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It’s a game of dodge and weave

By From page A7 | November 01, 2013

Is anyone surprised that whether you support the Affordable Care Act or not depends on where you stand on the political spectrum?

I wonder how many supporters of the health care plan know the philosophy that’s behind it. I’m saying this carefully, having listened to or read some of Barack Obama’s speeches before he even became a senator from Illinois. Obama made some firebrand speeches condemning perceived racism and allegedly destructive capitalism. Of course, he moved to the center when he ran for the U.S. Senate.

You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to believe that the health care plan is just Obama’s first step in pushing our economy sharply to the left. Do you really think that when the IRS audited conservative nonprofits at a rate about 10 times greater than it audited “progressive” groups it was just one office involved? Or that the White House had no involvement?

Just a couple of days ago the president said he was unaware that so many people would receive health insurance policy cancellations. He also claimed he knew nothing about the Fast and Furious gun-running escapade that armed Mexican gangs. Oh, and he knew nothing about the NSA’s tapping of Angela Merkel’s phone.

Whether you think it was a good idea or not, I would suggest that phone surveillance of foreign leaders would not take place without presidential approval.

In the intelligence business, which I worked in more than 40 years ago, there was a sacred rule¬†known as plausible deniability. But as someone suggested in The Wall Street Journal, Barack Obama seems to specialize in “implausible deniability.”

We know that the president is fanatic about details in his policies, and he does have a brilliant aptitude for getting to the heart of an issue. That makes it even more unlikely that he was shocked, shocked when he learned that the total of health insurance cancellations will probably reach 90 million.

Do supporters of Obama¬†really believe that he’s the “What, me worry?” president? That when he claims to be surprised at dramatic news that might put him in a bad light, he’s really telling the truth?

By now most Americans have virtually memorized his promises: “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan; if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”

The mention of doctors brings up an almost totally ignored aspect of the plan. So far, attention has been focused on potential users of the health care plans, but what about considering the percentage of health care professionals who are anxious to work under the oversight of the new system?

What many people fail to recognize is the turmoil that will likely result as the plan circulates in our society. You can bet, just as the 90 million cancellations were no surprise to the White House, the Obamacare disruption will be used to the president’s advantage.

Bud Stevenson, a retired stockbroker, lives in Fairfield. Reach him at [email protected]

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