EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 28, 2013

Letter: Obamacare may be the Democrats' Titanic

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — To the editor:

Congratulations and praise for their courage are in order for the stalwart and fearless Democrats who have rallied to support our president. They have stood firmly, to a man and woman, beside him in spite of the Republicans railing against the Affordable Care Act, better known and embraced by the president himself as “Obamacare”, claiming “It will work” -- only for those who don’t!

Republicans also note that executive orders modifying the ACA as he wishes are not within the president’s legal authority to do so. That the votes bringing this law into existence were occasioned by enticements, more accurately bribes to Nebraska and Louisiana. That the suffering of millions of citizens who will inevitably lose their present health policies are destined to assume onerous monetary burdens under this law for an unnecessary one-size fits-all plan which includes mandatory items of coverage neither needed nor applicable to their particular family needs. That they should have been bright enough to know that when President Obama promised “If you like your current plan and doctor you can keep them -- period”, and that families would realize a savings of $2,500, there had to be caveats. That the president knew in October 2012, before the presidential election that this was, in fact, not true. And on and on and on!

They even liken the president to a fly struggling in vain to free itself from the glue holding it fast as he struggles, verbally, to extricate himself from the web he has woven of half-truths and deliberately misleading statements. Also that certain groups have been exempted from ACA. Well, that seems fair since they have contributed to the coffers of the president’s campaign for office and deserve that favorable exemption. After all what are friends for? These are a few of the criticisms directed at the president. There are many more. Now I ask: “Does all this seem plausible?”

Imagine, not one Republican voted for this bill! To be sure, there are a few “glitches” but these will all be worked out, and the president is even good enough to extend, by his own authority, our personal present policies until after the elections in November 2014. What more can this good man do to ameliorate the anguish millions of citizens are presently experiencing in the present confusion?

It seems Republicans fancy that Obamacare is the iceberg upon which the Democratic ship of state will founder, slowly but inexorably. That with the ominous prospect of losing both the Senate and House, Democrats will desert the president to save their own seats and political careers. Is it possible that as it begins to slip under the waves of a resurgent Republican victory at the ballot box, these defectors will scramble to the stern of the Democratic Titanic and pray for a miracle as they and it vanish beneath the Republican sea? We shall see!

Francis Callahan