I think that I’m in agreement with most Americans, because I think that most of America hates Obmacare, too! Recent polls back that up. In my case, my monthly health insurance premium has gone through the roof, and I can’t even get online to find out if I can get a more affordable policy through the government-run exchange. I’ve always known that the government can’t ever seem to do anything right, so the fact that their websites don’t work isn’t a surprise. I guarantee that if Congress had passed, and the President signed, free-market healthcare reforms a few years ago that the companies who were able to get their websites up and running would be selling more policies than those who didn’t – that’s the way the market works.
Honestly, I’m starting to wonder if maybe broken websites and higher premiums are a good thing. Maybe America needed to feel the pain, and to see the disaster that’s Obamacare in order to understand that our health insurance system does need to be reformed, but reformed to allow the market to work.
Now, some have chosen to shut down the government to protest Obamacare, instead of offering solutions to the problems facing Americans. It seems to me that voters in 2014 are going to be searching for candidates who can fix the healthcare mess with free-market based reforms that will work. That’s certainly what I would be talking about if I were a politician – instead of staging stunts in parks.
This seems to happen way too often. Some conservatives love fighting yesterday’s argument by fighting about the process. What happens when they do that is voters start to think that they are out of touch and they don’t understand the reality that most Americans face every day. I can list a dozen issues where that’s been the case. It results in the perception that they are only driven to oppose liberals’ government-based solutions, and that they are void of their own.
The truth is that our country is hurting – years of recession and a struggling economy, and political gridlock in Washington, have many Americans in state of total despair. They are hungry for solutions. They have given up on the hope, because they realized that hoping things get better doesn’t make it reality. Their reality demands real solutions – not fights about the process.
I predict that in 2014 and 2016, political candidates with forward-looking, solutions-driven agendas will fair far better than the “I’m against everything” crowd currently driving today’s news cycle.
There are a lot of people in Washington and around the country who are advocating for free-market based solutions to help make life better for everyone in America. Over the next few weeks, I’ll start to share some of their proposals here, in hopes of helping to build solutions-driven agendas that candidates can take into next year’s elections.