Why a second term for Obama?
Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 8:09 AM by Dave Winer.
  • 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:
  • 1. Young.
  • 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.
  • Q.E.D.