ObamaCare’s Liberal Greed

health-care-costs-moneyOliver Stone made Gordon Gekko and his famous quote “Greed is Good” into everything that was wrong with capitalism. A quarter of a century later, liberal politicians like Obama and Bill de Blasio are still running against Gordon Gekko while pocketing his contributions and doing special favors for him.

Their class warfare is as nakedly greedy as Gordon Gekko shouting into a brick of a cell phone. Class warfare is the greed of the con artist playing on the stupid greed of his mark who wants to steal from someone else, but lacks the skill and daring to do anything but sign on to someone else’s scheme.

The only way to get conned is to get greedy. The con artist plays on his mark’s desire to get something for nothing. That’s why every piece of advice about not getting conned begins with “If it’s too good to be too true…”

When Obama promised Americans that if they liked their health plan, they could keep their health plan, that everyone would somehow get more while paying less, it should have triggered all those “If it’s too good to be true” alarms.

You can’t get something for nothing. Insurance companies are not about to go out of business or even take a serious hit to their profits. So where was all that extra free stuff going to come from?

The mandate was another element of the con. Those who had health insurance assumed that forcing lots of healthy people into paying for policies they didn’t want and wouldn’t use would cover the costs for those who did. But that was a distraction. The only way that the numbers would really work was by cancelling policies and hiking premiums.

The loud outcry from those who supported ObamaCare only to discover that their policies are gone is that of the greedy mark who thought that he was cheating someone else, only to discover that he was the one being cheated all along.

Those Americans who thought that liberal greed was better than the capitalist kind are discovering that they weren’t the con artists; instead they were the marks of men who make Gordon Gekko look like a saint. Capitalists even at their worst occasionally create value. The left at its best only destroys value.

The 99% campaign of Occupy Wall Street was a greedier scam than anything Gordon Gekko would have imagined. It convinced millions that there was a 1% that would pay for everything that liberal politicians were promising them. But when the liberal bill comes due; it’s always the middle class that pays.

ObamaCare was a monumental con. And too many people who should have known better forgot the same lesson they were forced to relearn every April about who really pays for everything.

As Gordon Gekko said, “It’s a zero sum game, somebody wins, somebody loses.” Most of those signing on to the ObamaCare election express in 2012 understood that. But they thought that they would win and that somebody else would lose.

You can’t be conned unless you get greedy. The easiest kind of person to cheat is looking for shortcuts.

But there’s something that every Democrat who holds a non-government job and pays actual taxes needs to understand; the only way to win in the liberal zero sum game is to either work for the government or not work at all.

If you work, if you earn money, then you lose.

ObamaCare was yet another wealth redistribution scheme. It was a liberal Gordon Gekko with a teleprompter selling good liberal greed. Everyone would win, except for the people being robbed.

There are no movies made about the evils of good liberal greed, even though good liberal greed turned Russia, China and Cambodia into charnel houses filled with corpses. The 1% of Communist Party members won and the 99% got a grave, a gulag or a miserable life of working in a bad job at low pay.

When all was said and done, there was no land or bread or peace. It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that ObamaCare doesn’t really offer health care. It takes the health care you had and increases the price you pay for it, makes it harder to access and more expensive to use.

When someone promises you more of a finite quantity of something without having to give anything up, you know you’re being conned. But the left has done such a fine job of teaching people that liberal greed is good that their victims are no longer even able to recognize their base emotions as greed. They associate being conned with high moral values. When someone offers them stolen property, they feel that they’re being good people by accepting.

“Why shouldn’t you have X, Y or Z?”, the  Obamas and de Blasios ask  the eager crowds. The answer is that robbery only works if you’re the robber. Not if you’re the one encouraging the robber go about his business in the expectation that he will rob your neighbor down the block who has three cars and two leather sofas and leave you alone because you only have two cars and one leather sofa.

Class warfare cons the middle class into thinking that it’s going to be doing the robbing when it’s actually the one being robbed. Class warfare makes its victims complicit in its criminality. And like many victims of cons, it leaves them too ashamed to come forward and complain for fear of admitting their own guilt.

Liberal greed, like all greed, blinds people to their own character flaws, it encourages them to think that they can steal from someone else and get away with it when they’re really stealing from themselves.

The cancelled policies, high premiums and deductibles are only the first part of the ObamaCare bill. The real bill will take years to arrive and it will be much bigger and uglier.

The first phase of the ObamaCare con is wrapping up. Like all cons, those who pulled it off have a choice between flying away to Argentina with briefcases of money or doubling down and convincing the mark that even though he lost money this time around, he can get it all back and make even more money if he commits to the next phase of the con.

The next phase of the con is being previewed by Robert Reich and Paul Krugman. The endgame is health care nationalization. It’s an American NHS complete with death panels and unsustainable spending. The only question is will the marks of the ObamaCare con wake up now that their money is as lost as an advance fee sent to a Nigerian 411 scammer or will they go on making the same mistakes all over again.

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  • Jon_Babtist

    Now that ObamaCare has been such a stunning success,
    it is time to move on to comprehensive immigration reform.

