Economist: "A president who has had a patchy first term now needs to make a convincing case for a second one."
Pretty simple. Romney repeats a promise that he'll "repeal ObamaCare."
Obama will implement it. By the time his second term is over it will be a done deal.
Even if Obama did nothing else, it would be worth it to re-elect him just for this.
A little background
Ten years ago I had life-saving surgery. It cost over $400K. And over the years since, my health care has been pretty expensive. I'm well-off. I can afford my health insurance. And I've had continuous coverage since I was in my 20s. So the insurance companies have to cover me.
But I understand what it would mean to not have the money and not be insured. I would have died ten years ago. So this means something to me personally.
I also have friends whose life requires maintenence from the health care industry to hold death at bay. If you look around you, and ask -- you'll find that there are many people who are in a similar circumstance. Not everyone likes to talk about it, but it's happening anyway.
People who don't understand are imho:
2. Have never experienced the death or serious illness of someone they loved and/or depended on.
3. Are not paying attention. Probably an alchoholic or drug abuser, because it's all around you. You have to work at not seeing it. Work hard.
That we would play games with health care for our families is ridiculous. I guess Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney don't have any friends or family who might be at risk. But that can't be true for most Republicans. So I honestly don't understand. But I don't have to understand if we simply re-elect President Obama.
Money is simply a proxy for heartbeats. Every single one of us has a finite number of them. You trade some for money if you work for someone else, and people pay you with some of theirs if you offer a product or service.
Using that logic, it is a very noble thing when someone donates money to help cover a life-saving operations, but it is tantamount to theft when legislation requires my heartbeats to be used to prolong someone else's.
I can appreciate the suggestion that we are being charitable as a nation when we attempt to throw money at social injustice, but you cannot be charitable with someone else's money.