More water, Scotty, I need more water
The political chatter on the Left is clear: Obamacare is good news. The law will expand coverage, lower healthcare costs, and minimize the nation’s deficit. It sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?
It does. There is no doubt about it. Both sides try to play up their own policies in order to validate their own particular ideologies to the country at large. However, it is one thing is to wrap oneself in an ideology by spewing talking points. It is another is to pay the price for ignoring reality, the reality being that Obamacare is not good for the country, and especially not for Democrats.
Florida’s 13th District special election brings political rhetoric into reality. Democrats outspent the Republican candidate by a 3 to 1 margin on television ads. That’s without mentioning the fact that Republican Congressman Elect David Jolly was a flawed candidate. Recently divorced, he campaigned with his girlfriend and ran on his lobbying career. Mr. Jolly does not look like your stereotypical upstanding citizen that wants to lead a life in public service for the betterment of the country.
David Jolly doesn’t look good on paper: he looks more like a Washington insider than a reformer. And yet, he won by 1.8 percent. He beat a really good candidate like Alex Sink who ran unsuccessfully against Florida Governor Rick Scott. (Governor Scott is also known for his healthcare scandal).
Democrats ran confidently, as they should have, but today’s politics are far from conventional. The political climate is tumultuous, especially for progressive agenda items like Obamacare.