Sarah Palin says the glitches in the online rollout of the Affordable Care Act are a feature, not a bug.
The former half-term Alaska governor and failed vice presidential candidate suggested Sunday in a Breitbart.com column that design flaws were intentionally implemented to make the system more difficult to use and drive Americans to accept a government fix.
President Barack Obama admitted Monday that the site needed to be overhauled and announced a “tech surge” to make those repairs, but Palin said the eventual fix would be a Canadian-style socialized health care system.
“These unusable Obamacare websites make a reasonable person wonder how this administration could have made such a colossal bungle of the rollout when they are, after all, the same savvy experts who had the most sophisticated and precise campaign websites ever built,” Palin writes. “They could pinpoint voters down to a city block, but they messed up a website that cost the government over $200 million more than it cost Apple to develop the first iPhone. Purposeful?”
Palin says Democrats planned all along to implement a single-payer system of socialized medicine, and she says Americans will embrace it after being forced to sign up for expensive health care using a balky website.
“People will be frustrated, worn out, and broke under this new government burden (and) many will end up concluding they’ll settle for – then demand – full socialized medicine because they’ll see how the unworkable Obamacare will break our health care system (where, presently, no one is turned away from emergency rooms and we have many public and private safety nets for people in need), along with busting our personal bank accounts,” Palin writes. “The cry will go out, ‘Can’t you just put us all in a sort of Medicaid-like system? It’ll be much less confusing than these awful exchange websites and a lot less expensive!’”
Palin again trots out her long-discredited “death panel” warnings and claims that Americans could see their health insurance premiums jump 300 percent for “crappier coverage.
And Palin takes aim at the “GOP establishment” that failed to back Republican lawmakers who tried to defund or delay Obamacare, comparing them to a group of self-interested politicians she encountered while in public office in Alaska.
“Doesn’t it seem like we have a Corrupt Bastards Club in D.C.? On steroids?” Palin writes. “It might not be as oily and obvious as its Alaska counterpart, but it’s just as compromised because its members, too, are indifferent to what their actions mean for We the People.”
She dismissed concerns that the most conservative lawmakers who shut down the government over funding Obamacare might have created a schism in the Republican Party.
“The recent ‘slimdown’ didn’t cause the fracture,” Palin writes. “It happened because of the fracture – because wayward Republicans have refused for years to stand up and fight for economic freedom and limited government, despite campaigning on those principles every election cycle. That’s how we got into this debt-ridden mess in the first place. They campaigned one way, but governed another.”
Palin called on conservative activists to push Republican lawmakers further to the right.
“It’s the establishment’s choice whether this fracture remains unfixed because the conservative grassroots will never give up the fight for freedom,” Palin writes. “Never. Never. Generations of our sons and daughters sent off to war to protect our freedom have paid too high a price for us to ever give up the fight.”
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