Bob Witkop: Obama is not the only one to blame for ObamacareBY BOB WITKOP
December 08. 2013 4:19PM
The labeling of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as Obamacare is somewhat of a misnomer. President Obama had little, if anything, to do with the creation of the flawed and controversial legislation. The idea of socializing the nation’s health care system fit well with candidate Obama’s narrative and his radical left agenda. Naming the act Obamacare only served to feed his oversized ego.
Democrats would like you to believe that Obamacare was created to provide health care to those at the lower end of the socio-economic ladder. Don’t buy it. The left’s primary motivation was to force the nation into a European, socialist, single-payer system, all paid for by the redistribution of health and wealth and off the backs of the middle class. The failed launch of Obamacare is a direct reflection on the level of arrogance and incompetency associated with big government. It is the entire Democratic caucus that bears the blame for imposing Obamacare on an unwanting public, 58 percent of whom now firmly oppose Obamacare.
The beginnings of the ACA were launched by chief health counsel for Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Liz Fowler. Fowler drafted an 87-page white paper in November of 2008 that served as the blueprint and basis for the current 2,700 pages of legislation. Prior to joining Sen. Baucus’ staff, Liz Fowler served as vice president of public policy at Wellpoint, the nation’s second largest managed health care company.
The insurance industry was motivated to transfer the liability from their balance sheets and onto the backs of the American taxpayer. It has been said that Obamacare was never really intended to make health insurance more affordable for the American people; it is designed to make the American people more affordable for the health insurance industry.
Max Baucus now refers to this legislative nightmare as a “train wreck.”
Obama lied to the public to promote his candidacy and promote the passage of the ACA. He did so repeatedly and unequivocally. If a CEO of a health insurance company made the false claims that POTUS made (you can keep your doctor, you can keep your insurance, costs will go down) then that CEO would be indicted for serial fraud. Where is Eric Holder when you need him?
The President’s approval rating has taken a nosedive and his credibility is in serious jeopardy. Polls indicate that most in the country think Obama to be untrustworthy and an ineffective manager. It is not the ACA alone that is the reason for his poor standing. On a larger scale, his fall from grace can be interpreted as national repudiation of his entire radical left agenda. The President is now looking to rebrand Obamacare in an attempt to save his shredded legacy. Like it or not, President Obama owns the legislative fiasco that is Obamacare. And, if it weren’t absolutely shameless and pathetic it would be almost comical. Obama is trying to cast blame for the muddled mess on the Republicans.
The Obama administration — the same folks that brought you Solyndra — is beset with ineptocrats: liberal ideologues from academia having no practical business or management experience. Obama stands alone at the center of the failed implementation. Obama commented in a debate with Hillary Clinton that he does not consider himself to be an operations manager. He feels that it is his job to set the vision and others should be charged with fulfilling his divine plan.
The first step to repealing Obamacare is to return control of the Senate to Republicans. For Granite State voters, that means defeating Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in next fall’s midterm election. As for the other New Hampshire pols, elected Democrats across the United States are now considered to be radioactive. Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster will be hoisted on their own petards in November for their beaurocratic arrogance. The nation needs to dissolve the Obama-Reid-Pelosi triumvirate. Vote Republican next November.
Bob Witkop lives in Dover.