President’s whiplash a product of pushing shutdown instead of working with GOP

Obamacare website

The ill-fated Obamacare website is causing political whiplash for Democrats. (Snip: U.S. Government)

What goes around really does come around, and there’s no better example of that than President Barack Obama’s current whiplash as a result of the rollout of his signature health tax bill. The website is an exercise in frustration for most, and now some Democrats are calling for a delay in the federal individual mandate forcing Americans to purchase a health insurance policy.

Ironically, Obama could have reached across the aisle and acceded to Republicans’ proposals to delay the individual mandate, and the website meltdown wouldn’t have caused so much concern. Adding to that concern of course are the millions of taxpayer dollars burned on a failing endeavor. 

Those hundreds of millions are atop millions more for everything from “navigators” to $30 million in grants “to help states and territories establish or strengthen consumer assistance programs.” The NFL team the Baltimore Ravens even got $130,000 to help promote Obamacare. What an astounding abuse of taxpayer money that is.

Obviously the implementation is being delayed because of the ineptitude of Health and Human Services in erecting the website. Still to come are advisements on which doctors and hospitals a person’s plan involves, decisions on pricing for procedures via the government board who will determine what will be paid for and therefore what treatment you will receive, and the critical matter of personal information security.

This isn’t the first meltdown this administration has had, but it is the first that Democrats’ compliant media can’t make go away. No American, in an age of instant Internet, likes sitting in front of a computer screen where nothing goes right but you will be fined if you do not comply.

Obama has never liked Republicans or their philosophy unless they’re of the prog-lite persuasion. With the O-care rollout, however, he could’ve saved himself some political capital and time had he simply given to American taxpayers what he gave to big corporations and Big Labor—a delay. It appears we’ll get that delay anyway.

Media now report the president knew the rollout would be problematic. This makes it even more troubling that he refused to work with the GOP proposals and our president basically forced a (faux) shutdown purely for political gain.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) must be smiling right about now despite the best attempts of Democrat-allied media to smear him.  (Commentary by Kay B. Day/Oct. 24, 2013)

About Kay Day

Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.

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