As Obama apologizes for Obamacare, some might wonder what took the President so long?
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the cracks in President Obama’s confidence in Obamacare began to show when Jay Carney admitted a large percentage of Americans would lose their current health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act.
Back in 2009, President Obama made this campaign promise:
“Let me be exactly clear about what health care reform means to you. First of all, if you’ve got health insurance, you like your doctors, you like your plan, you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan. Nobody is talking about taking that away from you.”
But that supposed Obamacare fact turned out to not be true. Obamacare will cause about 16 million people, or over five percent of the American population, to lose their health insurance plans. So President Obama apologized publicly over this issue:
“I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me. We’ve got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them and we are going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this.”
Obamacare enrollment has been dismal, with only six people signing up on the first day. Much of the Affordable Care Act’s failure to launch syndrome can be blamed on the slow performance of the HealthCare.gov website and the Obamacare glitches (check out our exclusive interview with Ben Simo, an expert “hacker” cited in front of Congress).
Kathleen Sebelius has been attempting to defend Obamacare, but critics have pointed out her answers sometimes defy logic. For example, Sebelius claimed it was necessary for single men to have maternity care as part of their health insurance package, but the only reason this makes any sense is because they’re hoping to spread the cost of maternity care onto single men, who comprise about 20 percent of the United States population.
And issues like that have President Obama apologizing again:
“Obviously we didn’t do a good enough job in terms of how we crafted the law. And, you know, that’s something I regret. That’s something we’re gonna do everything we can to get fixed… We’re looking at a range of options.”
Perhaps because of all these Obamacare problems, and this year’s various scandals, President Obama’s approval rating is worse than that of George W. Bush at the same point of their presidencies.
As Obama apologizes for Obamacare, what do you think the United States should do with the Affordable Care Act?