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Are ACA supporters embarrassed about its flaws?

Despite the fact that as far back as the 1990s the “eco-loons” were saying that in a few years children (it’s always about the children) would never be able to make a snowman, I find myself waiting out yet another snowstorm so I can go out and shovel my driveway.

The snowstorm did, however, give me a chance to review the latest Congressional Budget Office’s report on the expanding negative effects of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. The budget office now has real numbers to work with, not the falsified numbers provided to them by Democrats to get acceptable initial cost estimates of the bill.

After reading the report, it is apparent that if you like your health care plan or your job, you can’t keep either. The report found that Obamacare will, over the next few years, cost America 2.5 million full-time jobs, and Obamacare will add trillions to the deficit — exactly what the tea party said would happen. Additionally, the budget office found that people will be discouraged from working full time in order to get taxpayer-funded health care subsidies, causing further damage to the economy.

As I read the report, I started wondering if they felt any personal responsibility for jamming Obamacare down our throats. And I am not talking about the politicians and the national media, who deliberately lied to America. They had and still do have an agenda. I am talking about the local people, who despite obvious facts to the contrary, verbally and in writing helped convince people that Obamacare would be a good thing.

I wondered if they felt any embarrassment for so publicly supporting Obamacare, or personal responsibility for the negatives associated with it. Things like people losing their insurance, losing their doctor and paying thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses for health care before they can get so much as an aspirin covered under the plan. Or are they true liberals in that they are responsible for nothing? Nothing is ever their fault.

So what say you, Judy, Jay, John and Bill? Do you feel any personal embarrassment about being so wrong about Obamacare? Do you feel any personal responsibility for aiding in causing the pain and suffering to tens of millions of Americans? Don’t you think you owe the people you helped convince that Obamacare was a good thing an apology?

And while you are at it, don’t you think you owe the tea party a very public apology for the disparaging things you said about their members in a very public and demonstrative way? We were right about Obamacare, and you, to the detriment of millions, were so wrong.

Phil Gingerella


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