Skip to comments.If The Obamacare Rollout Had Happened In Russia
Posted on 10/23/2013 3:12:26 AM PDT by cunning_fish
Imagining how the US media would cover a domestic political event if it had happened in a foreign country is a very entertaining thought experiment. Doing so helps shed light on a number of biases and blind spots wed rather ignore. Its very easy, after all, to look at other countries and poke fun at their missteps and mistakes. Its a lot more difficult to look in the mirror and admit error.
I fully understand that Im following in the footsteps of numerous other writers when it comes to this particular style of article. However the disastrous and mistake-filled rollout of the Obama administrations signature health initiative really got me thinking: how would our media have treated such a total failure of planning and accountability if it had happened in a less friendly country? How would we have covered a similar event if it occurred in Russia?
With the stipulation that the following contains fairly healthy portions of satire and dark humor, I think that US media coverage of the failure of Putincare would read something like the following:
Healthcare reform in chaos, Putin remains optimistic Moscow, Russia October 22, 2013
A healthcare reform that was one of the key components of the Putin administrations modernization drive remained in chaos on Tuesday as citizens were unable to register for their new legally-mandated benefits. With the deadline for sign-up growing closer by the day, average Russians complained openly of confusing and contradictory rules, an online platform that lacked even rudimentary functionality, and a pervasive lack of accountability that recalled some of the worst days of the countrys communist past.
Its humiliating said Ilya Aranovich 27, a web designer living in Moscow. Everyone is always talking about modernization, and technology. We spent billions on the space program and on new
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The way Obamacare is playing out is like the cyber equivalent of Josef Stalin’s Baltic/White Sea Canal debacle. That canal costs hundreds of thousands of lives in slave labor while delivering a canal that was too shallow for most ships.
“What we really need to around here is to shoot a few more intellectuals” —Nikita Kruschev