Psychology behind Fault-Finding and Government Shutdown
are thick where love is thin.
Howell (1594-1666), Proverb
The blame game over the impending government
shutdown over ObamaCare in three days is peaking on
both sides of the aisle. It is getting nasty.
President Obama blames Republicans for “extortion,”
“extremism,” and “hostage taking.” He
accuses Fox News of “misinformation.”
Senator Harry Reid is transparently dismissive of any GOP efforts to
defund the ObamaCare .Minority leader Pelosi
labels Republicans as “legislative arsonists.” Tea Party “terrorists”
are the butt of much of the criticism, which is growing quite personal.
The Republicans say President Obama’s
refusal to negotiate is the source of the problem, and surely some sort of
compromise is possible if only the President would talk with them. If he can negotiate with the presidents
of Russia and Iran, why not with us, why
not his fellow Americans And if his law is good enough for Congressional lawmakers and their
staffs, why not for ordinary Americans. And why not delay it for a year if the public is so adamantly against it.
Commentators carry on endlessly on the budget blame game, House-Senate counter moves, and
President Obama’s refusal to negotiate, meet, or even discuss how to resolve
To my mind, the whole standstill is quite
simple. It's a love-hate thing. It dates back to the unilateral passage
of Obamacare and questionable tactics behind the passage. The law passed without a single Republican
vote. Its passage fostered a love-hate relationship between Obama and the
GOP. The feelings have not gone
away. The method of passage poisoned the
political well. It created the Tea Party
movement, and it illustrates why Obama’s rigid ideological policies and his political
and personal isolation, have disturbed not only its opponents but his Democratic allies, such as national unions.
The Obamacare passage and its subsequent adverse consequences are at the core of the personality
disputes between the President and the Republicans.
Compounding the difficulties a slow economic growth
under Obama, and his dicey relationships
with the business community, Catholic
organizations, unions, the health care community, and those who espouse limited government,
market-driven solutions, and individual choice.
It’s a classic clash between liberals and
conservatives. The failure of Obamacare
policies to decrease costs, increase
access, and maintain choice of hospitals,. doctors, and health plans ; and the number of businesses dropping coverage
add to political animus and skepticism. Then there are growing uncertainties as to
the effectiveness and long-term costs of the law. Add to
this the hostility of the majority of GOP
governors who say Medicaid expansion is
unaffordable, and you have a
love-hate relationship of the first magnitude on your hands.
Many segments health care stakeholders are ambivalent about the law. Doctors like having mofre paying
patients, but they resent the low payments and regulations imposed by the
Medicare and Medicaid bureaucracies.
Health insurers like the fact that the law requires most Americans to
carry insurance or pay a penalty. That’s new business for them. But they rebel against regulations telling
them whom they must cover and which drive up their costs of doing business and the dislike cuts in payments.
Like all quarrels,
the Obamacare budget dispute has two sides. Obama did get reelected. His reform law is
the law , and it does help certain segments of the population. But costs are going up, not down, access for the employed are going down, health plans are being dropped. Half of its provisions have been delayed. This has triggered a steady stream of
criticism By a 56% to 40% margin, Americans disapprove of the health reform plan. But they do not oppose it enough to defund it at
the cost of government shutdown, but enough
to want it either repealed or fixed.
That Democrats lost 63 House seats in the 2010
midterms and control of the House That loss still
rankles President Obama. The rise of the
Tea Party and opposition to Obamacare were deciding factors in that
election. This time around, Obama believes a government shutdown over defunding Obamacare
would play to his political advantage.
He figures the odds are the public would blame Republicans. He may be betting that disfavor with Tea Party
activists within the GOP would carry over to the 2014 midterms and restore
Democratic control of the house. That would be a tremendous setback for the Tea Party and sweet revenge for President Obama and the Democrats.
Tweet: The love-hate relationship between President
Obama and his party is psychological and
dates back to the unilateral passage of Obamacare without a single
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