The Obama administration is scrambling on multiple fronts to salvage the Obamacare web site and change the negative narrative for the president’s signature health care law.... On Wednesday the CEOs of several health insurance companies will head to the White House to meet with adviser....Okay, let's change the narrative. Everyone with a brain could see from the start that Romneycare was bound to fail, if you define failure to mean "making things worse". It's the worst of both worlds. It hugely expands all the broken and evil parts of American health care, and does nothing at all to solve the well-known problems. You didn't need to know ANY FUCKING DETAILS. The basic scheme was designed to guarantee perfect monopoly to the insurers who already had a partial monopoly. From this one fact, you could be sure that everything would get worse. Basic economics. By governmental standards this is success, not failure. Starving the poor and enriching the rich is success, not failure. The idiot partisan votebots on "both" "sides" guaranteed that Romneycare would happen. "Both" "sides" worked with a shared lie as always. The shared lie, that Romneycare is socialized medicine, served "both" purposes. R-label votebots could rail against its "Marxist" tendencies, and D-label votebots could sing hymns to its "fairness". Failure of the website was not predictable from basic principles. The government has lots of similarly purposed websites, and most of them work pretty well. You could assume that the same people who designed those good-enough websites would design this one. Clearly that didn't happen! Now the R-label votebots are saying that Romneycare was a trojan horse, meant to fail so that "Marxist" Obama can implant real socialized medicine. Nope, that doesn't work. (1) First, though Obama grew up in a Marxist household, his performance as President has been perfectly consistent from the 2008 campaign through the present. He works for Wall Street, just like Bush, McCain and Romney. Every single move he makes is obviously aimed to starve the masses and enrich the rich. Everything he does, including Romneycare, is successful for Goldman's purposes. (2) Second, Obama had no conventional political reason to implement something as horrible as Romneycare. In 2009 he had a real mandate to FIX the medical system, and the way to FIX it is single-payer plus lawsuit reform. Medicare for all. This is not a matter of opinion or theory, it's an experimentally determined fact. We have 120 years of experimentation by various countries, and the conclusion is clear by now. Single-payer systems work. Insurance-based monopolies like US (whether partial before Romneycare or total after Romneycare) do not work. Fully socialized systems like UK do not work. (3) Third, the R-label votebots called Romneycare "socialized medicine." If it is "socialized medicine", it's not a "gambit to reach socialized medicine." Can't have it both ways. (4) Fourth, nobody uses a trojan horse in modern American politics. All systems are intended to starve the poor and enrich the rich, and no system is ever repealed or removed. If some rich people are displeased by some aspect of a system, the government will add new epicycle bureaucracies to please those factions, thus making the system even more expensive and unwieldy. (I emphasize modern because it wasn't always this way. Repealing or simplifying systems was possible until about 40 years ago.)
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.