Allow me to present, for the edification of those interested in lexical analysis and/or etymology, a mini-symposium on the appropriate philosophical nomenclature applicable to our President’s “signature legislation.” For your consideration, my Dictionary of Esoteric Philosophic Expressions (or, as it is more generally known, Wikipedia) provides the following definitions, from which you are to pick the one that most accurately and completely characterizes the Affordable (yeah, right) Care Act:
Hobson’s choice: a choice between something or nothing
Dilemma: a choice between two or more options, none of which is attractive
False dilemma: only two choices are considered, when in fact there are others
Morton’s fork, (double bind): choices yield equivalent, often undesirable, results
Blackmail/extortion: choice between paying money and suffering unpleasant, often unspecified, results
Give up? Don’t feel too badly – it’s a trick question … they all are correct. Why? Because, as devastatingly chronicled in this American Spectator commentary by Peter Ferrara, the American public is about to get a collective high colonic to a degree unparalleled in our history. Truth is, “Obamacare” is, was, and was always intended to be, merely a vehicle on which the neo-Marxist political tontine that has America in a chokehold can glide smoothly toward their real healthcare objective – which has always been a single payer system (that’s socialized medicine, for the uninitiated).
As Ferrara so deftly documents, Obamacare will soon begin what he calls its “death spiral” for the very good reason that it is such a flawed piece of public policy that it can’t possible survive. Immediately following the crash and burn of O-care, we will be presented with the “choice” between bailing out the health insurance industry (which will have imploded thanks to the ACA) and/or allowing Uncle Sugar to take over this critical industry since, don’t you see, it was clearly too weak to survive the sturm und drang of a market system.
And so you get to pick the term from the above list with which you will henceforth reference healthcare in the USA.
If you have any liberal neighbors, go over to their house tonight after they are asleep and remove a couple of their favorite shrubs.