5 Reasons to Be Thankful for Obamacare

turkeyIt’s been nearly impossible to find any positive news about the Affordable Care Act lately.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen the roll-out of a $600 million website that didn’t work. We’ve discovered that the Obama administration outright lied to the American public about several of the law’s selling points. We’ve witnessed the cancellations of millions of Americans’ existing insurance plans, and sharp increases in premiums and deductibles of many of the plans that weren’t cancelled. And just the other day, we found out that the number of people who have actually enrolled in Obamacare’s healthcare exchanges has barely topped 100,000 – a profoundly embarrassing figure that was nowhere near the administration’s already weak projections.

And it doesn’t appear that the news will be getting any better either. Several economists and policy experts are projecting that when Obamacare’s employer mandate kicks in next year, many more millions of Americans will have their insurance policies cancelled, their work hours cut back, or perhaps even lose their jobs as a result of employers adjusting their business models to comply with the ACA’s regulations.

Still, I think it’s important, especially with the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaching, to take an optimist’s approach in our assessment of Obamacare. This is the season, after all, where we’re supposed to take a step back and feel thankful for the many things we have in our lives. And with the Affordable Care Act now playing a significant role in many of our lives, I figured I’d list five reasons for why we should all be thankful for it:

New Jobs

After five years of unemployment above 7%, and a more and more people continuing to drop out of the American workforce, we can at least take some satisfaction in knowing that at least three jobs were created as a result of Obamacare. I’m talking, of course, about those of the super-cool “bros” from the “Thanks, Obamacare” campaign running in my home state of Colorado (pictured below).

Super-cool Obamacare bros

Super-cool Obamacare bros

We’ve seen them discussed a fair amount on cable news lately, those beer-guzzling, radical dudes who’ve been telling us how gnarly it is to have their keg-stand stunts and girlfriends’ birth control covered under Obamacare. Sure, one might interpret their jobs as serving no practical purpose other than reminding people that Colorado recently legalized pot, but with young adults having an especially tough time in this economy, it’s nice to that there is indeed work available for those with unidentifiable talent.

And really, this could just be the beginning of a big jobs boom within certain industries. Just think of all of the new personnel that country clubs across the nation will surely need to hire in order to accommodate the needs of the many doctors who’ll soon be retiring early from their practices to avoid all the crippling regulations and bureaucracy put into law by the Affordable Care Act. Sure, we’ll have fewer practicing doctors among us, but for every medical professional that society loses, we may just gain a new golf caddy!

Smarter Spending Habits

With less take-home income in our pockets as a result of the rising insurance premiums, deductibles, and healthcare in general, we’re less likely to spend our money on things we really don’t need… like family vacations, eating out, hobbies, and all those other extraneous activities that make life enjoyable.

A More Honest America

We’ve all done it before. We’ve told our bosses or friends that we were late for work or an event because a doctor’s appointment ran long, even if that wasn’t quite the truth.

But thanks to Obamacare, there’s an increased likelihood that if we use that excuse in the future, we won’t be lying. Our country is already dealing with an alarming shortage of primary care providers. And with the remaining providers being discouraged from keeping their offices open by the massive bureaucracy behind Obamacare (while people who are newly insured are being added to the numbers seeking regular treatment), significantly longer waiting lines are undoubtedly in our future.

Thus, we can thank Obamacare for relieving us of the pressure of having to come up with phony excuses for our tardiness.

Easier Christmas Shopping

Let’s face it: Shopping for Christmas presents for our children can be a trying experience. The toys and games our kids want aren’t always the kinds of things we would prefer they have, whether it be due to price, impracticality, or other reasons. Yet, our children write up their gift lists each year, present them to the Santas at the local malls, and go to bed on Christmas Eve dreaming about waking up the next morning and finding some of those items waiting for them under trees or in stockings.

With a high-profile precedent recently set by President Obama, however, parents have been handed a creative public-relations tool for dealing with disappointed children who end up not getting what they wanted. Parents can simply tell them that their choice was “sub-par” and that they’re not smart enough to know what they really wanted.

Therapy for Internet Addiction

Internet addiction adversely affects many families in this country every year, whether it comes in the form of online gambling, excessive video game playing, pornographic websites, or an unhealthy amount of time being wasted on social media.

Obamacare, however has changed all of that. For every hour someone spends online trying to figure out how to use the Healthcare.gov website without it crashing or losing the data they’ve entered, they’re spending one less hour feeding their self-degrading Internet vices.

