CALIFORNIA October 26, 2013 ― President Obama’s recent speech addressing the “glitches” of the Obamacare website rollout was classic Obama. No matter how much it will cost, no matter how long it will take, and no matter how many people are harmed in the process, Obamacare is going to happen.
Obama wants to defend a signature piece of legislation, and that’s understandable; liberal-progressives have tried to enact for something like it two generations. But to openly manipulate people into thinking all is well borders on self-delusion or self-centered pride.
Obama’s comments were crafted to do four things: make light of the rollout problems; cherry-pick examples of rare successes; demonize the opposition; and ignore the fundamental flaws of healthcare ownership by government.
Obama acknowledged that the Healthcare.gov website was slower than expected. Beyond that, he ordered in a SWAT team of IT professionals to try to save the day by making a few technical changes to handle the “unexpectedly” high demand.
He did not mention that this simple web portal was originally estimated to cost less than $100 million. Development costs have ballooned to between $250 to $630 million dollars, and the site still has fundamental design and performance flaws. Who knows what kind of information security issues will eventually emerge.
Given Healthcare.gov’s poor performance, where’s the leadership outrage for the irresponsible stewardship of taxpayers’ money? Where is the admission of both government and industry incompetence in the planning, oversight, and testing of such a key element of such a vast and far-reaching law? Without properly identifying root problems how can correct solutions be applied?
What about the success stories?
The one thing government does well is collect data. Yet strangely, there’s little factual information publically available on the effectiveness of Healthcare.gov. In fact, the problems widely experienced by the general public were completely ignored by Obama as he showcased a few carefully selected individuals to give the impression things are moving ahead smartly.
It gets worse. Using the megaphone of a presidential speech, he told us that insurance rates under Obamacare are very low, the coverage is excellent, and the uninsured finally have access to low-cost, high-quality healthcare.
But what about the hundreds of thousands of people dropped by their insurance companies because their current policies don’t conform to Obamacare mandates? What about the majority of people in upwards of 43 states whose insurance rates will mushroom along with deductibles and co-pays? What about healthy young adults who are now required to pay much higher premiums to offset the medical costs of those in an older age group?
Misleading statements are a common tactic in politics, but deliberate deception and disregard of widely known facts shows a level of disrespect for the public unworthy of a president and the people he serves.
So what about anyone brave enough to point out problems that need to be fixed?
To divert attention from the flawed Healthcare.gov rollout, Obama couldn’t resist the opportunity to attack political opponents. He accused Republicans of trying to shut down the government and even harm the global economy in order to repeal Obamacare.
Good leaders don’t place fault on others. It’s a sign of immaturity and prideful inability to appreciate the ideas and concerns of others, as Proverbs 18:17 implies. These traits are bad enough, but Matthew 7:15-20 points out that a person is really known by comparing his actions to his words.
Obama is not telling the truth when he says he’s “willing to work with anyone on any idea to make this law perform even better.” During the recent budget battles over Obamacare, he categorically and repeatedly refused to negotiate on anything that involved changes to the Affordable Care Act. Instead of dialogue, he ignored any options proposed by the House of Representatives.
Misleading statements, deceptive examples, blaming others, and deliberately saying one thing then doing something else are symptoms of the real problem: a flawed personal worldview.
Obama’s worldview can justify the use of any means, fair or not, to achieve a noble end. His worldview believes government can run our lives better than we can, contrary to the limits placed by God on its authority (Romans 13:1-5).
It believes government bureaucrats are wise enough to know how to control the economy, the environment, unimaginable debt, and the entire healthcare industry. This same worldview sees government as our parent, yet ignores the sanctity of life, the preciousness of marriage and the right of religious conscience.
Obama’s worldview sees government as the final arbiter on who keeps what they earned, and who is worthy to be subsidized, safety netted, and given incentive-killing entitlements.
Obama’s worldview apparently sees his own leadership as benevolent, above challenge and not accountable to any higher authority, maybe not even to God (Romans 14:11-12; Hebrews 4:13).
And yes, this same worldview is the one that will stop at nothing to implement a total “healthcare” system that will replace our decisions with pragmatic, government enforced end of life decisions for the greater good.
Lord, help us!
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