I'm usually not one for sports metaphors, but President Obama's own admission of a "fumble" leaves me no choice. I support Obama and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). I look at Oak Park and River Forest, seeing outstanding public and private schools, side by side, at every age level. If we can make the public/private education dichotomy work, we ought to be able to do it with health care. Unfortunately, our quarterback has done more than just fumble.
Overspending on an underperforming web rollout was a fumble. Obama quickly fell on the ball but lost yardage and a valuable down. Next, fans realized that we could lose existing yardage (I mean insurance coverage), even though our quarterback promised this would never happen. That was Obama tripping over his own feet in the backfield. Republicans didn't need to sack him — he did it to himself.
It's third down and Obama has called a play that has never been practiced. It's not even in the playbook. This involves a long pass to a large and lumbering tight end, better known as the insurance industry. It has no ability to make it downfield fast and far enough to catch the ball. The pass is destined to be incomplete, if not intercepted. The best Obama can hope for is some sort of personal foul on the play, which is quite possible given recent Republican conduct.
Most likely, Obama and the ACA will face "fourth and long" — very long. Hopefully, he can do better than a "Hail Mary" because it's the fans who always pay the price of admission, win or lose.
William G. Berg
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