Is Obama Abandoning Obamacare?
Obamacare was not President Obama’s first choice; it was a submission. “The time has come for universal healthcare in America…I am absolutely determined that by the end of the first term of the next President we should have universal healthcare in this country,” he declared to the glee of liberals back in 2007 just after declaring his Presidential candidacy. But with Hillary Clinton running as such a heavy favorite at the time, how was he to know that the executive he was to hold responsible for healthcare would be himself? The Republican idea of an individual mandate, the fact that tens of millions will still be uninsured despite his claims, and the fact that even insurance companies are admitting premiums might triple, not drop by $2,500 as Obama promised, do not represent a crowning achievement–the represent a blunt and brutal failure to President Obama.
Obamacare is the mate he must wake up beside every morning reminding him he was not able to land his first choice. It was the one night stand he is not proud of, but cannot get rid of, which is exactly why he has avoided it as much as possible during his second term. But it is not just President Obama; Democrats everywhere refuse to be seen with Obamacare. Obamacare has become the mistake everyone on the left tries to forget ever happened. Realizing their one night stand may have cost them their political soul; Democrats from Max Baucus to Elizabeth Colbert Bush have taken to the microphone to try to break it off all together. Our President on the other hand, is the one who must live with Obamacare, so he remains resoundingly, blaringly, deafeningly silent.
Many in the media have asked why he does not defend Obamacare. Why is he dropping the ball on the rollout of the law? Why has there been no marketing, no public relations campaign on Obamacare? Surely it has a few good things to offer or it would not have slept its way from the dark pits of Congress up through members offices, into the hotels of the Democratic leadership, and finally into the bed of the President? (Ok, obviously that is not how a bill works, but I am sticking with my Obamacare as a prostitute metaphor. It promises great things, under delivers, leaves you with heavy regrets, makes you hope you did not catch a disease, and then charges you way more than you ever imagined for something you now realize you never wanted…seems reasonable to me.) The President should at least by talking about what Obamacare got right, right?
There are only two reasonable explanations for this: 1) President Obama believes there is a legitimate chance of gaining control of the House and keeping control of the Senate during the midterm elections and he does not want to impassion the opposition or attach Democrats to a vastly unpopular law; or 2) He still believes there might be a chance he can get universal healthcare. Given that Democrats won the 2012 elections by a margin comfortable enough to shock most political observers and give a stroke to most Republicans I have to believe it is the latter of the two. Well, that and the fact that I have been saying for over a year that Obamacare may have been designed to fail so that we have no other choice but universal healthcare. But the silence from the White House has started to make me believe that really is the plan. Now I have a legitimate opportunity to defend my theory. Of course, a House controlled by Democrats would not hurt the cause of universal healthcare either.
Healthcare premiums have not gone down at all, they have gone up $3,000 since Obamacare was signed–a $5,500 difference from the promise made during the campaign. You also pay $1 trillion more in taxes. Employers are cutting hours back to part time to avoid providing healthcare to their employees. Small businesses are refusing to hire past 49 people so they can avoid the employer provided healthcare mandate. People are losing their insurance plan–a direct contradiction of the promise, if you like your insurance plan, you will be able to keep it. “Affordable” insurance will now be defined by the head of household, possibly costing thousands to a family that will then not qualify for help. And, of course, if you do not buy insurance, the government will fine you. And I am still not even sure Nancy Pelosi knows what is in Obamacare (had to do it. It is one of my favorite quotes of all time).
I could waste your day giving many more examples, but you get the picture. Obamacare is nothing close to what we were told it will be, and Americans are not happy about it. But of course neither is Obama. Yet, all of this was so obvious to so many of us, (by us, I mean public policy junkies, not the Fox Propaganda, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter crowd) including the American Medical Association, insurance companies, and doctors, how could the administration not have seen this coming? They had to know it would happen right, right? Our government cannot be that stupid…can it? (I am only asking that rhetorically because I am not sure I want to know the real answer.)
If Obamacare is a “crowning” piece of legislation, a policy to build a legacy one, or even just a law worth more than the paper it was written on then one could reasonably expect the champion of that law to defend it, endorse it, or at least support it. Since November 6th, he has hardly even mentioned it, even when states are declaring it null and void. I understand that the debt and tax showdowns with Republicans kept him busy, but if you want to use that as an excuse you better hope Obamacare includes generous mental health provisions too—the man was able to write the law while facing a total financial meltdown, not just a manufactured political crisis; if he wanted this done, it would be done. So, because it is not, I am led to believe he does not; particularly because he never did.
During the Presidential campaign Michele Bachmann told us it was now or never to repeal Obamacare. If it was not done quickly and completely we would be stuck with it forever, she argued. While it may have just been a campaign pitch, it might be the only time President Obama ever hopes Michele Bachmann is right; it may be exactly what he is banking on.
It is tough to pull the break on a runaway locomotive with suicidal tendencies. If Obama knows, or thinks that Obamacare can never go away, at least not without major consequences, it may be in his best interest to lay low until the train jumps the track, and the only way to clean up the mess is a stronger track. Enter universal healthcare, the track he will tell you is stronger, more efficient, less expensive, and more durable than the first track he built. But proceed with caution. He used that sales pitch once before.
7 May 2013
Posted on May 9, 2013, in Patriotslog Articles and tagged brutal failure, colbert bush, max baucus, presidential candidacy, public relations campaign, republican idea. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.