What Fresh Hell Is This?
ObamaCare's technical troubles call the mandate into question.
You know the ObamaCare debut isn't going well when a pair of supporters, Nick Wing and Jeffrey Young of the Puffington Host, pen an article with the headline "9 Valid Concerns We Can All Have About Obamacare, Without Thinking It Will Literally Bring Hell on Earth." Talk about damning with faint praise!
Actually, let's dwell on that headline for a moment. As much as some people hate ObamaCare, nobody thinks it will literally bring hell on earth. We say that with confidence because literal hell on earth is a contradiction in terms. When hell is understood as a physical place, it is not on earth but beneath it. Hell may be imagined as resembling certain places on earth--say, the inside of a volcano or a burning building--but those places are not literally hell. Hell can also denote an abstraction referring to great suffering, either in the afterlife or on earth (as in "war is hell"). But again, "hell on earth" is but a figure of speech.
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