Both sides have good intentions. Conservatives want to protect freedom of choice and free enterprise will bail out American taxpayers and American business, and they honeslty believe a rising tide will lift all boats.
Liberals think of Obamacare as part of the natural evolution of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other entitlement programs to protect the poor and the old and the sick.
The contest is being played out in the Halls of Congress and the Town Halls of America.
Liberals maintain that everybody’s help is needed to avoid adverse selection. In short, all for one, and one for all. But time is short to get the exchanges debugged and ready to avoid a train wreck tirggred by too many gliches Adverse selection may occur if the young and healthy do not buy insurance on the marketplace exchanges, and the middle class, the sick, and the elderly must pick up the slack.
Somehow if you split the difference, the middle class can be served. Yet under Obama’s stewardship, upper class incomes have increased 27%, middle class take-home pay has dropped 11%, and the poor are down by 5%. And 47.5 million, many of them middle class, are on food stamps. According to recent polls, 74% of Americans say government is trying to do too much for too many at too much cost for people in the middle.
Obama wooed and won the middle class in 2012 by not focusing on the economy but by concentrating on the interests of the middle class in a time of historic and transition and labeling Romney as a rich man interested only on the rich. Yet only the rich have prospered under Obama as reflected by a booming stock market. Somehow all of this doesn’t compute.
Whether the Obama strategy of promising to lift the middle class at the cost of the rich, when this is clearly not happening, will continue to work politically. Further deterioration of middle class wealth and a paucity of middle class jobs may be the key to the 2014 midterms. As things now stand, Obama’s average job approval in multiple national polls is at its lowest point at 43.6% and Obamacare favorability is 39.4%.