House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said this week that thanks to the new health-care reform law, musicians and other creative types could quit their jobs and focus on developing their talents because taxpayers would fund their health care coverage.
“We see it as an entrepreneurial bill,” Pelosi said, “a bill that says to someone, if you want to be creative and be a musician or whatever, you can leave your work, focus on your talent, your skill, your passion, your aspirations because you will have health care.”
That's great! Let us encourage all of our "artists" to quit their job and stop contributing to our economy. After all, it is those starving artists that make this economy go.
Hell, isn't blogging a form of art? Aren't I painting my masterpiece of the written word, right now? Maybe I should quit my job and blog all day long. I'll get food stamps and rent assistance. I won't have to work another day at that damn place ever again.
If people received this kind of assistance just because they claim to be an artist, there would be no stopping people who would not ordinarily care one hoot about painting, playing an instrument, or whatever to live off of the taxpayers just because they say that they are an artist. The potential for fraud would be enormous. Would potential recipients have to show some sort of proof of their status as an artisan? If so, what kind of proof would they have to give? Wouldn't any sort of "proof" be easily forged or manipulated to make them seem like they are something that they arenot??
This statement is so asinine that I cannot fathom why she said it. Does she actually believe that most Americans would agree with her? I guess her ultra-liberal, elitist base loved it, but the great majority of Americans wouldn't agree with it at all. I wish Rasmussen would poll people on whether they think that ObamaCare should be used for those "artists" who can work but quit their jobs in order to "focus on developing their talents". My guess is not too many.