Countless U.S. citizens have already received cancellation notices, proving that your existing health insurance policy provided substandard coverage and must be replaced. When President Obama promised over and over again that you could keep your present policy under the Affordable Care Act, he lied–and has recently admitted as much, though he did utilize a rather long paragraph in order to avoid uttering those two simple, devastating words: “I lied.”
If you Google “Obamacare horror stories”, 34,500,000 results pop up, though a good portion of those results are efforts by supporters of nationalized healthcare to “debunk” the grim tales popping up across the land.
One of those self appointed debunkers wrote an article that caught my eye…and, in the end, inspired this post.
His approach took the view that “substandard” coverage must be avoided at all costs. A woman whose policy had been cancelled was highly and understandably upset. She made news. The liberal blogger called her, “investigated”, and “proved” that she had not been harmed at all by the great and wondrous machinations of the Act. In fact, she had been helped. Her existing policy had been “the very definition of substandard”, lacking any coverage for 26 year old children or preventive office visits and lab tests. Therefore, it was a good thing that the carrier she’d worked with comfortably for some time had been scuttled; she needed to upgrade.
Never mind that the upgrade would cost her more than she could afford or that she’d been perfectly happy with the now demolished policy. She was an idiot child, you see. Normal, stupid citizens simply don’t know what’s good for them and must be hammered firmly into nice, square holes, no matter how round their individual forms may be.
Those who would shove their interpretations of “adequate health insurance plans” down your throats at monstrous expense to both your liberty and your wallet are quick to point out that a substandard policy is like the photo at the top of this page: Nothing but hot, arid, windswept sandstone, perhaps pretty to look at under the blazing noonday sun (if you like deserts) but entirely incapable of supporting human life.
I’ll tell you where that photo was taken a bit later, but first, let’s talk about that word, “substandard”.
Substandard (definition): (Merriam-Webster dictionary)
a : of a quality lower than that prescribed by law
b : conforming to a pattern of linguistic usage existing within a speech community but not that of the prestige group in that community
c : constituting a greater than normal risk to an insurer
Ah! “…of a quality lower than that prescribed by law….” That sums it up, right there. Barack Hussein Obama and his left wing cronies in Congress rammed the law now known as the Affordable Care Act up America’s…uh, somewhere. There’s nothing magic about it, nothing spiritually superior, not even anything illustrating the application of a modicum of common sense. In fact, the socialist minded among us simply decided to force every American into submission, and they pulled every dirty trick in the book to make the law happen.
However, the proponents of the law would rather We the People as a whole did not truly understand that. We might rebel in force, meaning enough numbers at the ballot box or enough numbers refusing to sign up for Obamacare to scuttle the law entirely.
Enter the VD, the Vocabulary Directive, the deliberate obfuscation of the dictionary meaning of the word “substandard”.
How to redirect the public’s understanding of that term? Why, by use of the MST, the Magic Synonym Trick. Some of the synonyms for “substandard” include the following, gleaned from first page Google search results:
Synonyms for “substandard”: inferior, second-rate, low-quality, poor, below par, subpar, imperfect, faulty, defective, shoddy, shabby, unsound, unsatisfactory, third rate, informal, crummy, lousy, not up to scratch/snuff, rinky-dink, low rent
Okay, let’s pick one…crummy. Let’s convince you, your neighbor, and the rest of America that your existing health insurance policy (before it was arbitrarily cancelled) didn’t simply fail to meet the dictatorial parameters laid out in Obamacare. Oh no! It was not only illegal; it was really, really crummy.
We can’t let you go around with a crummy policy, now can we? What sort of protectors of the feeble minded would that make us out to be?
No, we progressives (they feel and say) must protect you immature, worthless sacks of suet from your own paltry selves.
So…you’ve been done a favor, losing your existing policy?
In government speak, absolutely. We’re from the government, and we’re here to help. We’re here to help lock you into, if not literal slavery, at least serfdom, where you have no money left over at the end of the month (after paying your insurance premium) to spend on frivolous things like savings, firearms, bullets, real estate, food, clothing, shelter, or political donations to conservative politicians who may see through both the Democratic and Republican parties.
What? You don’t believe it’s possible to pull the wool over your eyes that way?
Well, maybe it’s not. Maybe your vision is as clear as clear can be, eyes of an eagle, brain of an Einstein, character of an Abraham Lincoln. But we humans get fooled all the time, like it or not. I’ll bet even I could fool you a little bit, little old me with a one page post like this one.
Remember when I said I’d tell you where that desert photo (top of page) was taken?
Good. I was just checking your memory. Alzheimer’s sets in early with some people.
Now, where was I?
Oh, yeah. That windswept sandstone photo. It was taken yesterday inside the Golden Dragon Café in Sierra Vista, Arizona. That bleak vista you see up there is not a picture of a desert at all, but simply a snapshot of a portion of the table top in the booth where I was having chicken fried rice for lunch.
But you knew that, of course, just like you knew what “substandard” really meant from the beginning.