Orwellian, or Politics as Usual?
When I came across reports of the following “clarification” of his health care promise by President Obama, I immediately thought 1984, Brave New World and all that stuff. But first let’s see what he said yesterday:
“If you have or had one of these [health insurance] plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law and you really liked that plan, what we said was you could keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law’s passed. So we wrote into the Affordable Care Act you are grandfathered in on that plan. But if the insurance company changes it, then what we’re saying is they have got to change it to a higher standard. They’ve got to make it better.”
Now, let’s flash back to an actual video recording of Obama’s actual promise:
I’m not sure you can conclude other than that Obama said what he said without meaning it. Instead, he made his “you can keep it” promise to get what he wanted — control of health care in America to tether the voting public to the Democratic party forever.
Now, of course, many of you won’t agree with that and won’t abide even hearing it, and for you I present this collection of George Orwell writings (click on the title) “The 10 Most Depressing Quotes from Orwell’s 1984.”