No matter what President Obama tries to do, the GOP does everything they can to turn it into a twisted mess. When the Affordable Care Act passed, Democrats going back generations applauded as pre-existing condition became a thing of the past and lifetime caps on coverage went away forever and millions were to be insured where before there was only a void, an emergency room and a bankruptcy. The Republicans stifled the Medicaid expansion and had the mandate classified a tax, halting the progress of the law wherever possible.
Fifty-something attempts to repeal the law coupled with measure upon measure, to unravel it financially and still it stands, as a beacon of hope that we’ve seen the beginning of the end of health insurance controlling our lives. Where we have contingencies up to and including being called lazy because the only way to afford cancer treatment is to be poor enough to qualify for Medicaid, people in other parts of the world have a passing thought. What? If you get sick, you go to your doctor or the hospital. You pay for it. With your taxes. And everyone just…goes.
When something that important has a pioneer, there’s always resistance. It’s always those Southern conservatives, mixed with those rural conservatives who resist, calling whatever the next political act of liberalism is an assault on capitalism and detrimental to the American economy and way of life. From letting those people go free to suffrage, Social Security and the New Deal, progressive people — much like our founders — have learned to evolve with the society around them while conservatives fight against all that is just to keep their bottom lines looking fine.
President Obama is far more than the first black president. Anyone who says he doesn’t deserve the honor of “Most Admired Man In the World” to Americans. Obama, who is now seven for seven in winning the award, joins Hillary Clinton, who was just given the distinction for the 20th year in a row. Clinton has been an active voice in politics from her time as first lady to her time as senator, secretary of state and presidential candidate, since the 1990s.
The report suggests that no matter how much the GOP tries to spin seven years of recovery and growth and accomplishments on fronts like immigration, president Obama is still recognized. The man has made incredible strides in the face of extreme hate and obstructionism unseen in American politics.
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