Blamin’ It on the ACA

Readers may have seen a trend over the weekend. I have reprinted several pieces written by lay people because I thought they were interesting and provocative and because they were well written. This post continues that trend but highlights a different genre, satirical musical lyrics.

Some may recall Elaine Mittleman’s guest post entitled Making a record of plea offers as a response to Frye and Lafler, a thoughtful guest post. Elaine is an experienced criminal defense lawyer with a fascinating family as shown here and here.

Over the weekend, Elaine gave me a tip about her talented sister Ann Elsner, a highly regarded scientist and professor in the School of Optometry at Indiana University. See, for example, here. As a hobby (or distraction), Professor Elsner has been taking drum lessons and writing songs. She has a group of young Bloomington musicians who help her record the songs. The professor has allowed me to print the words to a song she wrote on an airplane trip about the shutdown. Additionally, she just sent me the first cut of the song and a video recording of it showing the young musicians preparing and then performing the song. It is hyperlinked below. Regardless of your politics, the song is clever and the young musicians are certainly talented.

Blamin’ It on the ACA, 

Copyright Ann E. Elsner

Can’t understand how we shut down this way.
Don’t know what’s true, just what the pols say.
People laid off, without any pay.
Let’s get back to work, and I mean today.

But they’re blamin’ it, (blamin’ it)
blamin’ it, (blamin’ it)
blamin’ it, (blamin’ it)
blamin’ it, (blamin’ it)
bla-ay-ay-ay amin’ it, (blamin’ it)
On the ACA.

That nasty compliance hangs like a sword
Over my head, it can’t be ignored.
Can’t keep part-timers till order’s restored.
Less work is done, but paperwork soared.

But they’re blamin’ it, (blamin’ it)
blamin’ it, (blamin’ it)
blamin’ it, (blamin’ it)
blamin’ it, (blamin’ it)
bla-ay-ay-ay amin’ it, (blamin’ it)
On the ACA. (Oooh Yeah!)

The problems were starting before we were closed.
At 29 hours, workers got hosed.
Don’t deserve healthcare, it must be supposed.
Partial support was never proposed.

Two part time jobs could pool benefits.
The math’s not complex. Let’s use our wits.
Did you lie down and lay off? Then the shoe fits.
It’s time for some push back. Let’s stop the blitz.

But they’re blamin’ it, (blamin’ it)
blamin’ it, (blamin’ it)
blamin’ it, (blamin’ it)
blamin’ it, (blamin’ it)
bla-ay-ay-ay amin’ it, (blamin’ it)
On the ACA.

What do we look like to folks overseas?
A powerful nation brought to its knees.
Not by outsiders, but the nation’s trustees.
The real reasons seem too nebulous to seize.
Can’t understand how we shut down this way.
Don’t know what’s true, just what the pols say.
People laid off, without any pay.
Let’s get back to work, and I mean today.

But they’re blamin’ it, (blamin’ it)
blamin’ it, (blamin’ it)
blamin’ it, (blamin’ it)
blamin’ it, (blamin’ it)
bla-ay-ay-ay amin’ it, (blamin’ it)
On the ACA.

But they’re blamin’ it, (blamin’ it)
blamin’ it, (blamin’ it)
blamin’ it, (blamin’ it)
blamin’ it, (blamin’ it)
bla-ay-ay-ay amin’ it, (blamin’ it)
On the ACA.

The first cut of the song was just recorded. Here it is on video. The song starts at 1:50.

Thanks to Elaine and Ann for brightening my day. If only Congress were composed of real people.

RGK

3 responses

  1. Clever song that highlights some of the hilariously-obvious suggestions at the hand of the gov’t, but like it stated “we only know what the pols say”. I hope that we end up finding a solution because apparently the government is lacking in the “common sense for-the-people category” and spending too much time in the “abstract hidden-agenda solutions category”.
    I’ll repeat what you said here, it’s a shame that we don’t have normal people in government offices. This was a pick-me-up for the day, too!

  2. Well, expanding Medicare to all would have been my first choice – both because health care is a public good and leaving it to the for-profit market is inherently stupid, and also because every other developed nation in the world has single-payer and yet pays far less than we do for far better outcomes – but I’ll take a subsidy that allows me to actually afford insurance on my own for the first time in my adult life.

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