Weatherford Democrat

April 10, 2013

Letter to the Editor - April 10, 2013

Weatherford Democrat

How do you like sliced bread now?

Dear Editor,

Back when Obamacare was shoved down the collective American throat, a few people – very few people – said “this will be the greatest thing since sliced bread.” My last letter talked about the chilling affect this “law” was having on my brother’s painting business in Pennsylvania. The huge increase in healthcare coverage will most likely stop the expansion of his business.

Now bear in mind one of many incentives this administration put up as a trial lead balloon was all about the benefits the health care act would have on small business. Now, let’s try to understand this latest tidbit of information reported by Time magazine (not exactly a champion of conservative values, so something must really be amiss!) According to Obama small business would be able to shop for the best deals in health care superstores—called exchanges. So, where are these exchanges? Well, there are none even though the administration has had three years to set up them up. It has failed to do so.

If the lame stream media would do some serious investigative reporting and look into this failure, the finger pointing will surely start. Obama never takes responsibility for anything that has negative connotations – the buck never stops with him. This is definitely not a good sign. If they can’t get the basic fundamentals in place how in the world can they run something this big? Most high-information voters saw this coming – a huge clunking mass of government ineptitude and incompetence.

Yes, there will be a few who argue it’s not the administration’s fault; it’s the fault of the states that have refused to set up their own exchanges. Baloney! Where is the contingency planning at the federal level? There certainly are models, after all—the federal government’s own health benefits plan already operates markets that exist in all 50 states. But now, the administration has admitted it won’t have the exchanges ready in time and that small businesses will be offered one choice for the time being— what is “for the time being” in government scale, a year, two years?

No doubt, small business owners are extremely skeptical of this administration’s belief in the efficacy of the market system to produce lower prices through competition. That was supposed to be the selling point of this plan, but the exact opposite is already happening – higher costs and less availability of treatment.

The most shocking news hit last week. Hundreds, maybe thousands, of oncology clinics turning away cancer patients who are on Medicare. I ask you as an American did you ever think you would hear something as incredible as that! We are now seeing daily and weekly examples of this administration’s inability to govern, let alone lead the nation. It seems once an initiative is passed he moves on to shooting basketball, vacations, dinner and concerts with celebs (in the closed-to-the-public White House) and endless campaigning. Wait, he was re-elected right?

Obama – as someone who believes in activist government – should have a vested interest in seeing that federal programs actually work efficiently. I don’t see much evidence that this huge healthcare initiative is anywhere near the top of his priorities. He is hellbent on getting immigration law reformed and slanted in the Democrats’ favor. We all know that undocumented Democrats can be a huge voting bloc come election time. One thing is clear: Obamacare will fail and the healthcare industry as we know it may collapse if he doesn’t start being president instead of just playing the part.

In closing, let’s recap his domestic legacy thus far: 50 million people on food stamps, out of control national debt, huge unemployment rates,  spiking poverty rates, the country’s credit rating was downgraded, and he presides over a divided Congress whose approval rating is lower than his…need I go on? I think not. When they build the Obama library the book listing all of his accomplishments will be blank.

Lonnie Williams, Weatherford