This coming week marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy and there are countless TV specials and articles about his life and death, some are focusing on the numerous conspiracy theories surrounding the shooting. A new Gallop survey says 61% of us believe that Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone.
The regurgitation of JFK conspiracies got me thinking about the botched roll-out of the Affordable Care Act. As the Obama administration struggles to get the web site working properly, millions of people received letters telling them their health insurance has been cancelled because their policies could not meet the requirements of the new law. Because I’m having a hard time believing the president has been lying all along about his health care plan, I got to wondering — could the massive problems with the launch be the result of a conspiracy?
In his tell-all book Deadly Spin, Wendell Potter claimed that insurance companies used unethical PR tactics and conspired to try to stop President Obama’s plan from becoming law. Potter had a 20-year career as a corporate public relations executive at CIGNA, one the nation’s largest health insurers. He recently blogged, “Having played a role in similar campaigns designed to mislead the public by spreading fear in hopes of defeating profit-threatening legislation, the anti-Obamacare care folks are frantic…In many cases, however, the policyholders getting those (cancellation) letters are simply victims of a business practice insurers have engaged in for years: discontinuing policies because they’re no longer sufficiently profitable.” Keeping in mind that the insurance companies never wanted Obamacare to happen in the first place, could they be terminating policies at people’s expense to hurt Obama?
And what about that troubled website? Could it be that its initial launch was sabotaged? Might unethical people in high places be working to hurt the president’s hallmark plan? Or was this truly–and only–botched planning and lack of foresight on the part of the president?
As we still wonder about JFK a half-century later, is an anti-Obamacare conspiracy also a possibility? Your thoughts?