The manner in which the Affordable Care Act passed is not much to be proud of.
However, the bill works to address serious problems in our health care system
that were long overdue. A number of polls found the majority of Americans
approve of individual measures in the bill, but don't like the bill as a
whole. Analysts have attributed that to the harsh manner in which it was passed.
So Mr. Gerson is right, a lot of burned political capital. But then
Mr. Gerson goes too far, painting the President as being stubborn and difficult,
but ignoring how unreceptive Republican members of Congress were on this and a
number of other issues. Republican leadership openly stated that their goal was
to make Obama fail. They had no motivation for working with the President
because they were only looking to score political points rather than work on
solutions. So of course Democratic party-line voting had to be used. Considering how ineffective Congress is as a whole (~10% public approval
ratings!), I think Mr. Gerson needs to revisit his premise that the failure to
compromise always originated in the Oval Office.
"Obama's biggest accomplishment also a liability"Exactly the same thing that can be said about Mitt Romney. And for health
care also.That is why neither is really talking about that issue.
Maybe for his next article Gerson could examine the current Congress'
record and provide a look at the Democrats vs the Republicans in Congress.It has been written the moment when Obama realized he truly was dealing
with unprecedented obstructionism from Republicans was during the debt ceiling
crisis. Republicans took an important and non-controversial matter--raising the
debt ceiling so that the U.S. wouldn't default on its past obligations, and
made it a political football. In doing so, Republicans demonstrated they were
irresponsible, immature, partisan hacks.
What did you expect? You elected a man whose primary work experience was going
around neighborhoods stirring up discord. Vote Obama out, and be more careful
Mr Gerson depicts Obama as operating unfairly with Congress. May I remind you
that Congress has never had such a low approval rating.
Gerson got one thing right. The Affordable Care Act is Obama’s biggest
accomplishment but it’s the economy on which Romney is staking his hopes
for victory.Health care reform was a campaign promise that Obama
made good on. It was Democrats who were the most nervous about pushing it
through. It was Republicans who proposed the individual mandate in smug
confidence that Obama would never go for an idea that was the brainchild of the
Heritage Foundation.Gerson calls the final drive "a quick,
dirty, legislative shove." But it was one Karl Rove would have exulted in
had a Republican President shown that kind of determination over a bill.Gerson sees it as a self-indictment of Obama’s leadership skills.
If that’s how we now assess a newly elected President delivering on a
major campaign promise for a reform that was a century overdue, Obama should
take it as a compliment.
I admit i was dismayed when Obama's major prority
"The manner in which the Affordable Care Act passed is not much to be proud
of. However, the bill works to address serious problems in our health care
system that were long overdue."So, you are telling us that the
ends justify the means? The means that Obama took to get his health care bill
passed is a black mark on his character and ability as a leader.Democrats love to blame Republicans for their failures. That has been their
theme the last 4+ years. They say Republicans refuse to compromise. Of course
they are! The problem is that Obama is NOT willing to compromise, as the
passing of the ACA proved.
"The problem is that Obama is NOT willing to compromise, as the passing of
the ACA proved."Just the opposite is proved by your example.The main problem with the ACA was the insurance mandate and associated
penalty.These provisions were first introduced by the GOP and the
heritage foundation. And it is what Romney instituted in Mass.The
ACA is proof the the GOP would vote down their own ideas if championed by Obama.
They never had ANY intention of compromising.
Here's a prediction: by the 2016 issue, the advantages and advances of the
ACA will be so apparent, that no one will so much as mention it as a political
issue. Opposition to the ACA will be non-existent.
Thank goodness Obama took advantage of the narrow window of time he had to enact
healthcare legislation. Initially i thought he should wait but it never
would've happened if he had. Obama correctly sees that addressing
healthcare costs is essential for longterm economic stability. ACA/Obamacare
not a perfect solution, but a step in the right direction.
The ACA, as predicted by conservatives, is chock full of unintended
consequences. For starters, it is now going to cost 2-3 times as much as Obama
promised, still leaves millions not insured, is not going to let everyone keep
their insurance as promised, and is causing many businesses to drop coverage for
their employees, and is raising the cost of insurance for ordinary people.
Rationing (aka "death panels") will come; I don't know how extreme
it will be, but it will happen. I am not convinced yet that we even know all the
unintended consequences; there will probably be many more; this is what happens
when you pass a law with thousands of pages that nobody has even read. The GOP
had some more common sense solutions to at least some of our healthcare issues,
but the liberals accused them of contributing no ideas. If Obamacare is so good,
why are so many businesses and even states applying for waivers - with many
waivers going to friends of Obama?
What obama did was reprehensible, but many of the masses don't care about
congressional plurality. They hardly understand how bipartisanship works or why
it's important to get buy-in from an opposing party. And they are
idealogically cauterized now to a degree that even if they had time to take a
civics class, they wouldn't for fear of betraying all the garbage
they've posted on facebook about how horrible the other guy is...
The Republican party is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the health insurance
industry. So the AHCA was demonized before it even was passed. Any change that
might hurt the Republican Party's health insurance benefactors would have
been demonized. The sad thing is that the Democrats permitted bought and paid
for Republicans, (and a few bought and paid for Democrats) to control the
discussion and to disseminate fear mongering propoganda that early on
discredited the new law with the public, especially the low information
public.The truth is that the AHCA is mostly badly needed Health
Insurnace Company regulation designed to eliminate discriminatory practices and
to increase the number of citizens covered.