Kim Cummings February 21, 2011 Obamacare – Satan’s Healthcare Plan Healthcare reform is a very touchy subject these days. Presidential campaign promises have been made in the past to reform the healthcare system but like a lot of campaign promises, they were not kept. There is too much money and politics involved in the current healthcare system. Big insurance companies pay a lot of money to lobbyists to keep the status quo, which is more money coming in than paying out. Healthcare reform was one of the campaign promises by the current president, Barack Obama.
On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the “Affordable Care Act” into law. Under this law all Americans have access to quality affordable health care. There are many opinions on healthcare reform. Some people are for it and others are against it, then there are people in the middle who don’t understand it. There is much confusion, animosity, and frustration about this issue. The everyday American is caught in the middle of the healthcare battle between the President and Congress. In his term, President Obama has been compared to Satan and his healthcare reform is his evil creation.
Americans are fundamentally religious and the comparison of Obama to Satan is used to imply that Obama and Obamacare are evil. It gives a malevolent connotation to the president and his reform bill. People love to share their opinions and will use a multitude of media channels to do so. I will be examining three types of media that compare Obamacare and Obama to being evil, a Powerpoint presentation sent through personal email, a political cartoon and an article on the internet. Last week I received a Powerpoint presentation in my email titled “God’s Creation. The presentation (Unknown) begins with “How Great Thou Art” by Floyd Cramer playing in the background (1). Each of the eleven slides is brightly colored and as slide two scrolls across the screen it states God created the heavens, the earth and gave use fresh vegetables to eat and stay healthy (2). This slide argues that God gave us what we needed to be healthy and to guide us on the right path. With the music in the background, it makes the audience feel warm inside and that God is looking out for us.
Slide three scrolls across the screen and states that Satan created Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, Krispy Creme donuts and we humans not only accept these evil foods but we ask for sprinkles on top (3). This makes Satan happy. As the slides continue on the screen, the presentation continues the idea that God is providing a healthy way for us and Satan is there to combat his every move with sinful food, for example; God gave us angel food cake; Satan gave us devil’s food cake. (6) This presentation argues that even though humans have good choices and bad choices, we decide to take the bad, evil choice.
Man finally has a heart attack and in slide ten and God comes to man’s rescue by giving us quadruple bypass. This shows that God is trying to rescue us from ourselves even if we still continue to follow the wrong path. Slide eleven scrolls on the screen, it is darker in color than the previous slides and it states “Then Satan created HMO’s and is now working on OBAMACARE”. (11) As part of the audience I was thinking this was about obesity and how humans who have free will still choose unhealthy over healthy food. The reference that Satan is creating Obamacare was an appeal to the audience’s religious and political emotions.
Families are dealing with rising healthcare costs and this is an emotional issue. The use of the church hymn and the references to God and Satan take the reader into a basic emotion of good versus evil. The audience would not want Satan to win and slide eleven could sway the audience to believe that Obamacare is satanic and Obama, the creator, is Satan and therefore, evil. The goal is to have the audience to remember Obamacare this at the next presidential election. This comparison of the President Obama and his healthcare policies to Satan and his evil creations is very popular.
A Tom Toles cartoon, published (Toles)by The Washington Post, September 2009, demonstrates this point. A nondescript man is holding a large sign with OBAMA HEALTH CARE = and below this line is 3 rows of four evil villains from society and the movies. These villains are Hitler, Stalin, Castro, Lenin, King George III, Darth Vader from the Star Wars movies, The Joker from the Batman movies, Frankenstein from the Frankenstein movies, Freddy Krueger from the Elm Street movies, Voldemort from the Harry Potter movies, Hannibal Lecter from Silence of the
Lambs and the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz. The man states he is out of villains to put on his sign. There is another man in the cartoon who is holding what looks like a piece of paper that states “Next: Cap and Trade. (Toles) (Brando) The first row of villains, Hitler, Stalin, Castro and Lenin, were socialist leaders of other countries such as World War II Germany, Russia and Cuba. Obama’s healthcare plan has been compared to socialized medicine and he has been accused of trying to socialize our government.
These leaders were terrible men and committed atrocities against their own people. The audience could infer from this reference that Obama could be the same kind of leader. King George III, Darth Vader, Joker and Frankenstein were on the second row of villains. King George III had highly impractical ideas of ruling and he was a powerful force in politics. The cartoonist suggests that Obama’s leadership ideas are impractical and using his political force he was able to get his healthcare reform bill pushed through congress even with protests from the conservatives and tea-baggers.
