Obamacare at age 5 years and 50 attempts to repeal. Obamacare incorporates the ideas of the Heritage Foundation, a right-wing think tank, and is modeled on Romneycare. So why such opposition to a law that will cost less and probably do more good than Medicare part D, pushed and passed by GW Bush and the GOP? It’s the name Obama in Obamacare. The GOP don’t care what’s in the law; it’s the name. They are not opposed to the law; they are opposed to President Obama. The 50 attempts to repeal are not aimed at the law; they are the Right’s way of repealing the President and undoing the last two elections.
I love Medicare. I worked for two hospitals during my career in healthcare, and my coverage was excellent, although expensive with deductibles and co-pays rising every year. Now that I am retired, the hassle of private insurance is gone. Hoorah! I certainly am glad that I have Medicare. If I didn’t have it here in Utah, I would have to consider moving to a state that accepted Obamacare. Utah does not.
When the Republicans were able to put their agenda in effect beginning with Reagan’s election in 1980, they decided to throw a wrench in the wheels of government. Their reasoning then and now, if government doesn’t work, voters won’t care if the GOP then make government smaller. Why pay taxes to support government that does not work? When Newt Gingrich was Speaker of the House in the 1990s, the GOP defunded a government office on technology. That decision came back to bite us in 2013 when the Obamacare website did not work as promised.
Those in the media who label the website a disaster don’t know what a disaster is. The Obama administration has decided to push for a new office of technology to avoid a repeat of the Obamacare website problems. When you see Newt on CNN or elsewhere complaining about Obamacare or the website, just remember that he and the GOP were authors of the problem, and by design too.
Thank you, Newtster.
Why does the Right spend so much time and effort demonizing Obamacare? FOX News does it 24/7. They do it for the obvious reason that it is President Obama’s signature achievement for which many will be grateful. The GOP want to prevent some voters from voting Democratic in thanks. A less obvious reason is that the GOP are working to prevent as many people as possible from benefiting from Obamacare. They do that through negative advertising, and in GOP-controlled states, refusing to implement extended benefits. If voters think that Obamacare is harmful or not useful, they won’t mind being denied coverage.
We took our son out to dinner yesterday to a restaurant in Ancestor Square, the very heart of Saint George where Brigham Young used to winter with some of his wives. Here in Saint George we hear nothing but scorn for the Affordable Care Act and President Obama, and Utah refused to offer expanded health care to its citizens. To my surprise and delight, I saw a parked, upscale SUV with a sticker in its rear window, I love Obamacare. So even here in the reddest state in the union, there are some supporters of the President and his signature, at least so far, accomplishment