BLITZER'S BLOG: Obama’s glaring omission
May 7th, 2012
01:57 PM ET
2 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: Obama’s glaring omission

(CNN) – President Obama’s campaign has released a powerful new 60-second ad touting his accomplishments since taking office. It points specifically to the U.S. auto industry coming back, the killing of Osama bin Laden, the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and the improving U.S. economy. “Instead of losing jobs,” the announcer on the ad says, “we’re creating them – over 4.2 million so far.”

Those are all good points. But in that ad, I noticed that the Obama-Biden campaign once again failed to mention what is arguably the administration’s number one legislative achievement over the past three-and-a-half years: the health care reform law.

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  1. Larry L

    Obamacare was the President's best program and the original idea came from Mitt Romney's plan as Governor. Romney now avoids talking about his plan and the Republicans have demonized the new plan without offering anything except the "free market" idea. Healthcare insurance is a service that can never be regulated by a free market. If given the choice between the bottom-line and the best healthcare, corporate leaders will take profits every time.
    Insurance companies must either receive premiums from a large and predominately healthy population or they must charge prohibitively large premiums from the population at high risk. The cost of care for the uninsured must be passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices. Nothing is free. Any Republicans plan must solve these problems:

    1. Who will pay for the uninsured?
    2. How can companies afford to accept people with pre-existing conditions – very expensive conditions!
    3. How can companies offer policies with no cap on annual or lifetime payments when expenses run into the millions?
    4. Can the companies not charge very high rates for smokers, obese customers, or people with a genetic propensity for illness?
    5. How do you reduce the costs of services when procedure-based (more services & tests) medical care is the path to profits?
    6. How do we control an increase of 7-9% in healthcare costs per year?

    Critical comments make good political sound bites... But what's your plan beyond "trusting" HMOs, insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies?

    May 7, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  2. Peace

    Pres. Obama can't praise loudly the Health Care Reform Law which still hangs in the hands of the Supreme Court. It is like one doing the exam knowing that he has done it right, while waiting to be marked and proved right.

    May 7, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. Dr. Knowitall

    Because it is not an acheivement. It is the beginning creation of a governmenat structure taht can "rule" on a whim.

    May 7, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  4. CA Liberal

    By it's very nature Health Care should not be a business. It should be a service a government provides to it's people. Like police care and fire care.

    May 7, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    But in that ad, I noticed that the Obama-Biden campaign once again failed to mention what is arguably the administration’s number one legislative achievement over the past three-and-a-half years: the health care reform law.
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    I guess he doesn't want to tick off the 67% of America that want it repealed and remind them all why they need to come out and vote for Romney in November.

    If it is allowed to move forward it will not only add trillions to our debt but it will destroy our healthcar esystem and incentivise companies to drop their employees healthcare, forcing them into government plans. Obama and the Democrats have planted an atomic size IED in the economy just waiting to blow up. (just as they did with their subprime lending disaster).

    May 7, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. BLKMANinAmerica

    repuks Class Warfare – continuing to totally destroying the economy, destoriyng the country so wealthy people can get more money and poor people can become even poorer. SAD.........................repuks Class Warfare is BAD for America and BAD for the world.

    May 7, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. obama victim

    because it will get him thrown out in November....DUH????

    May 7, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. Mike

    ObamaCare will go down as one of many great things this president has accomplished! To tout the Affordable Health Care Act before the SCOTUS has had a chance to vet the law would not be appropriate. Romney is the last person in the world to make a reasonable arguement against the ObamaCare law, as it was based on his plan. Obama 2012!

    May 7, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. Another Day in the RW Idiot MInes

    "I guess he doesn't want to tick off the 67% of America that want it repealed and remind them all why they need to come out and vote for Romney in November."

    And here we have a glaring example of the blatant GOBP cult propaganda. Even though GOBP weasels like this know better, they deliberately come here and lie and falsely quote the 67% figure even though it includes people who want to keep health care reform and make it stronger. Lying liars just keep lying. In fact, over 50% of voter want to keep ACA or make it stronger. Once again, the GOBP cult is on the wrong side of history and on the wrong side of public sentiment.

    May 7, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  10. bill

    His only real accomplishment is lowering his golf handicap.

    May 7, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. Expat American

    It’s odd how poor white republicans who otherwise would not receive medical coverage are opposed to the very health care reform that affords them this service.

    May 7, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. Canuck

    A good public health system is essential in a civilized society. Americans seem to be too greedy and selfish to understand this. Do you really want to live in a country where you can lose it all because you got sick? At least Obama is trying.

    May 7, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    CA Liberal - By it's very nature Health Care should not be a business. It should be a service a government provides to it's people. Like police care and fire care.
    ==============================================================================================
    And food and housing and drugs and education and cell phones and large screen TVs and cars and day care and retirement and lawn care and manicures and haircuts and movies and yearly vacations and diaper service and car repair and.... I see no reason why we can't all get everything we need without working for it. Surely there must be enough rich people to provide it for us?

    May 7, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  14. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Mike - ObamaCare will go down
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    This is all that you really needed to say. The rest was just all BS and wishful thinking, totally fantasy based.

