Obamacare is a lottery...and you lose, sucker

Wrong man, wrong plan. Would you bet on a horse that is a community organizer?  Photo: (AP)

NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 3, 2013 – It is becoming increasingly obvious that some Americans will benefit from Obamacare, but most of us will lose our doctors, our hospitals, in fact our entire heath care plans because, in horseplayer parlance, there’s a sucker born every minute, and suckers are us! We gambled on the wrong man.

The wrong man came up with the wrong plan.

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That is like buying a lottery ticket and hoping that blind luck will win us that million dollars against incredible odds.

Blind luck means exactly that…we take a chance on a ticket or a man eyes wide shut.

So ninety nine percent of the time we lose. It is all about risk — gambling. We are a nation of gamblers. By the millions, we are at the casinos chasing the dream at the slots or we are at the convenience store chasing the same dream if only the next lottery purchase will hear our prayer.

We are a nation of gamblers and dreamers and we voted for a man who dreamed a dream, and we fell for him, and we voted for him, and we lost with him.

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We tossed the dice. He promised us hope and change. So here we are with change – call it Obama-lottery – but no hope.

Obama-lottery will never get fixed because it is a gamble against our health. This is one place where there should be no gambling, and yet this is the wager we chose…and this will never get fixed as many times as Jay Carney paints lipstick on this nag.

This much must be said for those of us who play the horses as opposed to those who play the lopsided odds when they vote for president: At least we study the Racing Form before we pick out a horse. We handicap. We use science and intelligence. We check out the horse’s lineage, his breeding.

We know in an instant all about his family, his training, his connections.

Then we measure his successes against his failures by charting his Past Performance.

Is he a winner, a loser? Can he be relied upon to put forth an honest effort? Can he be trusted?

So when we finally put down our two dollars at the window, we know there is risk, but we also know what we are getting.

We knew nothing about Obama when we gambled on him at the voting booth. The Past Performance chart gave us practically zero.

Community organizer? That’s it? Would you bet on a horse that is a community organizer?  

What we did know about Obama – Rev. Wright and all that – should have been a warning, not a bet.

So what can you possibly say if you voted for him once, and then twice, but find your health care services dashed and vanished thanks to the Obama-lottery?

Too late to get your money back. No refunds at this window. But what did you expect?

Still, though, Obama has his followers. He still has his dreamers. He is now “unfavorable” to about 40 percent of the country. People say that is low. Wrong. This is high. Low is 20 percent. The 40 percent figure means that still, almost half the country wants more of the same, yes, more of that Obama-lottery.

Gamblers like this, we call them compulsive – and we urge them to seek help immediately.

If they can still find a doctor.

The latest from bestseller Jack Engelhard, the gambling novel Compulsive, here


















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Jack Engelhard

Jack Engelhard enjoys international fame as a novelist for such moral dilemma bestsellers as The Bathsheba Deadline, The Girls of Cincinnati, and the classic Indecent Proposal, which was turned into film starring Robert Redford and Demi Moore. His memoir Escape From Mount Moriah has been acclaimed for excellence and a movie version was an official selection at CANNES. Slot Attendant – A Novel About A Novelist is Engelhard’s partly autobiographical expose about the trials of making it as a writer. Engelhard’s journalism covers all topics, with special focus on  the absurdity of human behavior, and reaches around the globe. He can be contacted at www.jackengelhard.com


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