In fact, it stands to reason that because the user experience on Healthcare.gov is so excruciatingly bad, it might actually cause many people to sour on the Internet all together. That’s a good thing, because when someone’s sitting out on their front porch, feeling defeated and sobbing over their experience, they’re less likely to suffer from computer eye strain and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.From a Dead Sleep by John A. Daly

So you see, there is room to look at Obamacare from a glass-half-full perspective. And if we can keep that in mind throughout the holiday season, it might help us momentarily forget about all of the additional hardships that are coming our way once the healthcare law is fully implemented.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

 

 

 

Author Bio:

John Daly couldn't have cared less about world events and politics until the horrific 9/11 terrorist attacks changed his perspective. Since then, he's been deeply engaged in the news of the day with a particular interest in how that news is presented. Realizing the importance of the media in a free, democratic society, John has long felt compelled to identify media injustices when he sees them. With a B.S. in Business Administration, and a 16 year background in software and web development, John has found that his real passion is for writing. His first novel, entitled "From a Dead Sleep", is now on sale! He lives in Northern Colorado with his wife and two children. Like John on Facebook. Follow John on Twitter.
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  • Joel Wischkaemper

    I need to know something.
    1. I need to know if the African Americans voted almost exclusively for Barrack Obama.
    2. If the first African American party nominee to the Presidency had been a conservative in the Republican Party, would they have, again, voted almost exclusively for that conservative nominee?

    • Brian Fr Langley

      Polls showed Obama captured a staggering % of the black vote. I don’t remeber the exact number now, but I believe it was north of 80%. For some insight into Democrats and the black vote Anne Coulter has pointed out the obvious. It was Southern Democrats (who for more than a century) stymied blacks at every opportunity. The Ku Klux Klan was virtually 100% Democratic right into the mid 20th century. The Democrats not only supported slavery, but well into the 70’s many (if not most) still opposed integration. It’s only incessant media lies that paints Republicans as racist. The real shame is most Americans don’t KNOW their own history. Their worldview has become a caricature of a mainstream media cartoon, designed to infantalize, feminize, and otherwise dumb down Marxism’s biggest threat. Educated, knowledgable, Americans. Happily for them, it’s working.

      • sinz54

        In 2008, Obama won 96% (!!!) of the black vote, according to exit polls.
        In 1996 (I think it was), there was talk about Colin Powell running for President on the Republican ticket that year. But he didn’t excite the black community the way Obama did. Because of the party he belonged to, and because of his more moderate policies.

        I remember black commentators seriously debating whether Colin Powell was “black enough.”

        For many years, white segregationists and blacks shared the Dem Party. Why would blacks do that? FDR and Truman had won the loyalty of blacks with social programs and with Truman’s decision to integrate the armed forces.

      • D Parri

        I saw a report 2 days ago that reflected 75% of blacks responding to a poll APPROVED of BO’s handling of OCare. There’s got to be some racial motivations going on there. Just sayin’….

    • Wheels55

      OK. We got our first black President. Hopefully the next one will be qualified for the job and not just forced into place for the sake of history.
      How about we get the first female President out of the way and have a smart and hard working black at the same time? Condi Rice for President.

  • Joel Wischkaemper

    And with the remaining providers being discouraged from keeping their offices open by the massive bureaucracy behind Obamacare.

    ————————————-
    This is a deep, deep well. I tossed a stone in it years ago, and still haven’t heard the splash. The Government made sure we could all have health care, and the consequences are as bad as they can get, and we are looking at what we got.

    We need to undo what we have done, subsidize the schools that create doctors in this country, and start getting this mess undone. I think though, Obama Care has made that a bloody, difficult chore.

  • gold7406

    Bernie made a comment a few months ago about indiscriminate tolerance. is there any other administration in history we would have let get away with all of this, without a call for resignation?

    • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

      Nope.

      • Joel Wischkaemper

        I am not sure ‘Nope’ is correct. We get a new toy every four or eight years, and the new is always far more glittery than the old. Some consider the old after the fact, but the information on the Presidency is not reveled for decades, and the information on the old is so complicated and extensive, it ..isn’t.. analysed.
        More importantly, this is a new age and how we do things with the Presidency has to change in a very big way. I think we are moving toward a very, very dangerous time and we need to be careful about this analysis. Nope is just not enough.

      • D Parri

        Agreed, John.

  • Gratefulconservative

    Another Obamacare LIE; it is not affecting medicare recipients. I say Poo Poo on that one! Since I haven’t been in for a visit in a while, even though I have been seeing the same doctor for the last 20 years; I am considered a new patient!!!!! AND guess what?! HE ISN’T TAKING ANY NEW PATIENTS!!!!! What a gas! I can tell them where to put their OBAMA DOES NOT CARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • sjangers

    I appreciate your positive attitude, John. If you look hard enough, you really can find the good in almost anything.

