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Politico: O-Care Failure Is Threat To Socialism

From Mr. Dee Dee Myers, via the Politico:

Obamacare’s threat to liberalism

By TODD S. PURDUM | November 18, 2013

From the moment of his improbable emergence as a presidential contender seven years ago, Barack Obama has always positioned himself as something better than a politician. And he has always presented his goals for progressive change as something bigger than the bare minimum a Democrat might hope for in a country that skews center-right.

And never mind the pretense that he was going to be a non-partisan who would bring the red and blue states together.

So the fiasco of the launch of Obama’s sweeping health care overhaul has put the reputation of Big Government progressivism at risk for at least this generation. And its future now rests on the president’s ability to reverse that debacle and to demonstrate that his approach to covering millions of uninsured Americans is not only an enlightened — but workable — policy…

And, failing that (because that is impossible), it will be up to the news media to pretend none of this really matters. That Obama-Care has turned out to be wonderful, after all.

Emboldened conservatives and worried liberals alike agree that the future of the Democratic Party’s plausible agenda, and of liberalism itself, is on the line.

Obama’s challenge is now nothing less than to assure that the cycle of progressivism he presumed to usher in, and the period of renewed faith and confidence in the transformative powers of government that he promised, does not die aborning [sic]. That will be no easy task.

“Unlike the Republican agenda, the Democratic agenda does not work unless people have a certain level of trust in the competence of the government to act on their behalf,” said William Galston, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution…

In other words, Mr. Purdum is begging Obama: "Help us in our disbelief." Make us forget that everything you have touched has been a ‘miserable failure.’

Conservative thinkers have already seized on the rocky rollout of Obamacare — and the indefensible management failures it implies — as proof positive that the age-old argument over the proper role of state action in American life has reached a fresh danger point for the Democrats…

Anxious congressional Democrats face a fight-or-flight dilemma of their own. For all their worries, abandoning Obamacare is no easy proposition. They supported its creation and understand that their constituents need health care reform — they cannot continue with the flawed old system that left so many shut out…

But more dispassionate analysts — even sympathetic ones — say it would be hard to overstate the danger of this moment, for Obama and for Democrats more broadly. From the beginning, Obama sketched his agenda for the country as the sort that succeeds only once a generation, if then…

The problems with the Affordable Care Act are not the first but are surely the biggest sign of just how hard it is to translate such a movement into the gritty work of governing.

“Case studies are going to be written about this for years to come,” said David Gergen, director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School and a bipartisan veteran of three White House staffs. “I’m not sure people are ever going to be able to totally unravel this story — it beggars belief. It reveals a level — I think it is rooted to some significant degree in the insularity of this White House. There are terrific people working there, and the president is a man of integrity, but I think their insularity prevents them from bringing in outside advice and entrusting power to true heavyweights.”

So the only real problem is, Obama didn’t get the right technocrats to help him transform our country into a socialist paradise. But that doesn’t mean he was wrong to try.

Geoffrey Kabaservice, the author of the recent book “Rule and Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party from Eisenhower to the Tea Party,” said it is too early to pronounce the end of Obama’s presidency — if only because the worst failures in the health care plan itself so far appear to be technical and bureaucratic, and may yet be repaired — despite the real and damaging furor over the president’s overblown promise that all who liked their current insurance plans could keep them…

Yes, the only problems are a few glitches and a little white lie.

But he added, Obamacare’s early problems nevertheless reflect and amplify longstanding vulnerabilities for the Democrats, namely, “their love of complexity, the flavor of compulsion in their approach.” …

AKA the jack boot on the throat.

“The public feels completely bamboozled by this,” Gergen said. “And I think apologies are not going to be enough. I think it’s going to have to go deeper, and I think he’s going to have to think about some kind of shakeup to keep his presidency on track.” …

In other words, Obama will have to throw some scapegoats overboard before he can get back to the job of destroying the country.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, November 18th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Politico: O-Care Failure Is Threat To Socialism”

  1. Petronius

    More evidence that Liberalism is a mental disorder:

    David Gergen: “and the president is a man of integrity….”

  2. Right of the People

    Like the O-hole said, “We’ve still got plenty of work to do.”

    Translation: “The economy hasn’t tanked as fast as I hoped it would.”




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