The 2014 midterm elections are nearly two weeks behind us. The historic defeat for Democrats and President Obama’s policies continue to reverberate throughout the media.
Today’s Wall Street Journal includes an op-ed, posted in its entirety below, from a lifelong Democrat titled This Democrat Is Giving Up on ObamaCare. Cutting through the scandals and many problems that plagued the Administration during the last six years, Burke Beu, a social service counselor from Denver, Colorado, proffers the view that Obamacare, the President’s supposed signature achievement, is the main culprit behind the Democrat’s recent whopping.
I voted for Barack Obama in 2008, then lost my job in the Great Recession. ….. I survived on part-time jobs while paying out-of-pocket for my health insurance. I voted for President Obama again in 2012, then received a cancellation notice for my health insurance. This was due to ObamaCare, the so-called Affordable Care Act. However, I couldn’t afford anything else.
ObamaCare is a failure. … It punishes responsible consumers like me and treats younger individuals as fools who are expected to pay the bills while not paying attention.
Now we learn in videos that came to light this week that Jonathan Gruber, MIT economist and a key architect of the Affordable Care Act, proudly relied on his perceived “stupidity of the American voter” as the basis for designing ObamaCare. Such comments, along with the program’s notoriously dysfunctional website and false assurances that people can keep their previous health plans, are insults to every citizen regardless of party.
…, ObamaCare looks and feels exactly like what it is: a health-care plan devised by lawyers and corporate executives rather than true health-care providers. …. We claim to be the party of the underdogs, but on ObamaCare we simply catered to a different set of fat cats.
When the next Congress convenes in 2015, Democrats need to work with the new Republican majority, repeal ObamaCare, override a presidential veto if necessary, and start from scratch on health-care reform.
Mr. Beu, a realist, has been on the receiving end of bad policies promoted by Obama and his allies in Congress. Will Obama listen to middle-of-the-road Democrats like Beu? Unlikely. A few days before his first term victory Barack Obama promised to fundamentally change America. That goal remains his primary focus irrespective of damage that results from his radical-leftist policies. Mr. Beu, you are but collateral damage.
This Democrat Is Giving Up on ObamaCare, By BURKE BEU, Nov. 13, 2014
The disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act was the catalyst for my party’s midterm thumping.
I grew up in a Democratic family. I have been a registered Democrat since age 18, a Democratic candidate for statewide office in Colorado and a party precinct captain in that caucus state. I’ve volunteered for numerous Democratic candidates and contributed to party causes and campaigns. The 2014 election results were extremely disappointing for me, but hardly a surprise. Read the rest of this entry »