Obama Compares Obamacare to Smartphone That Was Recalled for Catching on Fire

Obamacare.

It burns! It burns!

(From Reason)

The strangest moment in yesterday’s big presidential address on Obamacare came when President Obama implicitly compared the health care law to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, which was recently recalled worldwide for being a fire-safety hazard.

The speech was a defense of the signature law, and an argument against repeal, and while President Obama admitted that the law had flaws and requires fixes, he said that wholesale repeal was not the solution, citing the smartphone market as an example.

“When one of these companies comes out with a new smartphone,” he said, “and it had a few bugs, what do they do? They fix it. They upgrade—unless it catches fire, and they just—[laughter]—then they pull it off the market. But you don’t go back to using a rotary phone. [Laughter.] You don’t say, well, we’re repealing smartphones.”

The comparison is apt, though not in the way the president seems to think.

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