As most can probably imagine, it's the job requirements for this patsy that are so difficult to fill. A successful candidate must have a highly visible position. The general public, too preoccupied [or dim] to understand the true nature of the problem, must be able to immediately recognize the scapegoat's connection without having it explained to them. Ergo, no conspiracy theories need apply.
In The War on Drugs the players are the drug users, the street peddlers, and the drug cartels. It would almost certainly have to be one of these which get the official blame for the War on Drugs.
We can see the results of this self-serving buck-passing today in the sturm und drang of gay marriage. Among our nation's thousands of bakeries, photographers and florists are maybe two dozen individual shops operated by bigots who don't want to have anything to do with gay marriage to the point that they'll refuse money in exchange for their service. Leaving aside the hypocrisy of their reasoning and the vacuity of their business acumen for a moment, and concentrating solely on the moronic reactions of the hyper-sensitive, it appears that the shift of blame away from government worked well in the minds [sic] of these overly sensitive simpletons.
You can't swing a dead cat today without hitting three gaggles of protesters all claiming that a single bakery in Oregon, or a single photographer in Colorado, or a single pizzeria in Indiana willing to voluntarily turn away business from a gay wedding is the exact same condition as a law mandating these businesses [not to mention their thousand of competitors] to deny service to the same gay wedding, and thus the equivalent of Jim Crow. They will set their hair on fire screeching about the constitutional imposition of non-discrimination and "public accommodation", forgetting that the Constitution applies only to the government and that "public accommodation" is, like "god" and "christianity", not a phrase found in the document.
So, … government shifting the blame for its own stupidity onto others works well. But do you need another example? Fine.
And why is the government telling them so [stop me if you've heard this one]?
Health insurers aren't the ones who decided to start insuring non-insurable events. It was the government which required them to. At this point, the only people quibbling are going to be those who don't understand how insurance works, or those who are elected by them.
An insurable event is one that is very very expensive to fix while simultaneously being exceptionally rare. Such events would include a tornado blowing your house into another county, wrapping your car around a telephone pole, or falling down the stairs and breaking 27 bones. This is why you can insure a $250,000 house for $1,000 a year, or a $40,000 car for $750 a year, and why you used to be able to insure your catastrophic health issues [a generation ago] for $200 a year.
A non-insurable event would be everything else, and primarily consists of circumstances that are inexpensive to fix and common as dirt. For example, why does homeowners insurance not cover plugged toilets or dirty furnace filters? Because fixing a plugged toilet or changing a furnace filter is a very common event and they are very cheap to accomplish. True, some people don't know how to [or physically cannot] do these things, and must hire a plumber or furnace repairman. And yes, some people don't have the money to pay plumbers. But that doesn't mean it isn't cheap. Insuring these events would cost more than paying out-of-pocket.
Why does auto insurance not cover oil changes and windshield wiper replacement? Same reason: they're cheap and common. Insuring these events would cost more than paying out-of-pocket. And over time, like, say, the course of one generation, the cost of an insured oil change would triple, while the cost of insuring the oil change would quadruple or more.
Now, why does health insurance cover doctor visits for the sniffles and childhood immunizations? It didn't use to. These are [or were, at any rate] very very cheap, and extremely common. The reason they are covered is because the government required health insurance to cover these events. The cost of insurance skyrocketed in order to have the money to pay for them, and doctors, having more insurance paperwork to fill out and send in, had to hire more staff and the cost of healthcare rose. …which caused the insurance companies to pay more to the doctor, which caused insurance companies to have to increase insurance premiums.
Repeat this every few years with new government requirements until health insurance is ungodly expensive, a $20 doctor visit costs $400, and the paperwork takes an hour to complete. Then, — and who could have predicted this — when enough Americans are bankrupted by the expense of government intrusion into their healthcare, the government comes back and blames the insurance companies for creating the mess.
Sound familiar? At this point, the government, such noble good-guys that they are, promised to fix the problem of too many government requirements thrust upon health insurers by adding more requirements onto health insurers, and we got Obamacare.
Sadly, most Americans — even those who distrust government remediation — accept the government fantasy that health insurers did this all on their own. And even more sadly, many — including millions who lived through the generation-plus of government imposition into insurance coverage in the first place — fail to comprehend what even more imposition will lead to. These imbeciles are truly confounded by the bankruptcy of nearly a third of the insurance companies after only five years of Obamacare, and are left with inventing conspiracy theories to explain it all.
Everyone who was conscious between early 2008 and yesterday afternoon knows the result: millions of homeowners got thrown out onto the street when their houses were repossessed by banks, and the government blamed the banks for it. The government even invented a new crime called "predatory lending practices" to describe what the banks did while following the government's rules for making home loans. The government then prosecuted many banks for "predatory lending practices", finding all guilty, and forcing several into liquidation.
Phwew!! Dodged that bullet, dincha, Uncle Sam?
The US government taxes and regulates US manufacturing into moving to Mexico, and then blames the company when the jobs leave and go to Mexico. And most Americans swallow it whole: yes, it's those evil corporations doing this all on their own. The government gives tax breaks to other businesses to stay in the US [with their jobs] and then blames corporations for being greedy bastards who don't pay taxes. And most Americans demonstrate once again that they have no gag reflex: yep, those vile CEOs in the one-percent.