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Doing The ACA Striptease
Every time I turn on a network or local newscast that has a story about the Affordable Care Act, I feel like I am walking into an old, dingy strip club. The pounding drone of endless corporate advertising sounds like the sleazy, cheesy music that provides the pulsating rhythm for strippers to ply their wares. The newscasters who jump from sensational story to sensational story remind me of leering strip club hosts. Their viewers remind me of the typical strip show customer staring at the stage, mouth open, totally entranced.
The Affordable Care Act started out respectably enough fully clothed with the best of intentions to fix a broken healthcare system and extend its lifesaving protection to people who have been left to fend for themselves in a country that seemingly didn't care. During the Affordable Care Act's proud younger days, her manager was talking about her becoming single payer healthcare or having a public option. That didn't sit well with the people sitting in the first row who looked like GOP politicians and kept yelling take it off, take it off every time corporate types, possibly insurance people who were siting behind them whispered in their ears. Even though her manager promised to keep her act dignified, he prompted her from backstage to take off a few layers of requirements.
The hoi polloi sitting in the cheap seats took their cues from the club host who kept saying things like remember, if you don't like this act, her manager promised that he would let you see last week's act. The guys in the cheap seats started booing and joined the big shots in the first row in chanting “take it off, take it off.” The manager prompted her to take off more to appease the hoi polloi who were instigated by the host and the guys in the first row. She kept being badgered. Finally, she nervously and reluctantly complied.
This cycle kept repeating itself until The Affordable Care Act was stripped bare and became deathly ill. The corporate types in the second row whispered to the politicians in the first row, “good, now we can get our favorite act back.” The moral of the story? Draw your own conclusions!!
2/19/2021 11:57:46 pm
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