Let’s pretend for a moment that you, me, and everyone else is a resident in a land called NETWORK NEWS. For years, you have been paying into a program called, let’s say, MEDICABC. Basically, this is a program that, once you are of a certain age, will provide you with complete coverage for all your health care concerns until the day you die.
Meanwhile, the SERIOUS PEOPLE at the top of NETWORK NEWS spent the last few decades giving themselves and their friends raises, rushing off to foreign lands to spend lots of money on war toys and hookers and beer. While they were doing all that, they were also quietly looting the foundation of NETWORK NEWS, and helped bring on a real economic collapse. Fortunately though, they were able to throw a lot of money at themselves to pay off their debts, and none of the SERIOUS PEOPLE had to suffer, go to jail, or answer for their irresponsibility. One day, though, the SERIOUS PEOPLE look at the books and say “Hey- something’s got to give! We’re running out of loot!”
So they put together this plan to help bring the financial house back in order. What they decide to do is give themselves another round of raises and spend more money on war toys, hookers, and beer, make sure that none of their past raises are undone. How will that fix the financial issue? Well, just wait. They also have decided that MEDICABC will no longer cover all your health care. Instead, they will give you a stipend, expect you to navigate the hundreds of “free market” options, and if you don’t have enough money, then you you just have to eat a bag of salted dicks. One could say that their plan is for you to “Just die already,” but that would be shrill and unserious, so we’ll stick with the bag of salted dicks.
Now, as expected, a lot of people in this land of NETWORK NEWS say “Hey- that sucks. You are ending MEDICABC! What the hell is going on here? What a load of bullshit!”
However, the SERIOUS PEOPLE push back, and a nonpartisan group calls all the residents of NETWORK NEWS who are upset about this a bunch of liar liar pants on fire liars. Then, a man we shall call DICK KLINE writes a piece saying “Hey, look! They aren’t ending MEDICABC! They are just changing the program completely! Politifact says so! Why can’t you all be adults!”
Guess what? We don’t need to pretend about all this. And really,
Dick Kline Rick Klein, who is being the adult and dealing with this honestly?