The miracle of Obamacare
President Barack Obama is pretty smart, but can he really achieve the impossible?
Extend healthcare coverage to 47 million uninsured people without rationing coverage to the rest of the country, while at the same time actually reducing healthcare inflation.
Finance the whole thing without hurting the middle class or pushing up the budget deficit. Achieve one of the biggest reforms in American history, something that so famously eluded his Democratic predecessor Bill Clinton — and get it all done without any pain.
When he was asked this week what the American people might have to sacrifice to get all this through, Obama had what might seem an unlikely answer.
“They’re going to have to give up paying for things that don’t make them healthier,” he said.
Kevin Sack in The New York Times wrote a piece which nailed the public’s reaction pretty well too.
Is painless healthcare reform really possible? Or is someone somewhere not telling us something?
The beauty of Obama’s strategy so far is that he has kept everyone “inside the tent.” By keeping his own cards close to his chest, he has kept everyone else in the game. But is it time for Obama to show a little more of his hand?
Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed (Obama listens to five-year-old boy at healthcare meeting in Cleveland)