Tuesday, February 23, 2010
The Community Organizer’s attempt to press the reset button on his disastrous Obamacare plan reminds me of an old story….
Three explorers were hopelessly lost in the jungle. (That’s ‘rain forest’, for you lefties.) Running out of food and water, they were relieved to come across some tribesmen – until they saw the tribesmen were all decked out in curious-looking loin cloths, body paint and with bones through their noses. Their worst fears were confirmed when they were taken captive and marched back to the camp.
Once they were securely tied to a tree, the tribal chief approached them. Looking the three men over carefully, he pinched their arms, checking for fat, then went to the smallest and thinnest of the men and said, “Death? Or Bongi?”
The three men looked at each other, each wondering if the others knew what “Bongi” was. No one did, but on the theory that whatever it was, would be preferable to death. The, first man tentatively said, “Bongi, I guess.”
The chief signaled to his tribesmen, who gleefully took the man, ripped off his clothing, and then, one by one, brutally raped him.
Once the poor fellow was lying senseless on the ground, the chief turned to the second man: “Death? Or Bongi?”
Well, the second man reasoned, there could have been some mistake. Maybe they misunderstood his companion. As the tribal chief poked him, demanding that he make his choice, he said very clearly, “Bongi!”
At which point he, too, was dragged out, repeatedly raped and left lying on the ground, bleeding and unconscious.
Now the chief turned to the last man, who by now had already made his decision. He knew what ‘Bongi’ was, and he didn’t want any part of it. Death was preferable to that.
“Death!” he announced. “I’d rather die than go through Bongi.”
Whereupon the chief broke into a wide nearly toothless grin. “Fine!” he cackled. “Death – by Bongi!”
The Community Organizers “new” plan for health care reminds me of that tribal chief and his offer of “Death – or Bongi”.
Whereas the old Senate bill was brutal, the “new” version presented by the Community Organizer is even worse. Not only does it contain all the same harmful taxes, dubious mandates and vast increase in federal power, but it also contains several new items, which add an additional $80 billion to the cost.
Worse of all, though, is that it creates a new federal oversight board, the “Federal Health Insurance Rate Authority” which would give nameless bureaucrats the power to set and control insurance prices – which means they would hold the ultimate power to control everyone’s health care. With the sweep of a pen, they’d have the power to put any and all private insurance companies out of business – thereby effectively creating a government-run system.
"If government can control both health benefits and health care pricing, that's the proverbial ball game," health policy expert Bob Moffit of the Heritage Foundation wrote. "Private health care is private in name only."
We saw what Bongi was – Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and all the Community Organizer’s Merry Men told us all we needed to know. We knew for sure we didn’t want Bongi.
Now the Community Organizer is grinning with delight. He’s offering us death, by Bongi.
Read Heritage's whole study here: http://www.projo.com/opinion/contributors/content/CT_moffit20_02-20-10_LVHE9AR_v8.3f8ce89.html