    • davarino

      Ya, open your pocket books, cause there are about to be a lot of immigrants that need us to pay for their health care, and social security, and ….etc.

  • Naresh Krishnamoorti

    Excellent analysis. This is why conservatives find it hard to understand how liberals keep making the same policy mistakes over and over again, without learning a thing.
    In the minds of liberal leaders, these policies were never designed to work the way they were advertised to their middle class “marks.” Liberals leaders aren’t worried about correcting their mistakes, or the so-called “unintended consequences.” They’re only worried about deflecting the blame, and keeping their marks in the dark by any means possible. The media helps; so does political correctness, the dumbing down of the public education system, and the force-feeding of guilt.
    Liberal policies are designed to manipulate people’s greed, envy, and hatred into means for amassing wealth and power to their designers. Toni Townes-Whitley and Solyndra are good examples of how that’s supposed to work.

  • DogmaelJones1

    Not to sound like I applaud Gordon Gekko, but greed IS good. You wouldn’t be alive if you weren’t “greedy.” But there’s a difference between honest greed for life, liberty, and property, and the unearned. All those people who were expecting the guy down the street to be conned and robbed, secretly expected to benefit from the unearned. Not only are they “too ashamed to come forward and complain for fear of admitting their own guilt,” they’re too ashamed to admit their gullibility. Like all my former friends who voted for Obama — twice. Brothers and sisters, you asked for it.

    • Sheik Yerbouti

      You said something here that really reaches me; “Like all my former friends who voted for Obama — twice”. I have also experienced this. For years my friends have accepted my moderate, middle of the road stance on politics. I’m called a Liberal-Republican and a Conservative-Democrat in the same breath sometimes. I just try to chart a logical path through the madness.

      With Obama all that changed. I watched my friends fall under a hard left leaning Svengali spell. It was gradual for a few months, then it was like someone had set off an a-hole bomb. While I agree that SOME safety net programs are a good idea, I was instantly lamented for not agreeing to them all. Any discussion I wanted to have about healthcare and the ACA was pushed back in my face. I was accused of being in the Tea Party and the final nail was being called a “racist” for disagreeing with Obama.

      My friends had turned into the Huffington Post on me!

      I wonder if there is any cure for them? And it makes me wonder how many other moderate people have experienced this. Having their lives turned into an episode of the Political Walking Dead!

      • DogmaelJones1

        I’m not a “moderate” for anything. I’m a “radical for capitalism.” But it seems that the only cure for people who voted for Obama twice is reality, in this instance, “sticker shock” over what they’ll be paying for health insurance. But many of them will also rationalize their astonishment by resorting to the old defense of Communism: it’s “good” in theory but we need to have people who will make it work correctly without causing suffering and death. But Obamacare is neither good in theory nor good in practice. It is evil in intent and in application. So, as with Benghazi, one can say of Obama and Sebelius and Pelosi: “Obama lied, and people died.”

      • Daniel Greenfield

        Some of it is the media echo chamber. As the media has gotten more radicalized, the people who just repeat back its talking points are more radical.

        • truebearing

          So, Marxists spawn marks-ists.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Get yourself some new friends.
        Leave an opening for the time, if ever, they wake up and see that the Emperor has no clothes.

    • Leland64

      Question: What is the government “take” of the increased insurance premiums? Surely there is a payoff for mandating insurance with mandated features. Finder’s fee? Commission? Tax?

      • DogmaelJones1

        That information may come out later, about which insurance companies will “profit” the most, and how the government will “profit” from the exchanges. At the moment, the administration is in a put-out-the-fire mode, and it’s not doing very well.

  • truebearing

    Great post! The fools got fooled. Let’s hope they don’t get fooled again.

    Marx coined the term “capitalism.” He used the term as a pejorative, but actually emulated the strategies and success of capitalism, but wanted more than immense amounts of money. He created a political religion to corner the market on all political power, which necessarily means he would also control all capital. Marx was far more rapacious than the greediest capitalist. In effect, he was a political monopolist.

    Like Gramsci, who admired the power of the Catholic Church, Marx envied the power amassed by capitalists. Envy has always been the tool of Marxist class warfare. Envy was at the core of Marxism from the very beginning and envy is what made all of Obama’s marks fall for his lies.

  • pupsncats

    I think they will make the same mistakes again. Think of Social Security and Medicare, the other two great cons that everyone is forced to support and think of how much people love it even though the government makes promises and then changes the rules just about the time you thought you might get something for nothing. Those that got in the system in the beginning, like all Ponzi schemes, got a lot for their money but as the years go by, the newer conned pay more and get less and as more time goes by, some may get nothing, or a lot less and won’t get what they were promised.

    The same is true for Obamacare. It was built on the same false promises as Social Security and Medicare, designed to grow government, steal from the middle class, make the young poorer, and sold to Americans as a safety net against a future that no one can predict. (The only real prediction is that it will cost taxpayers more and everyone will get less.) But years from now, when most of one’s earnings and wealth are confiscated to pay for Social Security, Medicare, Obamacare and the higher and higher taxes required to fund these programs, people will be screaming “don’t touch my Obamacare!”.

