Originally Posted by Brainiac
I hate the fact that he jammed Obamacare down our throats. I hate the fact that Obamacare contains so many hidden tax increases and fees, and that the only thing it really accomplishes is providing health insurance to a lot of people who other wouldn't have it, yet it completely ignores the things that have been driving up health care costs over the last several decades. I hate the fact that Obamacare is going to cost over a trillion dollars all by itself, and I hate the fact that he decided that delivering Obamacare was much more important than delivering jobs.
I hate the fact that Obama is hell-bent upon implementing Cap & Trade, and has promised to do it by executive order even though it was rejected by Congress. I hate the fact that Obama concedes that his energy policies will cause energy prices to skyrocket (that's a direct quote from him), but he is determined to implement those policies anyway, because he knows what is best.
He strikes me as an autocrat, not a collaborator. I fear that in his second term he will be much more of an autocrat. When he said "Elections have consequences", it struck me that he was saying "**** you, I'm President, and I'm going to do whatever the hell I want".
In order for him to be doing a good job in my eyes, he would have to reverse his positions on the things listed above. He would have to say "Maybe we rushed thing a little with Obamacare. Maybe we should take a look at it and see if we can make it a little less expensive. Maybe we shouldn't rush to implement Cap & Trade, and maybe I should try to reach across the aisle and work with the Republicans instead of vilifying them and blaming them for everything".
I would disagree that it doesn't lower health care costs, because the nature of it will lower costs by keeping people in better condition. It is a lot less expensive for prevention and maintenance then it is for a hospital stay. However, I would say that I wish that it did more in terms of costs of health care . I also think that it would have been better if both parties could have had some input on the bill, however, like anything it probably would have just been dealt with by party politics and nothing accomplished and used as campaign fodder in the next election. It isn't perfect and I expect to see changes to it after it is implemented, but I think it is necessary to do something and make changes rather than talk about it like we have for the last 20 years.
I, like you, would like to see more collaboration and both parties need to lose the my way or nothing at all approach.