New Obamacare Parody T-shirt: ‘Amazing’
October 14, 2014
In 2012, conservatives remarked that government is much worse at many things than the free market, and asked, Do you want your health care to be more like using Amazon.com, or more like the Bureau of Motor Vehicles? Here’s conservative blogger Wintery Knight, July 5th, 2012:
I think this is important because conservatives are constantly being portrayed as “mean” in the media because we don’t embrace big government health care solutions. Everyone agrees on the problems, and everyone wants to help. The difference is that we conservatives think that health care is better when it is run profitably and is responsive to consumers and offers choice, low prices and high quality — like Amazon. . . .
The alternative is Department of Motor Vehicles health care — long lines, huge budget overruns, one-size-fits-all, lousy service and nowhere else to go for better service.
(Since then, the Veterans’ Affairs scandals have invited critics to point to that agency as well, as an example of how poorly the government might be able to handle running our health care.)
Oddly, President Obama picked up this theme a year later, promising that the Obamacare health-insurance exchanges would be just like Amazon. From a speech he gave on September 26th, 2013:
But if you go to HealthCare.gov, you can look and they’ll tell you where to go. They’ll link to your state.
Now, this is real simple. It’s a website where you can compare and purchase affordable health insurance plans, side-by-side, the same way you shop for a plane ticket on Kayak — (laughter) — same way you shop for a TV on Amazon.
It was a theme he made sure to repeat. From a speech he gave on October 1st, 2013:
So if these stories of hardworking Americans sound familiar to you, well, starting today, you and your friends and your family and your coworkers can get covered, too. Just visit healthcare.gov, and there you can compare insurance plans, side by side, the same way you’d shop for a plane ticket on Kayak or a TV on Amazon.
It appears that Obromneycare is like Amazon Health Care! Under the brand new insurance exchanges, health insurance consumers can shop and compare policies and prices (just like on Amazon!) of health care plans.
As we now know, Health Care.gov was a spectacular failure, justly becoming the object of many parodies. The Washington Examiner examined “What Amazon would look like if it was an Obamacare health exchange website”. The blog For What It’s Worth quipped, “Amazon’s open for business this morning – Obamacare? Er, …. That’s ’cause Amazon’s run by greedy capitalists who don’t care about people while ObamaCare is powered by good intentions.” Remy and Reason TV produced several parody songs, including the “Healthcare Mash” and a rap that mentions the Amazon argument.
We also know that Obamacare is resulting in more taxes, more health-care spending, a worsening doctor shortage, fewer jobs, fewer hours, and lower wages—and that even at this cost, far from insuring everyone, the law to date has left more than 40 million Americans uninsured.
So it’s time for me to add my contribution to the proud line of parodies of Obamacare and the president’s extravagant promises. I give you the “Amazing” Obamacare parody T-shirt, currently available starting at $11 through Cafe Press or starting at $16 through Zazzle (minus whatever discounts Zazzle is offering on any given day). Enjoy!
Update (October 23rd, 2014): Too controversial for Cafe Press! This shirt is now available exclusively from Zazzle; Cafe Press refuses to sell it (they’re sometimes squeamish about things they’re afraid might attract the attention of lawyers). Get yours from Zazzle now!