“We are witnessing the unmistakable collapse of an American presidency,” writes Dr. Martin Wolf in the Washington Times. Dr. Wolf is a radiologist and member of Docs4PatientCare-and a second cousin to President Obama. He attributes the meltdown to one thing: the healthcare system foisted upon the public by a seemingly deaf Congress and the Obama administration.
Dr. Wolf runs through the promises that were made and broken regarding what the new system would and wouldn’t do: that it would reduce the deficit, that it would permit us to keep doctors and insurance plans we liked, that it wouldn’t harm older Americans, that it wouldn’t ration health care, that it would not raise taxes on anybody making under $250,000 a year, that it would create new jobs, and that the hearings in Congress to pass it would be held in public.
Whew! That is quite a few broken promises. Wolf does an excellent job of giving concise treatments to each of these broken promises. Wolf writes more in sorrow than in anger:
A diminished president, even – or perhaps especially – if his fate is self-inflicted, is not good for America and should not be pleasing to any patriot regardless of his or her political leanings. It certainly is not pleasing to me, as this president is my cousin. But as a physician who took an inviolate oath to my patients, I am duty-bound to take this stand, particularly after watching Barack Obama make so many unkeepable Obamacare promises