So spoke Mr. Integrity, the president of the United States.
You know, of course, that the “shutdown” is all about the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” and now we see that we are not immune from the effects.
Seven hundred civilian workers have been furloughed from their jobs at Travis. Sure, they’ll probably get paid, but one could guess that similar actions will take place at every base in the country.
How did we get in such a fix?
Well, health care accounts for almost one-fifth of our entire gross domestic product, and for some of us there’s more to Obama’s enthusiasm than simply the well-being of Americans. Do you remember the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the pastor whose church Obama attended for 20 years? Is there any question that Wright thought capitalism was economic poison? Did this anti-capitalist passion rub off on the future president?
If you listen to Obama’s speeches to black audiences before he ran for the Senate from Illinois, they are chilling. They are not so different from the fiery remarks about America that Jeremiah Wright made.
Let’s get back to the shutdown and the health care plan.
You have to hand it to Obama; he does a great job of sounding like a moderate, and he’s mastered the art of blaming others when anything goes wrong. Look at a couple of headlines: “Glitches Snarl Rush to Health Insurance Markets.” That’s from The New York Times; here’s one from The Wall Street Journal: “Health-Law Debut Beset by Tech Woes as Consumers Clog Exchange Websites.”
You have to ask why Obama, who is so passionate about the welfare of the American people, didn’t pay more attention to the underlying technology. Did he have someone overseeing the readiness of the plan, or did he just want the law to be on the books? Will there be constant oversight of the efficiency of the new system, and a willingness to change what doesn’t work?
The health care plan has been initiated for the uninsured. What are the chances that a year or two down the road, private plans will be folded into Obamacare?
I’d say they’re pretty good.
Bud Stevenson, a retired stockbroker, lives in Fairfield. Reach him at Bsteven254@aol.com.