Back in October, I was on an Iceland Air plane....transiting to the US....and had a choice of forty movies to watch. That's one of the big positives about Iceland Air....plenty of viewing and choices.
So they had Les Miserables....the newer production. I hadn't viewed it before and had watched promos about it last year.
I punched it up, and for forty minutes....tried watching it.
Bluntly, it's a musical....with great graphics, great acting at times, and plenty of opera-style music. But, it's not for me. I just can't sit there and watch some scene to unfold, and then suddenly a musical tune starts up.
Maybe this worked in the 1950s, and folks enjoyed musical movies in those days. Today? No.
So I came to this odd vision last night.....of this entire Affordable Healthcare Act business. It is....Les Miserables.
Yeah, I've come to view it more as a musical....than some moment of reality in American history. And I'm tiring of it.
From the distance, it’s a great theater act.
There are thirty-five companies in America that sell health insurance...so figure each one has a different view or thought on how this could or could not work. Each has a say in some of the fifty states. Each is practical about profits and delivery of services.
Then you have fifty insurance commissioners across the nation, and each of them have a view of how laws are read, interpreted, and enforced. Just a mere waiver by the President...isn't usually enough. You need law, and order. What works in one state....won't work in another....thanks to the fifty commissioners doing their job.
Then you have a hundred senators and 435 Congressmen, who each have a view. Some are as stupid as they come. Some will claim to be clever, but have never done anything ever to demonstrate that. Some will charm you with speeches, but then forget everything they said one hour later.
Toss in five thousand lobbyists....tied to various functions and groups. Each tries hard to fiddle with their favorite Senator or Congressman. Each represents some gaming commission, some Indian tribe, some hospital chain, some group of lawsuit lawyers, some church operation, or some investment fund.
Figure at least thirty WH insiders who each have a view. These are the folks who have direct contact to the President, and try to weasel in some different cause, favored slant, or brilliant idea.
Then you figure at least five hundred journalists or wannabe journalists, each with a different view. Some appear as conservative commentators. Some pretend to be neutral but they just start winking on every third sentence and it's obvious they aren't neutral. Some will tell you forty lines of something.....which usually amount to one line of actual fact.
I would say that we have a mighty fine US version of Les Miserables.
Lots of songs, merry banter, woeful words, sorrow, charm, wit, deceit, lost morals, fleeting moments, gimmick solutions, cleverness at a marginal level, and a bit of political intrigue.
Les Miserables....just bigger, bolder, and more audience members than you can imagine.
Sadly, I can't stand musicals of this type, and am losing patience.
If only Clint Eastwood would suddenly appear, take a spit, glean hard at the camera and tell everyone to clean up their mess or prepare to be run out of town. That's about the only way left to settle this awful musical.