    May 7, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  15. george of the jungle

    the affordable health care act is based on the one mitt used. They only good thing he did while governor. The repos are so busy trying to repeel this that they nerve bothered to see if it might be a good thing for millioms of people. Oh wait I guess they just don't care. My nephew who makes 40.00 an hour said people should just buy cheap insurance. Tell that to someone with a family that likes (god forbid) to eat , and has been laid off or taken a big cut in pay. They keep talking about cost. Take some of the money we are saving from our war in Iraq and raise taxes on the very rich and on corporations that have loop holes and stop subsidizing oil companies and reduce the amount that our legislators have to spend on trips and perks. Lower their health care coverage down to where the rest of us are and that would be a good start to pay for the affordable care act.

    May 7, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  16. The REAL Truth...

    @Democrat Class Warfare – "Obama and the Democrats have planted an atomic size IED in the economy just waiting to blow up. (just as they did with their subprime lending disaster)."
    ----------------------------
    Wow, more of the amnesiac Repug revisionist history in progress... the sub-prime lending disaster has nothing to do with Obama. Most of it occurred under Dubya's watch and was inherited by Obama. How quickly you forget the $850+B TARP bailout that Dubya gave to the banks... back under you rock now..!

    May 7, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  17. The REAL Truth...

    @Democrat Class Warfare – "Surely there must be enough rich people to provide it for us?"
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    and if you are at work, then someone is surely not getting their moneys worth from you, so yes, some rich person is paying to troll.. where's the difference. Perhaps you should try working instead of spouting ?

    May 7, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    We can all play this game. BLITZER'S GLARING OMMISSION: Health insurers will be refunding $1.3B in rebated premiums this year...over $500M to large businesses, over $400M to small businesses and over $300M to people who are self-insured...all because of the provisions in the ACA that force them to spend no less than 80% of the premiums they receive on actual health care and medical treatment.

    Gee, I wonder why the MSM is blacking out that fact.

    May 7, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  19. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Another Day in the RW Idiot MInes – In fact, over 50% of voter want to keep ACA or make it stronger.
    ============================================================================
    Which is why Obama failed to celebrate its two year anniversary or include it in his list of accomplishments??? You make as much sense as Crazy Joe Biden.

    "I guess he doesn't want to tick off the 67% of America that want it repealed and remind them all why they need to come out and vote for Romney in November."

    Lying liars just keep lying.
    ====================
    Yes, It appears you do. But after 4 years of Obama's lies and BS we have become experts at recognizing it and calling it out. But by all means, keep trying to tell people that most Americans love Obamacare. 67% will think you are nuts.

    May 7, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. The REAL Truth...

    Perhaps some the Grand Obstructionist Party of Congress will volunteer to give up their healthcare benefits to show solidarity with the right-wing SCOTUS and how the free market works. Perhaps they would take 20% of their $170k a year and pay for it? Then they can get Cobra – which is WAY higher – to bridge their gap between employers.
    Ain't gonna happen is it?

    May 7, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. Together We Can Stop Bushnesia

    "Wow, more of the amnesiac Repug revisionist history in progress... the sub-prime lending disaster has nothing to do with Obama. Most of it occurred under Dubya's watch and was inherited by Obama. How quickly you forget the $850+B TARP bailout that Dubya gave to the banks... back under you rock now..!"

    Just so you know, doctors across the country have noticed a huge uptick in Bushnesia cases, predicting Bushnesia may reach epidemic proportions, especially in parts of the south, west and mid-west, by late summer. Spread the word so health care professionals in your area will be prepared. Bushnesia can destroy lives!

    May 7, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  22. Ilya

    @Democrat Class Warfare – Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    CA Liberal – By it's very nature Health Care should not be a business. It should be a service a government provides to it's people. Like police care and fire care.
    ==============================================================================================
    And food and housing and drugs and education and cell phones and large screen TVs and cars and day care and retirement and lawn care and manicures and haircuts and movies and yearly vacations and diaper service and car repair and.... I see no reason why we can't all get everything we need without working for it. Surely there must be enough rich people to provide it for us?
    ---------------------------------–
    Sounds just like that Occupy Wall Streeter, I saw interviewed the other day. They should say they represent the 47% (at most), that don't pay any taxes at all, rather than the 99%. There is no way they represent 99% of the country. 99% of the country is not as stupid as they sound when interviewed.

    May 7, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  23. larry

    when Romney and his cronies release all of their adds I would hope Wolf wound call out what they left out.

    May 7, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  24. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    "Which is why Obama failed to celebrate its two year anniversary or include it in his list of accomplishments??? You make as much sense as Crazy Joe Biden.

    "I guess he doesn't want to tick off the 67% of America that want it repealed and remind them all why they need to come out and vote for Romney in November."

    Lying liars just keep lying.
    ====================
    Yes, It appears you do. But after 4 years of Obama's lies and BS we have become experts at recognizing it and calling it out. But by all means, keep trying to tell people that most Americans love Obamacare. 67% will think you are nuts."

    LOL! Our favorite full-time meltdown queen is so poutraged s/he completely loses track of the issues. First, no rebuttal or attempt by DCW to refute the proof of his/her lies. Instead DCW makes some bizarre comment about what the president says, as if that refutes the polling that proves DCW is a lying liar who keeps on lying. Completing his/her little tantrum, DCW falls back on the GOBP cult's standby, projection, by accusing others of doing what he has just been proven to do. These are the mentally defectives the GOBP is counting on to win the election.

    May 7, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  25. 2020

    Wolf, We don't need to brag about it, "mission accomplished". Otherwise, the GOP will jump off the roof. Same, you don't need to tell sun rises from East. Health care is a sign of responsible Amercian, everyone benefit from it. Reagan couldn't do it! Clinton almost done it! Obama delivers it!

    May 7, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
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