Saturday, February 15, 2014

Poetry of Bad ObamaCare News

In fairy tales, as in Washington, things are true that can’t possibly be — and what is not true can be defended by tilting the facts a certain way and catching the light just so.

Kathleen Parker, “Poetry of Bad ObamaCare News,"  Washington Post, February 15, 2014

Last week the Congressional Business Office issued a report  saying that  Obamacare would reduce the workforce by 2.3 million by 2021,  would let 31 million of the current 55 million uninsured remain uninsured.  Others  noted  that  only 3 million of a goal of 7 million  had signed up on health exchanges.

These developments,  says no less an authority than House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, are good things. as least promising things.    She says ObamaCare gives people the freedom to do what they want,  like writing poetry, rather than laboring in dead end jobs.  

Instead of working at these dreary jobs and having their incomes go up while their subsidies go away, ObamaCare allows  people can stay at home,  write great books, compose poetry,  chase girls or boys,  travel the Earth,  indulge in one’s fantasies,  and do anything else they choose or want to do.  

But, to quote Ms. Parker, “Today, knowing what we know, how does one justify spending $1.2 billion for a  health care overhaul that disincentivizes people to work and leaves 31 million uninsured."

"One writes poetry.”

As the father of a nationally known poet,  Spencer Reece, who has written a new book of poetry, The Road to Emmaus: Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014) and as author of  a book Why ObamaCare Is in Trouble: and Other Stories), which is still a work in progress and which contains a section of bad poetry,  I would like to contribute to ObamaCare with this bit of poetic doggerel.

Why not write poetry instead of work?

Why not? Poetry pays more than mere work.

ObamaCare beats soda jerking.

ObamaCare beats retail clerking.

Why work when you can do job shirking ?

Tweet:  ObamaCare encourages incentivizes some people to leave work and leaves 31 million uninsured. These people will be free to do other things, like write poetry and pursue other satisfying endeavors.

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