The president has accomplished many things during his time in office, but his primary legacy will always be Obamacare, and that is what he and his party will be judged on, especially in 2016.
I thought I knew where most Democrats stood. I thought they stood on the side of the poor, the elderly, the disenfranchised, and all of those struggling to stay afloat during some very difficult economic times. But, then came a website.
In order to "deserve victory" Democrats must demonstrate they have the political will, and the discipline, to fix our nation's economic problems; and to create real job opportunities for millions of low and middle class young adults.
If the Obama administration can't quickly fix the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, not only is President Obama's second term in jeopardy. Progressivism itself is in jeopardy.
I wonder if President Obama and Governor Abercrombie would like to push a "do over" button on the roll out of the Affordable Healthcare Act website, Healthcare.gov, and the Hawai'i Health Connector project.
I'm not talking about the myths and propaganda -- the "death panel" nonsense and the like. This is serious business: the well-financed, broadly implemented sabotage campaign designed to rig the law for failure, while also making it more difficult for Americans to receive insurance.
Big Pharma has a new tool to make turbo-charged profits and insulate itself from efforts to rein in skyrocketing health costs.
The media focus on middle-class losers over the poor winners should surprise exactly no one. The press goes for whatever gets viewers/clicks/corporate sponsorships. The real story is the inexcusable callousness coming from the Republicans who are celebrating denying the poor health insurance.
The White House's decision to suspend enforcement of Obamacare's health insurance standards because of the website debacle was politically wise. But the main lesson we should draw from this incident is not that government can quickly change course in the face of failure. Rather, it teaches just the opposite: once Washington commits to a policy, it reverses direction only when waves of opposition engulf it. President Obama's sudden about-face is most unusual. The closest analogy is George H.W. Bush's abandonment of his dramatic "no new taxes" pledge. When Bill Clinton, now more popular than ever, urged him to honor his unequivocal proclamations that we could keep our insurance policies and doctors if we liked, many congressional Democrats immediately jumped ship. But in the vast majority of cases, failed policies endure.
The number of uninsured children continues to decline to historic lows - a remarkable accomplishment given the high childhood poverty rate and tough economic times. Yet a majority of Americans are unaware of this achievement.
On this 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, the real snub comes not, as Fox News claims, from President Obama for not attending the ceremony, but from Republicans in Congress who have made a mockery of the democratic principle Lincoln proclaimed that day.
There was good news last week and bad news last week when it comes to the Affordable Care Act, and weirdly enough, for the first time possibly ever, it was the same news.
The outpouring of noble sentiment would be laudable -- indeed, long overdue -- if only there was any reason to believe these protestations are sincere.
Some insurance companies are canceling policies, so therefore our president must have lied. Nope. Not true. It is a handy talking point for the opposition, but it is in fact, just another logical fallacy. Once you start listening for them, you'll find them everywhere.
The New York Times put forward its entry for best in show: a front-page news article comparing the problems with the Healthcare.gov website with President Bush's failed response to Hurricane Katrina. This is clearly the silly season in Washington.
"Meat is something we all understand, and, I might add, enjoy. No one has to shove it down our throats. We want to eat meat. This is exactly how our health care system should operate. Rare, medium rare, medium, well done. That kind of thing. Choices, Matt, choices."