Last Friday, Fox Nation gave all True Believers the correct right-wing party line on the weekend's big new movie:
But Elysium didn't sink at the box office -- it's not a massive hit, but it was the top-grossing movie in America over the weekend, and its distributor, Sony, sees signs that it's going to make pretty good money overseas.
So a new message went out to the wingnut comrades: this is conservative Correct Thinking on the subject of Elysium:
Almost the exact opposite of the original message!
The source for this is a piece at the Washington Free Beacon:
... please allow me to explain why Elysium -- which has been criticized by some on the right as a not-so-subtle plea for universal healthcare -- is secretly an anti-Obamacare film.Suppliers of medical care would make their services too expensive for the vast majority of people? Oh yeah, that's such a far-fetched notion. Nothing like that would ever happen in the real world!
Consider, for instance, that residents of Earth appear to have made absolutely no progress when it comes to healthcare in almost a century and a half. Broken bones are set with casts and childhood diseases like Leukemia are still deadly. Is this not a tacit admission that government interference in health care stifles innovation, just as libertarians and conservatives warned it would?
Meanwhile, as the quality of care has stagnated so has the quantity of care. Hospitals are overcrowded, wait times are long, and care is now rationed.... Every doctor is a death panel in this dystopian future.
... The Magical Medpods are stand-ins for a fleet of pricey, private doctors who make house calls for the rich and famous -- a situation that already exists, it should be noted, and will only grow more common as Obamacare is implemented and those who can afford it opt to pay for care with cash.
Speaking of the Magical Medpods, it’s worth pointing out that their economics make no sense whatsoever. The wealthy seem to withhold the advances from the poor for no reason other than spite -- a remarkably odd idea, given the fact that the space station is replete with rapacious Randians.... You’re telling me these disciples of the almighty dollar wouldn't be willing to make a buck or a billion selling these Magical Medpods to the desperate plebes below? ...
In any case, the movie's sort of a hit now. So of course it's right-wing.