On average, Ed Schultz is good for at least one belly laugh per week, though this number drops steeply when measured among the turgid types who flock to MSNBC and aren't in on the joke. Schultz hit his quota early this week while hyperventilating about the health exchanges mandated by Obamacare.
Pay no attention to those many glitches and long waits for callers that accompanied rollout of the exchanges Oct. 1, Schultz assured his radio listeners -- these are actually evidence of the Affordable Care Act's gleaming "success." (Audio after the jump)
More unintended hilarity came moments later (audio) --
Now, the fact is, there isn't a business on the face of the earth that doesn't start without a glitch. What is a glitch? What do you consider a glitch? The biggest glitch would be people would be denied. I don't consider a 1-800 number you're not being able to get through a glitch. I would call that success. Because there's six months to do this. If I were calling 1-800 today, 1-800-318-2596, and if I had to wait on the line for half an hour I'd probably say, well I got other things I gotta do with my time, I got six more months to figure this thing out, I'll get back to 'em. And I would pay attention to just the phone traffic and I would try from time to time to get on. Eventually I know, I'd have confidence that I would get on. Is that a glitch? No! That's the free market working is what that is! A jammed phone line, holy smokes, we're got all these millions of Americans out there!
Got that? Nationalized health care and government control over one-sixth of a $16 trillion economy is "the free market working"(!) Only someone seeped in the fluid ethos of socialism could believe such lunacy.
OK, Schultz concedes, there've been some problems -- but heck, you've got six months to sign up. Right -- and the Obama administration has had six months and three years, since Obamacare became law in March 2010, to get this contraption off the ground.
Notice also where Schultz says "there isn't a business on the face of the earth that doesn't start without a glitch," when what he presumably meant is this -- there isn't a business on earth that starts without a glitch. Such incoherence is par for the course for anyone who equates government mandates with the free market.