In his press conference yesterday, President Obama played on the idea that most Americans are, well, um--how else can The Motley Monk put it other than--STUPID.
Finding himself backed into a corner of his own making, the President attempted to get beyond the public embarrassment caused to the Office of President of the United States by the rollout of Obamacare--the website as well as the cancellation of what's estimated this morning to be at least 5M and potentially 10M+ health insurance policies--by offering a "fig leaf" to his opponents.
What fig leaf?
In gesture of gracious yet illicit generosity, President Obama will allow those Americans whose health insurance policies have been cancelled effective January 1, 2014, to keep them for one more year. The President didn't offer a one year delay of the implementation of the so-called "individual mandate," as Republicans and many Democrats have called for. Instead, those Americans whose health insurance policies have been cancelled will be able to go back to their insurers and get their back for another year.
How does this political solution betray President Obama's belief that most Americans are STUPID?
Answer #1: The President of the United States is the head of the executive
branch of the federal government, not the legislative branch. His
place is not to make or amend law but to "faithfully execute" the
law. Yes, President Obama's Democrat-controlled Senate could
amend Obamacare. But, it is unlikely that the Republican-controlled
House is going to "compromise" this time around. They want
Obamacare repealed and replaced.
On this score, perhaps the President is correct, as research has consistently demonstrated that most Americans lack basic knowledge of civics. So, why not use that to his political advantage? He's certainly not STUPID.
Answer #2: In the years after Obamacare was enacted amidst much fanfare,
healthcare insurers have been formulating business plans to survive
in a new, less-competitive environment featuring government
exchanges. As healthcare insurance executives figured out early
on, they no longer would be able to offer the policies that many
Americans want because, as the President noted time and again
during yesterday's press conference, those policies are
"substandard" (using as the standard of measure what Obamacare
requires to be included in every healthcare insurance policy issued).
Got the picture? Providing individual healthcare insurance policies
will no longer be a profitable business, so the insurers planned
to drop those policies and only offer group insurance plans,
moving forward after January 1, 2014. The President knew this
and those who formulated Obamacare knew this because their
desire was to throw for-profit healthcare insurers under the bus
by laying the groundwork for a single-payer system...in a decade
or so, the President told audiences while campaigning.
On this score, too, perhaps the President is correct, as he knows that those cancelled policies will not be renewed and cannot be renewed because the healthcare insurers have already moved forward with their new business plans. At this late hour in the fiscal year, the ship cannot and will not be turned around in the political seas President Obama is churning because for-profit businesses are not run on hope but on rational calculations. When those policies are not renewed, the President is betting that those 10M+ Americans are so STUPID they will get angry at the insurance companies. The President will then be able to call out those insurance companies and tout their lack of cooperation as yet another reason why national healthcare insurance was needed in the first place. He's certainly not STUPID.
But, President Obama sure thinks that many Americans are STUPID.
It would be great if those Americans demonstrated they weren't as STUPID as the President of the United States thinks.
By electing representatives who are committed to repeal and replace Obamacare. What's needed is a sane and sensitive market-oriented solution that provides every American choice concerning the healthcare insurance each needs and offers limited healthcare--much like the way food stamps are provided--for those who are temporarily unable to purchase healthcare insurance. In addition, the replacement should not drive the nation into bankruptcy.
Let the discussion begin...