Obama on another Obamacare Campaign
Unfortunately, President Obama has decided to continue his campaign style push for the Affordable Care Act. The truth is that such a campaign will do nothing for Obamacare, except give everyone something to joke about. At this point in the healthcare reform process, the legislation has been passed, i.e. the reason for a campaign, and we are waiting for the results. People experience, or will soon experience, the benefits. Where there are faults in Obamacare, such as the those faults in the Health Insurance Marketplace website, we need to see continual improvement. We do not need to hear why the Republicans are to blame for any failures in the effort; we need to see cooperative legislative efforts that can bring about additional reforms.
In fact, the President is strong when he deals with foreign policy issues in a firm manner. At the moment, the Chinese-Japanese dispute over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands is garnering his attention and the attention of the Press. He should focus his PR efforts on emphasizing his efforts to revolve a brewing international conflict instead of reminding people of the controversial healthcare law. In many respects, international conflicts of this nature are easier to solve, because both parties have interests in resolving the conflicts, i.e. war would seriously damage the world's second and third largest economies, while the conflict is not a major issue for America. Other people's problems can be easier to solve as the outsider can avoid being bogged down by emotionally charged and psychologically cutting details that often derail the resolution process. As such, the Obama Administration would better served by focusing on issues it can solve and by calling attention to those issues.
Furthermore, focusing so heavily on Obamacare demonstrates a lack of priorities on the President’s behalf, as well as our Legislators. Unfortunately, the divisive issue is certain to further polarize Democrats and Republicans, thereby undermining other legislative efforts. We live in an environment where our leaders do not put aside their differences for the greater good of the Country. We live in an environment where politicians take a hardliner, all-or-nothing approach. Consequently, over focusing on the politics of Obamacare decreases the likelihood we will avoid a government shutdown and Debt Default in early 2014.
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