Listen, if you didn’t know you’re bein’ scammed, you’re too fuckin’ dumb to keep this job. If you did know, you were in on it. Either way, you’re out. ~ Sam “Ace” Rothstein
We should be angry because either our President lied or he didn’t understand his healthcare plan well enough to let us know that many people would lose their current healthcare policies. We should be angry because Republicans offer no solution to the problem, instead they simply say we don’t like what is there or offer half baked proposals so they can say they’ve offered an alternative. We should be angry because the President’s comment that people will now be able to keep their healthcare is also a lie because the only groups that will decide that are the insurance companies themselves and the state insurance regulators. So why are so many breathing a sigh of relief? We should be angry because many people have already either been cancelled or they have bought plans on the exchange for a higher cost because they believe they had no alternative to protect themselves and their families, and the President’s latest comments provide no explanation on what those people are entitled to do at this point. We should be angry because there is still yet another gap in coverage for those in states that decided to not expand Medicaid and for them, there is no viable solution. We should be angry because of all of the facebook posts over the past 3 months that opined one way or the other, and yet NEVER once did I read the facts as they have transpired. And all of this information was available, to all of us. There are no surprises here. All of this is easily known and understood just by reading the act. But I bet none of those who have posted how much they either love or hate the ACA actually read it or asked the simple questions such as, “what happens to current policy holders that hold policies that do not comply with the current ACA?”. That one question was all anyone needed to ask and answer that would have told you that these people would not be able to keep their insurance. But instead we turn now to the President and indignantly exclaim: “You lied to us!” Isn’t it our responsibility to be critical thinkers? Isn’t it our responsibility to find out things for ourselves? I am not defending the President’s actions, I am disgusted by it. To quote the Casino character, Sam “Ace” Rothstein: “Listen, if you didn’t know you’re bein’ scammed, you’re too fuckin’ dumb to keep this job. If you did know, you were in on it. Either way, you’re out.” But it doesn’t change the fact that De Niro’s character took it upon himself to be observant and to find out what was going on for himself. We didn’t do even that. And now we are here pointing fingers. We should be angry. But most of all we should be angry at ourselves. There is still much more to learn before this is all over. It’s up to us to learn it. Nobody else will do this for us.