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Letter: What if Obama had chosen differently on health care?

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Posted: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 12:00 am

Everyone at some point of their lives thinks back to decisions they’ve made and wonders, “What If I had acted differently?”

I would like to be a bit presumptuous and use this same premise on decisions made by our president. When just elected, he had a favorability rating of some 60 percent, a loving wife, two attractive daughters and the admiration of a nation. He had party support in both houses of Congress and the population in his corner. The ship of state was in his hands.

Facing a broken national health issue, his first agenda was to either fight to repair it or fight to replace it. He chose the latter, a decision that would come to haunt him. It was the cornerstone of his plan for reinventing health care. After many attempts to launch, it finally became a law. So far it has proven to be too costly and unworkable, and has lost its majority of backers. Rather than being a panacea, it’s become a cumbersome millstone around the president’s neck.

In short, “Obama Health Care” desperately needs an infusion of funds to continue. A special bill in Congress for the necessary money appeared to be ruled out due to the voters’ realization — on its own it was foolhardy. The solution was to attach it to a bill with tremendous weight, and the “budget” was just that bill.

Seems that the House of Representatives was agreeable to the Senate’s budget bill, but not the “piggy back” portion for health care supplements. Still, the bill without the health care add-on might pass through both branches of Congress. Then it’s on to the president for ratification.

The problem here is that if it goes through, the “Obama Health Plan” is in dire trouble. To protect the plan and his status, it is speculated that he will cast a veto. If he does, let the “blame games” commence.

What if the decision was made to spend all of the time, money and energy in repairing a troubled program rather than embarking into uncharted waters?

Sometimes it’s hard to realize that we are the employers and that they work for us!

Richard Viall


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Welcome to the discussion.


  • Andrew Liebich posted at 7:38 pm on Thu, Oct 10, 2013.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    ROFLMAO! Comfortably numb Obamanoids!

  • John Lucas posted at 11:35 pm on Tue, Oct 8, 2013.

    John Lucas Posts: 2730

    So true, Steve.

  • John Lucas posted at 11:33 pm on Tue, Oct 8, 2013.

    John Lucas Posts: 2730

    Reagan signed into law that stated that no one can be turned away from an emergency room. Up until now this is the American version of universal healthcare. This system is the most expensive in the world and we have 35 countries in the world rated ahead of us in medical outcomes. we are 51st in the world in life expectancy. In none of the other countries do people go bankrupt because of medical expenses. This is what Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and most Republicans call the best healthcare system in the world. Amazing

    In a very short time millions of Americans are going to get insurance and millions more are going to be covered by medicaid. These are the people that ended up in the emergency room late in their illness when treating them became very expensive. The fact that millions of Americans are now going to have preventive exams and go to the the doctor at the first sign of sickness is going to dramatically reduce healthcare costs in our country. This is the experience of all the countries rated ahead of us in medical outcomes. Imagine that. Less cost better outcomes couple with not having to watch as many of our neighbors suffer, die or go bankrupt needlessly. Yes single payer would have been better and saved even more money than this plan which is really a plan conceived in the Republican think tank Heritage Foundation but anything is better than what Republicans called “the best healthcare system in the world”.

    What really makes me wonder is how a person with any critical thinking skills at all can look at how the other nations rated ahead of us handle this problem with better outcomes at about half the cost and still not want to change the system but I guess that what being a Republican is all about. For a Republican, America is the best at everything and it does not matter what the facts or the reality is.

  • Steve Schmidt posted at 7:16 pm on Tue, Oct 8, 2013.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2680

    Obama chose a plan that was developed by the Heritage Foundation and field tested by the Republican Presidential nominee.

    If the tortured history of the ACA tells us anything it is that the Republican Party will not support anything this President does in any shape or form. If President Obama declared tomorrow National Respect the Flag Day you can bet that the streets would be filled with Tea Partiers torching Old Glory.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 5:15 am on Tue, Oct 8, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    "The solution was to attach it to a bill with tremendous weight, and the “budget” was just that bill."

    Is it just me, or does it actually NOT make sense that funding for the ACA should be provided through the "budget," as are most government programs?


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