This begs me to ask a question of all Democratic candidates running for office: WHY ARE YOU PEOPLE STILL NOT TALKING ABOUT THE SUCCESS OF THIS LAW?
I mean, it’s unbelievable. Despite the fact that the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 lead to very little economic growth, you never heard the end of Republicans talking about it. Tax cuts (that mostly benefit those in the highest income brackets) are still the main policy pillar of the Republican Party today. It is simply astounding to me that all Democratic candidates running for office are not talking about anything President Obama has done over the course of his two terms. Despite what Republicans think, not all of the policies that President Obama has signed into law are unpopular. The Dodd-Frank financial reform law, the end to the Cuban embargo and the overturn of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy all have positive ratings from the public. Hell, even Obamacare, which remains underwater in its ratings, does nut pull a majority support when asked by the public if they want to repeal the law. Why isn’t Hillary talking about this?
Yeah, yeah, Bernie Sanders is always going on about implementing single-payer healthcare in the U.S. Here’s another question: why doesn’t anybody ask Senator Sanders why this solution is the only path to attaining universal healthcare? Only the U.K., Canada Australia and Taiwan have a single-payer healthcare system. France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan and all of Scandinavia have a public-private hybrid healthcare delivery system. Why doesn’t anyone ask Senator Sanders exactly how he plans to turn a country that relies on an employer-based healthcare system (85% to be exact) into a system that relies on expanding Medicare?
Either way, the way this law has been treated by both the media and the political establishment is disgusting. The ONLY time this law gets any attention is when there’s something to worry about that never actually comes to fruition. Remember “death panels”? Remember the “death spirals” (the ridiculous notion that risk-pools would force the U.S. health insurance system to collapse unto itself)? Now it’s the super-scary “Cadillac tax” on expensive healthcare plans. Whenever something positive develops from Obamacare, you have to scour the internet to find any coverage on it. Unbelievable.