The next in the comparison is Darth Vader, the evil villain, from the “Star Wars” movie released in 1979 and has become a part of American pop culture. Darth Vader used the dark side of the force to rule his evil empire this reference implies that Obama wants Americans to join him on the dark side as he rules the government. The user of the Joker in the comparison to the healthcare reform is a dig at Obama as being either a lunatic or simply a joke. The healthcare reform being compared to Frankenstein is implying that Obama is the evil doctor who puts together an evil creation, in this case, the healthcare reform bill and brings it to life.
An audience could envision Obama dressed in a white lab coat, with the healthcare reform bill lying on a table with wires and electrodes connected to it while lightening overhead brings it to life. Obama stating in an evil tone, “It’s alive! ” (Shelley) The last row of villains contained images of Freddy Kruger, Voldemort, Hannibal Lector and the Wicked Witch of the West. Freddy Kruger came to popularity in the Nightmare on Elm Street films as a child killer. Obama could easily be compared to Freddy Kruger as a child killer by pro-lifers because the healthcare reform bill allows abortions.
The Voldemort reference is used to catch the younger audience. He is the evil force against Harry Potter, just as Obama is the evil force against young republicans. Voldemort is always plotting and committing sinister acts against Harry. Voldemort enlists the help of others in his plot against the hero Harry Potter. This could argue that Obama is using the healthcare reform against the American people. The use of Hannibal Lecter could be argued that since he liked to eat pieces of people, that the healthcare system will eat us a piece at a time.
The last comparison uses the Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz movie. This argument of this comparison is the healthcare reform, will take our ruby slippers, or in this case, our money and get us and our little dogs too. This is used to mock Obama’s idea that all Americans are supposed to be in this healthcare plan. Another source of media comparisons of Obamacare and Satan is an article written by Alan Caruba on the www. renewamerica. com website titled “Applying Alinsky: Why Obamacare Makes No Sense”, published on February 27, 2010. Caruba) This article begins with the argument that Republicans are the voice of reason in this healthcare reform debacle and they are working to introduce some rationality in the discussion of Obamacare. Caruba would like the reader to believe that only Republicans are rational and that they are really looking out for us. In the article it makes a reference to President Obama and his political mafia. Readers and fans of the Godfather movie would invasion Obama as the Godfather with the puffy cheeks uttering the words, “I’ll make them an offer they can’t refuse”. Brando) Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader is his capo or captain and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is his consigliere or counselor. Caruba goes on to reveal that President Obama read the book “Rules for Radicals” by Saul Alinsky. Obama stated this book “was the education that was seared into my brain. It was the best education I ever had, better than anything I got at Harvard. ” A point was made that Obama was greatly influenced by Alinsky’s book. The issue with Obama reading this book is that Alinsky dedicated it to “the very first radical, Lucifer”.
Caruba states that the public can be forgiven for not knowing this book was dedicated to Satan. Caruba implies the American people are innocent sheep and since Obama read this book he is evil in some way. This is nothing more than a scare tactic. The author is trying to appeal to emotions of good versus evil, God versus Satan. President Obama and his healthcare reform are evil and we are doomed to hell. At the time of this article the bill had not passed, but the author argues that if this bill passes the healthcare system that we value will be destroyed. Obama was sent here to destroy the republic and socialize the government.
This author leads the reader to believe that Republicans are the righteous, god fearing, all Americans who are here to protect us. Republicans and Democrats are politicians. They all start out honest and righteous, but once in Washington the devil gets them. People have the right to express their opinions in America. It is in our constitution. Using different types of media to impress upon the readers the same opinion of various authors has a layering effect on the readers. If a reader sees the same opinion in more than one different kind of media, the reader may start to believe it is true.
A Powerpoint presentation is received in email, then a cartoon is read in the newspaper and finally the audience reads a website article. Even though the media is different in the three examples, the message is still the same. Obama and Obamacare are evil creations sent here to destroy our healthcare system. Is Obama really Satan? No I do not believe he is. Is the healthcare reform bill and evil thing, to some in the media it is, to others it is not. Will people believe that Obama is evil? Yes, one of the basic foundations of the American people is religion.
These examples of Obama being compared to Satan will be taken to heart by many people in our society. Works Cited Caruba, Alan. “Applying Alinsky:why Obamacare makes no sense. ” 10 February 2010. www. renewamerica. com. 12 February 2011 Web. Retrieved from ;http://www. renewamerica. com/columns/caruba/100227;. Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. London, 1818. Web. 18 february 2011 Retrieved from http://www. literature. org/authors/shelley-mary/frankenstein/ The Godfather. Dir. Francis Ford Coppola. Perf. Marlon Brando. 1972. Toles, Tom “Obama Villians. ” Cartoon. The Washington Post. 15 September 2009. Web. 12 February 2011