One sure fire way to know the problem is real is when the president’s allies in the media begin to ask probing questions.
The first thing the president did to regenerate confidence in his rapidly crumbing health system was to make a speech at the White House on Monday.
“Nobody’s madder than me about the fact that the website isn’t working as well as it should. Which means….it’s gonna get fixed,” pronounced Obama. We have heard that before. Remember
So the president is angry. Frustrated, too. Not because he cares about the system but because the longer the fiasco continues, the more foolish Obama looks. Especially since he ran two election campaigns that were widely touted as technological genius.
Nobody utilized contemporary media as skillfully as Barack Obama. Which begs the question where did all that superior intelligence go?
Greg Gutfeld of FOX News summed it up on “The Five” when he noted that “The North Korean space program had a better launch than this thing.”
Obama’s face-saving lecture to the American people was billed that he would take responsibility for the healthcare mess. That was pure speculation because the president has never taken blame for anything.
In the end the president faulted the shutdown and the Republicans by saying, “I recognize that the Republican party has made blocking the Affordable Care Act its signature policy idea. …it’s time for people to stop rooting for its failure, because hard working middle class families are rooting for its success.”
Obama went on to reinforce his rhetoric with misinformation by adding, “The product is good. The health insurance that’s being provided is good. And we know that the demand is there. People are rushing to see what’s available. And those who already had a chance to enroll are thrilled with the result.”
First, people are hardly rushing to see what is available. Neither are they thrilled with the results. If they are thrilled about anything, it’s because they managed to get results. That is the most significant accomplishment so far.
Most disturbing is that experts say that setting up the healthcare website was supposedly the easiest segment of the process. If signing up is this difficult, what is the enactment portion going to look like?
Pundits have been explaining for weeks that it is not as if there was no time to prepare for this. The government had three years to get it ready.
Some, including the Republicans during the shutdown, have proposed that the entire program be delayed for a year to get it right. The dirty little secret about a delay, however, is that it will only be a delay and nothing more. Give the government 12 months to fix Obamacare and they will waste the first 11 months doing something else. Then a year from now, voila, the crisis will loom again.
Meanwhile, the media keeps looking for someone to blame for Obamacare. The most noted name at the moment is Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sibelius. Then again, if Obama fires Sibelius what does that accomplish? It doesn’t fix the system and it will not change the attitude. Obama is correct that we need to fix the problem rather than finding someone to blame.
On the other hand, the crisis of the month perpetuates the president’s consistent legacy which has been poor and divisive for nearly five years.
Unless you listen to Obama, of course, who says, “It’s a good product.” At least it is for him.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
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