Loyal foot soldiers that they are, President Obama's media minions fell right in line, some with more alacrity than others. The New York Daily News' cover headline, for example, screamed: “House of Turds,” piling the blame on Republicans for the “government shutdown.” A cover photo depicted Speaker John Boehner with bloody hands.
Blood! A partial shutdown of non-essential government services and the Speaker has blood on his hands! If less gung-ho, other Obama media battalions rallied to the administration trumpet, hyping the temporary closing of Independence Hall and Statue of Liberty tours as a catastrophe, an abomination, the advent of hell on earth. You could read on and on — and watch on and on — without learning that the Marines hadn't actually been disbanded, the Air Force hadn't actually been grounded, Social Security checks hadn't actually been cut off.
A Greek chorus of Democrats took up a wailing lamentation at the horror of it all. Hunger! Deprivation! Suffering! Death! Plundering, right-wing Tea Party hordes trampling all that is decent and dear underfoot! Every Democratic sentence uttered suddenly was ending in an exclamation point.
Meanwhile — speaking of disaster — the wobbly, unwieldy, bureaucratic Rube Goldberg machine of ObamaCare was rolled out. Thanks to those House Turds, however, attention was fixed on the cataclysmic shutdown. Best friends Obama ever had, those House Turds.
Folks all over the country were reported to be attempting — futilely — to log onto those brand-new “exchanges” for their free or cut-rate medical coverage.
Those seeking ObamaCare subsidies were given the green light for “self-attestation,” i.e., invited to submit unverified data regarding their eligibility for subsidies.
Well, no matter. Glitched-up computer programs were reported to be unable to calculate amounts of subsidies due, anyway.
Meanwhile, the younger adult demographics — comprising some of the heretofore most fervent Obamaphiles — are set up to be the funding work horses of ObamaCare, to pay into the new system much more they're calculated to extract from the system in medical benefits. But will they turn out to be so easily gulled that they'll sign up for mandatory coverage when it'll be much, much cheaper simply pay a fine for not doing so — a fine, by the way, that has no collection mechanism?
And since one of the free-lunch wonders of ObamaCare is that medical coverage may no longer be denied for a pre-existing condition, isn't it possible — maybe even likely — that many folks will opt to save themselves a bundle by not bothering to sign up until they get sick? That'd throw a wrench in the Rube Goldberg machine, wouldn't it?
If there hadn't been a budget “crisis” as a distraction to coincide with the rollout of ObamaCare, the administration would have had to cook one up. The House Turds, however, helpfully saw to that.