. So, these jobs are all filled. Our economy will move forward,” he said.
So, let me get this straight. If I lose my job because of ObamaCare, I needn’t worry because someone else will get it?
Whew! Had me scared for a minute there, Ben. Thanks for clearing that up.
“So, Baghdad, tell all our beloved viewers out there in TV land just what the status is.”
“Well, Mr. President, millions upon millions of people have healthcare, millions upon millions of jobs were created, and millions upon millions of dollars are being generated every minute.”
“Great news, Baghdad. Let us know when more millions upon millions of other great things happen.”
“Will do, Mr. President.”
And they lived happily ever after.