It’s an image obviously designed to make liberal supporters of the Affordable Care Act swell with pride – an overly muscular man labelled “Obamacare” stands over a frightened and feeble elephant hiding under his bed.
“Remember all that stuff you said you were gonna do to him if you ever got the chance?” Uncle Sam tells the elephant.
The truth in this political cartoon is that Republicans are just as powerless to stop Obamacare today as they were when it passed in 2010. But there’s something really telling about the choice to depict the ACA as an intimidating figure, and it underscores the whole problem with entitlement culture.
When governments decide to introduce new entitlement programs, there’s almost no way to go back — which is precisely why conservatives were so skeptical about moving forward with Obamacare in the first place. The more the underclass becomes reliant on these programs, the easier it is for the left to drum up support against the Republicans for trying to take them away — or even scale them back.
Every day the Republicans fail to repeal Obamacare outright puts us ever close to a European-style single-payer healthcare system. Perhaps this is what Democrats have been planning all along.
~ Facts Not Memes