  • Roadmaster

    The Ponzi schemes of SocSecurity and Medicare worked in the long run because they were just little nibbles that people got used to. ObamaCare is different because it takes a HUGE BITE out of everyone who isn’t in the “club,” so much so even Lefties are feeling it.

    The con-men were betting that people are so much dumber than they used to be, they’ll eventually accept this scam also, but I don’t think they were planning on so many of their minions wising up and turning on them. Robbing Peter to pay Paul is great, until you find out you’re Peter.

    The time tested technique of “creating” the narrative (free health care for all) and then building the bridge to it is failing so miserably because this bridge is built with toothpicks and chewing gum, with a lot of smoke and mirrors besides, and this fact is glaringly obvious to even the dullest of dimwits.

    The so-called Affordable Healthcare Act is a primer for greed, incompetence and arrogance – the best example for why BIG gubmint IS NOT the be all/end all we’ve ever seen. Especially Socialist/Progressive/Marxist gubmint….

  • EVILHASWONAGAIN

    Pray for obama’s well being, cancer must be attacking his brain….God willing….

  • tagalog

    Liberal/progressive greed: “we want people to be better than they are, RIGHT NOW.”

    Ordinary response: ‘Uh, that sounds good, I like the idea of people being better right now…’

    Liberal/progressive reply: “government is the only way to make people better, because government can be relied on to be fair.”

    Ordinary response: “Uh, okay…”

    Method: compulsory laws followed by re-education, labor camps, and prison camps.

  • http://www.clarespark.com/ Clare Spark

    On confidence men, no one said it better than Herman Melville in his great book The Confidence Man. See http://clarespark.com/2010/11/06/moderate-men-falling-down/. “Moderate men falling down.” I quoted Melville there and also described the con of the neutral state where all conflict can be mediated.

  • physicsnut

    Don’t you just love it when Douhat says “ASKING some people to pay more” …
    excuse me ? where is “ASKING” in obamacare legislation ????????
    fiddling with the coverage and deductables is now these stupid socialists have been screwing up insurance – for decades. They did it at the state level, and now are doing it at the federal level. Anything that spreads the misery around is fine with them.
    If it is YOUR money, how come some jerk gets to tell you what to buy ?

  • Ken Lewis

    Brilliant article, sadly, no liberal ever reading this article will ackinowledge a single one of it’s many truths.

    • Ken Lewis

      Okay it posted before my proofread but you get the gist.

      • CowboyUp

        Obvious typo (the i key borders the k), I always ignore those.

        • bleedinell

          Please report to the spelling kommissar first thing in the morning.

          • CowboyUp

            “But, but, spel chick was off helping out a sick relative, kommissar.”

  • Murray

    The $64,000 question is: Will the parasitic class after a century of Marxist infection finally kill its host? Or, will the reality of Obamacare spark a miraculous revival of free capitalist sanity and thereby rescue the U.S.A in 2016? Let’s do what we can to assist the latter.

    • Kahane had it right!!

      Under Hillary? Doubt it.

  • Mike Wilson

    There are so many phrases I wanted to quote in this article that I finally gave up. I felt like “Yeh bitch! Magnets!” Greed! Something for nothing. Well done Daniel Greenfield

  • Horace Yo

    Yes, brilliant analysis, con artists’ marks deserve to lose their lifes savings (and eventually their lives) for being thieves at heart but this time they are using our lives and our money instead of theirs. They will double down and sacrifice more of us. They are just getting started. It will get very personal down at the hospital, and in our neighborhoods during the inevitable collapse. Liberal fools dig in, can’t admit they were wrong. Dogs of war bite.

  • bob e

    great essay dan…right on the money..

  • tagalog

    It’s less like a con game than the old story about how the Devil persuaded a man to sell him his soul by promising him eternal life. The guy wanted eternal life so badly, he forgot who he was dealing with. He gave up his soul and got eternal life with him growing old beginning at around age 60 or 70 and continuing to deteriorate with age for eternity.

    Not a con game, just the usual reliance on our unwillingness to think things through.

  • Biff Henderson

    America, land of the free (ride). Leave no crack unfilled. We as a people will not be satisfied until the social safety net becomes an embankment that keeps poverty at bay.

  • aposematic

    Brilliant summary of the political con game surrounding ObumaNOcare. Now lets continue with the political con of two politically opposed Parties.

  • global payer

    Very good analysis..For the majority of Americans with employer-sponsored health insurance, or Medicare or military insurance, Obamacare will not change the way they get insurance.

    http://www.globalpayerresource.com

  • Steve Bryant

    Sorry Mr. Greenfield, but when we get to point to where I have to worry about whether the president of the United States is telling me a bold faced lie on film by thinking it’s too good to be true, then we are finished if he isn’t held accountable. Judging from the majority of our national press and the unofficial spokesmen for the black community, we are now sadly past that point.