President Barack Obama, the quintessential leftist, would have us believe, as would all leftists, that his overarching motivation is his compassion but, like most leftists, reveals through his actions that his driving passion is not so much concern for his fellow man as it is an obsession to control people.
That explains why Obama isn't the slightest bit sympathetic about people losing their health care coverage as a direct result of his fraudulent advertising on Obamacare and why, so far, he has callously resisted all calls for a reset of the worst policy train wreck on the longest policy train in memory.
But Obama's inflexible ideology is not the only thing holding him back from doing the right thing -- assuming he would even want to, which is a gracious assumption at this point; his hubris and self-interest are in the mix, as well.
He has too much pride to concede that his baby, his signature policy "achievement" -- the Affordable Care Act -- is a disaster, despite all evidence leading to that inescapable conclusion. Of course, that is partly because he doesn't consider it a policy disaster, only a public relations disaster, as his goal all along has been a single-payer system.
Anyone who examines the administration's now-exposed unapologetic pre-rollout predictions that the ACA would drive most people off their plans knows it has always been a Trojan horse for a single-payer plan.
What is Obama the compassionate doing to relieve people of the hardship he is causing? Well, he's back in campaign mode, telling his hapless, die-hard defenders that he's not about to abandon his monomaniacal quest to force lower-quality, reduced-access, higher-priced government-run health care on the citizens of the country against which he holds an abiding grudge.
But this thing is unraveling even faster than he anticipated, and both the website and the canceled policies have destroyed his credibility and approval ratings. Even some of his party's officeholders are beginning to jump ship -- out of sheer political self-preservation.
Obama the caring is scrambling not to alleviate Americans' pain but to save his own skin and his presidential reputation. Reverting to mob boss mode, he summoned insurance executives and leaned on them to reissue policies he'd put the hit on. It was the Obamacare equivalent of "Just plug the damn hole." But this time, he'd run out of juice, and the insurance executives -- who, like bank executives and others, have been the subject of his intimidation and shakedowns in the past -- told him to pound salt.
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