The last remaining glimmer of Obama’s political capital and personal appeal, and thus his ability to help vulnerable Democrats in the 2014 elections and beyond, is flowing into the septic tank of Progressive history.
The Obamacare “disaster” is everywhere. Recently, a poll in Transom showed that 42% of Indpendents trust democrats in regards to healthcare, whereas 58% trust Republicans. Ben Domenech, senior fellow from The Heartland Institute, says the poll shows a major shift in attitudes; historically, democrats have been viewed in favor regarding health care.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s recent comments disparaging “white suburban moms” for protesting new national tests and curriculum mandates are not the isolated remarks of an out-of-touch elitist. His attitude is typical among bureaucrats from both parties regarding Common Core, but politicians who ignore this sleeper topic endanger themselves in 2014 and 2016.
Kathleen Sebelius indicated that “significant improvements” have already been made and that administration officials vowed to have [healthcare.gov] fully repaired by Nov. 30, and fully workable in time for users to buy the coverage that takes effect on January 1st.
There are many things that might have been done to reform healthcare in the United States after Barack Obama was elected. The Affordable Care Act does begin to address some of these problems.. but only one small segment of one portion.
The balance of what’s possible with what the base wants is a delicate thing, and Republican leadership sure hasn’t figured out how to achieve it. That Bismarck line about politics being the art of the possible is being bandied about a lot lately… But I’ve always had a problem with it, because I think it ignores the reality of modern political tactics.