Friday, October 7, 2016

With Friends Like These

President Obama's signature accomplishment, the achievement for which he wishes most to be remembered, is passage of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Unfortunately for the President's legacy Obamacare is widely seen as a colossal failure.

It's one thing, however, for the centerpiece of Mr. Obama's presidential tenure to be criticized by his political foes, but it's something else altogether to have it criticized and mocked by his putative allies. When the ally is also a previous president in Mr. Obama's own party and the husband of the current candidate to be his successor, a woman he has thrown his support behind, the sense of betrayal must be especially galling.

Here's former president Bill Clinton calling Obamacare the "craziest thing in the world":
Much has been written of the intense dislike the Obamas and the Clintons have for each other, so it's not surprising that Mr. Clinton, who once declared that Obama should be serving him coffee, would publicly embarrass Mr. Obama, but to do it when he knows that Obama's support for his wife is crucial to her election is a bit surprising.

In any case, Mr. Clinton's analysis of the effects of Obamacare on the middle class is something that one hopes our legislature heeds. The Democrats have foisted a system on us that, despite President Obama's many promises to the contrary, forces many people to pay much more for much less coverage.
It is indeed a crazy system.