The president continues this tone-deaf approach today. Thus far his concessions continue to be mostly stylistic, not substantive, and he continues to give little more than a pump fake to true compromise. Yes, his Department of Health & Human Services has already offered 1,000-plus waivers to well-connected businesses and unions. This seems to reflect political opportunism as opposed to a realization that the health care overhaul law is not practical for American business. For example, McDonald’s does not want a one-size-fits-all plan for its employees. They want to offer mini-med plans that work for them. While the waivers may not pose the best publicity for the administration looking to sell its program, it is politically much more palatable than watching companies lay off thousands of workers as a result of the legislation. No doubt, however, once the legislation becomes more ingrained in American society and the next presidential election cycle passes, the well of waivers will quickly begin to dry up, certainly for those less politically connected.
President Obama more recently employed this strategy when he told governors at the National Governor’s Association meeting that he would be willing to move up the timetable states can opt out of the legislation with the caveat being they would have to cover the same number of people with the same benefits. At first glance this seems like a president willing to come to the table, but in reality it’s simply ObamaCare’s latest make-over.
The alleged compromise is illusionary and subjected to the arbitrary opinion of the Secretary of HHS. The president is giving with one hand and taking away with the other. His carefully chosen words of art would put the same burden on companies trying to stay afloat and could just as easily open the door for liberal states like New York and California to establish single-payer systems.
Indeed the more things appear to change, the more they stay the same for a determined left-leaning president. Sadly President Obama with his never-ending packaging for ObamaCare is winning this stalemate. The longer it stays on the books and once the bureaucracy is established, the harder it will be to repeal with grave consequences for the world’s premier health care system.