    I liked your unintended benefit number three of Obamacare. Honesty is always a good policy, even if it’s being forced on you. That rather reminds me of a former employer who felt the same way. They did away with our system of vacation, holidays and sick time, and replaced it with a number of days each year called ‘personal time off’. They may also have taken five days of leave time away from us but the benefit of it all, they assured us, was that employees no longer had to justify taking sick time. It was all just personal time. That was a huge benefit because, they said, it would save us from calling in and lying about illness when we just wanted to take off a day, something they apparently believed was a huge problem in our organization. Of course there were a lot of problems in that organization. For one, I’m pretty sure the members of the management team that came up with that justification for the PTO policy were all Democrats.

    I’m optimistic that we might eventually discover a sixth reason to be thankful for Obamacare. As we watch the arrogant ambitions of the President and the Congressional Democrats collapse into a stinking pile of decomposing hubris and incompetence, I’m hoping that schadenfreude will help keep us warm through a cold New England winter. If I’m still around in the spring, I’ll forward the news so you can update this column.

  • kayakbob

    ..and internet addiction is a myth. We can stop any time we want…..honest…really…trust me.

    • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

      lol.

  • kayakbob

    thanks John.

  • cmacrider

    John: Conservatives and Republicans should be thankful that this statist overreach … this extravaganza in central planning … is proving the wisdom of small limited government.

    • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

      I hope that’s the case, but I’ve learned not to underestimate the inability of the public to identify effects with their causes.

    • Joel Wischkaemper

      I would leap all over this idea with kisses, hugs, love, admiration. And then we pause and look at the old days, and corruption in those individual states, the lack of care in some states, the consequence of 48 different systems of standards and measures of a civilized nation. What we had was 48 very different ways of doing things, and that just did not work, in the old world, or the modern world, at all.

      I would advocate a central government indeed. The man we elect as President then, needs to be vetted to the core, and provided a polygraph concerning his past. You know.. I don’t know what is required, but I know like a rock in my stomach, 50 different ways of doing things won’t work and that devolution of authority to the individual states could create the final sectionalism in this country.

  • Brian Fr Langley

    “It’d be hilarious if it wasn’t wrecking the place”. (Brian Fr Langley). Don’t be so surprised, liberal policies abound with magical thinking. (and they mock our faith).
    .
    Limerick?
    .
    Obama’s armor is finally chinking,
    that’s what you get from magical thinking,
    that health care could be spawned,
    by waving your wand,
    now you’re left with a mess that’ll really start stinking.
    .
    I note the fix is another wave of the wand. I’ll hold up my (magical) scepter and say out loud, (while I click my heels three times) “insurance companies can go ahead and renew your (now) cancelled policies afterall” Sure they will, I’ll bet dozens of insurance company exec’s probaby pee’d themselves (From laughing so hard) when they heard this speech. “Toto, we’re no longer in Kansas”.

    • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

      It really is ridiculous, isn’t it. After 5 years in office, the president still hasn’t a clue how anything in the business community works.

      • Brian Fr Langley

        Of course he has a clue? A business is a filthy, greedy capitalist invention that exists solely to be taxed. You know, by kind hearted, loving their fellow man socialists. And despite the obvious contradiction in the comment, it would pass by them completely unnoticed.

      • Joel Wischkaemper

        How the Hell did the Democrats let that happen to the Democratic Party. The liberal media let it happen to the people of this country, but the Democratic Party let it happened to themselves.

  • Josh

    Oh, yeah. Obama’s so brilliant that even in the midst of utter failure, it’s still a good thing for America. I can just hear the parroted lines repeated ad nauseam now. I’m sure some people don’t see the humor in it and will definitely try to spin it in a positive direction. Sad, but the pickings are right slim.

    I was thinking a teleprompter app for tablets might also become a booming new software addition due to the ACA debacle. There can even be a built-in pronunciation assist for the Debbie Wasserman Schultzes of the world who can’t even give an interview unless it’s scripted and prompted yet still have trouble saying a third-grader’s word like “misled.”

    The Christmas one is my favorite. Being a non-religious person, my Christmas is mostly about the gifts. So now I have a fantastic out. I never could fall back on things like the “spirit of the season,” but I can definitely remind my cousins and nephews that their gift ideas weren’t good enough. So, obviously, getting them some garbage of my choosing is the better option for everyone.

    The brilliance of Obama. He is the gift that just won’t friggin’ stop giving.