SAYING SORRY WHEN YOU DO NOT MEAN IT
President Obama has made a belated apology, coming 3 years after he knew what he repeatedly promised the American people was a lie: “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”
Obama told NBC News this past Thursday that he was “sorry” that thus far over 4.2 million Americans have lost their health insurance because of Obamacare. He admitted that people “find themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me.”
Obama’s apology is a pathetic response. That apology does not begin to make amends for the hardships he has caused over 4.2 million Americans to suffer. Sorry does not cut it when you deprive a person of the insurance they need to get medical help. To make matters worse, those who have lost their insurance have only one recourse under Obamacare, to buy more expensive insurance that contains coverages they do not want and deductibles that are higher than they had in the canceled plans.
Worse still, Obama did not exhibit a truly heart felt sense of sorry, of remorse. He demonstrated no apparent mortification at all. It is hard to say sorry when you do not mean it. Instead, when he made his apology on NBC, he did so as if desirous of consolation from the audience (as if he is sorry that America does not understand his “wonderful” plan). You see, it is all about Obama. It always has been an Obamacentric universe for this President. Loyalty and truth are readily dispensed with if it means Obama can gain an advantage.
Americans by an overwhelming majority believe the President lied to them when he said over twenty times “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it” and “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” It apparently means little to this President that he did lie, that he destroyed whatever trust folks out there may have placed in him. Who among us can defend betrayal?
Americans by a growing majority want Obamacare repealed. Fox News and NBC have reported that the White House was on notice in 2010 that some 7 million people would lose their health insurance as a result of Obamacare. The President knew his repeated assurances to the contrary were lies when he gave them.
Three years later, Obama still does not have any plan for taking care of the millions of people he knew in 2010 would lose their health insurance. Typical of Obama his first reaction was not to admit fault but to condemn insurance companies for dropping people (another lie because insurance companies cannot lawfully or economically avoid doing so). Obama’s condemnation of insurers is problematic for another reason. The White House calculated that 7 million would lose insurance in 2010 and thought that beneficial. The White House expected the millions who lost their coverage would sign up for Obamacare anew through the exchanges, providing badly needed revenues for Obamacare.
What they did not count on, despite the very real likelihood of it happening, was that young healthy people would refuse to sign up and would deprive insurers of the revenues they need to keep Obamacare affordable.
What they did not count on, despite the very real likelihood of it happening, was a massive web site catastrophe, a horrendous lack of security for those signing up, and an intensely negative public and media reaction.
What they did not count on, despite the very real likelihood of it happening, was that major hospitals nationwide would reject almost all insurance plans offered under Obamacare, leaving many of those who signed up with less access to medical care than under plans available in the pre-Obamacare market.
What they did not count on, despite the very real likelihood of it happening , was that the ten mandated Obamcarecoverages would increase the cost of health insurance substantially, by as much as 200 percent or more.
What they did not count on, despite the very real likelihood of it happening, was that the Supreme Court would disabuse the law of any power to prosecute those who refused to buy Obamacare.
President Obama did not apologize until provoked, not by the cries of the uninsured pouring into the White House and Congress over the last month but by the complaints of over a dozen Democrats in the House and Senate this past week who fear they will lose re-election in 2014 unless Obamcare is delayed. Obama refuses to delay his signature law; a weak “I’m sorry” is the best he can do for them and for the country.
Obama is also well aware that a bi-partisan bill is gaining momentum in the House to delay the individual mandate for a year, until 2015. He fears that if the individual mandate is delayed for a year, the game will be up. No one will then accept being coerced into the broken system, and the criticisms of it, so profound, will invite a political constituency to eliminate the ghastly thing once and for all.
Obama therefore opposes any delay in implementation. He will have to be brought to accept a delay kicking and screaming.
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It is not enough for Obama to apologize for the web site disaster, for his repeated lies to the American people, and for forcing over 4.2 million Americans (soon to be many more) to lose the insurance they need to cover medical bills. Sorry doesn’t cut it when immediate action is needed to repeal this law. Instead, Obama is insisting that Obamacare be implemented despite every indication that it will raise insurance premiums through the roof for almost everyone, tax individuals and business by over $2 trillion over the next ten years, destroy quality medical care, exacerbate physician shortages, and add to the national debt.
In short, President Obama should sincerely apologize to the American people for doing all he can to deprive Americans of freedom of choice, tax Americans into an ever lower standard of living, and deny future generations the American dream, but, if he was sincere in his apology, he would act to halt and repeal this ruinous law.
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