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A left-handed apology and problems ahead

Posted: November 14, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 14, 2013 2:00 a.m.

The health care debacle has been beaten to death over the past month, and I am here to get my licks in.

President Obama finally apologized to the American people (instead of bowing and apologizing to foreign leaders).

He said, “I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me.”

Recently he apologized for the mess that is the government website. Is he trying to admit that the American people might be in trouble with his health care plan?

Almost, but not quite.

He said, “We’ve got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them, and we are going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this.”

And, “We weren’t as clear as we needed to be in terms of the changes that were taking place.”

Maybe I am being semantic here, but when he is wrong it is “we” will fix this, but when dealing with most everything else it is “I ordered the killing of ... my military, my cabinet, I directed my ...”

“I“ when he wants to take credit, “we” when there is a problem and blame can be pushed off elsewhere.

The president clearly knew there were problems beforehand. So do we really buy his apology?

I don’t. He really didn’t have a choice but to ‘fess up.

Americans are going to be the sorry ones next year, with the exception of the ones who already get handouts from the government. Next year we will see millions of workers become part-time employees and millions more will be dumped from their employers’ health care plans.

Most of the employees where I work are provided by a staffing company, and they all received letters that their health plan does not meet government standards. They have limited benefits sometimes referred to as “mini-meds.”

So what are their choices? Keep the plan and pay a penalty to the government or go and get a plan on Covered

California that will cost them almost twice as much as they are paying now.

I have seen my own rates go up 40 percent in the past year. Where is the “affordability”?

To my detractors, yes, I am bashing Obama again, but somebody has to wake up the uninformed. I am just doing my part.



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