Obama and Obamacare

There has been a great deal written about the failed rollout of Obamacare, much of which I have not read. Still, it strikes me that there are some key aspects of this rollout, and what it says about the President, that are worth emphasizing. (I apologize if others have made these points.)

1. The failed rollout obviously exhibits tremendous incompetence on the part of the Obama Administration and the President. This is the signature “achievement” of the Obama Presidency but they failed miserably on this key aspect.

2. The incompetence does not merely extend to the design of the website. It also extends to the failure to know that the website was failed. If the Administration had known of the failure, they could have delayed the implementation of Obamacare.

3. The incompetence also extends to politics. The Administration had a perfect excuse for delaying the rollout of Obamacare. It could have “reluctantly” agreed with the Republicans and delayed the implementation for a year. It could have been sold as showing that Obama was willing to work with his political opponents. He was a compromiser.

4. Yet, the Obama Administration was unwilling to compromise or work with its opponents (even when it was to its own benefit). This unwillingness is a characteristic of Obama both with respect to Obamacare (which was written so that no Republicans voted for it) and Obama’s policies generally.

5. Finally, the Obama Administration chose, instead of compromise, to employ what may very well be illegal methods for delaying the implementation. And again this preference for unilateral executive action of questionable legality for working with the Congress and the other party is characteristic of the Obama Administration.

6. In the end, the rollout of Obamacare displayed the central characteristics of this Administration. In much the same way that the Iraq War exhibited the key features of the Bush Administration (both good and bad), the Obamacare rollout does with respect to the Obama Administration.

Mike Rappaport

Professor Rappaport is Darling Foundation Professor of Law at the University of San Diego, where he also serves as the Director of the Center for the Study of Constitutional Originalism. Professor Rappaport is the author of numerous law review articles in journals such as the Yale Law Journal, the Virginia Law Review, the Georgetown Law Review, and the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. His book, Originalism and the Good Constitution, which is co-authored with John McGinnis, was published by the Harvard University Press in 2013.  Professor Rappaport is a graduate of the Yale Law School, where he received a JD and a DCL (Law and Political Theory).

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  1. gabe says

    perhaps, it is due to the fact that they are, after all, not very bright but rather impelled by the fire of their ideological zeal and are unable to a) recognize realities on the ground, b) afraid to face said realities when they finally break through their rose colored lenses, c) unwilling to confront the “smartest man in the room” with evidence of his own failure and d) most importantly they have the illusion of governmental uber-competence to protect – so let’s lie and excuse away every defect we can.
    That about sums the Proggies up!!
    take care

  2. R Richard Schweitzer says

    The key elements:

    The arrogance was buttressed by electoral outcomes.
    But, as in most cases, the arrogance grows out of ignorance;
    refusal to recognize or accept deficiencies in knowledge and understanding and the limiting effects of those deficiencies.

    Thus the attempts from arrogance at objectives beyond the limitation of those deficiencies into areas of incompetence.

    Once there in the areas of incompetence, the only ploy for the arrogant to attempt to retain charisma or status or relations is – deceit.

    So it is today, and for days past and coming, we observe deceit to cover incompetence, which in turn arose out of arrogance; and now it is necessary the deceit must prevail lest the “edifice” fall.

  3. R Richard Schweitzer says

    And – of course – arrogance is so often the expression of self-deception that the extension of that deception can flow “naturally” into deceit in all things.

  4. libertarian jerry says

    All the negative words about Mr.Obama doesn’t change the fact that the American people have fallen into the trap of becoming walking corporations. That’s right,walking corporations. Most of us are numbered from birth with Social Security numbers, Most of us are followed our whole working lives with W2,W4,1099 and 1040 forms. Today we have to ask government for permission to do almost anything we used to normally take for granted. A voting majority have given up their sovereign rights for the sake of security. Its not Mr.Obama,and his progressive cronies, that worry me. What worries me are the millions of fools who voted for him in the first place. Not that the Republicans were much better. You see the whole politician thing is a game. Politicians are bought and paid for every election even the President. The real power in America are the elites and globalists behind the throne. Follow the money. See who benefits from Obamacare. With that said,what will happen is that Obamacare will become bankrupt,just like Medicaid and Medicare. When that happens,the market will be blamed and America will slide into a single payer socialist medical system similar to Europe. This will effect 90% of the population. The people at the top of the Political Class and the Elites will,as in most of Europe, be allowed to opt out and buy private insurance or pay for private doctors and hospitals. The rest of us will suffer with a rationed system. Thus the majority of the American voters will have voted out of existence,despite its warts, one of the best healthcare systems ever conceived. Again,don’t blame Mr.Obama. Blame the voting majority of Americans who placed him in office.

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