The Health Care Bowl

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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

Oak Park


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Ray Simpson from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: November 25th, 2013 1:29 PM

@ Mr Berg 6th and long Obama just rewrote the rules of the game - - -again! The field is now 85 yards long - any gain gets you a first and whatever, all of Obama's team have authority to blow whistles and throw flags and the final gun (2nd amendment concession) goes off the instant Obama is ahead.

Op Res 253 from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: November 21st, 2013 2:13 PM

I think the best sports analogy for this debacle would be "unforced error". Although "unforced terror" would be more accurate.

Ray Simpson from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: November 21st, 2013 1:21 PM

The price the fans pay is that they get thrown to the lions - win or lose.

Mr. Middle  

Posted: November 20th, 2013 8:28 AM

LOL pile on. The President's game plan was all wrong. Instead of getting a few first downs and running the ball with his out of touch lineman (Rep) he decided to drop back and throw the bomb for all the glory. He got sacked and fumbled instead of rallying the team and do a little what the Oline wants and grind out some easy stuff. Go on an 80 yard drive and punch it in. True success is always based upon a foundation of fundamentals. To bad politicians never learn that.

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