Obamacare Bleeding From Self-Inflicted Wounds
11/16/2013 - 11:32
Douglas Bloomfield

The worst wounds a politician can suffer are usually self-inflicted.  Nixon had Watergate, Clinton had Monica Lewinsky, Reagan had Iran-Contra, Bush 41 had "read my lips" and his son, Bush 43, had Katrina.

And now it's Barack Obama and "if you like your insurance plan you can keep it."

House Republicans have passed more than 40 bills, amendments and resolutions and they even shut down the government for 16 days at a cost of $24 billion to the U.S. economy in repeated failed efforts to stop Obamacare.  They held funding for the federal government hostage to their demand that Obama agree to kill (defund) his signature legislative achievement.

Instead it was the Republicans who ran up the white flag, but not before doing enormous damage – not to Obama and Obamacare but to themselves.  They didn't lay a finger on the President. Public approval for the Congress has dived to single digits; Democrats fare better than Republicans in the public view, but only by comparison.

Republicans compounded their incredibly damaging self-inflicted wounds by deflecting all attention to their shutdown and overshadowing the botched rollout of the Obamacare website and enrollment effort.  Obama's approval rating went up in the wake of his tough and successful stand against the Republican shutdown blackmail.

It took a while for most people to notice that the Obamacare rollout was a fiasco. 

Republicans are talking about repairing Obamacare, but that's a hoax. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Rep. Fred Upton (R-Michigan), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce committee and author of the so-called "repair" bill that passed the House with 39 Democratic votes, admit that repair is the last thing they want to do.

"There's not a Republican out there who wouldn't want to repeal it," Upton told CNN's Jake Tapper, who asked whether his bill wasn't a "Trojan horse" because he really isn't interested in repairing Obamacare. 

But don't blame the Republicans for what went wrong; all their efforts to damage and destroy the Affordable Care Act have failed, sometimes, like the shutdown, with disastrous consequences for them.  What has Obamacare bleeding and in the ICU are self-inflicted wounds.

The President faces a slow, painful recovery.  He's apologized, taken responsibility ("the buck stops here"), said he's "sorry," promised a quick fix that he can't deliver, asked for help from an unsympathetic insurance industry and pleads ignorance because staff didn't tell him about the problems.  There's been a shuffling around of staff to make the website and sign-up work, but so far no one is being held accountable, no one has lost their job. 

And Barack Obama is left out there twisting slowly, slowly in the wind, suffering from the damage done to Obamacare with no one to blame but himself for this self-inflicted wound.

Comments

It simply boggles the mind that the president of the United States could let this happen. It appears that je was warned last spring that this would come off without a hitch, and he still let it happen. Even if he gets it fixed, people will always remember this. The people brought this program to fruition should all be discharged post haste. Don't get me wrong I am an Obama supporter and voted for him twice with gusto.
I personally think that health care is a right of every American and should have been made a part of Medicare. Medicaid should be thrown out the window and all those recipients should be given their medical care through Medicare.

The nation is bleeding from the wound of Obamacare because from the start, it was doomed for failure. Governments have never been efficient at managing large, complicated programs and they never will be because no one in the government owns the program. When a private entrepreneur owns a business, he is motivated to do whatever it takes to succeed. Not so in government. The clear evidence of the inefficiency and lack of urgency in government programs is the rollout of Obamacare itself. I never thought it would be good, but I was astonished at how bad it was. How could the Obama government allow their signature program to crash on take off?

It crashed, and they allowed to. As I said in my statement, we need a health care program for all Americans, not Medicare and Medicaid. Obama permitted this to take effect,
and he will always be remembered for it. He and all of the functionaries invoked in this should hang their heads in shame. If this had happened during his first term, he most certainly would have been re-elected. I would like to know the dollar amount that the taxpayers will have to pay for this fiasco.

You need to be more specific about Obama's so-called apology because it was more a play on words than an apology. It was a lawyers dance and nothing more.

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