From our American correspondent Esteban:
A few weeks ago I came across a couple of stories about Democrats and health insurance that I finally got around to writing about:
First, AOC (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, aka America’s Oblivious Child, Occasional Cortex, or Sandy) tweeted that she had recently received her annual health insurance renewal forms and it was too complex for her. Obviously, this is further evidence that America’s healthcare system needs to be revamped under her benevolent leadership.
I had a somewhat different reaction. It seems to me that there are three possible conclusions here:
A) She’s too dim to figure out her health insurance options
B) The Federal government is so bad at designing and communicating things that even a brilliant rock star Congresswoman can’t understand them, or
C) All of the above
I submit that whether you believe the correct answer is A, B or C, this is not a good starting point to argue that Sandy and the Federal government should take over our healthcare (not to mention the entire economy, etc.).
On to the second Democrat – I believe it was Thomas Friedman, but it could have been another NY Times pundit. He noted that at some point in the past he had a choice of whether to get health insurance through the NY Times or CUNY. He chose the NY Times because the options from CUNY were just too damn confusing. So, he chose to get his health insurance from a private sector employer rather than a governmental employer because, he tells us, the governmental employer made it too damn complicated, even for a man of his brilliance. Now, let’s get back to putting the government in charge of all health insurance, and pretty much everything else.
Patient: Doctor, I’m feeling worse.
Democrat: More leeches, stat!