The combination of the year-long ObamaCare debate, combined with the H1N1 (Pig Flu) epidemic, may form a “Katrina moment” for Obama. The President’s lack of action in the face of a health disaster, combined with his Administration’s preference for yes-men over competence, may help demonstrate to people how awful the current administration is.
A great example is how high-powered friends of Tim Geithner, including the two socialized banks (CitiBank and Bank of America), a quasi-governmental agency (The Federal Reserve Bank of New York), and Goldman Sachs have received H1N1 shots before doctors, surgeons, high-risk individuals, and others who weren’t smart enough to know that who you know impacts if your kid lives.
Barack Obama and Tim Geithner of course are unwilling to risk the health of the Oligarchs. To allow your friends to become sick, or their kids to die, is foolish. Obama and Geithner may be unable to separate the best interests of the United States and Goldman Sachs, but they are certainly smart enough to know what it takes to obtain positions of power!
Soldiers, whoever, are not particularly powerful and not part of their winning coalition, so their lives can be thrown away for a sound bite. The White House intervened in the Defense Department’s distribution of H1N1 vaccine to prevent it from being sent to Guantanamo Bay. As guards are in close, physical proximity to the terrorists being held, any outbreak among inmates will rapidly become an outbreak among guards. But the Administration cares more about a sound bite, so to try to appear to be tough they prevented H1N1 vaccine from going to Gitmo.
Under ObamaCare, whether you live or die will depend in part on if you have a friend in the Administration.
Update: Zenpundit discusses this in the context of oligarchy and aristocracy.