“There is no doubt that our failure to roll out the ACA smoothly has put a burden on Democrats, whether they're running or not, because they stood up and supported this effort through thick and thin. I feel deeply responsible for making it harder for them rather than easier for them.”—Barack Obama, Nov. 14.
What a master of the understatement! Facing 110 percent opposition from Republicans, Democrats put their necks (and seats) on the line in supporting Obamacare, which has been pitched as the “signature” goal, and then achievement, of the president’s first-term. Many of them paid the price in the 2010 elections. They were hoodwinked by our slick-talking president.
How could Obama screw up so royally? If this was his proudest accomplishment, what about lesser “successes.” His pledge to already-insured Americans that they can keep their old policies has fallen by the wayside as cancellation policies spread fear and anxiety throughout the country.
Chastised Obama yesterday begged the insurance business and state regulators to bail him out. That had one regulator complain to the New York Times that Obama “kind of threw us under the bus.”
Obama’s latest switcheroo follows earlier broken promises like closing the human rights blight in Cuba, standing tall to the GOP on tax cuts and ending the combat mission in Afghanistan -- we’ll be amazed next year at how he wiggles out of that pull-out pledge.
Of late, sacrificial lamb and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who has the most thankless job in America, has been channeling Lennon/McCartney in promising Americans the flawed healthcare.gov is getting better every day.
Basically, she has been saying Obamacare is less of a disaster today than it was on Oct. 1 and Nov. 1. The president had said his healthcare czar was going to fix things by the end of the month. At this point, one wonders if even Malia and Sasha dad’s doozy.
Beatle fans know that John Lennon during the song “Getting Better” chimed in that “It can’t get no worse.”
Paraphrasing Obama’s former campaign slogan “Yes, it can” for the nearly collapsed presidency.
Or as President George W. Bush would say, “Barry, You’re Doing a Heckuva Job.”