The Left has a problem with closure. By closure, I mean the ability—after having taken in all the facts one can gather—to appropriately link those facts in order to form a coherent conclusion. Closure skills, as they are called, are the foundations upon which our daily lives are built. Our ability to take what we know, and use it to understand what we don’t yet know is crucial to our survival.
If I come home to a ransacked house, drawers open, furniture overturned, and my electronics missing, I can pretty quickly conclude that I was robbed. How do I come to this conclusion without having seen with my own eyes the event which took place? It’s called design inference. Now, I’m not an expert on this theory by any means, but here’s a brief rundown (I promise I’m going somewhere). On any given day of the year, my home looks a certain way. Everything is in its proper place. When I come home to see that everything is strewn about, I know something is wrong. But what? I don’t yet have enough evidence at that point to fully understand the situation. However, once I see that my electronics are missing, I can make a conclusion. What is associated with missing personal items? Robbery. A specific event like robbery fits perfectly with both the ransacked house, and the missing items.
To come to a fully realized, and accurate conclusion, one must gather together enough informational pieces, which, when added together one by one, continually decrease the possibility that anything else could have taken place. One needs a low probability event, such as a robbery, and an independent target (the fact that it is well known that robbers take expensive items) to come to the conclusion that a robbery took place. This understanding is inherent in most of us; it comes naturally. But liberals don’t seem to posses these skills.
Now, what does this all mean? Let me tell you a story. The other day, I overheard a conversation regarding ObamaCare. One person didn’t know much about it, and asked the other why everyone seems to hate it. The person responded by saying that—among other things—he believes Obama, and the Democrats were just trying to do good, and help the uninsured. Following my internal scream, I came to the conclusion that a large part of why liberals are liberal is because they lack closure skills. They don’t have the ability to identify independent targets, and low probability events.
I thought to myself: “How on earth can this person think that Obama simply wanted to help people when the evidence to the contrary is so staggering?” Think about it: ObamaCare has had more problems than anyone could have imagined. Website failure, premium hikes, insurance cancellations, dozens of revisions. I cannot believe for a second that these problems wouldn’t have been foreseen by intelligent people. It’s outrageous to think otherwise. Most importantly, if the intent of ObamaCare was to help the uninsured, why are so many previously uninsured people being left out?
According to Wynton Hall:
“Obamacare, the plan purportedly created to provide health coverage for the uninsured, has enrolled just 1.7% of America’s 48.6 million uninsured…Even conceding the White House its alleged six million enrollment figure (which, again, includes duplicates and incomplete applications), that would mean that just 810,000 of paying Obamacare customers were previously uninsured, a figure that represents 1.7% of America’s 48.6 million uninsured people.”
There are so many other ways by which we could fix the healthcare system, and help the uninsured get coverage. I’ve listed them before, but I’ll just mention a couple. Implementing “loser pays” laws would dramatically decrease frivolous lawsuits against doctors, and hospitals, which are a large part of why we pay so much for medical care. Second, allowing cross-state insurance sales would increase competition among companies, leading to more cost-effective care.
Given these options—and others—why would someone choose to implement a massively socialized healthcare takeover? Closure skills lead us to the conclusion that ObamaCare is NOT about helping the needy, but about something else entirely. Now, there are several possibilities in terms of Obama’s ultimate goal, but that’s not my point. My point is this: a lack of closure skills has lead to the growing ignorance of a massive segment of the population.
ObamaCare is not about helping the uninsured. Most of what the Democrats do is not about helping people, it’s about control, and consolidation of power. Don’t be fooled.